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Temple BarDublin

Wander down medieval-style alleys lined with pubs, shops and galleries, then have a pint, listen to music or party.

Temple Bar is a cultural quarter in central Dublin. It gets busy at night, especially on weekends. Souvenir shops and galleries accommodate sightseers and art enthusiasts earlier in the day. The drinking and dining in touristy venues starts in the afternoon and after sunset Temple Bar becomes a rowdy party scene.

Resident Sir William Temple, provost of Trinity College in 1609, may have given the area its name. The cramped district became derelict in the 19th century. The cheap rents attracted small shop tenants and (tattoo) artists, which gave the area the bohemian atmosphere that saved it from demolition. Temple Bar was regenerated as a cultural district in the 1990s. Here you’ll find one of the oldest streets in Dublin, Fishamble Street, which is a good example of how the medieval character was preserved.

It’s free to browse the brightly painted shops and sit in the pubs, but souvenirs and drinks don’t come cheap. Do as the locals do and enjoy a pint of draught (beer on tap) while listening to live music. You can’t miss the bright red Temple Bar pub, one of the district’s oldest and most crowded bars.

For art, visit the Irish Photography Centre and Temple Bar Gallery and Studio. Ireland’s famous musical acts feature on a massive Wall of Fame on the Rockarchive Gallery in Temple Lane. On weekends, head to the Cow’s Lane market for fashion, Temple Bar Square for books, or Meetinghouse Square for fresh produce or an outdoor movie in summer.

At night, music pours out from the pubs and clubs, along with many staggering patrons. If you are not here for serious partying, raise a glass and sing along with a band, or watch a game of sports televised inside many of the pubs. Enjoy the nightlife and good luck with understanding an intoxicated Irishman!

Temple Bar lies in between Dame Street and the River Liffey. It connects many Dublin landmarks and is a stop on the Dublin hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Get a guide from the Temple Bar Information Centre to see what’s on. Most pubs close before midnight and all venues are closed by 3 a.m.

Top hotels in Temple Bar

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Fleet
The Fleet
4 out of 5
19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £85 per night

Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. St. Stephen's Green and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)

"Hotel shut down (due to virus) during our stay. They relocated us to the hotel next door. Breakfast staff started cleaning and removing food right when we sat down even though breakfast lasted another 1+hours. Very distracting"…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

The Fleet
Temple Bar Inn
Temple Bar Inn
3 out of 5
40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland, Trinity College and O'Connell Bridge. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,348 reviews)

"Great location clean hotel friendly staff. Room could of been a little bigger"…"

Reviewed on 1 May 2020

Temple Bar Inn
Temple Bar Hotel
Temple Bar Hotel
4 out of 5
13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
The price is £89 per night

Located in Temple Bar, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland, Trinity College and O'Connell Bridge. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,809 reviews)

"Large, clean rooms and plenty of wardrobe and storage."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Temple Bar Hotel
Temple Bar Lane by the KeyCollections
Temple Bar Lane by the KeyCollections
3.5 out of 5
19 Temple Lane South, Dublin
The price is £58 per night

Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is steps away from Button Factory, Ha' Penny Bridge and Olympia Theatre. Dublin Castle and Trinity College are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (162 reviews)

"The location is incredible. Right above the historic Temple Bar. With the location comes some increased noise."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Temple Bar Lane by the KeyCollections
The Clarence
The Clarence
4 out of 5
6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £141 per night

Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is steps away from Dame Street and Olympia Theatre. Dublin Castle and Ha' Penny Bridge are also within 5 minutes. Jervis Station ...

4.3/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"Staff was very accommodating. Food very good at Cleaver East. Would go back."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

The Clarence
The Morgan Hotel
The Morgan Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £156 per night

Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. Christ Church Cathedral and National Gallery of Ireland at ...

4.4/5Excellent! (999 reviews)
Morgan

"Great location, friendly staff, clean hotel and excellent breakfast. Would recommend."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

The Morgan Hotel

Popular places to visit in Temple Bar

Trinity College
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Trinity College

4.5/5(569 reviews)

Trinity College offers a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of Dublin and it is one ivory tower you’d be happy to be trapped in for a long time.

Ha' Penny Bridge
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Ha' Penny Bridge

4/5(884 reviews)

Stroll along the oldest pedestrianized bridge in the city and capture photos of the electric cityscape of Dublin at night.

The Book of Kells
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The Book of Kells

4/5(94 reviews)

There is one thing that truly keeps the crowds coming to Trinity College in Dublin, which is a shame because the college has a lot to offer. Yet, it’s understandable: the Book of Kells is awe-inspiring and testament to the dedication, craftsmanship and sheer genius of collective creativity at its best.

College Green
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College Green

You can find out about the history of Dublin with a trip to College Green. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Bank of Ireland
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Bank of Ireland

Ordinarily, it might be thought a little unusual to recommend to any visitor to the Republic of Ireland a sightseeing tour of a branch of the Bank of Ireland. However, this is Dublin, where the rest of the world’s rules clearly do not apply.

Millennium Bridge
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Millennium Bridge

The Millenium Bridge, built to commemorate the start of a new millennium, crosses the River Liffey in Dublin, joining Eustace Street in Temple Bar to the north quays in the city centre. It has become an iconic symbol of Dublin, inspired by its timeless neighbours and designed with a modern twist, and is a point of interest for visitors to Ireland’s capital.

Top things to do in Temple Bar

Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£20
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl
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Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl

£14
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Silent Disco Adventure
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Silent Disco Adventure

£13
Per adult
Dublin City E-Bike Tour
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Dublin City E-Bike Tour

£31
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Traditional Irish Pub Crawl Tour with Dinner
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Traditional Irish Pub Crawl Tour with Dinner

£31
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Dublin Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl
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Dublin Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl

£14
Per adult

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