From ancient churches and cathedrals, to recreated Viking life; from world-famous brewhouses and distilleries, to the hustle and bustle of historic market streets – there’s so much to discover and enjoy in the historic heart of Dublin.
The Liberties is Dublin’s ‘must-see’ area, with some of the city’s top visitor spots waiting to be explored and over 800 years of history to uncover as you walk its ancient streets.
Explore the vestiges of Dublin’s medieval city wall and visit the city’s two beautiful cathedrals. Follow The Liberties Distilleries Trail and sample the fare in the new brewhouses and craft distilleries establishing in what was once Dublin’s Golden Triangle of whiskey production. Uncover the stories and literary gems in centuries-old libraries. Or explore local galleries and resist the temptation of Francis Street’s antiques shops.
Above all, The Liberties is about people – a lively city neighbourhood that serves up an authentic slice of Dublin life.
The Liberties is at the heart of The Dubline – an exciting series of discovery trails through Dublin city centre telling the 1,000-year story of our beautiful capital.
We are famously the Home of the Black Stuff, and the iconic Guinness Storehouse at St James’s Gate Brewery welcomes thousands of visitors each year to tell the story of this world-renowned Dublin brew. You can also sample the famous uisce beatha or ‘water of life’ – Irish whiskey – in any of the four craft distilleries that have established at Newmarket and James’s Street, sparking a resurgence of one of the area’s historic industries.
And there is plenty more to discover, including Dublin’s two magnificent cathedrals – Christ Church and St Patrick’s – a host of beautiful churches, the fascinating Dublinia experience of Viking and medieval Dublin, the atmospheric Marsh’s Library or the city’s oldest guildhall – Tailor’s Hall.
The Liberties boasts a wealth of local history and heritage that you can experience while walking its ancient streets. And if you need some time out, the area has plenty of restful parks and spaces, and you won’t be short of great places to eat or to have a relaxing pint.
Here’s just a flavour of what’s on offer…
Fall in love with the top tourist attractions in and around The Liberties
Visit Christ Church Cathedral, one of the top tourist attractions in Dublin. Every year thousands of visitors come through our doors to either visit a site of unique heritage or to celebrate with us in our liturgies.
Located in the heart of the St James's Gate Brewery, The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland's No. 1 tourist attraction, celebrating over 250 of brewing tradition at the Home of the Black Stuff.
Explore Dublin's Viking origins with this multimedia exhibition and visitor attraction
The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the first new distillery to be built in Dublin in over 125 years and already a firm favorite among the city's visitor attractions.
This urban distillery, in the heart of the Liberties is the home of Roe & Co Irish Whiskey
Ireland's National Cathedral for the Church of Ireland and a feature of Dublin's skyline since the 13th century.
IMMA, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, occupies the historic Royal Kilmainham Hospital.
The Liberties newest visitor attraction combines history with the return of whiskey production to the area
Sited in the heart of the walled medieval city, St Audoen’s Church is the only remaining medieval parish church in Dublin. It is dedicated to…
The Liberties newest distillery opens its doors in February 2019
Dublin's oldest library sits alongside the iconic St Patrick's Cathedral
Its officially known as Church of St Augustine & St John the Baptist, but to most Dubliners its called John's Lane Church and its spire…
A self guided trail through the former Power's Distillery, now National College of Art & Design
The Edward Worth Library is an early eighteenth-century collection.
Diageo's experimental brewhouse is now open to the public
Dublin's oldest pub dating to 1198
The National Archives collects, manages and preserves the public record of Ireland, ensuring its availability both as a resource and to safeguard citizens’ rights.
The Tailors' Hall is Dublin's only surviving guildhall. Guilds were professional trades associations which once held huge sway in the commercial life of the city.…
Download our great Liberties Map and Visitor Guide and discover the attractions and history of The Liberties for yourself. The guide includes two hour-long walking routes: Industrial Dublin: Past & Present – Learn about the crafts and enterprises that made this area the powerhouse of Victorian Dublin and explore some of Ireland’s best surviving industrial archaeology in the heart of the ‘Golden Triangle’ brewing and distilling district. The Design Trail – With the National College of Art & Design right at the heart of the area and a long history of design innovation, discover some of the area’s designer delights. From stained glass masterpieces, to moving pietas, to everyday sparks of genius that bring you the perfect pint, its all here in Dublin 8.
Looking to go farther afield? A visit to Kilmainham & Inchicore is highly recommended – they’re among the city’s most colourful urban villages. Home to the historic Kilmainham Gaol, the elegant Royal Hospital Kilmainham incorporating the Irish Museum of Modern Art, newly-restored Richmond Barracks, and the beautiful War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge, this area is the forefront of Dublin’s political, religious, and military history.
Unlock the treasures and stories of Ireland's capital city with the Dublin Discovery Trails, a new series of free self-guided walking trails. Let magical tales of the city’s colourful past weave their spell as you wander from trail to trail, each one accessible when you download the Dublin Discovery Trails App.
Explore the fascinating story of how water powered the development of The Liberties with this guide compiled by Dublin City Council’s Conservation Office. Learn how now hidden underground watercourses drove industrial and commercial development around Thomas Street and James's Street.
Welcome to Dublin's 'Golden Triangle'. Follow The Liberties Distilleries Trail with this map and guide to uncover the stories from The Liberties’ 19th century heyday of brewing and distilling, and to sample some of the delights of some the area’s more recent arrivals.