In the centre of the city of Dublin, as a connection between the north and the south of the river Liffey, you will find the small and beautiful Ha’Penny Bridge. It is a white, narrow pedestrian bridge that was built in 1816. It originally was called “Wellington Bridge”, named after an Englsih duke, but since the Irish people are not so positive about english heroes, it was soon called “Metal Bridge” or “Ha’Penny Bridge”. This last name, because the fee to cross the bridge always was half a penny. This last name remained the name until today.
What is interesting to see from the bridge, are the positions of both the north- and the southbank of the Liffey. Both sides of the city are positioned with their “backs” towards the river. Almost all the buildings at the riverside are built with the back of houses facing the Liffey. This indicates how different the both sides of the city are: they are not even facing eachother. The Ha’Penny Bridge is a nice connection between these both sides though.
My last (Happeny) derived from the half penny, so I was tickled to see that a bridge got it's name from a half penny toll. I feel like the bridge is named after my family name in a small way. I am just thrilled. Maybe one day I can visit Dublin and stand on the bridge that shares a name with me.
I took some photos from all sorts of angels, I don't know if I think it's a beautiful bridge but it is interesting. It used to cost half a penny to cross the bridge, hence the name.
The bridge was the only pedestrian bridge on the Liffey until the new Millenium bridge further up was opened in 2000.
Ha’penny Bridge is a white pedestrian bridge going over River Liffey and it is probably the most photographed bridge in Dublin. The name of the bridge is actually Liffey Bridge, but it’s always referred to as Ha’penny Bridge, a name it got because of the toll of one half penny that had to be paid to cross it. The bridge was built in 1816 and a toll had to be paid to cross it until 1919 (but then the toll was more than a half penny).
Most people in Dublin dislike Liberty Hall, home of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and up until recently one of the few tall buildings in the city. Personally I've always liked it, partially because its very narrow, giving it a slim profile. Of course thats also the reason its likely to be torn down and replaced by something bigger and more efficient!
In the foreground is the most famous bridge in the city, the ha-penny bridge, so named because you had to pay a toll to get across when it was originally built.
The Ha'penny Bridge is probably the most scenic bridge crossing the river Liffey. It connects Temple bar with the shopping streets on the North side. Hence it's always very busy and attracts beggars as well.
The pedestrian bridge used to be called Wellington Bridge but the only name used for it has always been Ha'penny Bridge. It cost half a penny to cross this bridge ages ago - that's what it's got its name from. Since 1919 it's free and one of the nicest views of Dublin.
The bridge was polished and repaired between 2001 and 2003. Ever since then it's white instead of grey-black-dirty coloured. I must say I liked it better the way it was before. The white looks a bit strange really.
It's real name is Duke of Wellington Bridge, but very soon the people started to call it the Ha'Penny Bridge. For more than 1 century (1816-1916), people had to pay half a penny to get to the other side of the Liffey.
The Ha'penny Bridge, which was contructed from cast iron in 1816, is a pedestrian bridge which crosses the River Liffey just along from O'Connell Bridge. Its so called since they used to charge a half penny to cross the bridge.
If you cross to the north of the river look out for a statue of two female shoppers sitting on a bench - known locally as the "hags with the bags"!
Ha'penny Bridge is a cast-iron bridge which was built in 1816 as Wellington Bridge, but is officially known as the Liffey Bridge. In the early 19th century there was a halfpenny toll to cross it and that's how Dublin's best loved bridge received its unofficial name.
I had heard about Ha'penny Bridge from my dear VT-friend Marpessa before I went to Dublin. Hadn't though so much about it, but got very surprised when I understood I was living next to it...
The bridge was the first one that was made to pass the River Liffy by foot. The name comes from the fact that it costed a half penny to pass over the bridge, although nowadays it's thankfully free to use. Would have been ruined otherwise with those prices... ;)
It's quite different to other bridges in Dublin, since it's much less wide than the others, all white and with a nice design.
From the middle, if you manage to stay put with all the people passing by around you, it's a nice view over the river. Although I would advise you to choose one of the other bridges for the view instead.
It's always full, night and day, and sometimes it was actually a bit hard to pass over it without knocking someone down. Or at least without bumping into someone. To make it even more crowded there are also some beggars sitting at the end of it...
So one might say it costs something to pass over the bridge also nowadays. :)
The location of the bridge is great for entering the Temple Bar-area, from the bridge it's just about 75-100 meter to the zone.
On the other side, on the Bachelors Walk, there is a really nice path where you can take a stroll, or sit down at one of the benches, looking at people or out over the river. There are also some small café shops where you can sit down and have an afternoon coffe in the sunshine.
Ha'penny Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that crosses over the River Liffey. It is titled as such because it used to cost a halfpenny to cross the bridge (as it was the only pedestrian bridge to span the Liffey), however, today you can cross it free of charge.
From the middle of the bridge you can get good views of the city, the bridge itself is also very nice with its white iron design. The Ha'penny Bridge will take you from Bachelor's Walk (at the end of O'Connell St) over to Temple Bar.
Although please note that this is more of a 'historic' bridge than something in Dublin you should rush to see.
On the right of the GPO is Henry St a pedestrian street, proceed down here, (no shopping!)
A short distance down on your right is Moore St (Henry Moore, Earl of Drogheda wanted to be remembered, so he left his name on the Dublin Map, You are looking at Moore St from Henry St. Earl St is the far side of the spike, and Drogheda St no longer exists.He even named a street Of Lane!) Step briefly onto Moore street, to get some fruit, fish or flowers and continue along Henry St. Take the next street on your left (not the sheltered Arcade!) go straight through the (sort of) cross roads. At the end of this street you see the bag ladies, and depending on the day and time maybe a some more street trading.
Now the dilemma- will you cross the Ha'Penny bridge- one of the city's most famous landmarks- or walk along the board walk (one of the city's best recent additions)? The choice is yours, but in either case, continue go up stream (right) past the Millennium Bridge (flat, metal) and onto Grattan Bridge (Capel st to the locals.)
Like the saying of 'Go to Rome, Must do What the Romans Do'.
In Dublin, (obviously Guinness is must drink), Ha'Penney Bridge is also important as drinking the stout, by crossing Liffey River with this one of most photographed bridge in Europe.
Up until 1919 the toll to cross th Liffey was a half penny & this was Dublin's only pedestrianised bridge until 2000 when the millenium bridge was erected
The bridge is in cast iron & has decorative lamps adorning it.
A rather more romantic way to cross the river although it is rather narrow.
Accepted as the symbol of Dublin, the Ha'penny Bridge (offically Wellington Bridge after the 'Iron Duke') was opened in 1816. Cast at Coalbrookdale in Shropshire in England, the bridge acquired its unofficial monniker from the toll paid to cross the river - one old half penny. The bridge was the only pedestrian bridge on the Liffey until the new Millenium bridge further up was opened in 2000