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The Dubline Trail
Dublin City, Co. Dublin
Family friendly
Free to visit
Audio Guides
The cosmopolitan city of Dublin is a modern hive of buzz and activity, packed full of trendy restaurants, bars and cafés. But scratch the surface of its vibrant streets, lanes and alleyways and you’ll find a rich and compelling history just waiting to be explored. Join Visit Dublin as we explore The Dubline Trail. Head out yourself and follow along with the audio guide to each stop of this trail in the corresponding map, click on 'View Route' and away you go.

The Dubline trail runs through the heart of the city, connecting the people, places and stories of Dublin. In fact, it follows part of the ancient road (the Slige Mhór) that once crossed the entire width of the country. From Vikings and Normans to rebellion and (of course!) a brewery or two, you’ll learn about the many factors that contributed to today’s thriving capital. Along the trail, you will encounter many Dubline interpretive panels dotted throughout the city – these illustrated storyboards are full of information about nearby landmarks, hidden gems and local anecdotes.

The trail begins on the northside of the city, at Parnell Square. You’ll see fine examples of Georgian architecture in the area’s colourful buildings, as well as the adjacent Rotunda Hospital. In the tranquil Garden of Remembrance, there’s a commemorative sculpture dedicated to all those who gave their lives in the name of Irish freedom.

You’ll then move down onto one of Dublin’s main thoroughfares; O’Connell Street. Home to the historic General Post Office (otherwise known as the GPO), majestic Daniel O’Connell statue and the striking Spire, this bustling street has many tales to tell.

Next is the River Liffey, or ‘Anna Livia’ as it’s also known, thanks to iconic Dublin scribe James Joyce. You’ll learn how the city flourished around this body of water, before visiting Trinity College – home to the Book of Kells – and the original Irish parliament on College Green. Further up Dame Street you’ll find two more important locations, City Hall and Dublin Castle – both are positively steeped in history and well worth a visit.

If you’re in luck, the Designer Mart on Cow’s Lane will be in full swing. After you’ve had a browse through the pretty jewellery, art and craft items on sale, you’ll learn about the history of cultural quarter Temple Bar. You’ll also be taken to Christ Church Cathedral, one of the city’s most impressive buildings that dates back to Viking times. Do you dare visit its underground crypt?! While in the area, don’t forget to visit Dublinia, an attraction focusing on the Viking and Medieval history of the city.

A stroll through the Liberties offers an authentic slice of ‘old Dublin’, and you’ll visit the iconic Guinness Storehouse, National College of Art & Design, and James’ Street Church (the starting point for the Camino de Santiago). There’s some striking and unique art on show at IMMA (the Irish Museum of Modern Art) – afterwards, be sure to explore its tranquil gardens. Finally, you’ll finish up at Kilmainham Gaol and Courthouse, an atmospheric former prison which once detained many important figures in Irish history.

Trail details

Easy trail
Linear trail
    Time:90 minutes
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Contact details
Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 RK28, Ireland
Visit duration

5 days

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More to discover at The Dubline Trail
History and heritageDublin Castle

Dublin Castle located on Castle Street, in Dublin City Centre. The Castle houses the magnificent State Apartments, the Chapel Royal, a 13th century Tower and some of its Medieval structures.

History and heritageKilmainham Gaol

Before its closure in 1924, Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol housed some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history. The prison is considered a must see in Dublin and offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history. Pre booking online is essential.

Free things to doGeneral Post Office

Dublin's General Post Office is situated prominently in the middle of O'Connell Street. It is the headquarters for An Post, the Irish Postal Service, and the foundation stone was laid in 1814. It is well known as the stronghold of the 1916 Rising against British Rule.

Free things to doDublin City Hall

Dublin's City Hall, on Dame Street in Dublin City, was built by the Guild of Merchants and is a magnificent example of Georgian architecture. It is well worth a stop to view its beautiful dome, richly coloured murals, ornate marble floors, and statues.

Free things to doJames Joyce

James Joyce was an internationally renowned Irish novelist and poet. There are plaques dedicated to him throughout Dublin on Clanbrassil Street, in Chapelizod, Ormond Quay and Merrion Square Gardens. The Martello Tower in Sandycove is a museum dedicated to his memory. His statue on North Earl Street is one of the signature sights of Dublin.

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