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Dublin's Northside 2

By Visit Dublin

27th July 2020

Start a fascinating journey through the Northside of Dublin City, where you will be awed by stories of inspiring characters and discover the hallowed places they frequented.


Explore the iconic Georgian architecture, leafy suburbs and historic buildings along a route that has shaped this part of Dublin City. Visit the landmark of Irish culture and history that is Croke Park, one of the largest stadiums in Europe and home to Ireland’s largest sporting organisation, The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association). You can even see fabulous views on the Skyline tour, which offers breathtaking scenes across Dublin from the roof of Croke Park stadium.

Swiftly move from sporting legends to literary giants as you meander along the leafy trail running alongside the Royal Canal and learn about one of Ireland’s best-known writers and talkers. For the chance to discover a little more about Irish folklore head to the National Leprechaun Musuem. Describes as the 'Louvre of leprechauns', this is the chance to ask everything you've ever wanted to know about Ireland's mythical stories through the oral tradition of storytelling.

Next, you’ll have the chance to take a short walk through the National Botanic Gardens, allowing the exotic sights, sounds and smells to transport you to the tropics. From there, hear about some of the more ‘rebellious’ residents of the verdant suburbs of Iona Road, before making your way back to the city centre where you'll see the home of one of literary Dublin’s most famous fictional characters, Leopold Bloom of Ulysses.

Finish your trail in Hardwicke Place with a visit to St. George's Church, which was modelled on St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, near Trafalgar Square in London. The church is somewhat of an oddity in the Dublin landscape and perceived as being built incorrectly, as it is wider than it is long.

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