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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 CA $152 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16

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! (1,000 reviews)

"Excellent centrally located hotel"…"

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

The Clarence
Temple Bar Lane
Temple Bar Lane
3.5 out of 5
19 Temple Lane South, Dublin
The price is CA $64 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 29

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! (170 reviews)

"I ended up staying at the Camden Street Hotel as Temple Bar Lane was closed. Camden street was nice I got a very big room but the room could do with a lot more amenities - water glasses, fridge (esp for travelers having to quarantine) and some additional mirrors or a closet would make the place look ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Temple Bar Lane
The Fleet
The Fleet
4 out of 5
19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $126 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16

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! (994 reviews)
omfortable stay while sick

"Overall the service was superb with a caring staff. I was sick the entire week but they were patient and helpful including calling a doctor for me. Karolina was A+. Cleaning staff needs more training though. Thank you all."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 23, 2020

The Fleet
Temple Bar Hotel
Temple Bar Hotel
4 out of 5
13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
The price is CA $104 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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! (1,585 reviews)

"Beautiful everything friendly staff people's ,wonderful journey"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 25, 2020

Temple Bar Hotel
Kinlay House Hostel
Kinlay House Hostel
2 out of 5
2-12 Lord Edward St, Temple Bar, Dublin
The price is CA $61 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

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! (86 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Nov. 30, 2015

Kinlay House Hostel
The Morgan Hotel
The Morgan Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $173 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

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! (994 reviews)
Morgan

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

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2020

The Morgan Hotel
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