The Best Instagram Backdrops in Dublin

Grand Canal Square | © William Murphy/Flickr
Grand Canal Square | © William Murphy/Flickr
Photo of Kate Phelan
20 January 2017

The city and county of Dublin have a wealth of photogenic settings to offer the Instagram addict, from cliff-top panoramas to camera-ready street art in Temple Bar, also known as the Cultural Quarter. Here are some of the best places to seek out an eye-catching Instagram backdrop in Dublin.

Poolbeg Lighthouse

The distinctive, bright-red lighthouse at the end of the Great South Wall – one of Europe’s longest sea walls – is a city landmark that begs to be photographed. Built in 1768, it is located almost right in the centre of Dublin Bay – so as well as providing a unique backdrop by itself, it is surrounded on all sides by amazing views of Dublin.

Poolbeg Lighthouse, South Wall, Poolbeg, Dublin, Ireland

The Samuel Beckett Bridge

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Samuel Beckett Bridge
Samuel Beckett Bridge | © Miguel Mendez/Flickr
The cable-stayed Samuel Beckett Bridge has only been a part of the Dublin landscape since 2009, but it’s become one of the most photographed in the city thanks to its unique design by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Named after one of Ireland’s most famous writers, it’s said to resemble a harp lying on its side.

Grand Canal Square

Designed by American landscape designer Martha Schwartz, the sleek town square at Grand Canal Dock is the place to go for an image of modern Dublin, from the chequered façade of The Marker Hotel to the angular Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to the red-glowing light-stick sculpture. The square was even featured in Dezeen.

Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, Ireland

☁️ Gap in the clouds ☁️

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Front Square, Trinity College

As Ireland’s oldest surviving university, Trinity College Dublin has a rich history, having produced well-known graduates like Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and John Millington Synge, to name but a few. Its beautiful Front Square courtyard is surrounded by grand 18th-century buildings, while the campanile bell tower was added in 1853.

Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland, (01) 896 1000

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Georgian Dublin

One of Dublin’s most Instagrammable features are its coloured Georgian doors, with the best examples found in what is now referred to as the Georgian Quarter on the south side of the city. Begin with Merrion Square, St. Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square, and go from there.

Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland, (01) 661 2369

Dublin doors | © Jose Jiménez López/Flickr

Dublin doors | © Jose Jiménez López/Flickr

Photo by me, @eleanorcos, but taken back in Autumn. Need to take new 🚪📸!

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