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O'Connell Street
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Marvel at one of the world’s tallest public works of art as you stroll down this boulevard of shops and historic buildings.

O’Connell Street is among Dublin’s busiest and recognizable parts. It consists of a wide boulevard divided by spaces for trees and works of art. Admire the many historic buildings and peruse the upscale boutiques that line this busy street.

Among the most interesting structures is the General Post Office. Note its Greek-revival design with imposing columns and a large pediment. Hear how the building was home to leaders of the Easter Rising in the early 1900s, before most of it burned down.

In the center of the boulevard is the Spire of Dublin, which many claim is the world’s tallest public sculpture. Look at your distorted reflection in the wide stainless steel base. Gaze up at the tip of the spike, which reaches a height of 400 feet (120 meters). See the artwork at night, when its base and tip are illuminated. From the spire, spot the James Joyce Statue, which depicts the Irish writer with one hand in a pocket and the other leaning on a cane.

Find out about the origins of the boulevard, which was known as Drogheda Street in the 17th century. It later played a major role in momentous occasions, such as the Dublin Lockout, the Irish Civil War and the destruction of the Nelson’s Pillar by the Irish Republican Army.

The street, which has several car lanes and large sidewalks, is more than 150 feet (45 meters) across. Reach the O’Connell Bridge at the southern end of the street. Learn about its rich past, dating back to 1794. Its three semi-elliptical arches glow green at night. Discover the hoax tribute to Father Pat Noise that was attached to the stonework by pranksters.

Admire the O’Connell Monument to 19th-century nationalist leader Daniel O’Connell, after whom the bridge and street were named. He campaigned for Catholic rights.

O’Connell Street leads north from the north bank of the River Liffey. It lies in the heart of the city and is considered the most central point. Ride a bus to one of the many stops along the street, which leads to the Gate Theatre and Ambassador Theatre.

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Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch
Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch
4 out of 5
Christchurch Place, Dublin, Dublin
Free cancellation
The price is CA $84 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15

Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Dublinia and Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin Castle and Olympia Theatre are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,328 reviews)
Great location for city centre.

"Excellent location in city centre. friendly staff. Cheap and clean. Everything a walk away. Covid complaint"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 28, 2020

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Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
4 out of 5
Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin, Dublin
Free cancellation
The price is CA $83 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15

Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Parnell Square and O'Connell Bridge are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,068 reviews)

"Generally well run with great friendly staff. Good clean rooms and no problems with anything. Great all round"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 1, 2020

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Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
4 out of 5
11 Bow Lane East, St Stephen's Green, Dublin
The price is CA $128 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gaiety Theatre and Grafton Street. Dublin Castle and Trinity College are also within 10 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (250 reviews)

"Very nice place, excellent staff and service"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 1, 2020

Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Russ

Oct 29, 2018

Our experience was that Saturday morning in front of the GPO was about as live as street politics gets (when not actually violent); and the street as a whole is just great to walk along.

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Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch
Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch
4 out of 5
Christchurch Place, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $84 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch
Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
4 out of 5
Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $83 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
4 out of 5
11 Bow Lane East, St Stephen's Green, Dublin
The price is CA $128 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
Maldron Hotel Pearse Street
Maldron Hotel Pearse Street
4 out of 5
98-107 Pearse Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $136 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
Maldron Hotel Pearse Street
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
4 out of 5
23 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $114 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
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Academy Plaza Hotel
Academy Plaza Hotel
3 out of 5
10-14 Findlater Place, off Upper O'Connell St, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $85 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
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Grand Canal Hotel Dublin
Grand Canal Hotel Dublin
4 out of 5
Grand Canal Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $112 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
Grand Canal Hotel Dublin
The Fleet
The Fleet
4 out of 5
19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $131 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
The Fleet
Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge
Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge
3 out of 5
23-25 Bachelors Walk, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $96 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 5
Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge
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