Step back in time and come along to the Christmas Fair at the National Print Museum at Beggars Bush, where you can start your Christmas shopping and pick up unique presents you won’t see elsewhere.
On the ground floor you will find the permanent exhibition of printing machines, printing blocks, photographs, books and pamphlets as well as a coffee shop looking out onto the old military barracks of yesteryear.
As you walk up the steps to the sounds and smells of Christmas, you will see all the stalls selling home-made chocolates, hand-made soaps, 3D jewellery, home-made preserves and most importantly, there is a letterpress stall.
This is the third year the Christmas Fair has been running and Carla Marrinan, managing the museum, told me the museum tries “to create a shopping experience that is beyond a regular shopping mall and they have a variety of stalls with only two of the same stalls having participated every year”.
Carla pointed out “there are also activities for children, a chance to see the collection and, you can also try the printing yourself and make a Christmas poster”.
The National Print Museum has a reference library, ideal for research at third-level, as well as an online searchable catalogue.
It’s open every week day from 9am-5pm and in the afternoons on Saturdays. You can book a guided tour or browse at your leisure.