Temple Bar

A lively cultural and creative quarter on the south bank of the River Liffey.

TravelCurious Tip

Take the opportunity to see some live Irish music - the Temple Bar Pub plays host to some of the finest.

No trip to Dublin would be complete without a pint of Guinness, and the buzzing Temple Bar area is the perfect place to find one. Its cobbled streets, liberally hung with all manner of traditional Irish decorations, are home to a wide variety of quirky shops, stalls, and of course the numerous pubs and bars for which the area is renowned. While the district is perhaps not quite as authentic in its Irishness as its “cultural quarter” promotions might lead you to believe, there is no mistaking the spirit of the Emerald Isle which adds a unique twist to everything you pass.


A Colourful History

In the Middle Ages this area was little more than a suburb of Dublin, outside the city walls, and for three centuries it suffered badly at the hands of raiders. The 17th Century provided some rare respite for this historically troubled spot, as much of the land was converted into gardens for wealthy English families. After another hundred years, however, it had become Dublin’s centre for prostitution, and continued to experience decline and decay until the 1980s, when plans for a large new bus terminus drove down the area’s rent prices. This in turn caused an influx of young people, small businesses and galleries. The bus station scheme was eventually abandoned, and Temple Bar has thrived ever since.


Something for Everyone

Modern Temple Bar hums with an atmosphere driven by live music, good beer and delicious traditional food. The Oliver St. John Gogarty, The Porterhouse and The Auld Dubliner are some of the more famous spots, but there are plenty of lower-key hangouts if you are willing to explore a bit. Temple Bar Square hosts a book market every weekend, while the recently renovated Meetinghouse Square houses a weekly food market on Sundays.


Nearby Attractions

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Ha’penny Bridge
An elegant icon of Dublin, the first pedestrian bridge to cross the Liffey.
Dublin City Hall
A masterpiece of the civic Georgian architecture for which Dublin is renowned.
Irish Houses of Parliament
Today a branch of the Bank of Ireland, the old Irish Parliament buildings were a radical Neoclassical creation.
Dame Street
Located on the eastern edge of the medieval city, this busy street takes its name from a large dam that was constructed here in the medieval period.
Dublin local pubs
There are currently 751 pubs in Dublin's city! Take a beer in one of its historical pubs also great spots for live music.
Molly Malone Statue
Iconic black bronze statue of Molly and her cart of fish.

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Discover the culture and vibrancy of Ireland between the rolling landscapes and foggy skyline, by taking a historical highlights tour.

  • Explore the best of Dublin with a private guide in just 2.5 hours
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  • Walk through the gardens of Dublin Castle, with over 800 years of history. 
  • Enjoy the various architectural styles present throughout the city, each speaking to one of the different eras of Dublin.
  • Learn about Dublin's famed university Trinity College and the famous people who studied here, from Oscar Wild to Bram Stoker and Samuel Beckett.
  • Stroll through several of the city’s famed sites, including Grafton Street, Temple Bar, and St Stephen’s Green.
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Ireland, the Emerald Isle, is famed for its lush green rolling landscapes and its capital city, Dublin, for its stunning architecture and turbulent political history, so it is no surprise that the country has produced so many famous literary figures! 

On your private walking tour of beautiful Dublin, with its stunning architecture, wonderful traditional pubs and cafes and antiquated bookshops, you’ll see where figures such as Wilde and Joyce, Yeats and Stoker lived, studied, socialized, and wrote. 

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There is a statue of him in the middle of the square. Wandering on, you’ll spy a statue of Yeats in St Stephen’s Square, and pass by St Patrick’s Cathedral, where you will hear about the illustrious writer and satirist Jonathan Swift, who had a lifelong connection to the cathedral's Dean and is buried there. 

Next, step back into the 18th century and learn the history of Marsh’s Library. Unchanged for three centuries, this perfectly preserved library of the early Enlightenment—with its original oak bookcases— houses more than 25,000 rare and obscure books.

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From Nobel Literature Prize winners WB Yeats, GB Shaw and Samuel Beckett to its beloved James Joyce, Dublin is brimming with stories of its favourite authors waiting to be heard. 
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On this Irish Pub Culture Walking Tour, you will: 

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Dublin is where pubs were born, each with its own unique atmosphere and long and varied history. Their authenticity has given Irish pubs a reputation for being fun, friendly and welcoming all over the world, but they quintessentially belong to Dublin. There is no other such suitable place to sip on a pint of Guinness. This tour is a mixture of novelty, history, literature, music and humour!

