Henry Street, on Dublin's north side, is one of two Dublin streets most associated with shopping (Grafton is the other).
- Considered by many to be Dublin's favourite shopping district
- Serves over 33 million shoppers each year
- Buskers often perform for the shopping crowds
- The famous outdoor food market of Moore Street is just off Henry Street
- Street traders sell from licenced stalls - at Christmas, the street is particularly busy
Henry Street runs from Spire of Dublin and the General Post Office on O'Connell Street on one end, to Liffey Street on the other. At Liffey Street it becomes Mary Street and continues on as a shopping street until it ends at Capel Street. When locals refer to Henry Street, they often mean both Henry Street and Mary Street, which form a single, continuous shopping area.
Variety of Stores
One of Ireland's oldest and best-loved department stores, Arnott's, can be found on Henry Street. Arnott's Basement offers clearance items. One of the most successful stores to come out of Ireland, the clothes and homeware store Penneys (known in the UK as Primark) has a large outlet on Henry Street. Other well known British chains on the street include Marks and Spencer.
Jervis Shopping Center is a large, modern mall with one entrance on Mary Street and another on Jervis Street, with a LUAS (tram) stop just outside. It includes the British chain stores Boots and Argos. The Ilac Centre is an older but still popular mall, located on Henry Street. It has shops such as Jack & Jones, Debenhams -- and Boots and Argos!
The street also houses many small, independent shops, in all more than 200 ranging from shoe stores to jewelry stores, budget shops, and even an outdoor adventure store. The only Forever 21 store in Ireland can also be found here.
Did You Know?
- Henry Street was developed by Henry Moore, Earl of Drogheda
- He has two adjacent streets named after him -- Henry Street is one; Moore street is the other
Henry Street shoppers at Christmas. Image by William Murphy.