Temple Bar Entertainment, Dublin (Self Guided)

Temple Bar is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, Ireland. Unlike the areas surrounding it, Temple Bar has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets. It is promoted as Dublin's cultural quarter and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists, with locations proving to be traditional Irish hotspots
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Temple Bar Entertainment Map

Guide Name: Temple Bar Entertainment
Guide Location: Ireland » Dublin (See other walking tours in Dublin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Author: max

1) Fitzgeralds

This traditional Irish pub is located on Aston Quay, the entrance to the Temple Bar area. A classic pub with a cozy atmosphere built around a Victorian style bar with comfortable seating that creates an old time feel. From every corner of the pub you have a good view of what is happening inside and outside. It is a wonderful place to rest and enjoy a good pint of ale after a long journey in the Temple Bar area.
National Wax Museum Plus

2) National Wax Museum Plus (must see)

The National Wax Museum as it was then known was originally situated close to Parnell Square on the north side of the city. It was opened in 1983 by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and it was an exciting new addition to the city. In the past, it was a former site to prayer rooms converted into a cinema called Plaza Cinema and then into a waxworks, but this building was demolished to make way for a hotel.

The old Wax Museum in Granby Row had closed in 2005 and the site was to be redeveloped as the Maldron Hotel Parnell Square. In 2009 The museum which at this time had now changed it name to Wax Museum Plus found its new location in 4 Fosters Place, Temple Bar. Then on December 4, 2016 The Irish Stock Exchange had purchased the Foster’s Place location and The Wax Museum would then be relocated to the Lafayette Building in the centre of Dublin, more specifically 22–25 Westmoreland Street.

Why You Should Visit:
Firstly, most of the waxworks are terrible, but that's a major part of the charm, with the Oscar Wilde waxwork being a particular highlight.
Secondly, the museum's tonal shifts are genuinely bewildering – but once again, this is another part of its charm. Just don't expect Madame Tussauds!

For the horror part, people under 16 should only go with an adult (as it says on the sign).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-10pm
Oliver St. John Gogarty Pub

3) Oliver St. John Gogarty Pub

This venue is designed in a traditional Irish fashion in a 19th century style with flagstone floors and a healthy amount of genuine artifacts throughout the pub. It pays tribute to notable Irish writers including Gogarty himself, James Joyce, Beckett and Behan. This cultural giant is a wonderful place for dining, shopping and fun! If you don't like traditional Irish music, you can go to second floor and enjoy current popular hits.
The Wall of Fame

4) The Wall of Fame

While you are in Dublin you will certainly visit the Temple Bar district, which is the hub of the city’s night-life. It’s pretty interesting during the day too and one of its attractions is The Wall of Fame.

It was created in 2005 from an idea by Becky Dunford of the Rockarchive Gallery, John McCormack of Exclusive Blinds and Dave Allen of the Temple Bar Music Centre. They decided to present an outdoor photo gallery featuring those artists they felt had made the greatest contribution to Irish music in the world. The Wall is lit up at night.

The Wall of Fame is a huge black wall with several sunken 6ft x 6ft “windows”, each with a photo in it. You will see Bono, lead singer of U2; Paul Brady, singer and writer of folk and pop songs; Rory Gallagher, a blues-rock songwriter and guitarist who died in 1995; Bob Geldof, the lead singer and songwriter of the Boomtown Rats, creator of Band Aid and Live Aid.

Other photos are of Luke Kelly, folk singer and founder of the Dubliners; Phil Lynott, founder and lead singer of Thin Lizzy; Shane McGowan, the singer and songwriter of the Celtic-punk band The Pogues; Christy Moore, the founding member of Planxty and Moving Hearts; Van Morrison, singer and songwriter of many genres of music; Sinead O’Connor, the pop-rock/folk-rock singer and priest; the Undertones, a punk rock/new wave band and U2, (who, incidentally have a 20ft by 20ft photo).
Club Button Factory

5) Club Button Factory

A popular club and live entertainment venue visited by both tourists and locals alike, Club Button Factory can be found in the heart of Dublin’s cultural hub, the Temple Bar district. Renovating the former space of the Temple Bar Music Centre into a more modern and appealing design, entertainment runs the gamut here to include anything from house, and hip hop, to indie, salsa, traditional Irish music, and more depending upon the night. Popular evenings found at Club Button Factory include Nighflight on Fridays playing funk, house, and techno, Transmission on Saturdays serving up great pop and indie music, and Thursday night Club NME playing rock, indie, and electro beats to get the crowd going on the dance floor.

