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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  • Great photo ops here day and night - much busier during the day as folks use this primarily to cross the Liffey.  more »
  • Named because it used to cost a Half Penny (Ha'Penny) to walk across. Just a foot fridge, but quaint.  more »
  • 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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  • I've walked over this so many times since coming to Dublin in 2003! Each time it feels different and you are sure to see different people crossing as well which adds to the charm! Take a closer look and you will probably see locks 'love locks' on the bridge. These are a public symbol of love from happy couples visiting the city. You can see them on bridges in a lot of other capital cities but if you are in Dublin be sure to keep an eye out for them!
  • Probably the most recognized place in Dublin. Ha'penny Bridge hasn't changed much in its long history. Its so old, so many people believed an April Fools joke in the paper about how they chipped off the paint and discovered it was made of Gold!
  • Probably a must if you want to check top ten attractions in Dublin, but otherwise - a bridge
  • Wow. How to sum up my experience with just words. This bridge has it all. Unbelievable views left, right AND centre as well as superb function as an actual bridge, this work of engineering wizardry transports you across the Liffey no problem at all (unless steps are an issue, sorry lads). Me and my girlfriend spent just 3 hours here but could easily have spent 3 more. Would recommend setting aside at least a day to truly feel the magic of this next level, ahead of its time, beauty of a river traverser. Will I ever be the same again? Almost definitely no. Flights already booked again for next year.
  • Shoppers paradise. Defiantly worth a visit. Plenty of great places to snack or have lunch when the legs get a bit weary

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Where to stay in Dublin

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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