Dublin DIY Walking Tour - South

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Distance: 7 km (about 4 miles);  Duration: 2-8 hours

This DIY Walking Tour of Dublin is 7 kilometres long (about 4 miles – so get your comfy walking shoes on), and takes in most of the attractions of the southern part of central Dublin that you’ll want to visit:

Kilmainham Gaol > Richmond Tower > IMMA Garden Walk  > Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) > Guinness Storehouse > Teeling Whiskey Distillery > St Patrick’s Cathedral > Marsh’s Library > MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland > St Stephen’s Green > The Little Museum of Dublin > National Museum of Ireland (Archaeology) > National Gallery of Ireland > Trinity College Dublin > The Book of Kells > Irish Whiskey Museum > Chester Beatty > Dublin Castle > Christ Church Cathedral > Temple Bar > The Irish Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum Experience > Millennium Bridge > Ha’penny Bridge.

And because it’s a DIY walking tour of Dublin, you can take it at your very own pace; stopping for a coffee/snack/drink where, when, and for as long as you like; lingering at the attractions of Dublin which interest you (and speeding past those that don’t).

So if you were to simply rush round without stopping, you could easily complete the walk in 2 hours. However, I would recommend taking a full day to complete this route around the northern part of central Dublin – as there’s just so much to see and do (and splitting the walk over two days would be even better).


Technically, this entire route is accessible. But I wouldn’t recommend it for two reasons:

  1. The route involves a short-cut – that involves a LOT of steps (at Cromwell’s Quarters). There IS a detour though – but it involves going UP a hilly street. So really only for powerchair users;
  2.  The area after the Guinness Storehouse on this route, involves a lot of very narrow streets, with very narrow pavements.

So, instead, I would split the walk in two (and miss out a bit in the middle):

  1. Take one of the accessible Luas/trams to Heuston, and then make a return trip to IMMA and down to the Kilmainham Gaol Museum. This will take around 2 hours (longer if you want to spend any time at either IMMA or the Kilmainham Gaol Museum);
  2. Follow the eastern section of the route, starting from either St.Patrick’s Cathedral or MoLI (just take a Luas to “St.Stephens Green” stop, and walk to either from there).

Dublin DIY Walking Tour (South): Walking Directions

[These are very thorough walking directions – you shouldn’t be getting lost in Dublin when following this guide].

However, I definitely recommend that you follow the Google Streetview route of the entire Dublin DIY Walking Tour (South) first, from the comfort of your own home before you head to Dublin, as this will allow you to better visualise the entire route before you arrive].

START: Bus Stop (#60 – Kilmainham Gaol) [MAP]:

There is now a new entrance to Kilmainham Gaol – to your LEFT as you exit the bus.

Kilmainham Gaol [MAP]:

As soon as you have booked your stay in Dublin, make a booking for Kilmainham Gaol (it’s seriously popular, and tickets sell fast – so it just has to be done as soon as you know the dates that you’ll be in Dublin.

If you are unlucky enough to be ticketless when you arrive, a visit is still possible (well, a partial visit):

As well as the actual Kilmainham Gaol itself, there is also a museum (for which you don’t need a ticket – it’s FREE). Nowhere near as good as visiting Kilmainham Gaol – but it’s still very much worth seeing.

After your visit, turn RIGHT, and head towards the Pedestrian Crossing at the junction (your ultimate destination will be to pass through the castle-like gateway of Richmond Tower facing you on the opposite side of the road).

Pedestrian Crossing [MAP]:

Light-controlled, with dropped kerbs on both sides.

After crossing South Circular Road here, walk towards Richmond Tower, and the start of the IMMA Garden Walk.

IMMA Garden Walk [MAP]:

Once you have passed through the gates of the Richmond Tower, you enter the gardens of IMMA (the Irish Museum of Modern Art), and the start of the IMMA Garden Walk.

The IMMA Garden Walk is less than 400 metres in length. Along a tarmac path, which rises ever-so-slightly in this direction. This main path is at a higher elevation than the rest of the park, and although paths heading off to the left are passable too, they head downhill. So you may struggle to return to the main path.

