Some of Dublin’s best known visitor attractions are located in Dublin 8. You can explore the vestiges of the old medieval city around High Street: the beautiful cathedral of Christ Church Cathedral founded in 1030, the medieval church of St Audoen’s with its connections to the city’s guilds and the remains of Dublin’s old city walls on Cook Street.
Going west, you walk down historic Thomas Street with its merchant buildings, elegant churches, former distilleries and the iconic St James’s Gate Brewery and Guinness Storehouse with its spectacular Gravity Bar. From here it’s only a short walk to Kilmainham Gaol and the Irish Museum of Modern Art at RHK.
South of Thomas Street, take a visit down Francis Street, with its quirky antique shops and galleries and wind around to St Patrick’s Cathedral, whose 19th century restoration was paid for by the renowned Guinness family. The beautiful park alongside is the perfect resting point to visit on a sunny day, while the curious Marsh’s Library nearby holds a treasure trove of ancient books.
Also south of Francis Street, across The Coombe lies Newmarket, an area fast regenerating as a centre of craft food and drink in Dublin. The new Teeling Whiskey Distillery on the square is the first new working distillery in the city for over 100 years. Newmarket also boasts daily food markets and the regular Dublin Flea market on various weekends throughout the year.
There’s so much to discover and enjoy in the historic heart of the Dublin!