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The Best of Dublin's Neighbourhoods

This walk along the Grand Canal connects the sea and rivers with the greatest literature of Ireland.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.3 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Unlike its sister, the Royal Canal, the Grand Canal doesn't have a song dedicated to it. It does however, have more than its fair... more »

Tips:  As per usual in Ireland, regardless of what time of year it is, bring a rain jacket and sun cream!

There's plenty to see and do... more »

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Points of Interest

The sculpture “Famine” is a commemorative work dedicated to those Irish people forced to emigrate during the 19th century Irish Famine. During the 1840s it is estimated that one million left, and one million died.

This location is particularly appropriate as one of the first voyages of the Famine period was on the 'Perserverance' which sailed... More

2. Sean O'Casey Bridge

Leaving the view of Dublin city centre behind you, heading out to sea, you pass the pedestrian swing bridge, the Sean O’Casey Bridge, which was opened in 2005.

From the bitterness of poverty and from the love of humanity, Sean O'Casey was a playwright who created works of drama and prose-poetry that sang of freedom's exuberance and reviled... More

3. The Convention Centre, North Wall Quay

The impressive Convention Centre has a wonderful 55-metre high glass atrium, offering amazing views right across the Dublin skyline and over the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. The building can hold up to 8,000 people in 22 meeting rooms, which include a 2,000-seat auditorium and a 4,500 square metre exhibition and banqueting space. It is also the... More

4. Samuel Beckett Bridge

As you cross Samuel Beckett, to the east is Dublin port, and the Irish sea itself. The two chimneys of the Poolbeg Generating Station are clearly visible, at just over 207 metres they are well-known landmarks and some of the tallest structures in Ireland. Out of use since 2010, they may not be around for much longer, as an application for their... More

Take a left onto Hanover Quay, and a right into The Grand Canal Dock.

At 10,000 square metres, the Dock, the meeting place of the River Liffey, the Dodder river, and the Grand Canal, is one of the largest paved public spaces in Dublin and is worth a visit, both during the day and at night.

The Grand Canal was built in 1757 to connect Dublin,... More

6. Boland's Mill

Heading towards Ringsend, and taking a left, you pass the Waterways Visitor Centre, and Boland’s mill. In its decrepit state, it’s difficult to see the auspiciousness of this building. The Easter Rising of 1916 was the first attempt in Ireland since 1798 to overturn British rule, and in many ways, began that process by its very failure. Unpopular ... More

7. Beggar's Bush

On route to Beggar’s Bush via Barrow Street, the Gaswork buildings are clearly on view. Another landmark of Dublin, built in 1895, it was converted to apartments in 2007. It used to be a Gasometer, the red metal pillars of the original structure, once housed a huge balloon that rose and fell as the gas levels changed. You also pass through “Google... More

8. Patrick Kavanagh

Taking a right onto Haddington Road, you soon re-join the Grand Canal. There to welcome you, is Patrick Kavanagh himself.

Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin
"Erected to the memory of Mrs. Dermot O'Brien"
O commemorate me where there is water,
Canal water, preferably, so stilly
Greeny at the heart of summer. Brother
Commemorate... More

9. The Pepper Canister

Following the canal inland, on your right, you pass St Stephen’s Church, locally known as the Pepper Canister. The monument was erected in 334 B.C. in honour of the victory won in a dramatic contest by the Athenian choragus Lysicrates (a choragus being a wealthy patron of the arts who directed the chorus in the Athenian theatre). In the early... More

Continuing along the canal, at Baggott Street, your quiet enjoyment of the birds and greenery may be momentarily disturbed by the outdoor food market held on the canal every Wednesday, featuring a popular mix of Indian, Spanish, British and Lebanese food, men and women in suits and some live jazz.

A premise of note is the striking Royal City of ... More

11. Portobello

At Leeson Street, there is the option to leave the canal, and take a right to continue to St Stephen’s Green, or the nearby hidden gem of the Iveagh Gardens. I would recommend continuing along the canal until you reach Portobello.

The “Beautiful Harbour” was also known as Little Jerusalem because in the first half of the twentieth century it was... More