The Bottom Line
If you are looking for a place to do all your shopping in one go, Blanchardstown is the place to head for. Shops range from cut-price "Mr Price" to exclusive BT2 and cater for the whole family. Services ranging from hairdressers to a medical centre are available and even grocery shopping at a competitive price is possible. The convenient location and loads of car spaces make Blanchardstown an attractive destination, leading to congestion on weekends.
- Convenient location near N3 and M50 with ample free parking.
- Nearly 200 shops and outlets.
- Wide range of shops from the exclusive to the mundane, cinemas and restaurants.
- Massive satellite developments with additional shopping and entertainment areas.
- Everyday grocery shopping available.
- Overrun by local schoolchildren every lunch hour (from 1 pm).
- Can get very full on weekends and before bank holidays.
- One of the largest Shopping Malls in Europe.
- Convenient location in West Dublin, near N3 and M50.
- Huge variety and number of shops with sufficient car parking.
Guide Review - Blanchardstown Shopping Centre (Dublin 15)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre was one of the first massive malls to be opened in Ireland and still seems unwilling to stop expanding. Covering the area of a sizeable village it has everything you might need for either everyday shopping or a special treat. Exclusive fashion stores rub shoulders with bargain shops, every age, size and taste should be well catered for.
While restaurants and cafés are dotted around the mall (no central food court here), price-conscious shoppers might opt for getting their own groceries from up-market Marks & Spencers (home of the pre-sliced singles' portions), household name Dunnes Stores or even the cut-price Lidl (in the satellite Westend Retail Park).
The satellite developments complement the centre proper with larger, mostly specialist stores. All are reached on foot with minimum effort, moving the car is unnecessary except for extra heavy purchases.
A multi-screen cinema complex, bowling alleys and other entertainment are available.
In recent years the fluctuation of shops in the centre has been enormous - with famous names like HMV, Virgin, Borders, Games Workshop and similar dropping their retail operations for a variety of reasons. While it is still a decent "one stop shopping spot", it has suffered from empty storefronts (mercifully often camouflaged) and an overdose of interchangeable high street fashion.
The good news - car parking is still free (though barriers had been pre-installed in some places).