Temple Bar – more than meets the eye

Temple Bar – more than meets the eye

Temple Bar in Dublin is well known as the ‘cultural quarter’ of the capital. First established in 795 AD by the Vikings, it retains its cobbled streets and historical buildings. As well as many bars, restaurants and shops, there is a world of experiences to be uncovered for all the family. We have taken a snapshot of different events taking place on just one weekend in June.  We want to give you a flavour of the variety things to do in Temple Bar. A few small streets in the heart of the city.

The Ark Theatre

On Saturday June 10th, start your morning from 10am at the Ark Theatre, at the at Interactive Installations workshop. Discover quirky electronic sound installations by composer Jonathan Nagle. This is suitable for children and adults of all ages, allowing you to channel your inner composer.

Temple Bar Food Market

When you have all worked up an appetite, take a wander through the Temple Bar Food Market at Meeting Place Square. Sample foods from all over the world, from 10 – 5 every Saturday. From coffee and freshly baked brownies to fruit and vegetables straight from the farm, and every culinary delight in between, this truly is a foodies paradise.

The Lazy Bike Tours

To work off your lunch we have to recommend the Lazy Bike Tours. Their incomparable hosts will give you a personal tour of the city highlights, on an electric bike. Suitable for ages 14+ this two hour trip will treat you to stories and anecdotes along the way. A truly unique way of seeing the city at its best.

Temple Bar Gallery and Smock Alley

Once you have disembarked, if there is room for any more culture, why not check out the exhibition The Living and the Dead in Temple Bar Gallery. This is a contemporary art gallery and artist studio in the heart of Temple Bar. And for the adults and older children, who wish to extend the cultural onslaught, the fabulous Smock Alley will be presenting the final night of Stones in His Pockets.
If you can’t make it to Dublin on this particular weekend, why not check out their fantastic program at www.smockalley.com. There are always theatrical delights to be found.

Dublinia and the Olympia

Next morning Sunday 11th, bring the entire family to Dublinia. Ireland’s Viking Museum is located at Christchurch at the very top of Temple Bar. There you can all explore life in Viking Dublin. There are life size exhibits. You will experience the sounds and smells of the time and even meet Olaf the Viking Coin Maker. Suitable for children of all ages, it’s one of the most informative and interactive museums around. It’s easy to spend hours here and in Christchurch Cathedral next door. Afterwards have a late lunch in one of the many fantastic restaurants that Temple Bar has to offer. Perhaps take a wander through the many vintage clothing, record and craft shops. Finish off the weekend by bringing the whole family to the Olympia for Cirque de Noa, the magical story of a little girl called Noa who joins the circus.

Things to do in Temple Bar – Always something happening!

This is a different view of Temple Bar to the one of late nights and parties.  Hopefully our roundup of things to do in Temple Bar will open your eyes to the family-friendly delights of this gem right in the heart of the city. If you are not available on 10-11th June, then be sure to check out all these venues when you are in town.  And don’t forget to visit InspireMe.ie for lots of ideas for you and your family.
All information correct at time of publishing.  Always check with event organiser before you travel.