Insider Tips

Dublin's Northside 1

By Visit Dublin

Discover the finest Georgian architecture that Dublin has to offer, see iconic and historical sights and hear about hidden stories on a journey that will reveal the people, places and events that have helped shape the city.


Crossing the river Liffey, a Georgian doorknocker and visitors to EPIC Ireland

Start your trail on one of Ireland’s ancient highways, the “Slige Mór” on Thomas Street. From there, follow in the footsteps of the Vikings as you amble towards the city centre, alongside the medieval city walls that still stand. Stroll around the heart of the city which dates from the 9th century, keeping an eye out for bygone ruins.

As you cross the River Liffey, you'll learn about the origins of the temperance movement in Ireland and its founder, Father Theobald Matthews, after whom the bridge you’re standing on was named. Upon reaching the other side, you’ll arrive at the iconic Four Courts, a pinnacle of Georgian architecture in Dublin. While you navigate the North side of Dublin city, you’ll learn about the Jameson Distillery, explore churches steeped in history and wander down one of Dublin’s original Georgian streets.

Discover Dublin's secret garden, the Blessington Street Basin, a true gem tucked away in the backstreets of the city, before taking in the architectural splendour of Parnell Square, the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Dublin Writer's Museum. Celebrate one of Ireland's best loved writers by visiting the James Joyce Centre before learning about one of the city’s most notable buildings, the GPO (General Post Office), and the heavy price it paid in the fight for independence during the 1916 Rebellion.

As you make your way back towards the River Liffey, you’ll learn about Dublin’s docklands and finish the trail with stories of Irish emigrants in EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum.

Don’t forget to check out our other trails within the Dublin Discovery Trails app too, which include ‘The Story of Dublin’, ‘Echoes of War’, and ‘Empire’.