If you would like to visit non-turisty places around Dublin, here are 12 of them. From the North side of Dublin to the South side, there are many places to visit.
14 Henrietta Street
On Henrietta Street, Dubin’s North inner city you can find this Georgian townhouse. The townhouse turned into a tenement hall, can only be seen from outside as the museum is due to open mid-September during the week, however they already have it open Friday’s and Saturday’s, but pre-booking is advised.
The Honorable Society of King’s Inn
At the end of Henrietta Street, you find Irelan’s oldest school of law and one of Irelan’s most important Georgian architectural heritage. The library building, also in Henrietta Street, is a good example of Greek revival architecture. It contains a magnificent reading room with a splendid balcony. At the back of the building, if you come from Henrietta Street, you can find the Inn’s gardens. A very peaceful area and not frequented by many and were the next gem can be found.
The Hungry Tree
The Hungry Tree is an 80-year-old London Plane tree that’s currently in the process of devouring a cast iron bench. As the years have passed, the tree has grown, causing it to swallow the parts of the structure that stands in its way. Its gnarled bark now spills over the back of the bench, making it appear as though the seat is being sucked into the tree’s trunk. The Hungry Tree is listed by the Tree Council of Ireland as one of Ireland’s Heritage Trees. Located within the grounds of The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, the grounds are open and accessible to the public and lead on to Henrietta Street, which along with King’s Inns itself has been used as a location for many films and TV dramas.
North Great George’s Street
A unique and historic 18th century street in the heart of Dublin North side. Just off the colourful Parnell Street, you turn the corner to another world. Old red brick terrace houses, beautiful colour doors, the James Joyce Centre, all on one street. You don’t feel you are in the same area. Visit day or night, this street is truly a must-see.
Fr. Pat Noise Memorial Plaque
Sometime in 2004, a commemorative plaque appeared on the west side of Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge in memory of “Fr. Pat Noise.” It remains there to this day, honoring a man who never existed and its believed to be a hoax. In 2006 there was a petition that the plaque should remain in situ as it was “a bit of madness, a bit of colour.”
Templer Bar Icon Walk
In the neglected lanes and alleyways on Temple Bar you can walk among a series of imaginative and inclusive snapshots of iconic Irish historical and contemporary figures. The Icon Walk Dublin is a multi-street public art installation which showcases original artwork by many different local artists of Irish icons from many disciplines including: writers and playwrights, sports icons, musicians, and actors from the performing arts. As several of its larger art works feature Irish writers, of all genres, The Icon Walk has been endorsed by the city’s UNESCO City of Literature office as an important site for the celebration of Irish literary talent and culture.
George’s Street Arcade
South City Markets was Dublin’s first purpose built Victorian Shopping Centre. Designed by distinguished British architects Lockwood and Mauson, and promoted by wealthy families with extensive property interests in the city, South City Market was formally opened in 1881. On August 27th 1892 when the massive city fire devastated the whole building. The Centre was re-built in the same style, using local labour and craftsmen, and was re-opened on September 13th 1894.
Bewley’s on Grafton Street is one of Dublin’s most iconic and celebrated landmarks, as well as serving the very best coffees and teas, many elements of the original café have been carefully restored including the Harry Clarke windows, the historic front façade of the café and the open fireplaces.
Hidden away just off Harcourt Street you will find the Gardens. Designed by Ninian Niven, the former landscape gardener and Director of the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. The Gardens feature a unique collection of landscape features, which include a Rustic Grotto and Cascade, sunken formal panels of lawn with Fountain Centre Pieces, Wilderness Woodlands, a Maze, Rosarium, American Garden, Archery grounds, Rockeries and Rookeries. Very quiet compared to its next door neighbour St. Stephen’s Green, just a pleasure to stroll through or just relax.
The Jocker’s Chair
The Joker’s Chair is a memorial to one of the country’s most beloved alternative comedians, Dermot Morgan, who made his career satirizing Irish politics, and rose to international fame playing Father Ted, a priest that had quite a weakness for fame and money. His memorial is the Joker’s Chair in Merrion Square, Dublin. The joker, or jester, is the entertainer who was able to criticize the royal court. Ireland’s first alternative comedian has left a legacy in the country, with his memorial just a walk away from the powers he would satirize.
St. Michan’s Mummies
Located in Smithfield, underneath the church are five long burial vaults containing the mummified remains of many of Dublin’s most influential 17th, 18th and 19th century families, including the legendary Shears brothers and the highly decorated coffins of the Earl’s of Leitrim. Since Victorian times visitors have descended the vault steps to see the mummies and Bram Stoker, creator of the “Dracula” stories is believed to have visited the vaults in the company of his family. There are full guided tours on the vaults from Monday to Saturday, Sunday’s they are closed.
Inside the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street, next to the National Library of Ireland, you can find the Bog Bodies. Mummified bog bodies can be found all across the globe, but the blacked bodices on display are some of the only ones that are on actual public display. The exhibition is based around the theory that human sacrifice and the deposition of the victims in bogs along tribal boundaries is related to sovereignty and kingship rituals during the Iron Age. Other related material displayed includes items of royal regalia, horse trappings, weapons, feasting utensils, boundary markers and votive deposits of butter known as bog butter.
Below is a map of the locations of the treasures. But please, do get lost around Dublin because this historic capital is full of even more hidden treasures. Hope you enjoy this other side of Dublin!
Blog by: Caitlin