The Ha’Penny Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in Dublin. It is a small white wrought iron bridge that spans the Liffey, a river that runs through the city of Dublin. Intended for pedestrians only, it offers a breathtaking view of the rest of the city. It connects the Temple Bar area to O’Connell Street, Dublin’s main thoroughfare. In short: it is a rather popular passageway!
It’s hard to miss a bridge like this! Its retro look comes straight out of 1816, when it was completed.
For the record, the Ha’Penny Bridge was built in England and then transported by boat.
Legend has it that people had to pay a tax of half a penny to cross the bridge. This is what gave it its nickname: the Ha’Penny Bridge (the half penny). Since then, all the inhabitants of Dublin call it that!
More officially, the bridge is named after the Duke of Wellington, an Irish Prime Minister who served in government during the 18th century.
The crossing of the bridge is very pleasant in any case. First of all because it has a certain cachet, with its white sculptures and its lights at night. But also because it is a very popular spot for street musicians. From then on, the bridge became a landmark for travelers and Dubliners: they all come to enjoy the charm of the bridge, to take advantage of its view on the Liffey and on the rest of the city. The traditional music, when present, adds a little something nice.
Don’t hesitate to go there by day, or by night, when the lights of Dublin shimmer in the Liffey: it’s a sight not to be missed!