Local Attractions #28: Smithfield Square

Smithfield Square is the original mid-17th century marketplace. To the people of Dublin today it is the former home of the fruit, vegetables and flowers market. Smithfield is famous for the shooting of John Le Carre’s novel “The Spy Who Came in from the cold”.

Smithfield was featured at the ‘Berlin Wall’ crossing point. Surrounding Smithfield Square you will be able to access a number of cafés, restaurants and the Light House Cinema that provide Irish and international films, new releases, classics, foreign language, feature length documentaries, festivals. 

Smithfield Square
For many years Smithfield was known for the Horse Fair. This Horse Fair used to take place on one Sunday of every month but after regulation by the general public it was shorten to twice a year. Many people to this day know Smithfield Square as the ‘Horse Fair’. Smithfield was also home to the legendary Smithfield Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market, with plans in place to develop this old site into a new market place in the coming years. 

Other landmarks within Smithfield is the Jameson Distillery Bow Street which if you are or aren’t a whiskey drinker it is a place in which you should visit because you can find out a lot of things you did not know of before! For more details on Jameson Distilery why not click here and see our blog post.


Admission to Smithfield Square Dublin is free.

Distance from West County Hotel
Smithfield is situated jus 6 Km from The West County Hotel, or a 13 minute drive. You can take the buses 26 from outside the hotel and get off at Stop 1479 (Ormond Quay).

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