Introducing North of the Liffey
With the biggest geographical spread of any neighbourhood, a little planning and a bit of transport will be required to fully explore Dublin north of the Liffey. O’Connell St and its attractions are pretty straightforward and can be explored with ease on foot, with the biggest demand on your time being the fabulous collection at the Hugh Lane gallery. The north side’s other attractions are to the west, and the best way to get to them is by Luas, which will reduce your journey to mere minutes. The Old Jameson Distillery and Collins Barracks are within walking distance of each other, on either side of Smithfield, but you might need the services of the Phoenix Park shuttle bus to explore Europe’s largest enclosed city park, home to the president, the US Ambassador, the zoo and a herd of red deer, not to mention visiting Dubliners when the weather is good.
Beyond the Royal Canal, which encloses the northern edge of the city centre, are a bunch of attractions that are well worth the effort: you could devote the guts of half a day each visiting the Croke Park museum, Glasnevin cemetery and the National Botanic Gardens; an excursion to Marino to see the famous Casino is also worthwhile, and you can get there via the DART suburban train.