Seeing Dublin

By: Sian McInnery

No matter what time of year that you decide to visit the wonderful city of Dublin you can be assured of a great time no matter what the weather is like. If you have to choose, youíll want to be in Dublin either just before summer starts, or just after winter ends, since these are the times that Dublin is the cheapest to visit as well as when many of the celebrations and festivals take place. The most important holiday and festival in Dublin is St. Patrickís Day, and if you plan on being in Dublin during this time youíll need to make sure that you have reservations!

Dublin is well known for its extensive shopping areas, such as Temple Bar, Nassau Street, Henry Street, O'Connell Street, St. Stephen's Green, and Grafton Street. The Brown Thomas department store on Grafton Street is a great place to check the local styles and Irish designs.

There are some large department stores in Dublin that will keep you busy for hours. The biggest department store is located in St. Stephenís huge shopping mall. Plan a day here for shopping and then plan on having dinner in one of the many surrounding restaurants. During the summer months this area of Dublin is very crowded so be sure to make a reservation at the restaurant of your choice to be sure that you donít have to wait in line.

Dublin has shopping for everyone, including clothing, jewelry, crafts, and antiques. If you take a trip to Dawson Street youíll be able to find some smaller, exclusive clothing stores. These stores will carry a more expensive line of clothing but will be well worth the price when you find yourself wearing a one-of-a-kind designer dress.

Colorful indoor and outdoor markets contribute to Dublin's fame. The largest and most popular of these is Mother Redcap's located in Back Lane. The market is huge and will entice you with books, music, antiques, and clothing. Also on offer are tasty fare such as cheeses and cakes, among other delights.

Dublin has many wonderful bookstores that will be of interest to the general book reader, as well as the specialist who is looking for a first edition print. For a good selection of antiquarian books you will want to go to Catch Books, which is located on Duke Street. If you are traveling to Dublin take the time out of your busy sight- seeing schedule to spend a few hours, or days, shopping.

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