5 sites to visit in Kilmainham & Liberties Dublin


Royal Hospital,

Military Road


+353 (0)1 612 9900


The vast IMMA was founded in 1864 as a Royal Hospital for retired soldiers and by 1991 it was open as the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The grounds and gardens are stunning and the exhibitions have hosted some of the biggest Irish and international names around including Duncan Campbell, Lucien Freud, Patrick Hennessy, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

St Patrick's Cathedral

St Patrick’s Close,
Wood Quay
+353 (0)1 453 9472

You don’t need to be religious to appreciate the scale and presence of St Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. It was built in 1191, and it’s the largest and tallest church in Ireland, replete with wonderful stained glass windows. It’s also the burial ground of Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift.

The House of the Dead & Dinner

15 Usher’s Island
+353 (0)86 054 8880

The House of the Dead on Usher’s Island was the setting for James Joyce’s most famous short story ‘The Dead’ from Dubliners; it’s also a magnificent film by the way. The house can be rented out so you can dine on exactly what the protagonists of this story ate (by appointment only for groups of 10 to 14 people).

Kilmainham Goal

Inchicore Road
+353 (0)1 453 5984

This gaol (jail) is not only symbolic of Irish nationalist pride; it is also a pivotal connection between all the rebellions and conflicts that took place after the gaol was opened in 1796. There are two chapels (one for Catholics, one for Protestants) and two wings, and also a haunting stonebreakers yard where the 14 leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed.

Teeling Whiskey Distillery

13-17 Newmarket
Merchants Quay
+353 (0)1 531 0888

Once known as the ‘Golden Triangle’, The Liberties used to be the epicentre of whiskey distilling. Only open three years, the Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the newest one in over 100 years, and it was built on the remains of the old Walter Teeling distillery. There’s no other distillery like it in Dublin. Open 7 days a week with tour guides and tastings.