Ballsbridge, named after the three-arched bridge that was built and owned by the Ball family back in 1500s. The area was made up of muddy fields until the introduction of the Royal Dublin Society otherwise known as the RDS in 1879, after which it saw huge developments in both infrastructure and affluent housing. Ballsbridge is perhaps most renowned as being the setting of James Joyce’s Ulysses, as he lived in the area, in a house on 60 Shelbourne Road, which is now situated right beside the Aviva Stadium.
Ballsbridge is within easy walking or biking distance of the city centre, which is great for avoiding the rush-hour commuters. Situated beside the Dodder River, within walking distance from the sea and Dublin city centre and easily accessible by car and public transport, it’s a perfect place for families aiming to settle down.
If you commute on the bus, the 4, 7 and 7a all go from there, or you could take the short walk to the N11 and grab a 46a, 145 or 39a.
As for during your free time, families living in Ballsbridge can hop on the LUAS to Sandymount, Blackrock, Dalkey or Dún Laoghaire and get away from the city for a while. If the weather doesn’t allow for this, it’s also walking distance from Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.
Fun things to do
Ballsbridge isn’t lacking in activities, be it free or paid, week or on weekends! Many events, of course, involve the RDS. Here, there are ALWAYS fairs, events, galleries and exhibitions on display. One week, you could be looking at the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun, the next some of the best artists in Ireland, and then the following, one of the hottest tech events in the country. Not to mention the fact that its home to Leinster Rugby and the Dublin Horse Show, both are always a nice day out for the family.
Interested in Sport?
The Aviva, or Lansdowne Road for those who remember the good ‘ol days, is literally in the centre of Ballsbridge, and frequently has soccer (COYBIG!)and rugby matches on.
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Ballsbridge is home to a few rugby clubs and gyms and if tennis is your game, there are a few private clubs in the area. When the kids need to run around and have that itch for competition, there are plenty of summer camps for them to enjoy. In short, it’s has all the family amenities you could possibly ask for.
If you are interested in fitness, Ballbridge has you coveered, Sportsco, within walking distance, is a great perk of living in the area. Fancy a spot of 5-aside soccer, swimming classes or weights? This place has it all and then some, including gymnastics for the kids and...badminton.
The area is also ideal for jogging or cycling, so if you are living in the area, go break a sweat, stretch the legs and breath some fresh air into the lungs!
Ballsbridge is home to a few public parks that come to life in summer, Herbert Park being the most notable one. It’s well looked after, with the flower arrangements, pond and 32 acres of lawn making it a perfect spot for a family picnic! You’ll often come across yoga classes, lawn bowling and even dog walking groups, which anyone can join. It's also a favorite place for the little ones, with an incredible playground to swing and slide around or head across the street and feed the swans in the pond.
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Herbert Park is also home to The Big Grill BBQ and Craft Beer Festival, taking place each summer, with some amazing meat, drink and music, it’s not to miss!
Is coffee something you yearn for each morning? If so, you’re in luck; the coffee scene is one of quality. Our favorite, Coffee2Go is fantastic, as you witness a line out the door each morning. Hint: try their homemade scones, you can thank us later.
Eathosbeing one of the main players, their modern cafe offers a great space and quality coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch and pastries.
Lolly and Cooks in Herbert Park is a must-try, the location alone makes it worth going to! Grab a coffee and bit of a relax in their outdoor seating taking in the sun, fresh air and sounds of the park.
Ballsbridge has some of the finest lunch spots in Dublin, and our personal recommendation is Keshk. With Egyptian, Greek and Turkish influences, it’s not your typical chicken fillet roll type of lunch, it’s tasty and healthy, which ticks our boxes!
Another popular place to grab lunch is Cocu. Here they focus on tasty healthy salads packed with fresh fish or meat on top. Their range of fresh juices and yoghurt pots are a delicious way to finish the meal, and we wouldn’t be surprised if you made going here a daily habit.
It’s home to some great comfortable restaurants for those nights you don’t want to experience the hustle and bustle of the Big Smoke. It’s no wonder locals flock to the many eateries in Ballsbridge.
Roly’s Bistro offers refreshingly simple food, executed perfectly. It’s a great place for dinner at very reasonable prices, what’s not to like about that?
Baan Thai their authentic Thai food will leave you happily full and smiling. It’s a fantastic restaurant everyone will love.
Don’t forget Angelina’s. A bit more trendy, located right on the canal. It’s a great place to enjoy a quality meal with someone special or a group of great friends. It has a relaxed vibe and the food ranges from pizza to hake, so there’s something for everyone’s palate.
You’ll be spoiled with the amount of restaurants in Ballsbridge, offering an array of budgetary choices no matter what the occassion. So, whether you’re looking for a cheeky take-away or a fancy dinner to impress your other half, it's available in Ballsbridge.
We wouldn’t be providing any neighbourhood insights, if we failed to mention the local watering holes. When a pub wins Hospitality Ireland’s Pub of The Year 2017, you already know it’s going to be a treat. Well, Searson’s is the proud owner of that award, and it doesn’t disappoint! This 1920s style bar is beautiful and whether you’re going for a pint of plain or a cocktail, you’ll feel right at home. It's the spot to watch the rugby matches as well.
Smyth’s is what many might call an ‘old-man pub’, but we don’t see this as a bad thing. It’s small, cosy and quaint in the best possible way, and the bartenders here sure know how to pour a Guinness.
Next up, we see another traditional Irish pub, perfect for a few with your friends or colleague; Paddy Cullen’s. It’s wonderfully standard, no frill approach is a nice change from modern pubs, which is why locals love it.
And of course, with the Aviva being a stepping-stone away, there are many traditional rugby pubs to enjoy a creamy Guinness in; Crowe’s, the "Most famous rugby pub in Dublin" comes to mind. It's safe to say that when Leinster or Ireland are playing, the atmosphere is through the roof! Just make sure to get there nice and early…
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Aside from the above, Ballsbridge has many services and attractions that people can enjoy. One of our personal favourites is going for a drink in the boutique Dylan Hotel, well decorated and trendy motif make it a great place to let you feel special for a bit.
Looking to surprise your better half with some flowers? Gingnko florists have you covered! They’ve amazing bouquets at great prices, and are guaranteed to make the receiver smile.
Prefer a chill night at home as opposed to going to the pub? Baggot Street Wines is an award winning off-license that you should check out, it’s range of wines and craft beers are guaranteed to make you a very loyal customer!
Dwelldown’s users have given Ballsbridge a rating of 9.3, not bad if you ask us! It’s safe, clean, quiet (except on matchdays) and overall an agreeable place to live in, especially if you’re looking to settle down here.
The area is particularly popular with young, upper-middle class families that are beginning to raise families, so it’s extremely child friendly!
This all comes at a price though. Located in Dublin 4, Ballsbridge is perhaps the most affluent area in Dublin City centre, and understandably so. It really is a great place to settle down in, and the average rent price reflects the demand in the area.
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