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Stephen's Green, Ireland

Shopping, Markets, Street Performers and Afternoon Tea.

A jaunt in a horse drawn carriage, vintage clothes, market stalls, buskers, ending with afternoon tea at the Westbury.

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.0 miles / 1.6 km
Duration: 1 hour or less
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Overview: This tour begins beside St. Stephens Green Park. As you walk you will see a selection of small and large shops, some vintage, some bohemian in style with a selection of goods for sale. Located along the route are a selection of traditional Irish Pubs where you can try a pint, have a hot plate lunch or enjoy a cup of coffee. Sprinkled along the route is a little bit of history and some nice architecture. Towards the end of the tour you will be walking back along Grafton Street. This street is for pedestrians only and it is where you will find most of the street performers, mime artists, buskers, artists etc Your trail will end at the Westbury Hotel, ranked in the top five hotels on TripAdvisor for a scrumptious afternoon tea or maybe even a nice Irish Coffee. It will give you a good overview of Dublin.

Tips: If you are taking a jaunt in a horse carriage, don't be afraid to haggle on the price. Some pubs will serve a hot plate lunch between 12.30pm and 2.30p.m. This is normally carvery style and will not include table service. Cost about €10 per head. Children are usually welcome up to 7 p.m. in most pubs. Leave a few coins for the buskers and street performers. The queues can be long for the Book of Kells visit, make a note to come back early. When you ask for an Irish Coffee, you will be getting a measure of Irish Whiskey in the glass.

Points of Interest


Choose a jaunt in a horse drawn carriage or a Hop on Hop off bus.

The starting point for your walk is here, alongside Dublin's famous St.Stephens Green. This is where you can book a trip on the Hop on Hop off bus, a jaunt in a horse drawn carriage, or a land and water tour in an amphibious craft. But that's for later, this trail is about walking. Head across the road to the top of Grafton Street and walk along South King Street.

Luas Line

Dublin's Light Rail Train System. The Green Line starts here. If you need more shopping or if it's raining, hop on this for a trip to the huge out of town Dundrum Shopping Centre passing through Dublin's surburbia en route. However, don't hop on the train for this tour.
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St. Stephens Green Shopping Centre

Over 100 outlets here. Fashion, restaurants, ice cream, pharmacy and health food. Souvenirs and hair stylists. If you are on a budget, you will find a range of fast food outlets on the first floor at the top of the escalator. There is also Ireland's famous Dunnes Stores here, spread over 4 floors, that sells everything from clothes to homewares. They also have a supermarket in the basement area for you bits and pieces. Continue along South King Street to the next stop on your right The Gaiety Theatre.

Gaiety Theatre

Celebrating over 80 years as a theatre, you can see both matinees and evening performances here.At Christmas time, this theatre stages some great family entertainment.
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The Gaiety Theatre.

Chatham Street

After you pass the Gaiety Theatre, make a right turn on to Chatham Row and continue to the junction. To your right, you will see the famous Edwardian Neary's Pub. Here you will also find a selection of Italian restaurants serving good food. Head to your left on Chatham Row. As you pass along this street, you might hear student choirs coming from Dublin's Conservatory of Music and Drama. On to the junction with South William Street, you might like to pause for a breakfast or coffee. There is a selection of restaurants on both sides of the street. Take a right turn on to South William Street.

Powerscourt Townhouse

Walk along South William Street until you come to the junction with Coppinger Row. To your right is the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Here you will find a selection of restaurants and shopping, including a selection of Art, Craft and Antique outlets on the first floor. This Georgian building was the former home of Richard Wingfield 3rd Viscount of Powerscourt (1730 to 1788). Cross the street to Castle Street Market. You are now entering the area of some good vintage clothing and jewellery shops such as Harlequin and Jenny Vander. Straight ahead of you is the famous Georges Street Arcade.

Georges Street Arcade

Dublin's first purpose-built Victorian Shopping Centre opened in 1881 that was tragically destroyed by fire in 1892. It was re-opened in 1894 and has been trading here since then. There are approximately 50 tenants trading here today that include Fortune Telling, Memorabilia, Stamps and Coins, Music, Clothes, Art and Jewellery. Exit back on to Drury Street and head towards Exchequer Street to your left.
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Georges Street Arcade.

