Christmas Shopping in Ireland 2018

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It’s that time of year again, when lights twinkle, sleigh bells jingle and shopping centre car parks are full to the brim! If you’re planning a big shopping trip ahead of the Christmas season, then you’ll want to minimise the pain of getting there, getting parked and getting home again – and that’s where Roadwatch comes in! We’ve put together a guide for the biggest and best out-of-town centres across the country, so all you have to do is turn up and spend your hard-earned cash.

DUBLIN

BLANCHARDSTOWN CENTRE

Billing itself as “Ireland’s largest shopping centre”, Blanchardstown boasts no less than 180 shops, three retail parks full of big-box retailers and 25 restaurants and coffee shops. No excuse for not getting your stocking fillers here!

GETTING THERE

The centre is situated in north-west Dublin, just off the N3 at Junction 2. From the M50, take Junction 6 Blanchardstown and join the N3 outbound.

PARKING

Parking is free, with 7000 spaces available.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

600 buses serve Blanchardstown Centre every day, including the following Dublin Bus routes: 17A, 37, 39A, 39, 76A, 220, 236, 238, 239, 270. Bus Éireann connects the centre with Dublin city centre (Busáras), Dunshaughlin, Navan and Kells (route 109) and Busáras, Trim and Athboy (111).

WHAT’S ON AT CHRISTMAS?

Santa’s Grotto is open until Christmas Eve. A full list of events can be found here.

OPENING HOURS AND MORE INFO

blanchardstowncentre.ie

LIFFEY VALLEY SHOPPING CENTRE

Situated in Clondalkin, west Dublin, Liffey Valley is the closest large shopping centre to the M50 and equally accessible from the north and south sides of the city. It features over 80 retail outlets and 20 eateries.

GETTING THERE

By car, you can access Liffey Valley via the N4 Sligo Rd – it has its own exit, Junction 2. From the M50, take Junction 7 Lucan to join the N4 outbound.

PARKING

There are 3,600 spaces across a number of different car parks. Parking is free.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The following Dublin Bus routes serve Liffey Valley: 25, 25A, 25B, 25D, 25X, 40, 51D, 66, 66A, 66B, 66X, 67, 67X, 76, 76A, 239. Bus Éireann‘s 120 service connects the centre with Dublin city centre (Busáras), Lucan, Clane, Prosperous, Edenderry and Tullamore.

WHAT’S ON AT CHRISTMAS?

Santa visits the centre every day until Christmas Eve and you can find out more here. Meanwhile Liffey Valley On Ice runs every day until January 6th (except Christmas Day). More here.

OPENING HOURS AND MORE INFO

liffeyvalley.ie

DUNDRUM TOWN CENTRE

Open since 2005, the south side’s main shopping centre is also the second biggest in the entire country with around 170 shops and restaurants.

GETTING THERE

From the M50, exit at Junction 13 for Sandyford/Ballinteer and follow the signs for Dundrum.

If you’re coming from the city centre, take the Stillorgan Rd/N11 to the junction with Fosters Ave. Turn right and drive as far as the junction of Mt Anville Rd and Goatstown Rd. Then turn right and first left onto Taney Rd and continue as far as the Luas Bridge. Turn left onto the Dundrum Rd and follow the road into Dundrum. The centre is on your left.

Alternatively, take the Ranelagh Rd and Sandford Rd as far as Milltown Park, then turn right onto Milltown Rd. Continue to the Dundrum Rd junction (approx. 1km) and turn left. Follow the road into Dundrum.

PARKING

There are three car parks, and parking must be paid for. Click here for prices.

The Red Car Park (2371 spaces) is accessible from Sandyford Rd, Wyckham Way R/A, Dundrum Bypass and the Green Car Park.

The Green Car Park (454 spaces) is reached via Dundrum Bypass, Ballinteer Rd, Barton Rd East and the Red Car Park.

Get to the Tesco Open Air Car Park (310 spaces) via Wyckham Way and Dundrum Bypass.

Disabled spaces and carwashing facilities are available in all three car parks, with family parking offered in Green and Tesco.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Dundrum Town Centre is on the Luas Green Line – Balally is the closest stop, or you can use Dundrum as an alternative.

The centre is served by seven Dublin Bus routes: 14, 17, 44, 44b, 75, 61 and 116.

Dublin Coach runs a regular service connecting Dublin Airport, Red Cow Luas stop and Dundrum.

WHAT’S ON AT CHRISTMAS?

