Searching for rooftop views of Dublin I found the Skyline Tour at Croke Park. It turned out that there was a special 1916 Rising version of the tour to coincide with the commemorations of the historical event around Dublin.
Prior to booking tickets I checked the weather and chose a day that was cloudy with a chance of rain. This is my personal preference for shooting photos because I find it easier to manipulate my photos in dull light instead of fighting saturation from the sun.
Before venturing into the stands of the stadium, we were shown an introduction video to the 1916 rising. The video is a short 15 minute piece that gives you a general idea of what occurred throughout the ordeal around Ireland and how the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) also played its part in the events at the time.
After the video we were taken to the top of the Cusack Stand where we could absorb the atmosphere of the stadium. Our tour guide provided us with some historical information about the stands, the pitch and the stadium grounds.
Once on the roof it becomes immediately clear how high you are and the entire city of Dublin can be seen from this point. As you walk along the path your tour guide will point out various landmarks and historical buildings across the skyline.
For those who are brave enough, there is a cantilever part of the walk where you can walk out over the pitch of the stadium with a sheer drop below. I definitely recommend doing this as it gives you a clear idea of how high up you are from the pitch below.
The wind was very strong on the roof so I advise bringing a jacket. Overall the tour took 90 minutes from start to finish and you can also visit the GAA museum afterwards for free.
This is a tour that I would highly recommend if you are looking for somewhere to get panoramic views of Dublin City.
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