Adventure & Escape Rooms

There has been little revolution of Live Escape roomspopping up all over Dublin  & Galway in the past few years. If you are master puzzle solver and think that spending an hour locked away in a room is a perfect thing for you, this is the list of the Escape rooms we think you should try. If you have never done it, maybe trip to Ireland is the perfect time to kick start your puzzle breaking addiction… and trust us, it gets to be addictive!  All these give you 60 minutes to solve the clues, and are great for 2-6 people or more in several places.

In no particular order, have a look at some of these, all within easy walking distance from the Barnacles Temple Bar Hostel: 

Escape Dublin 

Located on the Whitefriar’s street (conveniently just across one of the restaurants you defo need to visit – Whitefriars grill) has two themed rooms – Espionage and Da Vinci. Try yourself in the James Bond shoes and find a key hidden somewhere in the department… or play the role of thief in Da Vinci themed room. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? 

We Escape

We Escape in Smithfield bosts 3 different adventure rooms – Taken, Da Vinci and Mission Impossible. Escape serial killer in the Taken, escape the Opus Dei in Da Vinci room or prevent attack on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. We have actually tried Taken ourselves and it was really fun! Da Vinci is their most popular room so make sure to book a good week ahead or more!

Escape Boat

Docked in Grand Canal, you can now play live escape game on the barge! You and your team start your adventure in the engine room of the ship and you have to solve a number of clues and puzzles to unlock the mysteries of the boat and escape. Sounds like a perfect thing to do on your holiday, doesn’t it? 

Alice in Wonderland escape room

This is newly opened room, that promises to transport you in the mysterious world of Alice in Wonderland. So… follow the white rabbit into the black hole and see what Mad Hatter made for tea (or something like that) We seriously cannot wait to try this one! 

Adventure Rooms

Located in the Smitfield as well, this center has two locations with few different options to pick from – ideal for larger groups as well (stag party with a difference perhaps?). Pick form rooms with different difficulties (from 30% escape rate or very tough ones that only few manage to solve ) and explore wonderful puzzles set in front of you. 

In Galway, try: 

Great Escape Rooms 

Pick from A Prison Break, Hospital quarantine or Aould Sheebin Traditional Irish Pub Themed Room (how awesome does that sound!!!) These guys are located only few minutes away from us and we have a deal for them if you are staying in Barnacles Galway. 


With a great rooms selection – Sherlock, 7 sins, Chernobyl and Da Vinci Code there is surely something for everyone here! Put your puzzle solving hat on and enjoy a bit of code breaking before walking Galway’s Whiskey trail next time you are here!