Around North City Centre
Dublin city has experienced dramatic changes and astounding economic success during the past decade. Bisected by the river Liffey, the city is bounded to the north and south by hills. Pedestrian footbridges connect north city centre to south city centre.
North city centre is the area around the imposing O’ Connell Street. As the city’s main and busiest thoroughfare, it has a fine mix of architectural styles and a grand central mall punctuated with statues of famous Irish citizens. This is the area where Dubliners come to shop and some of the adjacent streets particularly Moore Street, have a colourful array of stalls and street vendors offering fresh fruit and vegetables. Shops, pubs and restaurants line the main thoroughfare.
Many fine public buildings adorn this part of city centre, such as James Gandon’s Custom House overlooking the river Liffey. The majestic Four Courts and the historic General Post Office also grace the area and are an essential part of any visit to the city.
A recent landmark redefining Dublin’s urban landscape is Smithfield Village. A blend of culture, tourism, and entertainment have been integrated into this new development. A unique hotel, innovative restaurants, an interactive Irish music visitor’s centre and the Jameson distillery viewing chimney all provide a voyage to the very heart of Dublin city.
Other attractions in the area include St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, the Abbey and Gate Theatres, the Dublin Writer’s Museum, James Joyce Cultural Centre, Hugh Lane Gallery and the Garden of Remembrance – dedicated to those who gave their lives for Irish freedom.
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