Even if you don’t want to shop, it’s worthwhile coming to see this spectacular building
Not just a shopping centre
Even if you have no intention of buying anything it’s still worthwhile visiting the Powerscourt Centre, a shopping centre that owes its charm to its location: an 18th-century Georgian building owned by nobility, the Powerscourt family, and which played host to the very best dances and cocktail parties frequented by the social crème de la crème of the time. The building, which today has been taken over by shops in which you can indulge your every whim, still maintains a good part of the original décor, so it’s like going shopping inside an 18th-century palace. Among its strong points – apart from the jewellery boutiques and antique shops – are the cafés and the indoor courtyard, complete with gardens, where you can sit down to rest after shopping. The centre also boasts the Powerscourt Gallery, which has rolling exhibitions of pictorial art and photography.