Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin
If you have seen the film 'Into The West', you will recognise this bridge. It has been recently restored and always has throngs of people on it, most of them heading to or from the main Temple Bar shopping area.
This is certainly the most photographed bridge in Dublin and arguably the most attractive. I do like the elegant arch that it makes as it spans the Liffey, but I don't think it's anything to get too excited about in terms of aesthetic beauty. It's much more narrow than I imagined, and I didn't see any public congregations. It's simply a way to get across the river. The bridge was built in 1815 and gets its name from the halfpenney toll that was once charged in order to cross it.
Of the many bridges that cross that River Liffey, Ha’Penny is the most popular… and unusual of them. Its official name is Wellingtong Bridge, thought the Irish wit renamed it to Ha’Penny, as “half a penny” was the toll to be paid to cross the river… Now you can do it for free, by the way ;-)
This bridge got it's name from the half penny toll that was asked to cross it when it was first built. Don't worry, you can freely walk over it now so you needn't go chop your pennies in half.
It's one of the real hallmarks of Dublin.
Ha'penny bridge has recently been renovated. New layer of fresh white paint, a bit of soap and water... new bridge, I tell you. It's now even worth taking pictures of.
I like Ha'penny bridge. It's got that perfect arch feeling to it. You look at it and know... that's the perfect arch.
The best time to visit is a Saturday right before Christmas and don't worry, you can just stand still on the bridge and take all the time you need to take pictures of those authentic looking lamps. No problem. It's a big bridge so those millions of shoppers can pass you without any problem. Oh, and don't forget, if halfway through you suddenly change your mind and want to head back from where you started, you can just do so without giving any kind of warning. Just turn around then and there and start walking back. No probs. It's all possible on Ha'penny bridge
This 1816 cast iron bridge is Dublin's oldest and most famous. It's still in use as a pedestrian crossing.
.. leads you directly into the pub area of Dublin! The name derives from the fact that once you had to pay half a penny to cross it. A fact well remembered by some of the local beggars.
This is a famous pedestrian bridge accross the Liffey, just north of Temple Bar. As the name suggests, it used to cost half a penny to cross (there is no cost now).
Ha'Penny Bridge crosses the River Liffey just upstream from O`Connell Bridge connecting the North Side to the South Side by foot only.
If walking the city center, one can't avoid it. Symbol of Dublin, it was opened in 1816 and its nickname comes from the toll paid to cross the river - one old half penny.
One of the famous bridges over the Liffey. In the beginning of the 20th century pedestrians had to pay a half penny as a a tax to cross it, that´s where the name comes from.