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interior hiding behind its somewhat drab exterior. 3 City Hall Originally built as the Royal Exchange in 1779, the city’s municipal headquarters is fronted by a huge Corinthian portico. 8 Dublinia and the Viking World Medieval Dublin and the Vikings are the subjects of this interactive museum, located in the former Synod Hall of the Church of Ireland. For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp296–303 and pp308–25 1. Dublin Castle The Drawing Room, with its Waterford crystal chandelier, is
floor comprises a spacious hall and a saloon, with beautiful silk hangings, elaborate flooring and a coffered ceiling. On the first floor is the ostentatious State Room and servant rooms. FURTHER AFIELD A gilded chair on display at the National Museum of Ireland 8 Dublin Docklands ∑ dublindocklands.ie Over three hundred years ago, most of the Docklands was underwater, with the exception of the small fishing hamlet of Ringsend. The area was redeveloped during the 1990s and 2000s and is one
and Debenhams, both on Henry Street. One of Dublin’s oldest shops, Clery’s on O’Connell Street, stocks everything from Irish-made gifts and clothing to internationally recognized branded goods. Prominent Irish retailer Brown Thomas is known for its upmarket wares with goods from the world’s top designers. There are also numerous Marks & Spencer shops, including branches on Grafton Street and Mary Street. Shopping Centres Shoppers on busy Grafton Street There are four main shopping centres in
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area’s distinctive landmark is St Fin Barre’s Cathedral (see p179). Nearby is the ivy-clad Elizabeth Fort, a 16th-century structure which was converted into a prison in 1835 and later a Garda (police) station. A short walk to the east lies the Red Abbey, a 13th-century relic from an Augustinian abbey – the oldest building in Cork. CORK AND KERRY h Environs Some beautiful countryside surrounds the city of Cork, especially along the lush valley of the River Lee (see p175). The landscape of East