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Travel || Temple Bar, Dublin

Temple Bar is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in Dublin. It’s promoted as both Dublin’s cultural heart and also as a tourist epicentre in the city. If you’re a tourist keen for a taste of nightlife in Dublin, you’ll probably head for Temple Bar. 

The area is named after Sir William Temple and his son John Temple. William built his house and gardens in the area originally and John developed the temple bar – the wall to hold back the banks of the River Liffey. (A “barr” traditionally being a raised estuary sandbank that you could walk on.) By the mid-1900s the area had fallen into huge disrepair and the government set up a non-profit organisation in 1991 to oversee the (now successful) redevelopment of the area.

The most famous pubs in the area are The Palace Bar, The Temple Bar Pub, Oliver St. John Gogarty’s, and The Auld Dubliner. The Porterhouse Bar and brewery only serves their own craft beer on tap but serves bottles of other craft beers from around the world. But if you’re not in the mood for a drink, it’s also home to the Irish Photography Centre, the Project Arts Centre, the Irish Film Institute, the Central Bank of Ireland and the Irish Stock Exchange. It’s also packed with boutiques and cute coffee shops. 

I loved the area because it was so colourful. Oliver St John Gogarty’s was a particular favourite of mine and that’s why I took dozens of photos of it. 

There’s a book market there every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm and I’m sad that I missed it! There’s also a huge food market in Meeting House Square every Saturday. 

This concludes my travel posts on Dublin. If you missed any you can catch up with my guide to Dublin or my post on Trinity Library

Have you visited the Temple Bar area of Dublin? Any sights not to miss?

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  • very colourful!

  • Laura Torninoja

    I went to Dublin a few years ago and all I remember of Temple Bar is how busy it was – but that’s probably because I went so late in the evening and it was already dark! It look MUCH nicer and so colourful in the daylight – I want to go back now! I might have to convince my Irish colleague to take me on a weekend trip haha x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • I went back in the evening but it was quite early for a “night out” so I think I was blissfully ignorant of how messy it could get! I imagine you’d hardly be able to move through the streets in the summer! X

  • It’s such a renowned part of visiting Dublin and slightly remind me of Diagon Alley! I love an old winding street! Alice xxx

    • I didn’t make the Diagon Alley connection until you just mentioned but you’re so right! X

  • What a lovely town.. thx for sharing.
    x finja |

  • Wow, it looks like from a movie! I really need to visit this place this summer when I’ll go to Ireland πŸ™‚


    • Where all in Ireland are you planning to visit? X

      • Kind of making a road trip, so Dublin and the west coast at least πŸ™‚

  • Love your photos they’re fabulous!

  • I visited there a couple of years ago. I loved Temple Bar until I found out that Bono owns most of it (vom). I recommend the walking tour there!

    • Ewww! Yuck! I knew that U2 (and Bono) owned the Tenple Bar pub itself, but I didn’t know they had a stake in the whole area! (Vom, for sure!) x

  • I thought it was a nice area to walk through, but we’ve lived next to pubs for so long, now I try to avoid them!

    • We lived above a pub in London and it was actually really nice and quiet most nights- the World Cup being the BIG expection! X