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Temple Bar Entertainment (Self Guided), Dublin

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 or 0.6 Miles
Author: max
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Fitzgeralds
  • National Wax Museum Plus
  • Oliver St. John Gogarty Pub
  • The Wall of Fame
  • Club Button Factory
  • The Ark
  • Irish Gallery Of Photography
  • The Porterhouse

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.

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