A thousand years and more of the history of Dublin is contained within this walk.
O’Connell Street is Dublin’s main street. Dominating the street is Dublin’s newest monument, the Spire. There are many statues of well known Irish figures, particularly Daniel O’Connell for whom the street and bridge are named.
The GPO, or General Post Office, is the iconic building of this street. Built in 1814, it was the focal point for the Easter 1916 rebellion. Inside is a statue of a legendary Irish hero named Cuchulainn.
College Green was originally a Viking assembly place; it is now a busy crossroads with very little grass in sight. It faces Trinity College on one side and the former Houses of Parliament, now a major bank, on another. Built in 1731 and added to later, the Parliament house was the world’s first purpose-built two chamber parliament building.
Dublin now and Dublin 100 years ago
Dame Street has many fine Georgian and Victorian buildings. Chief among these is City Hall, built as the Royal Exchange in the late 18th century on what was once the site of a 14th century nunnery called St Mary del Dame which gave the street its name.
On Castle Street you will find the main entrance to Dublin Castle, seat of power and administrative centre of English rule for 700 years.