Liffey Boardwalk, Dublin
The Board Walk is another recent addition to Dublin. It is really nice to take a stroll especially when the weather is good, however it does have a bit of a bad reputation because a lot of drunks and drug addicts seem to gather and share needles and bottles of wine. However the police are very active and tend to get rid of them fast as so many people like to take advantage of the walk or sit and have lunch or just people watch.
"A skiff, a crumpled throwaway, Elijah is coming, rode lightly down the Liffey," said Joyce
Plans are currently afoot to create a 'linear park' from the centre of the city out to Celbridge. It's already possible to follow much of the route, but the pland include 14 'flagship' projects to bring it all together. These include spending several millions on restoring a flour mill and extending the Liffey broadwalk as far as Hueston station.
Done well, it will be a valuable addition to the attactions of the city.
Since 2001 there's a new boardwalk along the north bank of the Liffey. It's nice for a walk along the river on the less busy side of the river. There are many benches here so on a sunny day this place is perfect for a picknick.
However, it attracts some creapy creatures so I try to avoid it at night and try to enjoy it during the day.
.. the Boardwalk is a new area that Dublin Corporation put in place to give an extra dimension to the city along the quays by the Liffey. Stories went around that the area has become a meeting point for drug activity. We're not sure how accurate this picture is but there are certainly drug areas around Dublin city. It's not however something that should bother you greatly; there are seldom any incidents of attacks on tourists: just mind your own business as you would in any city.
This piccie looks down the Liffey towards the Four Courts and the millenium Bridge...you can see the boardwalks on the right hand side, keep walking on the left down the river and eventually this will bring you out near ChristChurch Cathedral and then onto Guinnesses !
This piccie is taken looking down towards O Connell Bridge, you can just see the Custom House in the distance and I just love the coloured buildings along the River, they are now mainly hotels,pubs and businesses-but I still find them great looking buildings!
The River Liffey, much like the Seine in Paris, splits the city centre pretty much in two. Most of the cities attractions are to the south of the river and this is generally conceded to be the nicer, more affluent area but there is some good shopping as well as interesting sites to the north. Take a stroll along the fairly new boardwalk. Apparently the locals are a bit iffy about it since its just attached to the wall but it seemed pretty sturdy to me! :)
The river has even been characterised in literature! James Joyce used the character Anna Livia in finnegans Wake. That name derives from the Irish "Abha Liphe" or "River of Liphe"
Wooden sidewalk covering part of the river gives relaxing walking and view for few minutes.
This is known as 'Bachelor's Walk' which extends along the north side of the Liffey from O'Connell Street. Around the millennium a boardwalk was built above the water.
I stayed a bit outside the city center, close to Heuston station, so if I wanted a bit of the action I had to walk for about 20 minutes to the city center. During my brief stay, I walked about 10 times along the Liffey, on several times of the day. On Sunday, it was a very calm walk, where i could enjoy the water, the bridges and people strolling by. During rush hours on a weekday it was a completely different walk.
My walks on the Liffey are one of the best memories of my Dublin trip!
The Boardwalk runs along the North bank of the Liffey and is a promenade-like walk with benches and some small coffee-stalls. I quite enjoy strolling along there on a nice sunny day – but there again on the rare Irish nice sunny days you would enjoy strolling almost anywhere. On any day, sunny or not, the Boardwalk is definitely preferable to walking on the main road’s sidewalk right next to the city centre traffic
The Liffey boardwalk has now been extended from O'Connell Bridge right up to Essex Bridge (or Grattan Bridge for the outsiders). The plan is to eventually inhabit it with stalls and food vendors, and to place a regular book fair on Essex Bridge. Situated as it is on a bend on the river it affords lucky visitors beautiful evening scapes facing west and dawn views facing east. Us Dubs are still a bit sceptical about the engineering behind it (it hangs from the wall and we know who built the wall!) so no jumping up and down when you get there!
I love the fairly new boardwalks along the Liffey, superb in the summer and really atmospheric at night when the whole city is lit up!
From the city center till close to Phoenix Park, it offers very beautifull views over the river and the city architecture.
And if you are lucky to do it in a sunny day, the better.