I don't really know where to start when reviewing the National Leprechaun Museum, which has somehow gone under the radar to establish itself as part of Ireland's tourist hot spots. Unfortunately this venue falls far too short to be given a good review in my books.
Unfortunately, after a night out with friends in Dublin for my birthday, I came across this place on the walk back to our hotel after breakfast. The reason and only reason it seemed to have captured my attention was that I vaguely remember seeing those 'mortals' from Geordie Shore having entered the venue on one of their episodes where the cast headed to Dublin to do what they do best; get mortal and continue to spiral out of control. I really should have known better.
After much deliberation the only aspect of the museum that seemed novelty was that I had remembered there was a room with extremely large furniture, so that one would appear pint sized, aka just like that of a real life leprechaun. Without further thought, and severely hungover, we opted to give it a go.
Upon arrival you must go through a door which showcases a room that is filled with leprechaun memorabilia, from little boots to gold coins and books. Here you are guided through the leprechaun experience with a tour guide. Our tour guide seemed like she may have smoked a bit too much fairy dust for our liking. The stories she shared with us as she journeyed through the venue were abrupt and extremely erratic. It actually made my friends and I question if she had even remembered her story at all.
Luckily we made it to the room with large furniture unscathed however mentally confused, but did not let this effect us. We enjoyed taking some tourist snaps in the large sofa and near the enlarged dining table. This is where our journey should have ended, however we continued.
After partaking in another 'story telling' session with our scattered host, we finally ended up in the gift shop where we escaped through a fire exit to the real world.
In summary, I strongly suggest you do not waste your time and money on this experience. It is an hour of my life I cannot get back and that is saddening. I can definitely see how it is directed at children, however being optimistic and up for the journey, we were sorely disappointed as it seemed that no real consideration was given to people over 12 years old.