Etihad Skyline Tour – Croke Park
Cusack Stand side of Croke Park (off Clonliffe Road via St Joseph’s Avenue), Dublin 3
As soon as the offer to do the Skyline Tour of Croke Park came along, I took it. Having a slight fear of heights and a fear of saying no to things, this seemed like a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. Little did I know that I would end up completely hungover on this tour but on a clear August morning, the fresh air knocked the cobwebs out of my head and the stunning views made had me gushing over our gorgeous capital. As we walked along the roof of the GAA stadium, our brilliant tour guide Adam pointed out historical landmarks, threw out some fun GAA facts and was quick with funny line, making it a very casual and fun stroll. Harnessed to the structure, we could stand right over the pitch and marvel at the bloody size of the thing. On a clear day, it has the best views in Dublin and you can see right up to Howth and down to Dun Laoghaire. It’s well worth a visit and if you have a fear of heights; don’t. As my good friend Ro described it, it’s like walking along a windy balcony but with a harness attached.
What has it got?
The tour is fully wheelchair accessible meaning that all wheelchair users can go on the Skyline Tour, with lifts bringing them right up to the roof and the pathways are wide enough for all chairs.
Seating: There are benches on the walking route, giving you clear views of Dublin behind the Hogan, Cusack and Davin Stands as well as a clear pitch view.
Doors: All of the doors in Croke Park are large and easy to open. They are not automatic doors so will need a hoosh to open.
Ground: The walkway is gridded so sensible shoes are a necessity.
Stairs: There is a lift, sort of like a Willy Wonka lift, that brings you right up to the walkway and wherever there are steps or stairs, there is a lift or a ramp.
Bathrooms: There are a number of wheelchair bathrooms dotted around Croke Park, all approximately 80×120.
Spaciousness: The walkway is very wide but everyone walks in single file on the tour. There is loads of room at the resting points, leaving enough room for people to walk about and look in every direction.
Helpfulness of Staff: Oh, look. The staff are great here. Very helpful and incredibly funny. Whoever does the staff training deserves a medal for throwing together such a great team.
Parking: There is wheelchair parking available in the carpark on the Cusack Stand side of Croker and you enter the building via the GAA History Museum.
Why did it lose points? It didn’t. Unlike match days, when you are in doing the tour, Croke Park is calm and quiet and easy to navigate. It’s a great way to spend a day so have a go if you’re own county never gives you a reason to visit.