The Bottom Line
- Spectacular setting in an old Dublin backyard system.
- Unusual shopping opportunities at several specialist shops.
- Spacious restaurant area.
- No "general shopping" available.
- Powerscourt Town House was converted into a shopping mall by incorporating other buildings and an atrium..
- Mainly small shops offer a variety if specialized goods.
- Recommended for affordable art and antiques as well as curios.
Guide Review - Powerscourt Town House (off Grafton Street, Dublin)
One word of warning has to come first - the Powerscourt Town House is not your common-and-garden mall where you find brand outlets, chain stores and your general shopping needs. Exactly the opposite is true - this is the place you will want to go for unusual gifts or new ideas. And as such it is an Aladdin's Cave of curios, collectibles and crystals.
It also is a rabbit's warren. The conversion of the old house(s) has created a shopping mall in which you could well play hide and seek. Corridors don't always connect in a logical fashion, exhibits sprawl into adjoining areas and onto outside walls. The large, open, central area is a permanent obstacle but also an ideal space to relax and revive with a coffee. The best al fresco experience in Dublin, almost mediterranean with balconies overlooking the atrium - enjoyable because the Irish weather has been kept out by a glass roof.
Powerscourt Town House is especially recommended for those on the lookout for less typical souvenirs from Ireland. Though South-American crystals might be too odd a choice, antique silverware or even an original, Irish-themed painting could well hit the spot.