|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Granby Row, Dublin (O154351)|
|To:||Cork Street, Dublin (O142332)|
|Distance:||2.7 km (1.7 miles)|
|Meets:||R132, R135, R803, R108, R805, R148, R810, R110|
The R804 is a cross-city route in Dublin, narrowly avoiding the core of the city. It is only possible to drive in the south-eastbound direction. Curiously, there is no clear alternative for the other direction, beyond taking a less direct route around city streets.
The road starts at a junction with Dorset Street. It then makes its way down the hill along Bolton Street and North King Street, picking up the Dublin Inner Orbital Route. It crosses the R108 and runs around Smithfield Square. This section is an important route out of the city as it avoids the turning restrictions on other routes.
After crossing the Liffey on Mellowes Bridge, the road enters Bridgefoot Street, which appears almost ludicrously wide as an empty dual carriageway linking much narrower streets. It runs mostly through derelict land which was cleared and not yet developed.
At the top of the hill, the R804 returns to being a narrower and one-way street. It forms a boundary between The Liberties, and the industrial area associated with the Guinness Brewery. This brings it to the end at McGoverns Corner, a junction with Cork Street.
What is perhaps stranger than the R804 being mostly in one direction, is that it wasn't planned to be a major route. With the Western Tangent serving as a major road between Smithfield Square and Cork Street. This meant that there wasn't much need for other routes around Smithfield at all.