As the main path is so wonderfully traffic-free anyway, and wider, I would just head straight along there. it’s a very easy 10-minute walk/roll.

At the end of the path, you will arrive at, and pass through, the western entrance to the IMMA courtyard. At the centre of the courtyard, turn RIGHT, and head to the entrance to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) – Entrance [MAP]:

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the stunning building of the 17th Century Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Admission to IMMA is free (although there is a charge to visit some exhibitions – all exhibitions are free to all on Tuesdays, but advanced booking is recommended).

Thanks to lifts, all areas of IMMA are accessible to all. And toilets, including accessible toilets, are to be found in many areas.

There are steps leading down to the formal gardens at IMMA though. Technically, there IS a roundabout way to get down there, but as the paths within the formal gardens are composed of gravel, and as you would have to push back up the hill afterwards, I wouldn’t recommend it. The view over the formal gardens from the top of the steps is lovely in itself [VIEW].

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) – Exit [MAP]:

Exit IMMA using the same courtyard door that you entered from. And once you reach the centre of the courtyard again, turn RIGHT, and pass through the eastern archway. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD, via the pavement on the LEFT [MAP], until you reach the dropped kerb at the IMMA entrance gate on Military Road [MAP].

This is where I would recommend wheelchair users to just turn LEFT, and make your way back to Heuston station.

For everyone else though, turn RIGHT (crossing the road, Irwin Street, at the same time).

Turn LEFT at the bottom of Irwin Street, cross Bow Bridge, and you will then see the bottom of the steps at Cromwell’s Quarters.

Cromwell’s Quarters [MAP]:

Walk up the steps of Cromwell’s Quarters, turning LEFT at the top, and continue up James Street.

James Street [MAP]:

Follow James Street until the first pedestrian crossing appears on your right (you will also see the tram tracks curving down to James’s Luas Stop).

Pedestrian Crossing [MAP]:

Cross here (the crossing has an island in the centre, and has dropped kerbs at all points).

At the end of the second part of the crossing, turn LEFT, and continue following James Street (but now on the right-hand pavement) until the very first turning on your right (into Basin Street Lower).

Basin Street Lower [MAP]:

Follow Basin Street Lower until the very end of the street, then turn LEFT into Basin View.

Basin View [MAP]:

Follow Basin View as it turns right, then take the very first street on your left (St.James Avenue).

St.James Avenue [MAP]:

It’s important to remain on the lefthand pavement here.

Follow St.James Avenue as it curves around to your left into Grand Canal Place.

Grand Canal Place [MAP]:

Follow Grand Canal Place all the way around (crossing Echlin Street along the way).

Eventually, as Grand Canal Place straightens out, the road becomes Pim Street (you will now see the Guinness buildings on your left).

Take the very first turning on your left, into Market Street South. After a few metres, you will see the entrance to the Guinness Storehouse on your left.

Guinness Storehouse [MAP]:

After your Guinness Storehouse visit, turn LEFT as you leave, and continue following Market Street South (which eventually becomes known as Bellevue).

At the end of Bellevue, cross Sugar House Lane, and follow School Street (you will still be heading in roughly the same direction as you were when leaving the Guinness Storehouse).

School Street [MAP]:

Follow School Street until it becomes Earl Street South (after you cross the sidestreet of Thomas Court).

At the end of Earl Street South, turn RIGHT into Meath Street.

Meath Street [MAP]:

Follow the right-hand pavement of Meath Street as you head south (crossing a number of sidestreets along the way).

Eventually, you will arrive at a pedestrian crossing which will take you across The Coombe, into Brabazon Street.

Brabazon Street [MAP]:

Follow Brabazon Street to the end (where it then curves left, and becomes Weaver’s Street).

Don’t follow Weaver’s Street though. Instead, pass through the building on your right, and you will immediately see a Pedestrian Crossing in front of you.

Pedestrian Crossing [MAP]:

After crossing the road here, turn LEFT, then immediately turn RIGHT, and continue down Brabazon Street again, turning LEFT into Newmarket at the end of the street.

