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Nassau St. Gift Shops (Self Guided), Dublin

It would be a pity to leave Dublin without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts which are unique to Dublin and can be purchased in the wonderful souvenir shops along Nassau St.
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Nassau St. Gift Shops Map

Guide Name: Nassau St. Gift Shops
Guide Location: Ireland » Dublin (See other walking tours in Dublin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 Km or 0.3 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Kilkenny Shop
  • Lapis Jewelers
  • Butler's
  • Trinity Sweaters
  • The House of Ireland
  • Elverys
  • Avoca Handweavers
The Kilkenny Shop

1) The Kilkenny Shop

What to buy here: Irish Linen & Knitwear.

Made from flax fibers, linen was historically a very important Irish trade good. While in days gone by it was a ubiquitous fabric in various kinds of clothing, today the labor intensive nature of its manufacture makes it a luxury good that is generally reserved for use only on special occasions. Table linen and linen bed sets are a common wedding gift, although most contemporary Irish household would keep it for the most special of guests as well as for celebratory meals. Companies such as Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen, which has been supplying linen for over 150 years provide their fine goods to various retail stores in Ireland and across the world. The finest Irish linens carry the Irish Linen Guild logo, which means that they were not woven abroad and simply bleached in Ireland, but that they were genuinely woven in Ireland to the highest quality possible. Prices can range from €15 for a pair of linen tea cosies to hundreds of euros for the finest linen bed sets. Here are a number of excellent stores for real Irish linen. Kilkenny Store at 6-15 Nassau Street is open 8:30am Monday to Saturday, closing at 18:30pm Monday - Wed and Friday - Saturday, with late opening to 20:00 on Thursdays. It is open from 10:00 to 18:30 on Sunday.
Lapis Jewelers

2) Lapis Jewelers

What to buy here: Connemara Marble.

Quarried in the western part of the country, in the county of Galway, Connemara marble is a distinctive green variegated stone that is prized for use in interior design and ornaments. Craftsmen such as J.C. Walsh and Sons quarry the rock from natural outcrops and carve and polish the stone to best show off its natural beauty. Connemara marble graces the halls of Trinity College Dublin and can be seen in Kensington Palace in the United Kingdom. It is also used for the creation of beautiful pendants, rosary beads and other jewelers. Its dappled nature makes every piece unique and its green hue makes it a fitting stone for the island of Ireland. Ornaments range in price from €30 for a small clock to €800 for a carved chess set and board. Rosary beads will set you back around €30.

Lapis Jewelers have two stores in central Dublin at 17 Nassau Street and 10 Johnson's Court. They specialize in Connemara marble jewelers, incorporating the unique stone into bracelets, rings, necklaces and Celtic crosses.

3) Butler's

What to buy here: Irish Chocolate.

While Ireland is not necessarily a country you think of when considering chocolate, Irish chocolate manufacturers such as Butlers and Lir will be championed by the locals as at the very least equal to Swiss and Belgian offerings. Both Butlers and Lir take their craft extremely seriously and produce Irish chocolate that is not only aesthetically pleasing but utterly irresistible to the taste buds. Butlers has strong ties to Irish society ever since it was founded in the early 20th century by Ms. Bailey-Butler on a small lane in Dublin city. Now it has become a flourishing, world-renowned international business with a vast array of customers, but it has never forgotten its humble beginnings. Upon visiting Ireland you must sample some of their truffles, fudge, toffee and chocolate bars to name but a few – and don’t worry, exploring the beautiful and historic Dublin will do more than enough to burn off the extra calories! Butlers assortment boxes range from €5 for a 185g box to €48 for a delicious 1000g box for the whole family. Butlers has a number of wonderful cafes in Dublin’s city centre at; 18 Nassau Street, 9 Chatham and 51a Grafton Street. Opening hours are 7:30am to 7pm Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 7pm Saturday and 10:30am to 6pm Sunday.
Trinity Sweaters

4) Trinity Sweaters

What to buy here: Knitwear.

