Disabled Access in Dublin
Dublin Airport is fully accessible. There is a Tourist Information office inside the airport to answer any questions that you might have. You can take a taxi into City Centre or the easy, accessible, cheap Airlink bus. The bus is 6 euro each way from airport to City Centre. Walk out the airport and you will see the double decker Airlink busses parked across the street about 20m away. Buy the ticket from the bus driver. Bus 747 leaves every 10 minutes and Bus 748 leaves every 30 minutes. Ask the drivers which one will take you closest to your hotel.
Most of the tourist sights in Dublin are within walking distance of each other but you could also use the accessible busses and accessible trams to some of the more outlying sights (Guinness Brewery, Kilmainham Jail, & Jameson Distillery). A day pass or 3-day pass for the Sightseeing Bus may be the best option for getting around (if accessible). In the Temple Bar area, the streets have level 3 cobblestones but the sidewalks are paved. Outside the Temple Bar area, streets and sidewalks are paved.
http://www.visitdublin.com/Information/Default.aspx?id=338 – excellent info on accessible transporation
http://www.accessibleireland.com/category.php?catg_id=5&id1=x&id=8 – Accessible transportation info for Dublin
http://www.irishtourist.com/general_information/disabled_visitor_information.shtml – Accessible transportation info for Ireland
http://www.visitdublin.com/pdf/DublinCityAttractions&AreaMap.pdf – attractions map
http://www.visitdublin.com/pdf/TempleBarMap.pdf – Temple Bar map
http://www.visitdublin.com/travel/Maps/dublin/ – Interactive map
There are two types of busses. One of them has 2 steps to get into and a pole in the middle of the door that makes it too narrow for a wheelchair to be carried in. The other type has a ramp that extends onto the curb,has a spot on the bus designated for a wheelchair, and is full accessible.
http://www.dublinbus.ie/en/Your-Journey1/Accessibility/ – bus accessibility info
http://www.visitdublin.com/travel/Maps/busmaps/termini.aspx – bus map. Website not working?
http://www.dublinsightseeing.ie/cityTour.aspx – Sightseeing Bus stops
http://www.dublinsightseeing.ie/mapimage.html – Sightseeing Bus map
http://www.dublinsightseeing.ie/pdf/tours_08.pdf – Sightseeing Bus brochure
15 euros for 1 day pass, 25 euros for 3 day pass including airport transfer, sent email about accessibility
Train / Light Rail
http://www.accessibleireland.com/advertisement.php?catg_id=5&id_advt=178&id=8 – Dublin Light Rail (called LUAS), accessible but only two lines
http://www.visitdublin.com/pdf/LUASRouteMap.pdf – Dublin light rail map
http://www.accessibleireland.com/advertisement.php?catg_id=5&id_advt=179&id=8 – DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit – serves Dublin suburbs)
There is no subway.
Accessible Car Rental
Note – several attractions are closed on Monday
Day 1 – Historical Walking Tour at 11:00 am, Dublin Castle, Chester Beatty Library,
Day 2 – Trinity College Tour & Book of Kells @10:15 am, then bus or taxi toKilmanhaim Jail & Guinness Brewery
Day 3 – National Museum: Archaelogy, Number 29 Georgian House, National Gallery,
At night – Irish Music and Dancing, Temple Bar
Other – Jameson Distillery, Christchurch Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, Marion Square
Bold – don’t miss!
Walking Tour – doable in a wheelchair with a few challenges. departs at 11 am and 3 pm in the summer, 2 hrs in length, tour starts at Trinity College and finishes at Dublin Castle, www.historicalinsights.ie,
Challenges include less than 100 m of level 3 cobblestones in Trinity College, less than 50m of level 3 cobblestones near the Irish Parliament, 3 steps to get down at the City Hall, and less than 30m of level 3 cobblestones at Dublin Castle. The elevation is about half level 1 slope and half level 2 slope. Total walking tour length is 1.1 km.
Trinity College Tour & Book of Kells – accessible with some cobblestones, 30 minute tour followed by a visit to the Old Library which holds the artistically decorated medieval bible, the Book of Kells. Departs from Trinity College Gate.
The tour covers 500m. About 100m of it is over level 3 cobblestones. At the Old Library, after looking at the introductory display on the Book of Kells, have a staff member let you into the elevator up to the Book of Kells.
http://www.tcd.ie/Library/heritage/tours.php – tour website
Mid-May – September Daily Tours departure Schedule
10.15, 10.55, 11.35, 12.15, 12.55, 1.35*, 2.15, 2.55, 3.40*
Most busses inaccessible but they have 6 busses. Send email to find out which busses are accessible on a give day. Infosightseeing@dublinbus.ie
South/West of Trinity College
Temple Bar – neighborhood with many pubs. There are 3 streets that are just south of the river and run parallel to it. The first street is called ____ and is flat and paved. The second street is called Temple Bar in some places and Fleet Street in other places. It has level 3 cobblestone in the street, but the sidewalks are paved. Some of the sidewalks may have restaurant tables blocking them and you might have to hop down and up a curb to avoid them. The third street is called ____. It is paved but has a level 2 slope on most of it.
