Parking in Dublin can be a bit of a nightmare, but with this guide you'll know where exactly to park your car so that it's safe and secure and above all, legally parked.
Dublin city is small and compact so at rush hour it tends to get congested. It's easy to walk around from attraction to attraction so be sure to park-up the car as soon as you arrive, as there really is no need to drive around this city centre to sight see.
Tow-away and clamping are in operation for those who park in a loading bay, pedestrian area, on double yellow lines, on a disabled parking space, on a bus lane or cycle track, so car parks are really the best option.
Dublin city has over 20 car parks, which are very well placed whether here for shopping or sightseeing.
Here are some of the main car parks in the city centre.
The Abbey Street car park is located on Lower Abbey Street, just off O'Connell Street (Dublin's main street) in the city centre. This is a very central location for visiting attractions like Trinity College, Temple Bar, the GPO and also for shopping on O'Connell Street and Henry Street.
This car park is located just off Parnell Street. Parnell Street can be found just off the top of O'Connell Street (opposite end to O'Connell Bridge).
This car park is handy if you want to be close to the Gate Theatre, the Ambassador Theatre, the Dublin Writers Museum or the James Joyce Museum. This car park is also within walking distance of Croke Park stadium.
To get to this car park just take a right after the Virgin Cinema on Parnell Street and take another right on a small street called ‘Loftus Lane’ and you'll see the car park.
This car park is located on Drury Street and is best approached from Stephens Street Lower. It has about 480 spaces and is very convenient to Grafton Street, St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, the Powerscourt Shopping Centre and the Gaiety Theatre.
This car park is located in the Irish Financial Services Centre, which is the city's core business and financial district. It can be found in the docklands area about a 10-minute walk east of O'Connell Bridge. The car park has about 360 spaces and is ideal for attending events in the IFSC or for visiting attractions along the Dublin docklands like the Viking Splash Tour, the Famine Memorial, the Custom House or the Point Depot.
The Christchurch car park has about 212 spaces and can be accessed from Lord Edward Street in the Christchurch area.
This car park is ideal if you want to park-up and stroll around one of the oldest parts of Dublin and explore attractions like Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the City Hall, St. Audoen's Gate and it's also not that far from Temple Bar.
Also known as the Fleet Street car park this car park can be found right in the heart of the city centre, just off Westmoreland Street. It's convenient to Temple Bar, Grafton Street, Trinity College and O'Connell Street so it's a popular place to park.
This car park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This car park has up to 750 spaces and is adjoining the Jervis Shopping Centre - one of the biggest and best shopping centres in Dublin. It is accessed from Jervis Street. This car park is ideally located for shopping as it's also very convenient to Henry Street, which is one of Dublin's pedestrianised shopping streets.
Stephen's Green has one of the largest car parks in the city centre with up to 700 spaces. It can be accessed from Mercer Street and is open 24 hours a day.
This car park is ideally located for shopping as it's located next to the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre just off Grafton Street, so you won't have too far to go with those shopping bags!
Mairead Foley writes for the Ireland travel and accommodation website http://www.GoIreland.com
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