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O’Connell Bridge Tours

O’Connell Bridge
Linking the northern and southern halves of central Dublin, O’Connell Bridge is one of the most heavily trafficked routes across the River Liffey. The 18th-century construction, now named after 19th-century political leader Daniel O’Connell, offers views of the riverfront and accommodates vehicles, trams, and pedestrians.

The Basics
As one of the most central bridges over the Liffey and the most direct route between the main shopping strip of Grafton Street and the broad, monument-dotted O’Connell Street, O’Connell Bridge is hard to miss. Many walking tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours of Dublin cross the bridge as they explore the north and south of the city, stopping at nearby attractions and destinations such as Temple Bar, Trinity College, the General Post Office (GPO), and the Spire. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • O’Connell Bridge is a must for sightseers and history buffs.
  • Bring a camera as the bridge is a great spot for photo opportunities with the River Liffey as a backdrop. 
  • It’s possible to walk, drive, or take public transit across the bridge. 

How to Get There
O’Connell Bridge is situated in Dublin city center, connecting Westmoreland Street and D’Olier Street on the Southside to O’Connell Street on the Northside. While you can ride the Luas Green Line tram across the bridge, it’s better to go on foot so you can pause to admire the view. Get off at the Westmoreland Luas stop (Green Line) south of the bridge or the Abbey Street stop (Red Line) or GPO stop (Green Line) to the north and stroll across. 

When to Get There 
Avoid morning and afternoon rush hours as the bridge can be crowded during these times. Consider coming at night to admire the twinkling city lights; the cityscape especially sparkles during the run-up to Christmas. 

Bridges Over the Liffey
O’Connell Bridge is one of 23 bridges that span the River Liffey. The next bridge to the west is the Ha’penny Bridge, the oldest pedestrian crossing. Farther west is the much newer Millennium Bridge, another pedestrian-only crossing that opened just days before the advent of the year 2000. Farther east is the Samuel Beckett Bridge, whose distinctive asymmetrical design—comprising a curving pylon and steel cables—was inspired by the harp, an Irish national emblem.
Address: River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience O’Connell Bridge

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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Dublin Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Dublin Private Tour

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Spend half a day exploring some of Dublin’s top attractions, such as Trinity College, as well as a selection of hidden gems you might otherwise overlook. Plus, gain a greater insight into each destination thanks to your local guide on this private tour, during which you can forget the busy group excursions and tackle the city’s sights at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$68.62
Price varies by group size
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$68.62
Price varies by group size
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Private Highlights & Hidden Gems Tour with Skip-the-Line at the Castle

Private Highlights & Hidden Gems Tour with Skip-the-Line at the Castle

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Experience Dublin like a local during this private tour which includes stops at Dublin highlights and hidden gems, as well as skip-the-line entry to Dublin Castle. The ideal introductory experience for those with limited time in the region, you won’t have to wait around for other travelers, you can go at your own pace, and you'll likely experience places that many travelers overlook.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$101.74
Price varies by group size
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$101.74
Price varies by group size
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Essential Private Dublin walking tour for up to 5 people

Essential Private Dublin walking tour for up to 5 people

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Explore a good mix of top attractions and off-the-beaten-path sights with this private, guided tour of Dublin. Your local guide will meet you at The Spire and take you to attractions such as Trinity College, Tempe Bar, and the Garden of Remembrance. You'll finish your tour off with a visit to Dublin Castle.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.31
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$160.31
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Dublin City and Drinks with Experienced Local Guide

Dublin City and Drinks with Experienced Local Guide

I have been providing tours of Dublin for over 7 years and I pride myself on giving groups a unique experience and showing people the weirder side of Dublin's history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.32
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$47.32

Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Maximize your time in Ireland’s vibrant capital with a 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus ticket. Discover Dublin’s spectacular sights and listen to entertaining commentary as you cruise around the capital. Whenever a landmark captures your attention, simply disembark to explore further; see attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, and St. Stephen’s Green and then simply rejoin your bus tour at a time and stop that suits your schedule. Entry to the Little Museum and a Dublin walking tour are included with the bus ticket.
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  • 40 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.45
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$26.45
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Saint Patricks Day - 4 Day Tour from Dublin

Saint Patricks Day - 4 Day Tour from Dublin

There’s no better place to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day than Ireland and festivities in Dublin last for an entire five days. This 4-day tour ensures an unforgettable St Patrick’s Day experience with a local guide on-hand to ensure you don’t miss anything. Party like a local at a traditional dance, attend the famous St Patrick’s Day parade, visit sights including the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, and the Guinness Brewery; and enjoy an open-air bus tour of Dublin.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$447.57
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$447.57
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Walking Tour Dublin South Side

Walking Tour Dublin South Side

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Maximize time in Dublin with a walking tour of the south side of the River Liffey. Cover top city landmarks including the O’Connell Street Bridge, Trinity College, Temple Bar, and Dublin Castle. Learn about the history of attractions such as Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Choose a departure time that is convenient for your schedule. A coffee break is included.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$207.03
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Stories of Dublin: An audio tour from St Patrick's Cathedral to Merrion Square

Stories of Dublin: An audio tour from St Patrick's Cathedral to Merrion Square

This self-guided audio walking tour is a trip back in time to explore some of Dublin's most iconic landmarks. We’ll take in some of Georgian Dublin along with city parks, traditional bars, cathedrals and many other famous sites on a stroll across this charm-laden city. You’ll also hear fun facts and tales about its history, culture and people – like rock band U2 and the rebellious Daniel O'Connell as well more ordinary folk. While we walk you’ll notice how lively Dublin is with some 751 pubs. A lot of them are beautifully decorated, but O'Neill's opposite the Molly Malone statue is one of the best on our route. The food is excellent too. Dublin also has an abundance of museums. There are 45 in all and most of them are free to visit. Two of the best are the National History Museum and the Little Museum of Dublin. I’ll guide you to both of them, and I highly recommend popping into them either before, after or during our tour.
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  • 2 days 13 hours 15 minutes
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$5.00
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