The Ha’penny Bridge

By Philippa Burne, UK, August 2011

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Given that everyone who visits Dublin ends up taking a photo of this bridge, I think it’s a little bit unfair that people often describe it as not very spectacular, or just ‘nice’. The pretty little pedestrian bridge spanning the Liffey River between Temple Bar and the North Quays is simple, elegant and definitely more than just nice.

Built in 1816 it’s of arched cast iron painted white, with lamps to light it at night; that’s when many people come back to take their second or third photo of this Dublin icon. When it originally opened the Ha’penny Bridge replaced seven ferries and no-one minded paying the halfpenny fare to cross the bridge just as they had done to board the ferry.

Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our Dublin Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Dublin. Photo courtesy of Stephen Sweeney via Wikimedia Commons.

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