George’s Street Arcade

In the summer of 2019 our family had the chance to spend almost three months in Dublin and I’ll try to tell you about everything interesting, popular or not, in the city. Overall, I wouldn’t say that I liked Dublin much, unlike Ireland. If you go out of the city everything is gorgeous, but Dublin itself not so much… There were amazing places, of course, and I will tell you about one of them now.

The unique George’s Street Arcade is Europe’s and Ireland’s oldest shopping centre, located in the heart of Dublin city centre.

South City Markets was Dublin’s first purpose built Victorian Shopping Centre opened in 1876. Designed by distinguished British architects Lockwood & Mauson South City Market was formally opened by the Lord Mayor, Sir George Moyers LLD in 1881.

Tragedy was to befall South City Market on August 27th 1892 when the massive city fire that date devastated the whole building. Miraculously no one was killed but the shopkeepers lost their premises and overhead homes, and the stallholders suffered even greater financial loss through their stock not having been insured. . The Centre was re-built in the same style, using local labour and craftsmen, and was re-opened on September 13th 1894. South City Market or George’s Street Arcade, as it is more commonly known today, has traded continuously since then, with its fortunes oscillating up and down, reflecting the varying economic circumstances of the city down through the years. The present owners, the Layden Family Group, acquired the property in late 1992 from Dublin City Properties, and through meticulous management of tenant mix and low-key ongoing refurbishment of the building in sympathy with the original Victorian style, South City Market has never being in a healthier state.

Less than 5 minutes walk from Grafton Street and Temple Bar,  in this enclosed Victorian market you can enjoy boutique shops and stalls ranging from trendy clothing, jewellery, funky music, collectable items, souvenirs and much more along with wonderful dining and food options.

Stay tuned and don’t stop traveling!

Author: marinelapetrunova

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