How to use a Dublin street map

Published: 05th March 2010
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Travelling to Dublin and not familiar with the city? First things first, you need a good Dublin street map. This is the only way to plan your itinerary and familiarise yourself with the surroundings, the many tourist attractions, shopping areas, nightlife venues and much more.



There are many different types of maps you can obtain today, some very detailed, some that will highlight tourist attractions, points of interest and much more. You can get a very good and free tourist map of Dublin city centre from the Dublin Tourism office based at Saint Andrew's Church on Suffolk Street, Dublin 2. This is more or less around the corner from Grafton Street. Here you can also choose from a large selection of chargeable and detailed maps, or you can pick up a map at a local bookstore or newsagents.



Dublin city centre is divided in two by the River Liffey, a good thing to remember is that the uneven or odd postcode numbers are located north of the River Liffey (the Northside), and the even postcode numbers are located south of the River Liffey (the Southside). Dublin city centre lies in the Dublin 1 area and Dublin 2 area of Dublin. There are 24 postcodes in Dublin ranging from Dublin 1 to Dublin 24.





Dublin 1...



Dublin 1 is the most central area in Dublin city centre and located just north of the River Liffey. O'Connell Street is situated here and is Dublin's main street. Just off O'Connell Street are Henry Street and The Jervis Street Shopping Centre. Some of Dublin's main tourist attractions can be found in and around the Dublin 1 area. These include the Daniel O'Connell Statue, The GPO, Croke Park Stadium, which is about a 10-15 minute walk from the top of O'Connell Street, a host of theatres and museums, Connolly Station, Busaras (the main bus station) and of course towering above in the Dublin sky and seen for miles around is 'The Spire' also know as 'The Spike' and officially titled 'The Monument of Light'.





Dublin 2...



Dublin 2 is also part of Dublin city centre and is located south of the River Liffey. Grafton Street is one of the main shopping districts and showcases the very best in shopping, style and the very latest in fashion. Again there's a huge selection of tourist attractions and points of interest including Trinity College, the bustling Saint Stephens Green, historic Dublin Castle, Dublin Tourism, theatres, The National Concert Hall and of course not forgetting the vibrant and entertaining Temple Bar area for the best nightlife venues.





Dublin 3...



Dublin 3 is located north east of Dublin city centre and is home to areas such as Clontarf, Fairview, Cloniffe and more. Croke Park is literally a hop skip and a jump from here while other attractions include Bull Island, Saint Anne's Park and Dollymount Strand. The area is easily accessible from the city centre by Dart (rapid transport system) and Dublin Bus.



Dublin 4...



This is a plush and up-market area of Dublin with many of the famous and colorful Georgian Dublin doors set along affluent tree lined avenues. It's just south of the city centre and home to the fashionable Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Sandymount areas and also home to Landsdowne Road, RDS, and University College of Dublin. Public transport links are excellent via Dublin Bus and the Dart.





Dublin 5...



Dublin 5 is located just north east of Dublin City Centre and again accessible by Dublin Bus and the Dart. Suburbs include Artane, Raheny and Cookock.





Dublin 6...



Located south of Dublin city centre and serviced by the Luas Green Line is the Dublin 6 area. Dublin 6 is very similar to its neighbour Dublin 4; it's an up-market area and includes city suburbs Rathmines, Rathgar, Sandyford and Ranelagh.





Dublin 7...



Dublin 7 is home to the most historic area of Dublin, namely Smithfield. It's located just half a mile from the very heart of Dublin city centre, and public transport links include the Luas (Red Line) and Dublin Bus. The Old Jameson's Irish Whiskey Distillery is based here and if you've a head for heights you can venture up the Smithfield Chimney Viewing Tower and take in the birds eye view of Dublin's fair city.





The Luas...



The Luas operates a two line transport system in Dublin. The Green Line operates a service from Saint Stephen's Green all the way out to Sandyford which is 10km south of the city centre. The Red Line operates a service from Tallaght, Dublin 24, which is 13km south west of the city to Connolly Station in Dublin 1. Most maps today will indicate both Luas lines, Connelly Station, Heuston Station, Dublin's main train station located west of the city in Dublin 8 and Bus Aras, the main bus station, on Store Street in Dublin 1.



If you're travelling to Dublin be sure to book your accommodation in advance. There's always something going on here and the city centre is always extremely busy.



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