Where is the Top of Grafton Street?
One concept that might be confusing to some is that many locals make reference to the “top” of Grafton Street. To answer the question of “which end is the top?” – simply put – it is the St. Stephen’s Green end. If you walk down the street coming south from the north end of the street, you will be met with St. Stephen’s Green.
Can You Drive Down Grafton Street?
Known for the vast crowds during the busier hours of the day, Grafton Street is pedestrianised from 11:00AM - 6:00AM. This means that for 19 out of the 24 hours in a day, you cannot drive down the street. Outside of these 19 hours, only commercial deliveries are permitted. Trialed in 1971, pedestrianising Grafton Street was later made permanent in 1983.
The pedestrianisation of Grafton Street was first trialed in 1971 but was not made permanent until 1983. Ever since, cars have been banned from driving through the street, with the exception of commercial deliveries from 6am - 11am.
What Makes Grafton Street Famous?
First developed as a means of connecting College Green to St. Stephen's Green, Grafton Street in this modern age is now known for a vast amount of reasons. Dubbed 'Ireland's premier trading street', it later became known for a large number of growing traders and businesses, and many businesses on the street are still thriving today. One notable company still there today is Bewley's Café, established on Grafton Street in 1927.
St. Stephen's Green Opening Hours
Here are the opening hours of St. Stephen's Green:
Monday – Saturday: 7.30am – dusk.
Sunday and bank holidays: 9.30am – dusk.
Christmas Day: 9.30am- 12.30pm
Note that "dusk" changes, depending on the time of year.
What can you do on Grafton Street?
There are a number of significant attractions and points of interest, both of historical and modern interest, surrounding Grafton Street.
Such attractions include:
- Trinity College
- The Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street
- The Phil Lynott statue on Harry Street
- The Jameson Distillery
- The Irish Whiskey Museum
- Visit the large selection of cafés and restaurants
- Shop around the many different stores along and surrounding Grafton Street
- See the variety of talented buskers performing on the street
- Choose from a variety of Ireland's most famous hotels
- Not far from Grafton Street is the National Gallery of Ireland in Merrion Square Park
These are just a few of the many attractions and activities to do on, and surrounding Grafton Street.
What are the Pubs and Bars Opening Hours?
Looking to go out in the Grafton Street area, but unsure of when pubs open or close? We have the opening hours here, for some of the area's surrounding pubs and bars.