Temple Bar was once the heart of mediaeval Dublin the area is now Dublin's cultural quarter and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists. Cobblestones ,public spaces, pedestrian only areas and local open air shops and artisans that just donít exist anywhere but here its easy to see why temple bar is the most vibrant and energetic part of Dublin.

Located in the city centre south of the River Liffey, Temple Bar has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets. To access Temple bar from the northside cross the river using the Ha'penny Bridge. Dublin's most photographed river crossing was originally financed by a toll of one Halfpenny, hence the name.

The area is the location of many Irish cultural institutions, including the Irish Photography Centre which includes the National Photographic Archives Dublin Institute of Photography, and the Gallery of Photography. The Ark Children's Cultural Centre, which is Europeís first custom-built Childrenís Cultural Centre, there work is by children for children and about children. 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, the Central Bank of Ireland and the Irish Stock Exchange. Out of this hot bed of creativity came such famous Irish men as Jim Sheridan, oscar-winning director of My Left Foot and In America, Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne.
The area is bustling with restaurants, shops, nightclubs and a myriad of pubs which all attract large groups of tourists and locals alike. Two new squares have been created in recent years; Meetinghouse Square and Temple Bar Square. Meetinghouse Square has been used for outdoor film screenings in the summer months. Meetinghouse Square is also home to the Speaker's Square project, which is similar to Speakers' Corner in London. This square and Cows Lane are home to weekend markets selling items such as books clothes and food.

Here in Fishamble Street was the location of the first performance of Handel's Messiah, an annual performance of the Messiah is held on the same date at the same location.

Itís a great place to just stroll around and enjoy the cosmopolitan buzz of the place. Watch and listen to the many buskers. In the evening, Temple Bar is all about eating and drinking and having fun. Enjoy the architecture - it really is an excellent blend of the old, the new, and the renovated. Visit the Irish Film Centre, converted from an old Quaker meeting house, and take in an arthouse movie. Check the Temple Bar Gallery for exhibitions and The Music Centre for gigs.

You wonít be stuck for somewhere to stay as there are plenty of Hotels and Hostels in the area.
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