With hashtags such as #dublinstagram and igersdublin, the Dublin Instagram community is booming. Led by the likes of mrneeson, and sykes_36, these hashtags, as well as various compilation accounts are enjoying a new-found fame that comes with posting aesthetic photographs of Ireland’s capital. Many photographers, such as conormacbride, have taken to taking candid shots of passerby’s, while others like maguirc5 have discovered a love for panning. The list of good photo-spots is endless, so although many aesthetic corners of Dublin are not mentioned below, it is a short list by of Annalena of the Darling Dressler showing some of the most popular Instagram spots in Dublin City.
5. St. Stephen’s Green
Re-opened by Lord Ardilaun in 1880, (St.) Stephen’s Green is located at the bottom of Grafton Street, Dublin’ high-end shopping street. Spanning across 22 acres, the park has endless possibilities for snapping beautiful shots. From the Fusiliers’ Arch at the Grafton Street entrance to the statues of James Joyce and Constance Markievicz, and the fowl in lake, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. The ornamental gazebo by the lake makes for a great image, especially from across the lake, as does the bandstand. The park is frequented by tourists as well as locals, and is great for photographing people, as well as animals such as birds and oftentimes friendly squirrels.
Should the weather be miserable, or you’re longing for some food, the adjoining St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre provides another beautiful backdrop. Opened in 1988, the Victorian inspired structure reminds of a gigantic greenhouse filled with shops instead of plants. The glass dome and Ireland’s largest clock beg to be photographed (and fit perfectly into Instagram’s 1×1 dimensions). The aesthetic appeal of the iron and brick building is undisputed, and the view from the top floor is equally as breath-taking.
4. Anne’s Lane
A hidden gem amidst Dublin’s winding lanes and bustling streets, Anne’s lane is home to the inventive “floating” umbrellas. Constructed by Zozimus Bar, these colourful umbrellas form a decorative canopy for pedestrians. Photos of this installation are scattered across Instagram, and the street is visited by many. Zozimus Bar is known for its fancy cocktails, and is a great place to sip cocktails while editing your photos. A 2 minute walk off Grafton Street, this little gem offers a unique photo experience, guaranteed to be loved by your followers.
3. National Gallery
Located at Merrion Square West, the National Gallery of Ireland offers a mixture of fixed exhibitions, as well as showcasing new artists and hosting travelling exhibitions. Opened in 1864, and recently renovated, the National Gallery offers exquisite paintings to photograph (but bear in mind that photography is only allowed in certain areas of the gallery), beautiful architecture, and many visitors to incorporate into photographs.
Moving away from the clean and sharp interior of the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum located next door offers an escape into times gone by. With its stone exterior and wood-centric interior, it stands in contrast with the National Gallery. The glass cabinets that hold the exhibits, as well as the ornate stairs, allows for the perfect snap of Ireland’s history. The animal displays upstairs allows you to capture the beauty of animals that you may otherwise never see up close.
2. Trinity College
One of Dublin’s biggest tourist attractions is Trinity College. Located in the middle of the city, it hosts the Book of Kells and attracts millions of visitors each year. Most widely photographed is Bell Tower in the Front Square, as it is Trinity’s landmark. Photography the tower through the entrance arch leads to a distinct perspective. The Old Library can be a beautiful shot, especially when encompassing the first floor balconies. If you are looking for something more special (and secret), you can visit the geology building; featuring a glass dome and mosaic walls, it is a beautiful structure to explore from various angles. The Hamilton Building, along with the adjoining Science Gallery, offers a more modern take on architecture, featuring long walkways, lots of concrete and glass.
1. Temple Bar
Perhaps Dublin’s most famous quarter, Temple Bar is a colourful blend of traditional old pubs and a healthy rush of modern Ireland. A must-see for all tourists, it is the perfect place to observe and photograph hordes of people. If you have a liking for night-time photography, this is the place to be; with an avid nightlife and lots of loud music and colourful lights, this quarter is the place to be once the sun sets. Even during daylight hours, Temple Bar retains its magic. Narrows lanes and indie shops, markets and street performers; a photographer’s dream come true. With copious amounts of street art and sculptures, every in of Temple Bar makes for the perfect Instagram shot.
If you are in need of inspiration for that perfect shot, check out the #lovindublin and #dublindivine hashtags and corresponding Instagram accounts. If you’re lucky, your shot might just be featured on their accounts. The aforementioned Instagrammers are sure to awaken the photographer in you, and with this list in mind, go out and enjoy Dublin through a lens!