The narrow cobblestone streets of this neighbourhood date back to medieval times and are now the home of numerous galleries and cultural centres, not to mention Ireland's Central Bank and Stock Exchange. By night, the district's many clubs and pubs attract locals and visitors alike.
Founded in the 16th century, Ireland's oldest university maintains a beautiful campus with lots of fine architecture and sculpture for sightseers to enjoy. Among its library's three million volumes is the Book of Kells, which is on permanent display there.
Reckoning itself as the most popular tourist attraction in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse in St. James's Gate Brewery is about a kilometre south of the river and half a kilometre east of St. James Hospital.
The Old Jameson Distillery at 7 Bow Street north of Ellis Quay has a museum dedicated to the history of whiskey and a tour of the distillery itself.
Dublin City has several offices throughout the city which stock free maps and brochures for popular attractions.
The Dublin Tourism Centre at the restored St. Andrew's church site on Suffolk Street is staffed with representatives who can speak seven European languages and offers reservation and booking services as well as a ticket desk for local music, theatre and sports. Additional information offices can be found at the Dún Laoghaire Ferry Terminal, the Dublin Airport Arrivals Halls, and in Parnell Square at the end of Upper O'Connell Street.
Also, the city's Business Improvement District supports a team of roving Visitor Assistants for the express purpose of helping travellers find their way around.