Dublin Locations to Visit in Real Life: Exploring the World of Normal People

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Sally Rooney’s bittersweet love story Normal People was the surprise hit of 2020’s lockdown. Praised for its beautiful cinematography, the BBC Three/Hulu series was shot on location in Ireland, Italy, and Sweden. If you're a...

Sally Rooney’s bittersweet love story Normal People was the surprise hit of 2020’s lockdown. Praised for its beautiful cinematography, the BBC Three/Hulu series was shot on location in Ireland, Italy, and Sweden. If you're a fan of the show, you'll definitely want to check out these 10 Dublin locations that played a significant role in the story.

Trinity College: A Place of Academic Dreams

Trinity College Trinity College makes its appearance early on in the series, with both Marianne and Connell earning a coveted place at the prestigious Dublin university. Scenes on campus were filmed at the Ussher Library and the Arts block. Follow in the footsteps of Marianne who studied History and Politics or pack a copy of Willem Dafoe’s Moll Flanders and get stuck into English literature like Connell.

The Pav: An Unexpected Reunion

The Pav The Pav or Pavilion on Trinity College’s cricket pitch provides the backdrop to Connell and Marianne’s unexpected reunion. Something of a hidden gem, the bar and outdoor space is a popular summer hangout for students and locals alike, especially on a warm summer evening.

Wellington Road, Ballsbridge: Marianne's Boho Flat

Wellington Road, Ballsbridge A beautiful Georgian house on Wellington Road in Ballsbridge was chosen as the setting for Marianne’s boho Dublin flat. Take a stroll around the leafy neighborhood and pretend you’re heading to one of her fancy intellectual dinner parties - don’t forget to bring a bottle, remember Marianne enjoys a glass of both red and white.

Blackbird, Rathmines: A Night Out with Friends

Go boozing in real life at Blackbird in Rathmines. The pub and its shabby chic decor provided the cozy surroundings in the episode where the college crew got together for drinks and a game of pool during a night out.

Anseo Camden Street: Alternative Music Magic

The small but perfectly formed Anseo on Camden Street also made an appearance in various random pub scenes. This lovely, fairy-lit alternative music bar is pure magic come autumn/winter.

Dublin Camera Club Camden Street: A Photographer's Haven

Dublin Camera Club Camden Street In episode 5, Connell is seen plodding down Lower Camden Street, past the Dublin Camera Club shopfront. The oldest and largest camera club in Ireland operates on a volunteer basis and regularly hosts workshops and exhibitions.

The Fumbally Cafe: Sweden in Dublin

The Fumbally Cafe The scene set in Sweden where Marianne sits alone with her coffee, sugary pastry, and melancholy thoughts is none other than the Fumbally Cafe in Dublin 8 - who knew? Pop in for a caffeine fix if you’re in the neighborhood. Fake snow not included.

Forest Avenue, Sussex Terrace: The Swedish Connection

Forest Avenue, Sussex Terrace The Fumbally Cafe is not the only Swedish dupe in the series. When Marianne is seen having dinner with Lukas, the frosty scene was actually shot at Forest Avenue restaurant on Sussex Terrace. This is the perfect place to take a time out and grab a bite while working your way through the list of Dublin locations for Normal People.

The Hugh Lane Gallery: Artistic Encounters

In another turn up for the books, while backpacking in Italy, Marianne and Connell didn’t venture quite as far as Venice’s Guggenheim to see the Duchamp painting but rather, The Hugh Lane Gallery on Dublin’s Parnell Square. Entry is free - don’t miss the Francis Bacon studio, which was painstakingly recreated by gallery staff over three years from 1998 to 2001.

Jenny Vander Vintage: Fashionable Finds

Jenny Vander Vintage Daisy Edgar-Jones got to wear six different vintage looks from Jenny Vander Vintage on Drury Street during the series, including the gorgeous coral-colored cocktail dress in episode seven and a selection of summer dresses for the scenes shot in Italy.

*These Dublin locations offer a chance to immerse yourself in the world of Normal People and create your own memories. Which Normal People location would you add to the list? Leave a comment below!

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