When someone says Temple Bar, culture might not be the first thing that comes to your mind… but you are wrong! Culture vultures will enjoy quirky, cultural side of Temple Bar, dotted with galleries, theaters, festivals and exhibitions. These are all part of Temple Bar, same way as pubs are. So… set out for a walk around Temple Bar and uncover stunning history and cultural attractions you haven’t expected!
Gallery of Photography
Ireland’s foremost photography gallery and shop with darkrooms and digital imaging facilities. Their programme of free exhibitions showcase the work of leading names in Irish and international contemporary photography, and also have a broad programme of talks and evening events which include PhotoBook Club events, artist’s talks, and panels discussions.
Irish Film Institute
The Irish Film Institute, is both an arthouse cinema and a national body that supports Irish Film heritage. The IFI presents film festivals, retrospectives and curated seasons, along with independent, Irish and foreign language films overlooked by commercial multiplexes at its cinemas in the Temple Bar quarter of Dublin. It maintains an archive of Irish films and provides education in film culture. They have amazing shop you must visit and lovely cafe perfect for lunch.
National National Photographic Archive
The National Photographic Archive is located in Temple Bar, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, and holds the photographic collections of the National Library of Ireland. The archive was opened in 1998 and has a reading room and exhibition gallery. It has regular program of exhibitions, which you should visit considering they are free (and stunning!)
The Icon Factory is an artist’s cooperative, not-for-profit collective based in the Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland, run entirely by artists and volunteers.It is dedicated to celebrating Ireland’s cultural heritage through the artistic creation of Icons and through displaying these on their sister project, The Icon Walk.
Also, check out White Lady Art Gallery and Temple Bar Gallery & Studios!
If you are more interested in theaters and performance, Temple Bar will not disappoint:
The Olympia Theatre is a concert hall and theatre venue located in Dame Street. The venue has played host to many well-known international artists down through the years such as David Bowie, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Billy Connolly and Charlie Chaplin as well as the best of Irish talent. Perfect place to catch a show or a gig, it has amazing salloon like interiors that have to be seen!
(don’t forget to check out the little lane-way beside the Olympia Theatre, dotted with hearts and love quotes. Welcome to Love Lane)
Project Arts Centre
Theatre, dance, music, and performance can all be found in Project Arts centre. Expect multicultural collaborations, quirky shows and plenty of arts festivals. This is great space for discovering something new and challenging your ideas about art.
With plenty of street performers, excellent street art and markets, Temple Bar is a cultural center you need to experience on your next visit to Dublin! Stay withing 2 minute walk from all of these attractions in Barnacles Temple Bar!