Insider Tips

The Liberties, Smithfield and Stoneybatter

By Visit Dublin

27th July 2020

If you're searching for the very essence of Dublin, look no further than the Liberties and its surrounds. Along with the neighbouring areas of Smithfield and Stoneybatter, this dyed-in-the-wool area is full of genuine charm and undiscovered gems.

Soak up the city's true character

Walk the cobbles and breathe in the history: stumble across venerable old buildings around every corner and down every street as you explore this part of town. Its authentic feel and bustling market vibe has been enhanced by an influx of trendy eateries, top coffee spots, lively late night venues and quirky independent businesses in recent years. Read on, and find out why should it be top of your ‘to do’ list if you’re planning to rediscover Dublin.

And while you're enjoying the freedom of reconnecting with the Liberties, these days that comes with a need for safety. This need is met by the COVID-19 Safety Charter, adopted by tourism businesses across Ireland to signal their commitment to safety measures. Rely on this symbol to deliver peace of mind and confidence as you explore Dublin. As the capital continues to re-open, it's essential to check with individual businesses, services and accommodation to ensure that they are open before you visit.

The Liberties: No Longer Dublin’s Best Kept Secret  

Whether its hidden histories revealed; the lost and regained distilleries of the area reflecting a booming new whiskey industry; illumination of the murky medieval past; or hearing the tales behind some truly remarkable architecture; there are many 'open secrets' to discover here...

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Interior shot of books inside Marsh Library

Dublin's Best Whiskey Activities

Once nicknamed the ‘Golden Triangle’ because of the dozens of distilleries in the locality, the industry had all but died out; now the Liberties is experiencing something of a whiskey revival. Follow the trail and find the fascinating history of uisce beatha in Dublin (along with a taste of some of the best examples of this golden elixir to be had anywhere)...

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Interior shot of Irish Whiskey Museum display

Explore Dublin Eight

A world apart from the busiest 'tourist' spots, there are are twisting alleys and quaysides alongside the Liffey waiting to be discovered. Whether you seek cultural events, historical sites or delicious food, it all awaits in Dublin 8. Here, we present some of the highlights: pop on your walking shoes and hit the streets for some new experiences...

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Deer in Phoenix Park on a sunny day

While You're Here: Guinness Storehouse

Though it's what brings thousands of people to the area, there's more to see once you've learned all about the home of the Black Stuff; you're in the Liberties after all, one of the authentic hubs of the city. These streets are full of encounters to be had beyond undeniable joys of a panoramic pint in the Gravity Bar: Totally Dublin editor Michael McDermott provides top tips for investigating its bounty of experiences…

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(L) Guinness Storehouse, (R) Tramlines and Cobbled Street

The well-known secrets of the Liberties and its nearby neighbours are the truest insight into the area: while the past is all around you, the innovative way that this vibrant part of town continues to reinvent itself ensures that it's always a great place to visit; even for locals. Plan your day of discovery now and enjoy a trip around this fascinating part of Dublin city.

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