Opened in 1796, the Grand Canal Docks is an enclosed harbour between the River Liffey and the Grand Canal. Today, the area has been dubbed the ‘Silicon Docks’, with many high-tech multinational companies like Google, Facebook and Airbnb setting up residence in the area. It also houses the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Ireland’s largest theatre; Boland’s Flour Mill; the Millennium Tower and much more.
Also located along the river near Custom House Quay are several statues of thin and starving people, (and one dog!) which are dedicated to those Irish people forced to emigrate during the 19th century Irish Famine. The bronze sculptures were designed and crafted by Dublin sculptor Rowan Gillespie.
Open: Open year round.
By Bus: Take bus numbers 56a or 77a
By Luas (tram): Take the Luas Red line to Spencer Dock
By Dart (rail): Take the Dart to Grand Canal