The often cold and changeable weather of Ireland means that few natives are without a selection of warm knitwear in their closets. Traditional chunky Aran sweaters are often seen in postcards and photobooks of Ireland, but in recent years more delicate designs have become fashionable both for winter wear and layering in the months of autumn and spring. Local designers use the wool of native sheep and more esoteric yarns from llamas, alpacas and goats to create lightweight shawls, scarves and sweaters that are suitable for year-round wear. Prices range from €15 for a simple scarf all the way up to hundreds of euro for more complicated pieces. If you can’t resist one of those famous traditional Aran sweaters, be prepared to pay between €60 and €110. Nassau Street beside Trinity College Dublin is the best place to go for knitwear. Trinity Sweaters at 30 Nassau St offers Irish handknits and Aran sweaters and is open from 9:30 to 18:00 Monday to Saturday and 11:30 to 17:30 on Sundays.
The House of Ireland

5) The House of Ireland

What to buy here: Irish Crystal is well known throughout the world for its high quality, and the shamrocks that are presented to the US president on St Patrick’s day are traditionally placed in a crystal bowl. The AFCA National Championship Trophy, the People’s Choice Awards, and the Formula One German Grand Prix Trophies are all designed by Waterford Crystal, which gained a reputation in the 1700s for terrifically fine flint glass of the best quality. Tipperary and Kilkenny crystal are other well-known brands, and crystal is a popular wedding gift throughout Ireland and abroad. Its popularity derives from the beautiful intricacy of the design, which consists of deeply cut and incredibly precise patterns across the crystal using age old techniques handed down over generations and generations. Indeed Irish crystal graces the dining rooms of many Irish households and is a particular point of pride that is often displayed to guests! Sets of Irish crystal usually range between about €40 and €60 but for the very finest you are looking into the hundreds.

The House of Ireland at 114 Grafton Street is an excellent store for crystal. They open Monday-Wednesday: 9:00-19:00; Thursday: 9:00-20:00; Friday: 9:00-19:00; Saturday: 9:00-18:00; Sunday: 12:30-17:30.

6) Elverys

What to buy here: Sports Equipment.

Ireland has several unique sports that come under the banner of Gaelic games. Hurling, Gaelic Football and Irish Handball can all trace their roots back to Celtic times, with the legend of Cu Chullain making particular reference to his skill with the hurl. The yearly national championships or ‘All Ireland’ are attended by tens of thousands, with many more watching the matches at home or down the pub decked out in their county colors. Two hurleys and a ‘sliotar’ allow you to have your own try at hurling, which is similar to field hockey – the world’s fastest team field game. Gaelic football too is a rapid grass sport, which shares common features with rugby and soccer but has a very unique style of its own. It requires no specialist equipment like hurling, just a special football that can be found in most Irish sports stores for between €15 and €50. Excellent Irish sports stores include Elverys at 2 Suffolk Street – opening hours 10am-6pm Monday-Friday, until 8pm on Thursday; Saturday: 9:30am–6pm; Sunday 11am–6pm. Furthermore, why not go and watch a genuine Gaelic sports match at the world famous Croke Park stadium in the north inner city? Adult tickets range from €39.50 to €49.50, with children’s tickets costing €9.50.
Avoca Handweavers

7) Avoca Handweavers

What to buy here: Irish pottery and knitwear.

Ireland is home to successful commercial potteries such as Belleek, but there are also more than 300 studio, craft and hobby potteries in the country. Many homes have a few pieces of traditional heavy earthenware that have been passed down through the generations. More modern pottery and ceramics are also produced, both for tableware and ornamental use. Prices range by designer, collection and item – A four-mug set from Avoca will cost €50 while a single dinner plate from Belleek’s luxury range can cost upwards of €80. Irish pottery offers gifts to suit many different budgets and because of the diversity of producers you are sure to find a pottery gift that will suit the decor and design aesthetic of the recipient. Tableware and other pottery is ideal for wedding gifts for young couples and anniversary gifts for those who like to entertain.

Avoca at 11-13 Suffolk Street opens at 9:30 am Monday to Saturday, Closing at 6:00 pm Monday to Wednesday, and Saturday and 7:00 pm Thursday and Friday. Sundays, it opens at 11:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm.

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