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 is 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 the city’s two beautiful cathedrals. Take the Liberties Distilleries Trail and discover the new brewhouses and craft distilleries establishing in what was once Dublin’s Golden Triangle of whiskey production. Or uncover the stories and literary gems in centuries-old libraries and exciting visitor centres.
More that anything, The Liberties is about people – a lively city neighbourhood that still offers an authentic slice of Dublin life.
The Liberties is famously the Home of the Black Stuff, and the iconic Guinness Storehouse 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.
And there is plenty more to discover, including Dublin’s two 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 discover by walking its ancient streets. And if you need some time out, the area has plenty of restful parks and spaces. The area is now 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.
Here’s just a flavour of what’s on offer…
Fall in love with the top tourist attractions in 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.
Ireland's National Cathedral for the Church of Ireland and a feature of Dublin's skyline since the 13th century.
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
The Liberties newest visitor attraction combines history with the return of whiskey production to the area
Be part of the action in a live theatrical attraction inspired by Irish history, where you and your friends are thrown unmercifully back in time!
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.
Why not download our great Liberties Map and Visitor Guide and discover the attractions and history of The Liberties for yourself. The guide includes two 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. From stained glass masterpieces, to moving pietas, to everyday sparks of genius that bring you the perfect pint, discover some of the area’s designer delights.
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. The area played a key role in the recent centenary commemorations of The Easter Rising 1916 and is makes for an essential visit to understand our nation’s founding.
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. Download the walking map and guide here.
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.