The Liberties

Welcome to one of Dublin’s hidden gems, having its name originated from the very beginning of Dublin history.

Back in the medieval times, Dublin was walled for protection and administrative reasons, so that the city’s corporation were able to control trade and commerce within it – ruled by the city’s mayor and where Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle were included. The area outside the walls were then called liberties for being free from the rules laid down by the city’s mayor. What’s very interesting is that not only the name remained, but also a small part of the regarded walls is still there and can be seen at Cornmarket and in St Audoen’s Park.

People who live in the Liberties today still have the best of both worlds. There’s a neighbourly, small-town atmosphere to the area, yet you’re right on the city’s doorstep. There’s lots to see and do in the area: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Teeling’s Distillery, Dublinia - the Viking Experience, Vicar Street music Venue and Arthur’s the jazz pub. Perhaps the most famous place to visit is The Guinness Storehouse. In 1759 Arthur Guinness rented some land there for his brewery at the princely sum of £45 (€60) per year. The lease he signed was for 9,000 years – only about 8,740 years to go before the next rent review!

The best of everything: you can enjoy the view of this historic part of the city from our rooftop! 😊