The Merrion is the finest luxury five star hotel in Dublin city centre, ideally located for those wishing to explore the sophisticated shopping opportunities of Ireland’s capital city. Below is some information on some of the city’s principal shopping areas.
Grafton Street is one of the two principal shopping streets in Dublin city centre, running from St. Stephen's Green in the south to College Green in the north. The street was named after the first Duke of Grafton, who owned land in the area. The Dawson family developed the street from a country lane by in 1708, and the parallel Dawson Street is named after them.
Since the 1980s, the street has been mostly pedestrianised, with the exception of the short stretch running between Nassau Street and College Green. This section contains two notable Dublin landmarks, the 18th-century Trinity College Provost's House and the late 20th-century statue of Molly Malone, which has become a popular Dublin meeting place. A life-size bronze statue of musician Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy was unveiled on Harry Street, off Grafton Street, in 2005.
Grafton Street is also home to Ireland’s most beautiful lifestyle store, Brown Thomas, which since 1849 has offered an unparalleled retail experience to Dubliners and visitors alike. Weir & Sons, located at the bottom of Grafton Street, has been Ireland’s leading jewellers since 1869 carrying more gold, diamonds and world-renowned brands than any other jeweller in Ireland. A branch of the popular Avoca Handweavers is located on Suffolk St., at the Trinity College end of Grafton St.
Buskers, including musicians, poets and mime artists, commonly perform to the shopping crowds. This scene was portrayed in the 2006 Oscar-winning film ‘Once’, starring Glen Hansard of The Frames, himself a former and occasional Grafton Street busker.
Located just 45 minutes from central Dublin, Kildare Village is Ireland’s biggest shopping outlet and a mecca for bargain-hunters.
O'Connell Street has been Dublin's main thoroughfare since the 18th century. The spot formerly occupied by Nelson's Pillar, and now by The Spire, traditionally marks the city centre, or An Lár in Irish.
The streets off either side of O'Connell Street - Henry St, Abbey St, Earl St, Talbot St and Parnell St - are the shopping area of choice for many Dubliners. Here you'll find a range of quality shops offering a range of real bargains as opposed to brand labels.
Clerys on O'Connell Street and Arnotts on Henry Street are two of Dublin's biggest department stores, while Easons is the oldest and largest bookseller and stationer in town. Many of the major UK and international chains occupy units in the ILAC Centre and the Jervis Street Centre at the end of Henry Street. Spend some time browsing the open-air stalls of the traders on Moore Street, the self-appointed custodians of Dublin wit. (Warning: Dublin wit usually requires someone to be on the receiving end - it may be you.)
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is a small shopping centre set in an elegant Georgian house located just off Grafton Street.
A fine example of Dublin's Georgian architecture; the house is unique in showing the transition from the rococo style to neo-classical under one roof. Meldon, in his 'Views of Dublin' (1779), said that the house 'may be considered in point of consequence of appearance and architectural embellishment, as the third [most important] private edifice in Dublin.'
The architecture serves as a magnificent setting for the boutique stores and cafés located within.
Dundrum Town Centre
Dundrum Town Centre is the largest mall in the Dublin area, with a wide selection of shops, restaurants and cinemas.
Antiques Shopping - Francis Street
Francis Street in Dublin city centre is home to a wide range of shops selling unique art and antiques – everything from rugs to Irish Georgian silver, and from furniture to paintings.