“The best way to start your day in Dublin 8 is in one of our many great cafes or coffee shops – get yourself a fry in O’Rourke’s where someone will bend your ear and make you feel welcome. Then make your way up Bridgefort Street known as Bloody Hill or Dirty Lane, get yourself a nice coffee in one of the coffee shops – my favourites are the Cookie Shop or Legit, then a nice stroll down to St Audeon’s. Take a nice quiet moment inside the original walls of the city while looking at the oldest working parish church in the country, or try out some of the musical features in the park there – good craic! When you have finished in the park make your way across to Adam and Eves church, look at the art work – all the churches in Dublin 8 hold fantastic works of art.

After you have your fill of churches take a stroll along Thomas Street and down Meath Street. Say hello or wave at people you see – they will wave back or even better tell ye their life story, the Liberties is famously friendly. David on the corner of where Thomas Street becomes Meath Street should be your first natter then stop at each of the market stalls you come across. They’re all great characters and a massive part of inner city culture and heritage. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a Thurs/ Fri/ Sat then you should definitely take some time to go in the Liberty Market or the Libo as its known locally, you wont be short of a bargain in the Libo or a good story.

After you have finished on Meath Street take time to visit Patrick’s Cathedral after that walk around the corner to Marshes Library, a true hidden gem of the Liberties. Ireland’s first public library and still looks the same as it did in the 1700s. I might be letting out the secret telling you about it! When you fancy a bit of dinner hit up Fuscos the Texan or Morelli’s chipper – get yourself a curry chips, they’re an Irish delicacy. If you don’t find them delicious you’re a lost cause!

NCAD is our national art college. It’s in the Liberties, they’re always welcoming to visitors and would be only delighted if you paid a visit and checked out the students’ art work. You could spend the whole day in the Liberties part of Dublin 8, its full of life, but Dublin 8 itself is all history. Get the 40 or 13 bus on Thomas Street, it will take you to Kilmainham Gaol. Take the tour or cross the road to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and visit the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and the gardens are beautiful. You could also take a 5 minute walk to the National War Memorial Park and watch the canoe racing or just have a walk around.

I would advise taking the Guinness tour closer to the end of your day. The Guinness factory is located in James’s Street. After you have taken the tour come outside the factory and jump a horse and carriage – every horse and carriage outside the factory are from the Liberties and will give you a good laugh. Take a quick spin around the area with them, ask as many questions as you want. To end your day head to any of the pubs around, always a great atmosphere and none are touristy, they will always have a few locals looking for a song or chat. That is just a sliver of how you can spend your day in Dublin 8, it’s a great place full of great friendly people who will treat you with kindness. If you want to have a great experience In Our Shoes is number 1″

Anthony, Guide
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