Temple Bar is an area on the south of the River Liffey, bounded by the Liffey to the north and Dame Street to the south. The area is home to a large number of arts and cultural buildings, public space and some of Dublin’s best night clubs, restaurants and pubs.
Temple Bar is famous for its cobbled streets, festivals, cultural institutions and street performers and is a very popular area with tourists. Cultural institutions lcoated in Temple Bar include Dublin Institute of Photography, the National Photographic Archive and the Gallery of Photography, the Ark Children’s Cultural Centre, the Irish Film Institute, incorporating the Irish Film Archive, The Button Factory, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Project Arts Centre and The Gaiety School of Acting.
Temple Bar is also a popular shopping area with the Temple Bar Book Market and Temple Bar Food Market taking place at weekends. Designer Mart at Cow’s Lane is an outdoor market in the Old City–Temple Bars newest shopping district located in the west end of Temple Bar. Visitors and locals can shop for art, sculpture, photography, jewellery, bags and other hand crafted goods.
Each year a number of festivals and events take place in Temple Bar. One of the biggest festivals is TradFest Temple Bar which takes place each January. The festival showcases the best of Irish and international trad and folk artists while also providing a stage to promote the next generation of Irish trad and folk musicians.
Meeting House Square, an open area in the middle of Temple Br is also used for events throughout the year including showing movies. The square has four large “umbrellas” which can be used as cover when it is raining ensuring the venue can be used all year round.
Temple Bar is full of all types of restaurants from Italian, Thai, Chinese, European dining to pizzerias, popular dining options like the Hard Rock Cafe and ThunderRoad Cafe as well as lively pubs and venues.