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What is Dublin's Most Famous Landmark?

Dublin, the vibrant capital of Ireland, is a city of contrasts and continuity where ancient history and modern life blend seamlessly.


Each corner tells a story, each street holds a secret, and the landmarks are the narrators of this city's rich and complex past. And it’s also the inspiration for one of our bestsellers, Dublin Skyline Tee.


In this blog we answer your question, what is Dublin’s most famous landmark. But before we dive in, let’s give you a super brief history of Dublin.


From what archaeologist can tell, Dublin was founded by the Gaels before or during the 7th century and around 841AD the Vikings settled here. When the Vikings first landed, their settlement was known as Dyflin from the Irish word “Duiblinn” meaning black or dark pool and this led to the modern English translation we know today.


So let’s embark on a virtual tour of Dublin, exploring some of its most famous landmarks, each brimming with stories and charm.


1: The Spire:

    In the heart of Dublin on O'Connell Street stands The Spire, officially named the Monument of Light. This striking needle-like monument, built in 2003, stretches 121 meters into the sky, symbolizing Dublin's modernist ambitions. It's sleek, shiny, and impossible to miss, offering a contemporary contrast to the city’s older structures.




     2: Poolbeg Chimneys:

    Part of Dublin’s industrial skyline, the iconic red and white Poolbeg Chimneys tower over Dublin Bay. Although no longer operational, they remain a beloved landmark, visible from many parts of the city and stirring nostalgia in the hearts of Dubliners. We've written a blog all about the history of the Poolbeg Chimneys and Lighthouse you can read it here.




    3: Trinity College:

      Home to the ancient Book of Kells, Trinity College is not only Dublin’s oldest university but also a library of history. Roaming its storied grounds, you can feel the pulse of centuries of academic pursuit and curiosity.



      4: Ha'penny Bridge:

      Connecting the north and south of Dublin over the River Liffey, the charming Ha'penny Bridge, with its cast-iron railings and quaint lamps, has been a pedestrian passageway since 1816. Its name derives from the half-penny toll once required to cross it.



      5: Liberty Hall:

        The building was originally the Northumberland Hotel, and it became the headquarters of the Irish Citizen Army in 1913. Liberty Hall was Ireland’s first skyscraper when it was rebuilt in 1965 at just under 60 metres high. Although not ancient, Liberty Hall plays a significant role in Dublin's modern history. Today the building is the headquarters of Services, Industrial, Professional, and Technical Union (SIPTU) and houses a 411 seater theatre.



        6: Christchurch Cathedral & Dublinia:

          So, what is the oldest landmark in Dublin? Christchurch Cathedral, was founded c.1028, and is one of Dublin's oldest and most recognized structures, steeped in medieval history. And with over 1,000 years of history, can you imagine the stories these 4 walls could tell? Just across the street lies Dublinia, an exhibition space dedicated to the Viking and medieval history of the city, offering interactive experiences to transport visitors back in time.



          7: St. Patrick’s Cathedral:

          Why is St. Patrick’s Cathedral so famous? Built in 1191, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is linked with many pivotal moments in Irish history.  Legend has it that the church stands on the spot where St. Patrick baptised local Celtic chieftains in the 5th century. It’s the largest cathedral in Ireland and a place where history meets spirituality amidst gothic architecture. It’s the final resting place of Jonathan Swift, the famous poet and author of Gulliver’s Travels.



          8: Guinness Storehouse:

          No visit to Dublin is complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse at St. James's Gate, arguably Dublin’s most famous landmark with over 1.5 million visitors last year. Here, visitors can learn about the rich history of Guinness, one of Ireland’s most famous exports, and enjoy a pint while overlooking the city at the Gravity Bar.




          9: Kilmainham Gaol:

            This former prison, now a museum, offers a sobering glimpse into the struggles for Irish independence. Echoes of history reverberate through its cold halls, where many leaders including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned, and executed in the prison yard by the orders of the UK Government.



            10: Dublin Castle:

              Dating back to the 13th century, Dublin Castle has been at the heart of the history and evolution of the city. Today, it stands as a testament to Dublin’s complex identity, from a medieval fortress to a modern cultural facility.



              11. Samuel Beckett Bridge:

              If you've spent time in Dublin recently then chances are you've crossed over the River Liffey on the Samuel Beckett Bridge, opened since 2009 is named after the Irish writer. This is the most modern landmark to make the list but it makes the list for good reason. The main span of the bridge is supported by 31 cable stays and the shape of the cables resembles a harp lying on it's side.



              As we conclude our journey through Dublin’s landmarks, it's hard to call a clear winner but if we are measuring most famous in terns of visitor count, it has to be Guinness Storehouse.


              It's clear that the city is not just a place, but a living narrative woven through centuries of history, culture, and architecture. From the soaring height of The Spire to the historic depths of Kilmainham Gaol, each landmark tells a part of Dublin's story. These sites are not merely points on a map but are the heartbeat of Dublin, offering insights into both its past and its ongoing story.  And what better way to continue Dublin’s story than to wear our Dublin Skyline Tee.


              About Due South:


              Due South is a sustainable and responsible fashion brand based in Dublin. Our unique designs are produced by our founder Paul and showcase all of the beauty and wonders that Ireland has to offer. All our products are made from either 100% organic cotton or 100% recycled materials and are certified vegan friendly.

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              • Would love a tshirt of St. James Gate/Guinness

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              • Would love a tshirt of St. James Gate/Guinness

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