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Please note: Due to varying age restrictions in pubs, this tour is suitable for those 18 and over. No children are allowed on this tour. If you wish to go on a pub tour where you may also bring children, please be in touch with our team.
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On your private walking tour, you will: 

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On this tour, you'll also visit the prestigious Trinity College - and hear about the academic excellence, and poetic and literary appeal of the city - which was the home of many luminaries like James Joyce, W.B.Yeats, and Oscar Wilde. 

After a pretty stroll through St Stephen's Park, a popular green space in the city centre - with lots of history, your tour ends with a drink in a local pub on us, where you can ask your local guide anything about the city over a pint of Guinness or any drink of your choosing!

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Private Dublin Whiskey Tasting Experience
Enjoy learning about Irish whiskey and exploring the city, all while tasting whiskey with a private guide. On your tour, you will: 

  • Enjoy two hours of whiskey tastings with a private guide and whiskey connoisseur.
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  • Immerse yourself in Dublin’s vibrant whiskey and pub culture, exploring Central Dublin classics like Temple Bar and wandering off the beaten track to find pubs filled with locals. 
  • Finish your tour with a reserved table at one of your guide’s favourite watering holes, where you will be able to stay after the tour to continue with drinks or order food at your leisure. 
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Whiskey exports thrived, however, and America in particular was fast falling in love with the smooth nectar from the old sod. In the early 20th century, Ireland was fighting a War of Independence, and Irish whiskey became a major casualty. Prohibition in the US also badly hit exports. Scottish distillers were quick to seize the opportunity, and Scotch soon overtook Irish as the world’s favourite whiskey. In 1987, John Teeling launched Cooley Distillery, the first independent distillery in 100 years, marking the beginning of a renaissance for Irish whiskey. 

Irish whiskey is now the fastest-growing premium spirit category in the world, and Whiskey tourism is growing in Ireland, too, with 814,000 people visiting Irish whiskey attractions in 2017. Learn about all this and more while exploring Dublin through whiskey with your private guide. 
The Best of Dublin Private Full-Day Tour, including Book of Kells and Guinness Storehouse
Explore the beautiful and historic city of Dublin, Ireland’s iconic capital situated on the sea and surrounded by mountains. Famous for its heritage, architecture and friendly atmosphere, on your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of a private local guide and explore the highlights and lesser-known gems of Dublin, a UNESCO city of literature.
  • Admire the historic buildings and learn the stories and legends associated with them, including Christchurch the city’s impressive gothic cathedral and Dublin Castle dating back to the 13th century.
  • See the Temple Bar a famous buzzing neighbourhood and also one of Dublin’s most famous pubs established in 1840 - renowned for serving 450 varieties of whiskey
  • Visit the picturesque 27-acre park St. Stephen's Green, formerly a marshy common used for grazing, witch burnings and public executions and now a popular place for Dubliners and visitors to relax from the hustle and bustle of city life. 
  • Visit the grounds of the historic Trinity College University and see the famed Book of Kells and magnificent Trinity College Library (tickets included).
  • Explore Dublin's rich and turbulent past, exemplified in the multitude of statues and architectural styles throughout the city.
  • Stop in at the National Gallery of Ireland to see the Museum's most famed artwork: The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio.
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  • This tour ends with timed entrance tickets to the Guinness Storehouse that you can explore at your own leisure (tickets included). 
  • End your day with views over the city of Dublin from the Storehouse Gravity bar (pint included). 

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Enjoy strolling along with the cobbled Temple Bar neighbourhood – with its lively atmosphere of live music and buskers – and stop inside the bar famous for serving over 450 types of whiskey! 

A real highlight of your tour of Dublin is to visit Trinity College – Ireland’s historic elite university and considered equivalent to Oxford and Cambridge in England – and its astonishing library, home of the Book of Kells – and exquisite set of Gospels dating to circa 800 C.E. 

Your guide will also show you inside two of Dublin’s museums: the National Museum of Archaeology to see the famous Bog Man, a well-preserved Iron Age bog body found in June 2003, and the National Gallery to see Caravaggio’s painting The Taking of Christ.

You’ll take a taxi to the Guinness Storehouse where your guide will leave you to enjoy the self-guided tour of this iconic brewery, where you’ll learn all about Ireland’s most famous beer – and enjoy views over the city as you enjoy a well-earned pint of it at the end of this fascinating day! 
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