St_James's_Street_ Area

St. Jamesís Street is situated just south of the River Liffey and west of Christ Church. This is thought to be the early medieval route, Slige Mhor, from Dublin to Galway. Together with Thomas Street and neighboring streets they make up The Liberties one of the oldest parts of Dublin City. Located in this area are a number of beautifully designed churches, Marches Library, the Tivoli Theatre and Jamesís Brewery.

March's Library was founded in 1701 and the oldest public library in Ireland with books (more than 25,000) on medicine, theology, law, ancient history, science, maps, Hebrew, Greek, Syrian, Latin, and French literature dating back to 1472.

The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin. The Storehouse is laid out over seven floors, and on the bottom floor is the exhibit showing the method of brewing and previous guinness advertisements .The seventh floor of the Storehouse is taken up by The Gravity Bar, which features an almost 360 degree view of Dublin. A free pint is given to those of legal age upon completion of the self-guided tour.

The Tivoli theatre is an intimate 500 seat theatre which also holds gigs of up to 960 people. It has been recently renovated and equipped with a state of the art sound system and lighting rig.
The Iveagh Market on Francis dates from 1902, the brick and stone facade hides a large functional cast-iron galleried market hall. It was in use right up to the 1990s. A food market akin to the English Market in Cork is now planned for Iveagh Market.

The soaring tower and spire of St. John's Lane Church on Thomas Street is one of the great landmarks of Dublin and is unusual in that the tower is rectangular rather than square in shape. Officially known as St. John the Baptist and St. Augustine, the church's popular name comes from the time when it was proscribed to practice Roman Catholicism and parishioners had to use a clandestine chapel in the adjoining John's Lane. St. Jamesís Church, was designed by Patrick Byrne who designed quite a few churches within walking distance. The building is carefully adapted to an irregular site. The interior has fine stained glass behind the main altar by Michael O'Connor.

St. Patrcikís Tower is the largest surviving windmill tower outside the Netherlands. The 120-foot structure stands on part of a four-acre site which the government is expected to add to its plans for a multimedia village in the St James's Gate area. St Patrick's Tower has never been used by Guinness for brewing. Originally a windmill, it was later used as a storage facility.

If you go drinking in one of the many pubs in the area make sure you order Guinness as it will be the freshest pint you can get in Ireland being so close to the brewery. There are a number of hotels B&Bs and hostels in the area to choose from.

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