Pearse Street is one of the longest streets in Dublin and varies in use along its length. Its western end meets College Street near Townsend Street. Trinity College, Dublin forms its southern side here, with a Garda station to the north. As one proceeds east, Tara Street joins it along with a fire station and a hotel. The DART crosses Pearse street besides St. Mark's church, and east of that is a former theatre where James Joyce won an award for singing. A bank and pub bracket the junction with Lombard Street, with TCD and the railway station and Goldsmith Hall opposite each other on Westland Row.
Further east along the street is the Pearse Street Public Library, and on the first floor, the Gilbert Library. The street then becomes residential, including Pearse Square, until the junction with Macken Street, near Grand Canal Dock, where factories are found.