Finding the sexiest spot to take a picture is on the mind of every Instagrammer.
In Dublin, while you may miss out on a lot of the greenery that covers the rest of Ireland, there are plenty of picturesque spots in the city.
Dublin has plenty of bridges that make for some very interesting photo locations, especially when they are empty of pedestrians, and when captured at dusk or dawn.
Let’s take a look at some of these bridges and where you might go to get yourself a neat little pic for your timeline.
This 200 year old bridge gets its interesting name from the halfpenny toll that was collected from anyone passing across it, back when it was first built. Arching across the River Liffey, this bridge makes for a lovely spot for a picture, with its simple metallic arch design. At one point, the bridge was considered a romantic spot for couples who decorated it with padlocks to signify their undying love. Thankfully, the practice was stopped after concerns over damage to the bridge, leaving it the minimalist adorable piece of architecture that you see today.
Samuel Beckett Bridge
An asymmetrical piece of modern architecture, the Samuel Beckett bridge is one of many photoworthy gems in the Dublin cityscape. Built in 2009, the bridge is said to be designed in the image of an Irish harp lying on its side. Indeed, it does grace the Irish landscape with finesse. Named after a famous Dubliner and Nobel Literature prize winner Samuel Beckett, the bridge was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. We recommend a dusky photo shoot against the backdrop of this bridge for your Insta profile.
James Joyce Bridge
Here’s another aesthetically pleasing bridge built by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The overpass was inspired by author James Joyce’s house from his short story The Dead, which was said to overlook the bridge. Inaugurated in 2003, the bridge has two overarching angled arches, making for a sophisticated backdrop to your next photo op. We recommend night time shots here to take advantage of the soft lighting that lights up the bridge from beneath.
Primarily a traffic bridge, this short and squat stone bridge was built way back in 1794. It is a wide bridge, one of the widest in Europe as opposed to being long. During its renovation, two keystones were installed to represent Anna Liffey facing the west and the Atlantic facing the open sea. What makes this bridge interesting is a plaque installed by a couple of pranksters, commemorating a fictional priest, Father Pat Noise. The plaque was removed once but reappeared and has stayed ever since. Makes for a fun picture if you have to tell the tale!
A modern version of the iconic Ha’penny bridge, the Millennium Bridge is a simple bridge connecting Temple Bar with the Jervis and Henry Street areas. Its slender steel structure lends itself to plenty of lovely photographs for anyone looking for a good spot. Try catching a click here early in the day, before all the pedestrians come in, and get in some good views of the lovely river flowing beneath it. There’s also a commemorative plaque installed on a manhole cover here that makes for a good picture.
Another iconic, ancient bridge of Dublin city, the Grattan bridge is decorated with lovely lamps and wrought iron parapets. The cast iron lamps are adorned with carvings of the hippocampus, a mythical sea horse. This, and the green crosswork finish of the bridges walls make for some fancy pictures for your gram. We recommend some day time shots during a quieter time of day as the bridge is prone to a lot of traffic otherwise.
Rory O’More Bridge
With its lovely cornflower blue facade, this adorable bridge is one for the picture books. Built in 1861, the bridge has a cast iron deck, making it pretty unique. Historically, the bridge once came to be known as the Bloody Bridge because of a few ferrymen who saw it as stealing their livelihood, and attempted to sabotage it, and were subsequently arrested for their vandalism. Four of the 20 men died on their way to prison during a botched escape attempt. The bridge presents a pretty picturesque view just as the sun starts to set, so get there in plenty of time.
Here’s a lovely stone bridge that’s surprisingly famous with mathematicians. For, as the story goes, it was on this bridge that Irish mathematician Sir William Rowan Hamilton discovered quaternions. This has been imprinted on a commemorative plaque on the bridge, which deserves a click of its own. Even if you aren’t a math nut, the stone facade of this bridge makes for many a pretty picture, especially with the greenery flanking it.
Take a walk along any of Dublin’s many bridges and discover the beauty of the city for yourself.