The Dubline is a walking trail through the heart of Dublin city and connects places and stories of history, architecture and contemporary life. It follows the path of the ancient road (the Slige Mhór) that crossed the whole country. This week I followed the Dubline on the south side of the city.
Take a Walk Along the Dubline South
The walk begins at the most famous university in Ireland, Trinity College. It is more than 400 years old and it is here where you will find Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure; the Book of Kells. Trinity is also a welcoming campus to wander around, take a photo at the Campanile in Front Square or pick up a coffee in the Buttery.
Heading west along Dame Street, the Dubline takes you by Dublin Castle. Visitors are welcome to wander in and enjoy the peaceful courtyards in the city. It is one of the most significant historical places in Dublin. In the castle grounds, the Chester Beatty Museum and Library is free to visit and houses many rare manuscripts and books from around the world.
The City Hall is at Dame Street and Parliament Street and is a striking Georgian building. It was opened in 1779 for the Guild of Merchants. If it is open, pop in to see the magnificent gold-leafed dome, and the mosaic of the city crest.
Dublin has two Medieval Cathedrals
The Dubline then takes you past two Medieval cathedrals; Christchurch founded in 1030, and St. Patrick’s founded in 1191. The Synod Hall at Christchurch houses an interesting museum to the Viking history of the city called Dublinia.
This is the oldest part of the city and known as the Liberties, an area of the city that was outside the original walls. As you walk along High Street take a break in the lovely little park in front of St. Audeon’s Church.
Dublin’s Antique Quarter
At the next junction, there is an option to take a walk left down Francis Street, home of Dublin’s antique quarter. You may find something special to take home. On this street, Lovin Café, bakes fresh gourmet food every day and the duck pie and apple strudel are worth a stop.
Back on Thomas Street, the backbone of the Dubline, will bring you to more places of interest. St. John’s Priory Church dominates the skyline next to the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). At certain times of the year you may be in luck to catch an exhibition by the students.
Now passing St. Catherine’s Church you will see a plaque to mark the place where Robert Emmet, the Irish patriot was executed. Onwards to St. James Street and you are in the quarter of the famous Guinness Brewery. A short walk down Crane Street and you can explore the Guinness Storehouse.
Back on St. James Street and there are now two new distilleries to explore, Roe & Co and the Pearse Lyons Distillery in a former church, they have regular tours and events. Across the road is the church of St. James and the beginning point of the Camino de Santiago from Ireland. The Way of St. James and pilgrim route to the Northern Spanish city.
IMMA and Kilmainham Gaol
Continuing down Bow Lane will bring you to the Irish Museum of Modern Art IMMA at the Royal Hospital. There is often very interesting and unique art on show and the grounds and gardens of this ancient place are lovely places to relax.
Across the avenue from the IMMA is Kilmainham Gaol, the place where Irish patriots were tried and hanged after the rebellion in 1916, it is now a museum.
Your walk can be enhanced by downloading the Dublin Discovery Trails from the Apple or Play stores. On it you will find maps and audio casts of things to see and do walking the Dubline.