I'm looking at a short term let apartment on Daft.ie with the address of:
WESTGATE APARTMENTS, BRIDGE ST, Christchurch, Dublin 2, Dublin City Centre
Can anyone tell me if this is a reasonably safe area in Dublin. Advantages or disadvantages of this location, please? Thanks in advance.
I have an appartment near there. I dont live, in it, at the moment.
Christchurch is a very good location. It is within walking distance of the absolute city centre. Just 10 minutes. U will be living in the middle of the action, in Dublin.
Christchurch is not dangerous, so u can walk home late at night, from the city centre direction. However, do not walk in the direction, towards the Guinness Brewery, after dark. It is horribly dangerous. It is however OK to go that way, during daylight hours. In that direction, there is a street market, a few times per week, including Saturday, where u can buy fruit, vegetables and many other things at a good price.
U will also be close to the Mother Hubbards Sunday market, where u can buy just about anything.
And there is the famous Christchurch cathedral. U will probably be able to hear its bells, if your windows are open, on Sundays.
And the River is also close to where u will be living.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 26, 2006, at 1:09 PM by Mel. ]
your in were it all happens, bang in the centre of dublin! (almost)
christchurch is ok, but then walk another 2 minutes and your in a scummy area. yes welcome to dublin. dublin is very small, quite easy to be in a nice area 1 min and then a scummy area the next.
if this aparment is just for a weekends / week rent then great if it is for long term stay then i suggest staying out in the suburbs of dublin, but they tend to cost an arm and leg when it comes to rent...such places like sandycove, monkstown, blackrock, ballsbridge etc....very safe! right beside the sea! and easy access to the country side and only 15 minute train jounrey from the city were trains come every 10 minutes also known as the dart...most people tend to say live on the line of the dart...www.dart.ie i know from killiney - pearse st it is almost very safe! but like any city things can happen anywhere.
the problem about been in the city is...walking around up to 1-2am fri / sat is fine, but after that you want to be a bit street wise.
anyway, you will look at the place before you rent! and that will tell you in itself...you should look at it in the evening then morning, morning there is always people about, evening will give you an idea of what the area is really like!
mel is also right about the guinness direction at night...very dangerous...like i say a few min walk and your in it...
i wouldnt live there myself because i dont like living in an area were there is so many people and cars about...like living on oxford street in london! when one would prefer to live in windsor!
Thanks for the input everyone. I appreciate it.
It's difficult for me to tell how long of a walk it is from one location to another based on the maps that I've found. I can see the blocks marked off on the city maps but can't be certain of how long each block is. They all appear to be of varying distances.
Just for my edification, about how long of a walk is it from the area of Upper Leeson/Sussex Road to St. Stephen's Green? How long from Herbert Park to Stephen's Green?
Thanks again for your help.
It is possible to walk, most of the distances, in the city centre, in Dublin. I used to. But that depends on how much u mind walking. Stephens green to leeson street would be a 15 or 20 minute walk. Stephens Green, to Christchurch would be 20 to 25 minutes.
yup...much of dublin is walkable...but there is also lots of buses.
with most walks and you know were you are going then we are looking at anything from 10-25min.
not like usa we dont build in blocks. i found new york and toronto great for that kind of stuff cos you could predict how long it would take to walk x amount of blocks. in dublin its all over the place.