Neighbourhood

Ballsbridge

InterContinental Dublin is located in Dublins most affluent neighbourhood Ballsbridge. With its tree-lined avenues and beautiful Victorian red-brick estates, it's hard to believe that the bustling village of Ballsbridge is just a stone's throw from Dublin city centre. A three-arch stone bridge built in 1791 over the River Dodder marks the entrance to the pretty suburb which hosts numerous embassies and diplomatic residencies, a leading conference and events arena and one of the oldest rugby grounds in the world, as well as award-winning cafes, bars and restaurants. 

Ballsbridge enjoys the many advantages of sitting on the cusp of the capital: This quiet and friendly residential suburb is a short hop from the city centre, and all that it offers, and is serviced by the DART and a number of bus routes.

The village has a number of restaurants, cafes and bars that cater to all tastes with a 5 minute walk from the hotel. There are endless leisure activities available with the ballsbridge walking trail, sandymount strand, Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk, childrens playgrounds, Herbert Park weekend market and the beautiful 32-acre Herbert Park.

The hotel also offers an ideal location to Sandymount village where you can enjoy local boutique shops, bookshops, cafes and local resaurants along with the wonderful sandymount strand only a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

History of Ballsbridge

Named for the Ball family of merchants that traded in the 16th and 17th century, Ballsbridge emerged from the marsh and mud flats of the Dodder valley and by the 1700s had a working cotton printer, paper mill and gun powder factory. At the turn of the 19th century, it had become a stopping point in and out of Dublin city and in 1816, the area was bequeathed to the 11th Earl of Pembroke and became known as the Pembroke Estate. The Earl sought to turn the estate into an inner city suburb that would attract local gentry, merchants and professionals and began leasing parts of it to institutions and industry. In 1806, Trinity College developed the Botanic Gardens in the area for the use of staff and students, and in 1827, the Beggar’s Bush army barracks, established and used as a recruiting depot by the British army.

You do not need to forget your running/jogging routine while staying with us. Download our Jogging Map, where we have highlighted two running routes throughout our surrounding neighbourhood.

Jogging Map InterContinental Dublin