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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.


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The Clarence
The Clarence
4 out of 5
6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £117 per night from 24 Feb to 25 Feb

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)

"Excellent centrally located hotel"…"

Reviewed on 21 May 2020

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The Fleet
The Fleet
4 out of 5
19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
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The price is £82 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb

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! (995 reviews)
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"Love this hotel, have stayed before. The rooms are lovely, apart from the bed being quite small. The bar/lobby area is beautiful and well worth sitting for a drink. Great location for everything, Tesco just across the road for convenience too."…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

The Fleet
Temple Bar Hotel
Temple Bar Hotel
4 out of 5
13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
The price is £76 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,572 reviews)
Would reccomend

"Enjoyable stay situated in city centre and friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

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Temple Bar Inn
Temple Bar Inn
3 out of 5
40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
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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! (1,157 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 1 May 2020

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Kinlay House Hostel
Kinlay House Hostel
2 out of 5
2-12 Lord Edward St, Temple Bar, Dublin
The price is £53 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb

Located in Temple Bar, this hostel is steps away from Dublinia, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College are also ...

3.7/5Good! (87 reviews)

"Good enough for one night, but the room was really small"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2015

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The Morgan Hotel
The Morgan Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
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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! (998 reviews)
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"Rooms were lovely, Brenda was amazing helped us out with everything, would 100% reccomend"…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2020

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