Newmarket [MAP]:

As you turn into Newmarket, you will immediately see the distinctive building of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery on the opposite side of the road;

Teeling Whiskey Distillery [MAP]:

After your Teeling Whiskey Distillery visit, there are different directions for walkers and wheelchair users (as there are steps at then end of the shortest route):

Walkers should turn RIGHT, and follow the first turning on the LEFT as you follow Newmarket. Go down the steps at the end, and turn RIGHT, into the main St.Luke’s Avenue;

Wheelchair users shoud turn LEFT at the exit of the Teeling Whisky Distillery, and then turn RIGHT (retracing your steps along the second part of Brabazon Street). At the end of Brabazon Street, turn RIGHT and follow the main St.Luke’s Avenue, eventually rejoining the main walking route at the foot of the Newmarket steps;

St.Luke’s Avenue [MAP]:

Follow St.Luke’s Avenue as it sweeps left, until you see a Pedestrian Crossing ahead of you (which will take you across the wider The Coombe);

Pedestrian Crossing [MAP]:

At the end of the crossing, turn RIGHT, and continue until you see Patrick Street on your left (after crossing one sidestreet).

Don’t immediately turn left here though.

Instead, cross at the Pedestrian Crossing, THEN turn LEFT into Patrick Street (following the pavement on the righthand side of the road);

Patrick Street [MAP]:

Follow the pavement (crossing one sidestreet) until you see St Patrick’s Cathedral on your right;

St Patrick’s Cathedral [MAP]:

After visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral, turn LEFT and then almost immedately turn LEFT again, into the smaller St.Patrick’s Close which runs along the side of St.Patrick’s Cathedral;

St.Patrick’s Close [MAP]:

Just as St.Patrick’s Close bends round to the right, you will see the entrance to Marsh’s Library on your left;

Marsh’s Library [MAP]:

After your visit to Marsh’s Library, turn LEFT, and continue along St.Patrick’s Close, and at the end, turn LEFT into the main Kevin Street Upper;

Kevin Street Upper [MAP]:

Follow the road, until you reach the Crossing (that crosses Bride Street);

Crossing [MAP]:

Careful: There are no lights at this crossing (but there ARE dropped kerbs on either side).

After crossing, turn RIGHT, and almost immediately, turn LEFT, into Kevin Street Lower;

Kevin Street Lower [MAP]:

Your ulimate objective is now to cross to the other side of Kevin Street Lower, and to then continue in the same direction (but on the righthand pavement). However, you first need to cross a sidestreet on the left of THIS side of Kevin Street Lower:

So, just continue along the lefthand pavement of Kevin Street Lower until you see a Pedestrain Crossing AHEAD of you (which crosses the sidestreet of Redmond’s Hill).

This first crossing ends at a traffic island, where you should take the crossing on your RIGHT – which ends on the OPPOSITE side of the main road now called Cuffe Street). At the end of this final crossing, turn LEFT and continue along Cuffe Street;

Cuffe Street [MAP]:

Continue along Cuffe Street to the Pedestrian Crossing, at the next junction (which crosses Harcourt Street).

You will now see the trees of St.Stephen’s Green (diagonally across the junction). But for now, remain on this side of the main road.

After crossing Harcourt Street here, continue (in the same direction as before) along the righthand pavement until you see the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) on your right.

Museum of Literature Ireland – MoLI [MAP]:

After visiting MoLI, cross the main road, towards St.Stephen’s Green, using the Pedestrian Crossing located directly outside of MoLI;

At the end of the crossing, continue STRAIGHT AHEAD (you will see an entrance to St.Stephen’s Green directly in front of you;

St.Stephen’s Green [MAP]:

When you enter St.Stephen’s Green, continue straight ahead until you pass round the central “pedestrian roundabout”, then continue in roughly the same direction until you cross the bridge over the pond;

After crossing the bridge, take the SECOND path on the LEFT. This leads to a smaller exit (on your right) to the northern side of St.Stephen’s Green;

As you exit St.Stephen’s Green here, turn RIGHT, and continue until you see a Pedestrian Crossing on your left. There are actually two crossings here now (trams have become a thing since Google last updated the map image for here – the one they use was taken in 2010!). So take the crossing AFTER the fountain (Lady Grattan Drinking Fountain), as this will take you directly across the road to where you want to be;

