Temple Bar is Dublin's fashionable cultural quarter. First developed in the 19th century with narrow cobbled streets running close to the banks of the river Liffey, the area is full of character and charm. The streets are pedestrianised - to really appreciate all that Temple Bar has to offer, take time to stroll around. Ideally situated in the heart of the city centre, the area is a hive of activity where artists, designers and young entrepreneurs with creative ideas have set up small art galleries, cafes, theatres and colourful shops.
Meeting House Square is a spectacular new open-air performance area located off Essex Street East. It is surrounded by a cluster of innovative cultural centres which are well worth a visit including the Irish Film Centre, the Ark - a Children's Cultural Centre, the Original Print Gallery and the Gallery of Photography. Performances on the square incorporate theatre and music. The majority of events are free of charge and take place during the summer months.
There is an excellent food market in the square on Saturdays where you can sample anything from cheeses to oysters to sushi! In Temple Bar you will find the best selection of restaurants in Dublin. There are also a variety of live music venues, night-clubs and bars to choose from. Many small friendly hotels are to be found ranging from budget to Grade A . Events and festivals take place throughout the year.
Information is available from the Temple Bar Information Centre.
Temple Bar Information Line. +353 1 671 5717
Fax. +353 1 6772525
Bus. Most city centre buses bring you to Temple Bar.