Temple Bar is Dublin's cultural quarter and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists.
Some of Dublin's best night spots, restaurants and unusual shops line the narrow, cobbled streets which run between the Bank of Ireland on Dame Street and Christ Church Cathedral.
The area is the location of many Irish cultural institutions, including 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, the Arthouse Multimedia Centre, Temple Bar Gallery and Studio, the Project Arts Centre, the Gaiety School of Acting, IBAT College Dublin, as well as the Irish Stock Exchange and the Central Bank of Ireland.
Two squares have been renovated in recent years — Meetinghouse Square and the central Temple Bar Square. The Temple Bar Book Market is held on Saturdays and Sundays in Temple Bar Square.
Meetinghouse Square, which takes its name from the nearby Quaker Meeting House, is used for outdoor film screenings in the summer months. Since summer 2004, Meetinghouse Square is also home to the Speaker’s Square project (an area of public speaking) and to the Temple Bar Food Market every Saturday.
The Cow’s Lane Market is a fashion and design market which takes place on Cow’s Lane every Saturday.
If you are planning on visiting Temple Bar then choose to stay central in Smithfield Square Dublin, located 15 walk and 1.3km away.