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Famous Bridges in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

19th November 2014

Cross the city's most famous bridges during your Dublin trip! Given that the majestic River Liffey runs right through the city centre, it’s no surprise that each of its unique bridges has an interesting story to tell. Here are six of the most iconic…

Night shot of the lit up Ha'penny Bridge

1. Ha’penny Bridge

One of the most famous bridges in the city and so-called because you once had to pay half a penny to cross it, the iconic Ha’penny is Dublin’s oldest pedestrian bridge.

2. Samuel Beckett Bridge

This contemporary, visually-striking bridge was designed by Spaniard Santiago Calatrava, who was inspired by both the flip of a coin and the idea of an Irish harp rotating through the air. Named after the famous Dublin modernist writer Beckett, it was opened to the public in 2009.

3. Rosie Hackett Bridge

The newest addition to Dublin’s bridges was opened in 2014, and will join the red and green LUAS lines in 2017. Interestingly, it’s the only bridge in Dublin named after a woman. Born in 1892, trade union activist Rosie was also part of a small rebel group that occupied St. Stephen’s Green during the Easter Rising of 1916.

Two men and two women leaning on O'Connell Bridge and looking at view

4. O’Connell Bridge

Dating back to 1794, O’Connell Bridge runs through the centre of the city, and still retains some of its old-school charm. Fact fans – it’s the only traffic bridge in Europe wider than it is long. [Pic:]

5. Millennium Bridge

Opened on December 20 1999, the Millennium Bridge offers pedestrians a quick and handy route from cultural haven Temple Bar to the Italian Quarter, where you’ll find a host of funky restaurants as well as some charming boutique stores.

6. Mellows Bridge

Constructed between 1764 and 1766, Mellows Bridge is the longest-surviving structure of all the Liffey bridges and – at almost 250 years old – is known as the ‘old man of the river’.

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