If whiskey is your poison, get ready to indulge to your heart's content. After the educational tour of the distillery, and your careful attention to the historical overview, retire to the in-house pub and make a little whiskey history of your own. There's also a restaurant with fixed price menus for lunch and dinner. Whether you want to learn more about the whiskey making process, indulge in hearty food or taste new spirits, a visit to Old Jameson Distillery won't let you down.
Temple Bar is often used to symbolize the extraordinary changes which Dublin has undergone in recent years. In the 1980s, this district of the city was earmarked as the site for a vast bus station. Galleries and small shops colonized the cheap properties, however, the bus-depot plans were abandoned, and the area now boasts of a warren of bustling shops, cafes, galleries and restaurants. Some of the country's best cultural institutions have found a home in Temple Bar, including the Irish Film Centre and the Gallery of Photography. Two new civic spaces, Temple Bar Square and the striking Meeting House Square have been created and utilized by artist and traders. In short, this district is one of the city's most colorful and vibrant; make a point of seeing it for yourself.
Grafton Street and the surrounding area is the most upmarket shopping district in Dublin. Grafton Street itself is pedestrianized and runs from Trinity College up to St Stephen's Green. It is home to some of Dublin's signature businesses, including the city's most elegant department store Brown Thomas. Grafton Street is also home to many familiar high-street names, and the upper end of the street is anchored by the sunny, glass-roofed St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre. In the surrounding area, Dawson Street features Waterstone's, the city's best book store. Wicklow Street boasts some funky shoe shops and Clarendon Street is home to the upmarket Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. In all, this district should supply most, if not all, of your shopping needs.
Located at the top of Grafton Street, Stephen Green's Shopping Center is probably the best shopping center in Dublin. It has managed to combine upmarket stores with more practical outlets, all under a great vaulted glass roof. There are a lot of well-known names here like Boots and Tk Maxx, as well as a variety of independently run fashion outlets and shops selling novelty items. A car park is located in the basement. Other amenities like baby feeding facilities and internet access are also available.
Established in 1982, Carrolls Irish Gifts is a Dublin-based retail company, which has attained the status of 'Market Leader' in its market segment of high-end clothing and gifts. Carrolls currently features more than 10,000 traditional Irish products comprising of Guiness Official licensed clothing, gifts and merchandise, jewelry, casual clothing, fashion accessories, music, toys, confectionery, glassware and kitchenware.
The Natural Shoe Store is a store that takes footwear more seriously than most. They only sell "flat, foot-shaped" shoes, which they claim are far superior to much of what passes for contemporary footwear. Similarly, they insist that only quality natural materials are used in the products they sell. This shop stocks Birkenstock, Arauto and Bama shoes, amongst other brands that can be difficult to get in Dublin. It also has a selection of vegan shoes and boots. They operate a mail-order service so you can write to them for a brochure.