O’Connell Street may be regarded as Dublin’s Main Street, but did you know Gardiner Street has more history and culture per square metre than almost any other street in Dublin? Located in Dublin’s north city centre, Gardiner Street is less than 20 minutes walk to O’Connell Bridge in the heart of Dublin. It’s also close to local attractions like Croke Park Stadium, Jameson Distillery, Mountjoy Square Park, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, the Spire Monument, and the Garden of Remembrance.
It’s an area full of history and fine architecture where you can take your time to explore the beauty of old Georgian Dublin. Built between 1792 and 1820, the houses in this area were originally occupied by wealthy landowners. Over the years, this street has witnessed many historic events and been home to some very famous figures from Irish history and the arts.
During the general strikes and the infamous ‘Lockout’ of 1913, many residents of Gardiner Street were determined to be paid a living wage by the factory owners and docking companies. By then many of the once luxurious homes had been reduced to ‘tenements’, with several families sharing a room. Urban renewal changed the area greatly during the 1970s and 1980s. An early U2 video shows the band performing on a pile of rubble - all that remained of the 200-year-old buildings that originally lined the street. Other Irish rock bands like Thin Lizzy and The Boomtown Rats also have associations with the area.
But perhaps the most significant location in the neighbourhood is the former St. Francis Xavier Hall. From the 1970s to the 2000s, ‘The SFX’ played host to many globally famous bands just before they were big enough for arena tours: Metallica, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Anthrax, Bjork, Green Day, REM and many more.
Slip back in time and stay in the heart of old Georgian Dublin in our Gardiner Street property in Dublin’s north city centre. Enjoy the street life and culture, with all Dublin’s top attractions on your doorstep, and don’t forget to trace the steps of some of Dublin’s most famous residents. We can’t wait to welcome you!