Home to the famous Molly Malone statue, Grafton Street has a wide variety of great shops. Brown Thomas, one of Dublin’s most famous department stores is located here, the department store catering for many designer showcases, both foreign and local. Dunnes Stores and Marks and Spencers are among the other department stores. Smaller high street chains include Vero Moda, Next, Oasis, A-Wear, River Island, Pandora, The Disney Store, Karin Millen, Office, River Island, Pia Bang, Reiss, Monsoon and Laura Ashley. For gifts, there's the Dublin bookshop, the Body Shop, Tie rack and Dublin's leading and most exclusive jewellers, Weirs, as well as Ernest Jones and Gavronski. At the end of the street, is the St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre and with over 100 outlets it certainly adds to the wide selection of stores and is a great place to stop for a bite to eat.
There are plenty of other places to grab a bite to eat after a long days shopping, whether you fancy some fast food from Mc Donald’s or Burger King or a nice lunch in Dublin’s famous and oldest institutions since 1927, Bewley’s Café. Grafton street can cater for all tastes..
Buskers, including musicians, poets and mime artists commonly perform on Grafton Street to the shopping crowds. Some of the more notable musicians who have performed here include, Paddy Casey, Glen Hansard, and Damien Rice.
To get to Grafton Street from the Castle Hotel, take the number 10 bus (stop is just outside the hotel) and it will leave you at the bottom of the street. Walking will take you no more than 15 minutes and there are plenty of attractions on the way.