You want to present yourself perfectly on Instagram and are looking for cool places in Dublin? Look no further. Here are the top instagrammable locations of Irelands capital.
Killiney Hill Park
Killiney Hill is a popular destination for walkers and hikers availing of the spectacular views, over the surrounding areas: Dublin to the northwest, the Irish Sea and the mountains of Wales (on a clear day) to the east and southeast, and Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains to the south.
It’s actually a little bit outside of Dublin. You can drive or take a 24-minute DART train from Dublin to Dalkey and opt for a walk up to Killiney Hill. There are a number of gates with a map showing paths setting off it all directions, some involving steps. Killiney Hill is not wheel-chair friendly over all of it, but you can access a fair bit. The views of the coast in both directions and Dalkey Island are well worth the effort.
If you love colorful doors, visit Georgian Dublin. Just pick a door that matches your outfit, mood or Instagram feed.
I didn’t even hit the tip of the iceberg while I was walking around in the city searching for the colorful doors. Here are some of the best ones:
- Merrion Square – Considered one of the city’s finest surviving squares and located on the southside of Dublin city center
- Fitzwilliam Square-located in the south of Central Dublin and the last of the five Georgian squares built
- Baggot Street– Runs from Merrion Row to Pembroke Road and is divided into two sections; Lower Baggot Street is where the Georgian architecture can be found while Upper Baggot boasts mainly Victorian architecture.
The Roof Of Colorful Umbrellas
Dublin’s colorful display of umbrellas is at the top of Anne’s Lane off Anne Street South in Dublin city centre and belongs to Zozimus Bar. The umbrellas form a decorative canopy for pedestrians. Photos of this installation are scattered across Instagram, and the street is visited by many. This little gem offers a unique photo experience, guaranteed to be loved by your followers.
I don’t know the umbrellas always are up, but a tip is to search for Zozimus Bar on Instagram before you go, and see when the latest umbrella photos were taken. The Zozimus Bar itself is a great place to sip cocktails while editing your photos.
Another picturesque place in Dublin is the beautiful white Ha’penny bridge over River Liffey. If you have the time, you should head to this bridge with a tripod during night time and get an epic Dublin shot when the bridge is lit up.
The bridge has three lamps supported by curved ironwork over the walkway. In a bad state of repair, the bridge was closed in 2001 for major repair. It was reopened, with its original paint color restored and changed made at the ends to allow standing room for pedestrians before crossing the road. See for yourself why the locals used to call it the “Triangle Bridge,” and catch a stunning view of the Liffey and the Dublin skyline — especially at night.
Let’s face it, if you haven’t been to Temple Bar, you haven’t been to Dublin. With its cobbled streets and buzzing nightlife scene, busy pubs and live music venues the Temple Bar is a magnet for tourists. Temple Bar offers many pretty brightly colored facades with flowers dripping out of window boxes. Perfect for instagrammable beauty and fashion-shots.
Even during daylight hours, Temple Bar retains its magic. With copious amounts of street art and sculptures, every in of Temple Bar makes for the perfect Instagram shot.
You can walk down O’Connell Street and stroll across the Ha’Penny Bridge to find yourself in Temple Bar. The lively pub district is full of revelers day and night, though it is best after dark when many of the bars host live music. Do yourself and your followers a favor by strolling the streets of Temple Bar.
Marsh´s Library is an unspoiled gem right in the heart of the city. Established in 1707, Marsh’s Library is a wonderfully preserved library of the early Enlightenment complete with its original oak bookcases. Visitors often comment on the wonderful smell of the old bookcases and books.
The library contains over 25,000 rare and interesting books relating to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, covering medicine, law, science, travel, navigation, mathematics, music, and classical literature.
But why should you visit the Marsh Library when Dublin has one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, the Old Library Exhibition at Trinity College?
Because everyone and his child runs to Trinity College. It is one of Dublin’s biggest tourist attractions, visited by millions each year. The crowds make it tricky to take an epic Instagram photo (unless you crop out all the people).
Most widely photographed is the Bell Tower in the Front Square. Shooting the tower through the entrance arch leads to a distinct perspective. If you are looking for something more special and secret, you can visit the geology building; featuring a glass dome and mosaic walls, it is a beautiful structure to explore from various angles. The Hamilton Building, along with the adjoining Science Gallery, offers a more modern take on architecture, featuring long walkways, lots of concrete and glass.
By the way, Lunch at the campus dining hall is very good. The dormitory is fine and very quiet as they are the dormitory for the students. They are open for public during the holiday. The receptionist and the students are very friendly and helpful. If you want a truly unique photo from Trinity College, avoid the crowd and head on to the students rooms.
The Phoenix Park is only a mile and a half from O’Connell Street. What’s good to know before you go here is that the park is vast, there are no public toilets or places to buy water – unless you count the café which was closed when I was there. It was originally formed as a royal hunting Park in the 1660s and opened to the public in 1747. A large herd of fallow deer still remain to this day. This is why the Phoenix Park is also known as the Bambi Park.
The green park is a lovely nature escape and such an unreal contrast to the lively city life. Many places look like a Windows desktop background. Definitely one of the best Instagram places in Dublin!
The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD)
I adore impressive and cool buildings, and this is definitely one of the most impressive modern buildings in Dublin.
If you visit this Instagram spot, don’t miss to step inside and gaze up to the sky! The CCD design has been end-user driven and has emerged as an iconic building on the banks of the Liffey. It has a wonderful 55-metre high glass atrium offering guests amazing views and endless photo opportunities.
The Samuel Beckett Bridge
The Samuel Beckett Bridge is designed to look like a Celtic harp, the national symbol associated with Ireland for centuries. And it sure is impressive!
To take a photo, you can head to the nearby Sean O’Casey Bridge bridge, but you also have great photo opportunities up close to this photogenic landmark in Dublin.
The Dean Dublin
One of the most instagrammable hotels in Dublin is definitely Dean Dublin. It’s located in the heart of the city, surrounded by bars and clubs.
If you don’t mind the lively street noise, however, this is an excellent place to stay. The personal and rustic interior is so photogenic! The eye-catching neon sign, vintage items, upstairs swing, rooftop terrace with an open fireplace and breakfast views are all goals.
My very best hotel recommendation for Iceland (close to most attractions)
Obviously The Dean is also my best recommendation for your stay in Dublin. It’s a little noisy at night, but who goes to Dublin to sleep? 🙂 Book your room and make your pictures!