Fallon & Byrne

This building contains a restaurant, a food hall and a wine bar. It is a lovely building that once housed a telephone exchange. It has 20 foot ceilings, old cast iron pillars, parquet flooring and a big skylight that floods the shop with light. Stock up on some fresh fruit here. Turn left as you leave the premises. You are heading toward the Old Stand Pub further along the road at the junction of Andrews Street.
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Fallon and Byrne

The Old Stand Pub

This pub has been located on this site for over 300 years. Originally a grocery store as well as a pub until the then owner John Cox decided in 1885 that there was more money in selling alcohol than in selling groceries. During the War of Independence, the premises was frequently visited by Michael Collins of the Irish Republican Brotherhood where he was known to hold informal meetings. This is well known as a great Rugby enthusiasts pub, having it's name derived from a now demolished rugby stand at the old Lansdowne Road stadium (now called the Aviva stadium). Take a left along St. Andrews Street as you leave the pub.
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The Old Stand Pub.

Dublin Tourism Information Centre

Located in an old church. Here you can get free information on places to visit and things to do for all of Ireland. Information and accommodation booking service available. Purchase The Dublin Pass, the smart card for Dublin that gives you free entrance to over 30 visitor attractions. Tickets for all theatre, concert, comedy and music venues in Dublin - Ticket Master. Foreign exchange service (Fexco). Dublin Bus ticket sales and Information (Dublin City and regional bus services). Bus Eireann ticket sales and Information (national bus services) Irish City Tours ticket sales. Backpacker trips and hostel booking.
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Molly Malone Statue

Take a picture here alongside Dublin's famous Molly Malone statue. Now head straight across the road toward the junction of Nassau Street and Dawson Street.

House of Ireland

As you arrive at this point, you will see the House of Ireland shop on your right. Make a note to return here to shop for the finest Irish Linens, Glass Crystal, China, Clothing etc. Almost directly across the road you will see a side entrance to Trinity College. Enter here if you want to see the Book of Kells and Old Library. Maybe take a stroll around the College Grounds as well and return later to see the exhibits. Return the way you entered and continue walking up Dawson Street toward your next stop.

Book of Kells and Old Library

The main chamber of the Old Library is the Long Room. Nearly 65 metres in length, it contains over 200,000 books. The Book of Kells manuscript contains the four Gospels in Latin based on a Vulgate text, written on vellum (prepared calfskin). Believed to have been written around the year 800 a.d.


Dawson Street

Along this street you will find a bookshop called Hodges & Figgis. Toward the top of the street, you will see the Lord Mayor's residence, called the Mansion House. If you are thinking of visiting Glendalough on a day trip, you can catch the St. Kevins Bus service from opposite the Mansion House.

Grafton Street

As you walk up Dawson Street, you will be taking a right turn onto Duke Street, the home of two famous pubs: The Bailey and Davy Byrnes. If you decide to take the next turn from Dawson Street onto St. Anne Street, you will find Kehoes, one of Dublin's trendiest traditional pubs. The bar is decorated in the style of an old Dublin pub, with stylish wood fittings, a narrow bar and an cosy snug at the front and a bigger snug at the back. Whichever street you choose, you will end up on Dublin's famous Grafton Street, full of interesting shops. On weekends, this street comes alive with street performers, buskers, jugglers, and artists. Here you will find the Famous Bewleys Cafe with it's six Harry Clarke stained glass windows completed just before his death in 1931.

Westbury Hotel Dublin

As you walk toward the top of Grafton Street, take a right turn on to Harry Street. Your final stop is The Westbury Hotel for a scrumptious afternoon tea. But before you head here, make a note of the pub on your right called Bruxelles, home to a great mix of music.

Across the road there is another pub called McDaids, with an interesting history. It was once a morgue then a chapel and now a pub.

You have now earned a rest. Enter the doors of the Westbury and head to the Gallery area for your delicious afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, a selection of sweet pastries, freshly baked scones with tea-infused jam and clotted cream, and of course your choice of teas from all over the world. Or maybe try a Champagne Afternoon Tea or Irish Coffee and afterwards a cocktail in their Marble Bar.
Pictures in this guide taken by: rcasadom, BOXtheFOX

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