Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin

George’s Street Arcade

Just a 5-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin, is the world-famous George’s Street Arcade. The ornate building houses a huge array of shops, and is the perfect place to lose yourself for a few hours.

The story behind the arcade

The Arcade was originally opened by the then Lord Mayor, Sir George Moyers, in 1881. The occasion was marked by a large number of people enjoying a luncheon hosted by the Chairman of the market company, Mr Joseph Tod Hunter Pim. However, the lack of invitations to native Dubliners was not well received.

Initially the market was not popular with ordinary Dubliners. Tragedy struck in 1892 when the city fire of that year devastated the whole building, leaving many shopkeepers in financial ruin. The public came to the rescue by organising a fund to help. The centre was rebuilt in the same style as it had been previously and was re-opened in 1894. It has traded continuously ever since then.

The perfect place to shop in Dublin

There are currently fifty shop tenants of various sizes selling just about anything you can think of. The arcade is a true jewel in the Dublin shopping scene. It combines old Dublin with the new city that is developing seamlessly around it.

If you love to shop, you’re in for a treat. From flowers, jewellery and clothing to gourmet food, aromatic coffee and frozen yoghurt, there’s a real mix of shops and food places to explore.

If you’d like to take in the atmosphere and set foot in one of the oldest shopping centres in both Ireland and Europe, George’s Street Arcade is an absolute must-visit during your stay in Dublin.