More than the Temple Bar: A local guide to Dublin

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Welcome travellers to the vibrant and bustling city of Dublin! While the Temple Bar district may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Dublin, there’s so much more to explore beyond its lively pubs and cobblestone streets.

Join me as I take you on a journey through some of Dublin’s hidden gems and local favourites, from charming neighbourhoods to cultural landmarks and everything in between.


Exploring Dublin’s Neighbourhoods

Dublin is a city of diverse neighbourhoods, each with its own unique character and charm. The Temple Bar district may be the most well-known, there are plenty of other neighbourhoods waiting to be discovered.


  1. Stroll Through the Streets of Stoneybatter

Located just north of the city centre, Stoneybatter is a trendy, diverse and eclectic neighbourhood, a neighbourhood that is known for its vibrant street art, independent shops, and cosy cafes. Take a leisurely stroll down Manor Street and explore the neighbourhood’s unique mix of old and new, from historic Georgian buildings to trendy boutiques and eateries.


  1. Discover the Creative Hub of Smithfield

Situated on the north side of the River Liffey, Smithfield is a cultural hub teeming with creativity and innovation. Home to the iconic Jameson Distillery and the Light House Cinema, Smithfield is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Dublin’s arts and culture scene. Be sure to check out the Smithfield Market Square, where you’ll find bustling markets, live music, and events throughout the year.

Hidden Gems and Historical Haunts

Dublin is steeped in history and culture, with no shortage of landmarks and attractions to explore. From ancient castles to modern museums, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


  1. Step Back in Time at Dublin Castle

Located in the heart of the city centre, Dublin Castle is a must-visit for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike. Explore the castle’s impressive interiors, stroll through the picturesque gardens, and learn about Dublin’s rich history through interactive exhibits and guided tours.


  1. Get Lost in the Pages of the Book of Kells

Housed within the walls of Trinity College, the Book of Kells is a masterpiece of mediaeval manuscript illumination and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. Marvel at the intricately decorated pages of this ancient manuscript which dates back to the 9th century and learn about its fascinating history and significance.


Culinary Delights, Traditional Pubs and Experiences

No visit to Dublin would be complete without indulging in some of the city’s culinary delights, taking part in a traditional Dublin night out, and experiencing the warmth and hospitality of its traditional pubs.


  1. Sample Irish Cuisine at the Dublin Food Co-op

Located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Newmarket, the Dublin Food Co-op is a haven for foodies and lovers of locally sourced produce. Browse the stalls of fresh fruit and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, and homemade baked goods, and sample delicious dishes from around the world at the co-op’s on-site cafe.


  1. Try Hand at the Sporting Emporium

If you’re looking for a trip between your meal and a trip to a historic pub, you can always drop into the sporting emporium for a flutter. Ireland’s largest casino offers a premium experience, while also showing sport from around the world on big-screen TV’s to mean you never miss a moment. If you don’t have time for a visit, you can always find the best online casino as rated by, to get your fill instead, as Ireland caters for both in-person and online.


  1. Raise a Glass at O’Donoghue’s Pub

For an authentic Irish pub experience, look no further than O’Donoghue’s/

Pot Dunggans. Located just off St. Stephen’s Green, this beloved pub is a favourite among locals and visitors alike for its cosy atmosphere, live traditional music sessions, and wide selection of Irish whiskies and beers. Pull up a stool, strike up a conversation with the friendly locals, and enjoy a pint of Guinness or two.


Outdoor Escapes and Natural Beauty

While Dublin may be a bustling metropolis, it’s also home to plenty of green spaces and outdoor escapes where you can relax and recharge amidst nature.


  1. Wander Through the Peaceful Grounds of Phoenix Park

Spanning over 1,700 acres, Phoenix Park is one of the largest enclosed urban parks in Europe and a true oasis of tranquillity in the heart of Dublin. Take a leisurely stroll or bike ride through the park’s lush greenery, spot deer grazing in the meadows, and enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline from the iconic Wellington Monument.


  1. Escape to Howth Peninsula

Just a short train ride from the city centre, Howth Peninsula is a picturesque coastal village that feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin. Take a scenic hike along the cliffs, feast on fresh seafood at one of the village’s charming restaurants, and soak up the stunning views of Dublin Bay and beyond.



In conclusion, Dublin is a city brimming with hidden treasures and local gems waiting to be discovered. From charming neighbourhoods and cultural landmarks to culinary delights and outdoor escapes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the Irish capital.

So, the next time you find yourself in Dublin, be sure to venture beyond the Temple Bar district and explore all that this vibrant city has to offer. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or simply looking to soak up the local culture, Dublin’s hidden treasures await your discovery.


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