Plan Your Visit
What to See:
Temple Bar is one of the main tourist attractions in Ireland and is the location of many notable cultural institutions. Besides Temple Bar Gallery and Studios these include the Irish Photography Centre (incorporating the Dublin Institute of Photography, the National Photographic Archives and the Gallery of Photography), the Ark Children's Cultural Centre, the Irish Film Institute (incorporating the Irish Film Archive), the Temple Bar Music Centre, Filmbase, the Project Arts Centre, Monster Truck Gallery, the Graphic Studio Gallery, the Exchange Arts Centre, the Gaiety School of Acting and The Blackchurch Print Studios. Not in the Temple Bar area but still close-by are the Chester Beatty Library, the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College and the Olympia Theatre.
Where to Shop:
There are a number of places to shop along Cow's Lane including the Gutter Bookshop, Retrospect (a vintage furniture, lighting and decor store) and Cow's Lane Designer Studio (on Essex St) for a variety of unique and Irish designed items and objects. To pep up your wardrobe have a look at Flip Clothing's cool collection (3-4 Fownes St) and the wonderful FanciSchmancy Vintage just downstairs. On the same street you can also find other second hand vintage stores with great variety like Lucy's Lounge and just a few steps away 9 Crow Street. To complement your shopping, treat your taste buds and pop over to the Candy Lab (bottom of Fownes St) for US imported confectionery and personalised milkshakes or to the oldschool Aunty Nellie's Traditional Irish Sweet Shop on 16 Temple Bar.
Where to Eat:
If you're looking for a bite to eat the Queen of Tarts (both on Dame Street and Cow's Lane) serves lovely home-made breakfast, brunch and lunch in a cozy shabby chic environment. Still on Cow's Lane you can find the cinema-themed wine bar La Dolce Vita for a selection of cheeses and hams, pasta dishes or simply an authentic Italian espresso. If pizza is your thing though we recommend New York specialty DiFontaine's on 22 Parliament Street or Skinflint (19 Crane Lane) for a cheap and cheerful alternative experience. Crackbird and Elephant & Castle are both good options for a tasty lunch or dinner whereas if you're looking for something more traditional, head to Gallagher's Boxty House in 20-21 Temple Bar or Eden in Meeting House Square.
A series of markets are held in the Temple Bar Area including the Food Market (every Saturday in Meeting House Square), the Design Mart (every Saturday in Cow's Lane) and the Book Market (every Saturday and Sunday in Temple Bar Square just across from us).
To get even more acquainted with Dublin we highly recommend the free walking tour that leaves everyday at 11am and 1pm from City Hall or alternatively download the Dublin Culture Trail App to enhance your visit to the city.
More information on the area can be found on the Temple Bar Cultural Trust's website.