Pedestrian Crossing [MAP]:

When you reach the opposite pavement, turn RIGHT, and almost immediately you will see The Little Museum of Dublin (acccessed by STEPS!) on your left;

The Little Museum of Dublin [MAP]:

After visiting The Little Museum of Dublin, turn LEFT as you exit, and continue eastwards until the next junction (with Kildare Street). As you actually want to walk along the righ-hand pavement of Kildare Street, cross here at the Pedestrian Crossing at the junction;

Pedestrian Crossing [MAP]:

After crossing here, turn LEFT, and continue along the right-hand side of Kildare Street, until you see the entrance to the National Museum of Ireland (Archaeology) – the entrance is AFTER you pass the building;

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology [MAP]:

After your visit to the National Museum of Ireland (Archaeology), turn RIGHT as you exit, and continue along Kildare Street until it ends, then turn RIGHT into Leinster Street South.

Continue along Leinster Street South – until you see the Clare Lane entrance to the National Gallery of Ireland on your right (just before Clare Lane itself);

National Gallery of Ireland [MAP]:

After your National Gallery of Ireland visit, again exit by the Clare Lane entrance, and walk slightly to your LEFT, where you will see a Pedestrian Crossing, which crosses the main Leinster Street South;

Pedestrian Crossing [MAP]:

After crossing Leinster Street South here, turn LEFT, and continue all the way to the end/where Leinster Street South swings RIGHT and joins Grafton Street (the trees of Trinity College Park will be on your right).

After you have followed the road round to your right, you will see the main entrance to Trinity College Dublin on your right;

Trinity College Dublin [MAP]:

Once inside Trinity College, you must visit The Book of Kells (one of Dublin’s most visited relics).

After your Trinity College Dublin visit, you will see a Pedestrian Crossing immediately outside of the main entrance;

Pedestrian Crossing [MAP]:

After crossing Grafton Street here, turn slightly to your LEFT, and you will see the entrance to the Irish Whiskey Museum;

Irish Whiskey Museum [MAP]:

Turn LEFT as you leave the Irish Whiskey Museum, and head along College Green (which becomes Dame Street). You will cross numerous sidestreets along the way, until you eventually see Palace Street on your left (which leads to the visitors’ entrance to Dublin Castle);

Dublin Castle [MAP]:

After visiting Dublin Castle, again leave by Palace Street, turn LEFT when you reach Dame Street again, and continue walking along this lefthand side of the road (initially, towards the magnificent Dublin City Hall building).

As you continue in this direction, you will cross numerous sidestreets on your left (and the street name changes as you progress: Dame Street, then Lord Edward Street);

Continue until the road sweeps around to the left (where you will see Christ Church Cathedral ahead of you/on the other side of the street).

Just as the road turns left, you will see a Pedestrian Crossing on your right;

Pedestrian Crossing [MAP]:

The crossing here is in two stages. First, cross to the island on the opposite side. Then, turn LEFT, and cross to Christ Church Cathedral.

At the end of this second part of the crossing, turn LEFT again, and continue until you see the entrance to Christ Church Cathedral on your right;

Christ Church Cathedral [MAP]:

After your Christ Church Cathedral visit, turn LEFT, and return to the same Pedestrian Crossing as before.

However, this time when you reach the island in the centre of the crossing, continue STRAIGHT AHEAD, and then continue down this side of Lord Edward Street, until you see Parliament Street on your left (opposite City Hall – it will be the second street that you come to);

Parliament Street [MAP]:

Turn LEFT into Parliament Street, and continue to the Temple Bar at the end of the street.

At the first junction (with Essex Street East), you will see a Pedestrian Crossing on your right.

Pedestrian Crossing [MAP]:

At the end of the crossing, turn LEFT,  and then immediately turn RIGHT, and follow Essex Street East through the Temple Bar area.

There are numerous cafes/bars in this area to enjoy a well-earned Dublin refreshment at the end of your DIY Walking Tour of Dublin.


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