Temple Bar Tours

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A compact cluster of crowded cobbled lanes, Temple Bar is an urban playground known for its nightlife. Once a rundown slum before artists and bohemian types—drawn by cheap rents—moved in, Dublin’s so-called cultural quarter has since been revamped. It is now home to galleries, vintage shops, cafés, cultural institutions, and a high concentration of pubs.
 
The Basics
Explore the quarter as part of cycling or walking tours of Ireland’s capital, which sometimes include visits to the nearby Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery Bow St. or trips to farther-away attractions such as Malahide Castle. Hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop here, and it’s a popular spot for organized pub crawls thanks to the high number of traditional pubs in the area.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Temple Bar can be boisterous at night, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays, when revelers often spill out of pubs onto the streets.
  • The streets are cobbled and uneven, so it’s best to wear sturdy, thick-soled shoes.
  • Dropped curbs ensure wheelchair users can access most of Temple Bar, though the cobbles can be difficult to navigate.
 
How to Get There
Temple Bar is prominently located near Trinity College, Dublin Castle, and Grafton Street. The nearest Luas tram stops are Jervis (Red Line), Trinity (Green Line), and Westmoreland (Green Line)—all of which are within five minutes’ walking distance. Tara Street railway station, accessible via the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) electric rail, is about a 10-minute walk from Temple Bar.
 
When to Get There
The later it gets, the louder and busier Temple Bar becomes. By midnight on Friday and Saturday, the neighborhood is somewhat of a rowdy party. To experience a more mellow side to Temple Bar, go early in the morning. As a general rule, it’s quieter during winter than in summer, though exceptions, such as the Christmas period, do apply.
 
Things to Do in Temple Bar
By day, wander the busker- and boutique-lined streets. Visit the Gallery of Photography, watch a movie at the Irish Film Institute, or see the exhibits at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Eating and drinking are the area’s other main draws. Pop into a pub for a meal and a Guinness or Irish whiskey and watch a live music session. Families can bring kids into pubs during the day, but at night, most pubs are adult-only zones.
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The National Wax Museum - Admission Ticket

Enjoy a star-studded meet and greet at Dublin’s National Wax Museum and come face-to-face with movie stars, politicians and pop icons. Marvel over the lifelike waxworks of Irish writers like James Joyce and Oscar Wilde; pose for photos with Irish icons like U2, Liam Neeson and Ronan Keating; brave a visit to Dracula’s Chamber of Horrors; or make your very own wax hand (extra cost). The fun interactive exhibitions are both educational and entertaining, with the chance to learn about Irish history, discover the human body and even have a go at being a record producer!
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Dublin Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl

Experience the vibrance of Dublin’s traditional drink and Irish music scene on this evening pub crawl through Temple Bar – the city’s cultural quarter! Accompany two friendly musicians on a fun and educational tour through the hip yet historic district, where you’ll visit classic pubs and bars, witness local drinking culture, and encounter Irish storytelling and music at its best. Sláinte!
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Dublin Freedom Pass: Unlimited Transport and Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing

Explore the vibrant city of Dublin with ease using a Dublin Freedom Pass, a convenient and cost-effective pass that includes unlimited transport, airport transfers and a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Valid for 72 hours, the Dublin Freedom Pass allows you to discover the city at your own pace and includes a ticket for a sightseeing bus tour. Discover popular attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and the famous Jameson Distillery at Bow St while listening to informative and insightful commentary. Receive discounted entry to a top Dublin attractions and enjoy the convenience of unlimited travel between the airport and Dublin city center.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$40.28 USD
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Fast-Track Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin

Skip the line at the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery Bow St. and sample the beer and whiskey for which Ireland is famous on this 4-hour tour in Dublin. Listen as your guide explains the ingredients used, and learn of the complex brewing and distilling processes. Afterward, explore the medieval streets of Dublin and discover top city attractions including Dublin Castle.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Dublin's Original Temple Bar Pub Crawl

In a city famous around the world for its pub scene, Dublin's nightlife is one not to be missed. This 5-hour pub crawl tour through the Temple Bar area takes you to traditional pubs, modern bars, and late-night clubs. Along the way, make stops at five different venues, meet other travelers looking to party, and see a side of Dublin you couldn't find on your own. Plus, get a free shot with every purchased drink at most venues, and enjoy drink specials in every bar, as well as free club VIP entry.
  • Duration: 2 to 5 hours
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Private 4-hour Dublin Tour with a Local Dubliner

It’s easy to explore Dublin’s top attractions on your own, but only a local guide can give you the inside scoop on life in the city. This private 4-hour tour can be completely customised to your preferences, so you can benefit from your guide’s expertise and learn more about Irish culture as you hit the shops, pick up tips for where to eat, drink, or party, and experience the city like a true Dubliner.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Dublin Historical Walking Tour

Visit Dublin’s top sites on this guided, 2-hour, historical walking tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then see famous landmark locations beginning with Trinity College and moving on to Dublin Castle, Old Irish Parliament, Temple Bar and many more. Stroll along the cobbled alleyways and learn about Dublin’s medieval past. Also, gain entry to some of the city’s top buildings and courtyards.
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Irish Whiskey Museum Experience

Discover the history of Irish whiskey during a 1-hour guided tour of the captivating Irish Whiskey Museum experience. Delve into the origins of the amber nectar and enrich your knowledge of the beloved drink’s development and progression throughout the ages. Listen to anecdotes surrounding Ireland’s industrial heritage and examine the interactive and insightful exhibits in the galleries. Conclude your tour by pleasuring your palate with complimentary whiskey samples, or upgrade to enjoy premium ages whiskey and select a souvenir of your choice. Receive the tailored attention of your guide on this personalized tour.
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Best Of Dublin Historical Walking Tour

Visit Dublin’s top sites on this guided, 2.5-hour, historical walking tour. See famous landmark locations like Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Temple Bar and many more. Stroll along the cobbled alleyways and learn about the city’s medieval past. Also, receive a discount at the Church, a popular café, bar, restaurant, club and tourist attraction rolled into one, and Abbey Theatre, also known as the National Theatre of Ireland. A complimentary map of Dublin is included.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Dublin City Highlights Bike Tour

Explore Ireland’s buzzing capital on two wheels on this 3-hour Dublin bike tour. Spin along Dublin’s stylish Fade Street with your guide. Take in top attractions and landmarks including College Green, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Temple Bar. Explore the Georgian streets around Parnell Square and Merrion Square, and gain insight into Dublin’s rich history. Head off the tourist trail to hidden spots such as the Roe Distillery’s windmill and Blessington Street Basin, then delve into the Grand Canal Dock area.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Premium Whiskey and Food Tasting in Dublin

Savor classic Irish whiskeys and foods on this 2-hour tasting tour in Dublin. With a guide hugely knowledgeable about Ireland’s whiskey heritage, visit three famous Dublin hostelries to sample five premium whiskeys. Learn how they’re produced, discuss their tastes and tones, and enjoy them paired with Irish farmhouse cheeses and handmade chocolates. Your tour ends in Temple Bar, teeing you up to continue your afternoon or night on the town independently.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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