Dublin Castle – 45 min tour of the Castle which is actually a 18th century palace. 80% is accessible (13th century Normal castle ruins below ground are not). There is a paved level 3 slope 30m? hill if you enter from the East. If you enter from the North, there is a steeper level 3 hill to climb in front of the City Hall. At the entrance, have a staff member open the side door near the ramp to get to the ticket office. Afterwards, a staff member will take you back down the ramp to another side door, where you will take an elevator to the start of the tour.
Chester Beatty Library – Accessible and free, contains collection of literary and religious artifacts, 300 m from Dublin Castle
Path from Dublin Castle to Chester Beatty Library:
Christ Church Cathedral – accessible entry but they need to install a temporary ramp
Irish Music & Dancing – Irish music and dancing at the Arlington Hotel Temple Bar. www.legends.ie. If you purchase dinner for 30 euros, you will be seated in the section at the front where the tables are high and have barstool level seating. If you do not purchase dinner, get there early (or call ahead) and you can sit in the raised level further back where the tables are lower.
East of Trinity College
National Museum: Archaelogogy – 40 min tours available, accessible except for 7 steps to get up to to Viking Ireland exhibition,
National Gallery of Ireland – Fully accessible, best art gallery in Ireland, contains Irish art as well as art from all over Europe
Merrion Square – park surrounded by 18th century houses, need info about accessibility
Number 29 Georgian House – 19th century house, 35 min tour, mainly accessible, ___% of tour is accessible, companion of wheelchair users is admitted free, www.esb.ie
“Wheelchair access is available to the basement of the exhibition, audio visual area, tea room and gift shop. Access is also available to the hall floor and dining room.” Contact 01 7026165 or NumberTwentyNine@esb.ie for arrangements.
Grafton Street – outdoor shopping center, most shops are step-free
St. Stephen’s Green park * – Park with 3.5km of accessible paths
Telephone No: +353 1 475 7816, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
May want to use public transportation to reach
Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) – 1hr tour of prison followed by prison museum, nearly completely accessible, they can install a temporary ramp to make it accessible, or one of the staff actually took us on a private tour of the jail, take the 78A? bus to get there, get off at ___, then go1 block east on level 2? Slope, 1 block north on level 3 slope, and 1 block west on level 2 slope. Total walking distance from bus stop to entrance is 300m
Tel: +353 1 453 5984, email@example.com
Guinness Storehouse * 9:30-17:00 – Fully Accesible. Museum about Guinness and brewing process. Bar on 7th floor provides best view in Dublin. From the bus stop, go to the side entrance by following the red line shown on the map below. The last 30m of the route is over cobblestones. Ring the bell and the side entrance door will open.
http://www.guinness-storehouse.com/pdfs/GUINNESS-Storehouse-map.pdf – map showing location of Guinness Storehouse
Old Jameson Distillery – 10 min video & 20 min tour, fully accessible, can be reached by accessible LUAS tram. Get off at ___ stop.
Other information on places that are not accessible
Van Tour – not doable due to accessibility.
http://www.overthetoptours.com/newgrange/NEWGRANGE.html – shuttle bus 9:00am-1:00pm
Newgrange and Hill of Tara are not accessible:
Trim Castle is not accessible:
Irish Musical Pub Crawl – 19:30-22:00, email said it was not accessible and involved a few upstairs rooms
Cliffs of Moher
Fleet Street Hotel – not accessible, single step at entrance, bathrooms are too narrow for a wheelchair. 31” hotel room doorway, 26” for bathroom door, bathroom is too small to get the wheelchair next to the bathtub.
Restaurants / Going Out
Many restaurants have a step or two to get into the restaurant. Some have accessible tables on the sidewalk. Many bathrooms in restaurants are downstairs in the basement and not accessible.
http://www.accessireland.info/dublin/food_drink/restaurants.htm – 7 dublin restaurants
http://www.accessireland.info/dublin/food_drink/pubrestaurants.htm – 2 dublin pub/restaurants
Additional Accessibility Resources
http://www.accessireland.info/dublin/attractions/museums.htm – info on some additional museums not listed above
http://www.enabletravel.info/ – general access info on Ireland, trip review from New Zealand based travel agent
http://www.geocities.com/globalaccess_99/exploringireland.htm – trip report on Ireland
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showpost.php?s=4ec61103b95f674790f35ff38c0ae1d0&p=56993133&post-count=29 – decent accessibility info on some Dublin sights
http://www.pwdi.ie/useful_links/index.htm – lots of irish accessibility links
http://www.dublincity.ie/accessibilityforum/default.aspx?g=forum – forum on Dublin accessibility
National Rehabilitation Board, 44 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1
Disability Federation of Ireland, 2 Sandyford Office Park, Sandyford, Dublin18 295-9344
http://www.iwa.ie/issues/IssuesPublic.aspx – Irish Wheelchair Association
Telephone: +353 1 6057700 +353 1 6057700 told me to call US office
Web site: http://www.visitdublin.com/
Tourism Ireland (US office) – 1-800-sharmrock, called and it connected to a person in Dublin