Temple Bar- Why we love it I
Most cities have an area like this, those that don't, should. It has atmosphere, it has street entertainment, itr has browse interest shops, it has week end markets, it has a selection of pubs and restaurants to suit all. What are you looking for?
On temple bar plaza you will find freindly bars with music everynight, and while they are not the most authentic, they are close enough, and be fair, large tracts of the great wall of China aren't authentic either. In Summer you will usually find a selection of Buskars- Fire Jugglers, Limbo dancers, acrobats and "Show" type buskars on the plaza, singers just off the plaza. If you see a black man with a guitar that looks like the strap is a little short, stop, listen and take out some cash, he is brilliant.
On Saturdays browse the book stalls on the plaza, and have lunch at the market in meeting house square, difficult to drag yourself away from either.
Many locals claim to hate Temple Bar. Yet you will find them on Saturdays drinking coffee and munching what ever wares are on offer in Meeting House Square.
Something for everyone
There's something for everybody here. If pub crawling is your thing, well... Dublin IS the capital of Ireland, so you won't have to go far to find one or two or ten. If history is your thing, you must visit the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare St. and the Christ Church Cathedral. St.Stephen's Green is a wonderful park to spend a few hours relaxing on the grass... maybe catch up on your reading or just peoplewatch. Also, if you're at all curious about the Irish music, you must visit Ceol, at Smithfield Village, behind the Jameson distillery.
Dublin lies on the east coast...
Dublin lies on the east coast of Ireland, about 53° north of the equator, and is divided by the River Liffey. Greater Dublin sprawls around the arc of Dublin Bay, bounded to the north by the hills at Howth and to the south by the Dalkey headland. Greater Dublin is in the administrative region of County Dublin, which is bordered to the north and northwest by County Meath, to the southwest by County Kildare and to the south by County Wicklow. Postcodes are divided evenly between north and south of the river; all odd numbers are to the north, all even ones to the south. The postcodes for central Dublin are Dublin 1 immediately north of the river and Dublin 2 immediately south. The upmarket Ballsbridge area, which has some of the city's best B&Bs lies to the southeast of the centre in Dublin 4.
Dublin airport is 10km (6mi) north of the centre and public transport options between the airport and city consist of two bus services or taxis. The Airlink Express Coach, operated by the Dublin Bus company, runs to/from Busaras (the central bus station) every 20-30 minutes. The journey takes about half an hour. Alternatively, there are the slower buses, Nos 41 and 41A, which make a number of useful stops on the way to the city and terminate near O'Connell St. The trip can take up to one hour, but they are cheaper, operate longer hours and run more frequently than the express bus. Taxis are subject to all sorts of additional charges for baggage, extra passengers and 'unsocial hours'. A taxi between the airport and the centre usually costs about US$15. There's a supplementary charge of 80p (US$1) from the airport to the city, but this charge does not apply from the city to the airport. Make sure the meter is switched on, as some Dublin airport taxi drivers can be as unscrupulous as some of their counterparts elsewhere in the world.
The most beautiful place I went to was Glendalough. In the 1500's (I think) St Kevin went there to live as a hermit. But people kept following him there. Eventually a monastery was founded and was world renowned as a place of great learning. In this picture is the round tower. It door is 9 feet off the ground so that when invaders came they could go inside the tower and pull the ladder in after them.
The Dolphin Building down Essex Street
Named after the Viceroy Earl of Essex. Originally was Orange Street and earlier was Smock Alley.
The first block along Parliament Street south of Wellington Quay is Essex Street. One short walk east along Essex takes you into Temple Bar. A walk west takes you into the "Old City, which used to be inside the Castle walls of the original Norman establishment.