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A Weekend In Dublin
A Weekend In Dublin

A Cheeky Weekend Getaway: Exploring Dublin's Temple Bar District

For travelers seeking a fun, vibrant and culturally rich destination, Dublin, Ireland's capital city, offers an enticing escape just a short flight from the UK. With its charming cobblestone streets, historic landmarks, and lively atmosphere, Dublin promises an unforgettable weekend break. And nestled in the heart of the city lies the iconic Temple Bar district, renowned for its bustling nightlife, eclectic dining scene, and vibrant street art. Let's delve into the highlights of a weekend getaway to Dublin, with a focus on exploring the vibrant Temple Bar area.

Arriving in Dublin

Upon arrival in Dublin, visitors are greeted by the warmth of Irish hospitality and the city's vibrant energy. From Dublin Airport, travellers can easily reach the city center via taxi, bus, or the Airlink Express service. Once in the city center, Temple Bar is a short walk away, making it an ideal base for exploring Dublin's cultural treasures. On this trip, we didn't take the wheelchair, just a crutch. Now, as you know, Sandy doesn't travel far without wheels, which is one of the reasons we stuck to the Temple Bar area. We were just after a bit of relaxation, fun and live music, all of which abound in this area! Beautiful Dublin viewed over the Ha'Penny Bridge

Exploring Temple Bar

Located on the south bank of the River Liffey, Temple Bar is Dublin's cultural quarter, brimming with lively pubs, quirky galleries, and eclectic shops. The district's cobblestone streets and colorful facades create a picturesque backdrop for leisurely strolls and spontaneous discoveries. Visitors can immerse themselves in Dublin's artistic scene by exploring the myriad galleries and studios showcasing the work of local artists. We have to mention two words here, Stag and Hen. This is the area most notorious for stag and hen parties, and it can get a bit busy and raucous at times. Not always though! Temple Bar famous red pub

Best Bars and Pubs

No visit to Temple Bar would be complete without sampling its legendary pub scene. From traditional Irish pubs to trendy cocktail bars, the district offers something for every palate. For a taste of authentic Irish hospitality, be sure to visit iconic establishments such as The Temple Bar, renowned for its lively atmosphere and live music sessions, or The Palace Bar, a historic pub steeped in literary heritage. Just a word about disability - a lot of the buildings are quite old, certainly pre - disability laws! Many of the places we visited were small and had the potential to get quite crowded, which would make manoeuvring a wheelchair difficult. They also had an abundance of steps, and most of them had toilets situated either up or down some stairs. Dublin bar

Top Restaurants

Temple Bar is also a culinary hotspot, with an array of restaurants serving up delicious fare from around the world. For a taste of contemporary Irish cuisine, head to The Winding Stair, a cozy restaurant overlooking the River Liffey, or indulge in innovative dishes at The Boxty House, renowned for its creative take on traditional Irish potato pancakes. Vegetarian and vegan options abound in Temple Bar, with eateries such as Cornucopia offering a delectable selection of plant-based dishes. In terms of food intolerances and allergies, we found most places had very clearly marked allergens on their menus, although finding places offering many gluten free options, for example, was quite challenging. It's one thing to tell you what the food contains, but quite something else to find an alternative!

Other Dublin Attractions

In addition to its vibrant nightlife and culinary delights, Temple Bar is home to several cultural attractions worth exploring. History enthusiasts can delve into Dublin's past at the Dublin Castle, a medieval fortress with stunning gardens and intriguing exhibits, while art lovers can admire contemporary works at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Take it easy with a stroll along the river and across the famous Ha'penny Bridge. While Sandy had a rest in the afternoon, I took a walk along the main shopping district of O'Connell street lined with every shop you could wish for, to visit the General Post Office. This iconic Georgian building served as the headquarters for the Easter Rising of 1916, and is definitely worth a visit. Of course, no visit to Dublin, and especially the Temple Bar area, would be complete without visiting the statue of Molly Malone! Statue of Molly Malone, Dublin, Ireland


A weekend break in Dublin's Temple Bar district offers a tantalizing blend of cultural immersion, culinary delights, and lively entertainment. From its iconic pubs and restaurants to its vibrant arts scene and historic landmarks, Temple Bar beckons travelers to experience the best of Dublin in a dynamic and welcoming atmosphere. So pack your bags, grab your passport, and embark on a weekend getaway to Dublin, where the craic is mighty and the memories are endless. If you are considering flying to Dublin, you might want to see our post about Airport Assistance.

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