River Liffey
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This large river runs through the heart of Dublin and divides the city's North and South sides.
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Address
Neighbourhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • George's Dock • 3 min walk
  • Mayor Square-NCI • 4 min walk
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  • traveltheworld012
    Rochester, Minnesota15,703 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome for strolling, the views and seeing the heartbeat of Dublin
    We were in Dublin Mid-May, 2023. The pedestrian walkways along both sides of the river are great for exercise and seeing the heart of Dublin. It is reminiscent of walking along the River Seine in Paris. Nice bridges to walk across including the beautiful pedestrian only Ha'penny Bridge. We walked from city center all the way to the harbor port on both sides. The scenery is beautiful and a great way to see the busiest part of Dublin. Traffic is heavy in this area so be extra careful crossing the busiest streets. If you go hear the harbor, don't miss the street exhibit on the Irish Famine and the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Ben F
    Bloomington, Indiana1,797 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard To Miss
    The Liffey cuts central Dublin into two with several great bridges filling the gap. I crossed on many occasions on my trip, and I took the bus and walked along it some. I wish the pedestrian areas and green spaces extended further down the river toward the main downtown district (like Temple Bar, Grafton Street, etc), as I only observed elevated concrete streets running along the river there.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 March 2024
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom3,011 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Flowing Into the Sea...
    The River Liffey flows through the centre of Dublin and is probably at its widest as it goes from Heuston station, past Temple Bar, under O'Connell Street and further downstream as it reaches Docklands. Here it passes under the newest bridge in the area - Samuel Beckett Bridge and from here it's not far to get into the Irish Sea. If you are visiting Dublin you will probably end up close to the Liffey at some point. Some say the reason that Guinness tastes so good in Ireland is because it comes from Liffey water but I do not know how true that is. What do you think....
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 May 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,011 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The River Liffey flows through the centre of Dublin and is probably at its widest as it goes from Heuston station, past Temple Bar, under O'Connell Street and further downstream as it reaches Docklands. Here it passes under the newest bridge in the area - Samuel Beckett Bridge and from here it's not far to get into the Irish Sea.

If you are visiting Dublin you will probably end up close to the Liffey at some point.

Some say the reason that Guinness tastes so good in Ireland is because it comes from Liffey water but I do not know how true that is.

What do you think....
Written 28 May 2024
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The Liffey cuts central Dublin into two with several great bridges filling the gap. I crossed on many occasions on my trip, and I took the bus and walked along it some. I wish the pedestrian areas and green spaces extended further down the river toward the main downtown district (like Temple Bar, Grafton Street, etc), as I only observed elevated concrete streets running along the river there.
Written 20 March 2024
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland29,946 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The River Liffy is the famous river that flows through the capital, Dublin. It flows thru to Dublin Port. You would not want to swim in it!
Written 26 February 2024
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BelaN74
Mississauga, Canada5,591 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Very interesting to see the tide going out on the river. Lots of bridges going over and went over several during my trip. Run along the river one morning and it was lovely.
Written 27 October 2023
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Carol J
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Well worth the river liffey you can't ho far on the river due to the tide but a very interesting tour
Written 17 August 2023
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN15,703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We were in Dublin Mid-May, 2023. The pedestrian walkways along both sides of the river are great for exercise and seeing the heart of Dublin. It is reminiscent of walking along the River Seine in Paris. Nice bridges to walk across including the beautiful pedestrian only Ha'penny Bridge. We walked from city center all the way to the harbor port on both sides. The scenery is beautiful and a great way to see the busiest part of Dublin. Traffic is heavy in this area so be extra careful crossing the busiest streets. If you go hear the harbor, don't miss the street exhibit on the Irish Famine and the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship.
Written 19 June 2023
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Tom
Gloucester, UK676 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
A lovely river that’s runs through the centre of Dublin and gives a sense of countrywide whilst in the centre of a busy city.
Written 16 May 2023
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,952 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We spent the afternoon walking along the river and exploring the blocks close by. There is plenty to see and do in this area. There are also plenty of nearby diversions with other attractions, shops, cafes and pubs.
Written 15 November 2022
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Travelite
Ireland811 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Smelly, dirty and dangerous. Nice walk in places but lots of muggings towards the city centre walkways. OK and safer down towards the sea.
Written 30 October 2022
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John L
Grand Bend, Canada2,181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The 132 km. long Liffey River divides Dublin into north and south before emptying into Dublin Bay. As with all medieval cities, settlement first began along its banks. Pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops now cluster along the shoreline on both sides. Allegedly, the river supplies most of Dublin's water ... a scary thought given it looks fairly polluted ...as well as opportunities for canoeing and rowing .... another alarming thought. In any event, virtually all medieval cities have their river ... and Dublin has the Liffey.
Written 22 October 2022
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