Santa’s Grotto has arrived, and Santa will be in residence until Christmas Eve.

In addition, Dundrum On Ice is open seven days a week until Sunday 13 January (except Christmas Day).

OPENING HOURS AND MORE INFO

dundrum.ie

CORK

MAHON POINT SHOPPING CENTRE

Cork’s largest shopping centre contains 80 outlets – the usual mix of fashion, consumer goods and food and drink. Most of these are in the main indoor centre, but there’s also a large retail park next door for the bigger stores.

GETTING THERE

The centre is situated next to the N40 South Ring Rd, and accessible by exiting the N40 at junction 10 (Mahon) and following signs for Mahon Point and Retail Park.

PARKING

There are over 2000 spaces, both indoors and out, with dedicated spots for families and disabled shoppers. Parking is free.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The centre is served by Bus Éireann routes 202, 215, 215A and 219.

WHAT’S ON AT CHRISTMAS?

Santa is in residence at his Festive Throne seven days a week until Christmas Eve. More information here.

OPENING HOURS AND MORE INFO

mahonpointsc.ie

LIMERICK

CRESCENT SHOPPING CENTRE

Just south of Limerick city centre in Dooradoyle is Crescent Shopping Centre. It’s one of the country’s oldest shopping centres, having opened in 1973, and following extensive redevelopment in the late 1990s and 2000s, it remains one of the most popular.

GETTING THERE

The centre is on Dooradoyle Rd. From Limerick city centre, take O’Connell St, O’Connell Ave and Ballinacurra Rd, taking the first left after passing under the N18 flyover.

From Dublin and the Midlands, take the N7/M7 to Junction 30 for Rosbrien. Then merge left onto the M20 southbound (signposted Cork) and exit at Junction 2 for Dooradoyle. Take the third exit at the first roundabout, the first exit at the second roundabout and the third exit at the third roundabout to join the Dooradoyle Rd. Continue for approx. 1km – the centre is on your right.

From Cork, take the N20/M20 to Limerick. Exit at Junction 2 for Dooradoyle and follow the same instructions as above (Dublin/Midlands).

From Galway, take the M6 Dublin Rd and exit at J18 Rathmorrissey to join the new M18 southbound. Continue onto the N18 Limerick Rd, through the Limerick Tunnel (a tolled route) and exit at Junction 2 for the Dock Rd. Join the Dock Rd inbound and take the first right after the roundabout. Continue along a narrow country road for just over 1km until you come to a T-junction, then turn left onto Father Russell Rd. Merge onto Ballinacurra Rd at the roundabout and then turn right onto Dooradoyle Rd at the second roundabout. The centre is on your left.

From Tralee, take the N21/M20 to Limerick. Exit at Junction 2 for Dooradoyle and follow the same instructions as for Dublin/Midlands and Cork.

PARKING

There are 1500 parking spaces – 500 of which are covered. Parking is free.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The centre is served by Bus Éireann routes 301 and 304.

WHAT’S ON AT CHRISTMAS?

Santa’s Cabin is open seven days a week until Christmas Eve. More information here.

OPENING HOURS AND MORE INFO

crescentshoppingcentre.ie/christmas-opening-hours

NORTHERN IRELAND

THE BOULEVARD

Cross-border shopping is still an appealing prospect with the weak pound providing plenty of bang for your Euro. The Boulevard (formerly known as The Outlet) in Banbridge, County Down is one of the best options if you are looking to head north from Dublin, eastern border counties or the Midlands. It boasts over 45 stores – mainly fashion brands – plus cafes, restaurants and leisure facilities. Expect big names and heavy discounts.

GETTING THERE

The centre is just off the main A1 Newry/Belfast Rd. From Dublin, you’ll join the M1/N1 and continue on the A1 once you cross into the North. It should take a little over an hour to get there from the M50. Don’t forget that AA members can still avail of their breakdown cover in Northern Ireland (and the rest of the UK, for that matter!).

PARKING

There are over 1500 free car and coach parking spaces, with 10 parent and child spaces provided to boot.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Bus Éireann’s X1 service from Dublin to Belfast stops at Banbridge and takes one hour and 50 minutes. The Boulevard is situated right beside the main road about 5km south of the town, and a shuttle bus is available from the town centre.

WHAT’S ON AT CHRISTMAS?

Santa’s Grotto is open every day until Christmas Eve. More information here.

OPENING HOURS AND MORE INFO

http://the-boulevard.co.uk/visitor-info/

For more on Christmas shopping in Northern Ireland, see our full guide!