Operation Hours: Monday – Sunday: 5 pm – 3 am
The Ark

6) The Ark

Launched in 1995, The Ark is the first purposely organised European cultural centre wholly dedicated to innovative arts programming for, by, with, and about children. Set in the heart of Temple Bar, the centre contains an indoor theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre, gallery spaces and a workshop. The Ark occupies the site of the former Presbyterian Meeting House dated from 1728, and features the carefully restored front façade of the church.
Irish Gallery Of Photography

7) Irish Gallery Of Photography

The Gallery was opened in 1978 and has succeeded in becoming Ireland's premier venue for photography. It hosts contemporary exhibitions of many major names in photography. The Gallery moved to a new location in Meeting House Square in 1995. The Gallery belongs to the Arts Council and Dublin Corporation, but due to the rise in maintenance costs it is sustained financially by its members and sponsors.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm; Sunday: 1 pm – 6 pm.
The Porterhouse

8) The Porterhouse

The Porterhouse is a chain of pubs opened in 1996. This pub offers high quality beer with a strict philosophy to offer a diversity of good beers and wonderful music. This pub is endowed with Irish essence to the very bone. The owners of The Porterhouse helped create the Founding Charter of the Brewers and Masters Guild of Ireland. Porterhouse is as important to Dublin as beer is important to the Irish people.

Walking Tours in Dublin, Ireland

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dublin is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Tour, Part 1

Nightlife Tour, Part 1

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Art Galleries Tour

Art Galleries Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
A Walk with Famous Irish Writers

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Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Places of Worship Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
A walk along Liffey River

A walk along Liffey River

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Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Parks and Gardens Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Dublin for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Dublin has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Dublin's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Dublin Pass or Dublin Freedom Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Dublin's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Dublin hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Westin Dublin, Temple Bar Hotel, The Morgan Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Dublin, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Dublin typically costs somewhere between US$20 and US$30 or more per person:

- A Historical Walking Tour is a must for a city like Dublin that wears on its sleeve a great deal of history spanning from the times of Viking settlement to modern days! This is more than just a sightseeing walk but a brief examination of the key periods of Irish history.

- Combine educational with recreational on the entertaining crawl through Dublin's pubs that have inspired great Irish writers. This walking tour is a great introduction to Dublin's rich literary heritage complete with a chance to enjoy a few pints along the way.

- A good story and glass of whiskey is the combination hard to beat! And to learn the story of Jameson Whiskey' rich heritage is what one may definitely want to do, whilst in Dublin, on a tasting tour of Jameson Distillery, the home of Ireland's best-selling whiskey.

- If you feel like partying, why not throw yourself into a traditional Irish house party for a deeper understanding of Dublin's culture with a great deal of fun in a warm and friendly atmosphere! Good food, lively and lovely music to dance and listen to are all added to the equation.

- If you love for music commands you to go out, feel free to do so and discover Irish music in the traditional pubs of Dublin on a 2.5-hour pub crawl through historic Temple Bar. Let professional musicians take the lead and reveal to you the story of Irish music in the most suitable Irish pub setting!

- Pedal your way around Dublin on a guided bike tour to feel the city's energy and unique atmosphere, see its great sights while stopping at some of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city's history and distinguished citizens from a knowledgeable group leader.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in Dublin, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Northern Ireland, Kilkenny and Glendalough, or Titanic Belfast Visitor Experience and Giant’s Causeway. For as little as circa US$40+ to US$80+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including famous rock formations, castles, caves and cloisters, discover the best of Ireland’s dramatic coastline with cliffs, historically significant monastic settlements, gain insight into Irish folklore and history, relive the tragic yet captivating story of the Titanic, and see many other landmark sites worth visiting. For any of these tours you will be picked up straight from your hotel in Dublin and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach/minibus to the destination of your choice and back again.