Looking to soak in some historical knowledge while in Dublin City? Check out the most popular attractions located near Maldron Smithfield.
Kilmainham Gaol is a fantastic attraction for anyone with an interest in Irish history. Discover the history of the Gaol through a guided tour and learn about prison life in Ireland. The jail plays a central role in the foundation of the modern Irish state as it was here that the leaders of the 1916 rising where executed. The Kilmainham Gaol is located 2.7km from Maldron Hotel Smithfield.
Christ Church Cathedral
With Ireland’s strong roots in religion, Christ Church Cathedral remains one of Dublin’s most important and popular landmarks. It is seen as the spiritual centre of Dublin city. Visitors are welcomed to not only see the landmark but also to roam the cathedral’s halls to explore its rich history as Dublin’s oldest building. Christ Church is only 7 minutes away from Maldron Smithfield via car.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 7:00pm, Sunday from 12:30pm to 7:00pm. Admission prices: Adults €7, family tickets €17
Jeanie Johnston Tallship and Famine Museum
Famine and immigration are very relevant in Ireland’s history. Food shortages and poverty defined the country in the 19th century and has reshaped Irish descendants. The Jeanie Johnston Tallship, a mid-1800s wooden ship is a restored Great Famine “Coffin Ship” that transported Irish immigrants to Quebec, New York and Baltimore. These ships transported over a million Irish people fleeing poverty and starvation. These Irish people were in search of the “New World” and a new life. Amazingly, the original Jeanie Johnston made 16 round trips without losing any lives. This is seen as a positive with many diseases and malnourishment that affected so many. This attraction is a must see for any interested in Irish History.
Opening hours: Daily from 9:30am to 5:15pm. Admission prices: Adults €11, children €6
Trinity College Dublin
Did you know that not only is Trinity college recognised as one of the most respected universities in the world but it is also a cultural landmark in Dublin? The beautiful library is full of thousands of age-old books including the 9th century manuscripts: The Book of Kells and Book of Durrow. Trinity College is only a 20-minute walk from Maldron Hotel Smithfield.
Trinity College Dublin Old Library opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 17:00pm, Sunday from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Admission prices: Adults €15, family tickets €30
Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison and is located in Kilmainham, Dublin. The former prison is now a museum and is one of the most popular historical attractions in Dublin. The prison is extremely popular because many Irish revolutionaries and 1916 Easter Rising leaders were imprisoned and executed in the prison by the orders of the UK Government. The prison opened in 1796 and closed in 1924. During that period, it was involved in some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation.
The General Post Office (GPO)
The General Post Office (GPO) is located on O’Connell Street and is truly a must see for all tourists. It is described as one of the most fascinating buildings in Dublin’s history. The building itself is of a Greek style and is currently operating as a post office. The building acted as the main stronghold of the Irish volunteers in the Easter Rising of 1916.
GPO Dublin opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 5:30pm. Admission prices: Adults €14, family tickets starting at €37
The Ha’penny Bridge, also known as the Penny Ha’penny Bridge and the Liffey Bridge. It is a pedestrian bridge that was built in May 1816 over the River Liffey in Dublin. William Walsh in the early 1800s saw an opportunity to introduce a foot bridge in Dublin. The cast iron bridge was opened in 1816 (officially called Wellington Bridge) and introduced a fee of half-penny to anybody wishing to cross. The fees were dropped in 1919, however, the nickname of “ha’penny” remained. If you are visiting Dublin, seeing this lovely bridge is extremely recommended.