Explore the history and heritage of Dublin’s Docklands by following the culture trail! Beginning at Custom House Quay the trail will guide you along to all of the unmissable sights which the Docklands has to offer.
Recommended time for the trail: 1/2 day
1. Begin your journey at James Gandon’s magnificent Custom House, built in 1791. Visit the free exhibition in the Visitor Centre while enjoying the neoclassical architecture.
2. Walk 5 minutes to Rowan Gillespie’s moving Famine Memorial Sculptures. The statues commemorate the million Irish people who died and the million who emigrated in the nineteenth century.
3. Walk 2 minutes to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, a state of the art interactive museum in the vaults of CHQ. Here you’ll discover the incredible stories of those who left Ireland, and the influence they brought to bear on global art, culture, science and politics. While you’re here, why not visit the Irish Family History Centre to research your Irish roots, and take a break for a coffee or lunch in one of CHQ’s many fantastic cafes.
4. Find out more about famine history at the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Story, 2 minutes’ walk away.
5. For evening entertainment, take a 9 minute stroll across the Samuel Beckett Bridge, named for one of Dublin’s famous Nobel laureate playwrights, to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
6. Or if science is your thing, why not take a 12 minute stroll to the Science Gallery where art and science collide.