Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin

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A charming Georgian Era pedestrian bridge, Ha'penny Bridge offers a restful and historical route across the Liffey River. Opened in 1816 to replace the dangerous ferries that operated in the same spot, the bridge is one of the first cast-iron bridges to be constructed in the world. The official name of the bridge is "The Liffey," but you'll hear it referred to as the "ha'penny" due to the toll that was long charged to make a crossing. Come and walk the artfully refurbished bridge and admire the ornamental rail work. Stop in the middle and look both ways along the river, day or night, for a lesser-seen view of Dublin. Take the guesswork out of planning a Dublin vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Great photo ops here day and night - much busier during the day as folks use this primarily to cross the Liffey.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Named because it used to cost a Half Penny (Ha'Penny) to walk across. Just a foot fridge, but quaint.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The story of this bridge is very interesting , I suggest you read upon it's history !! No one can come to Dublin and not do a few walks back and forth over it !! I did notice that a couple of the glas...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    Another lovely free tourist stop in Dublin. All about those free sites! It's pretty day or night and easy to fit in to your tour. Especially if you stay at a nearby hostel, which hopefully you will because in my experience the cheapest ones are in that area.
  • July 3, 2017
    This white bridge is the Ha'penny Bridge. By the River Liffey, there are couple bridges actually. I thought it looks old, but they paint it to keep it look new maybe. After walking through this bridge to north, you will arrive the temple bar which is a really famous bar area in Dublin.
  • June 19, 2017
    Very cute. Generally full of people, beautiful to see in the evenings. There are also locks with peoples names declaring their love for each other- very cute
  • June 22, 2017
    An icon of the Dublin city. Great looking little bridge with lovely views. A must place to visit while walking around the city. Wort taking a photo there
  • May 21, 2017
    Very nice place in Dublin, recommended if you are visiting; you should cross this pedestrians only bridge. You'll get a very nice view of the river Liffey and parts of the old city, close to Temple Bar that you should also visit! They used to charge half penny to cross it, hence the name.

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Dublin offers everything from luxury hotels to eclectic guesthouses. Explore over 1,000 years of history in the city on foot by staying at one of the hotels or hostels in the city center. The south side of the river has always been a popular place to stay, particularly near Temple University or the tourist nightlife center Temple Bar, but a new crop of attractive options has popped up on the north side as well. For more affordable accommodations, try a hostel or make your way toward St. Stephen's Green for a more comfortable stay at a mid-range hotel. If the artistic spirit of Dublin is what beckoned you, spend your holiday in a guesthouse near the creative Lower Gardiner Street.
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