The secrets of Georgian Dublin – Merrion Square
When wandering around Dublin, many different types of architecture can be found. A special one is the Georgian architecture, developed under the reign of four kings (1714-1830). Merrion Square is one of the most intact squares of this time. The construction of the houses, located next to the Merrion Square Park, started in 1762 and was finished at the start of the 19th century. Best of all, The Davenport Hotel is just around the corner of all the beautiful architecture from this era.
Merrion Square Park
In the middle of the Georgian buildings, Merrion Square park is located. The park is surrounded on three sides by Georgian redbrick houses. On the fourth side, it’s surrounded by government buildings, the Natural History Museum, Leinster House and the National Gallery of Ireland. Fun fact, the Merrion Square Park was originally a private garden for residents of the square. Luckily, now everybody can enjoy a walk through the gorgeous park. To see if there are any events going on in the park, you can visit their website.
The National Museums
There are many museums near to Merrion Square. The National Museum of Ireland is probably the most popular one. The building of the museum is constructed in 1856 for the Royal Dublin’s Society growing collections. Today, you can enjoy a nice day at the museum to go back in time. To see which exhibitions are on when you’re visiting Dublin, visit the website.
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The doors of Dublin
When you visit Dublin, the different colours of the doors can’t go unnoticed. During the Georgian period, there were very strict rules for architecture and all the houses had to look the same. To break away from the strict rules, Dubliners began colouring their own doors to distinguish themselves from their neighbours. Result: colourful doors that are now a real eyecatcher for Dublin’s tourists.
Oscar Wilde’s house
Merrion Square is the former childhood home of one of Dublin’s most famous writers and dramatist Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). The house is a stunning example of the Georgian architecture, and a must-see when visiting Dublin. The house can only be viewed in small groups, but the outside is already worth seeing. The top two floors of the house are currently in use of the American College, and the first floor can be hired for cooperate and private functions.
Dublin loves coffee! The just opened stand-alone café with inhouse barista, is the perfect place to start your day with a nice cup of coffee or just for a take-away. The café serves delicious Cloud Picker coffee made by our in house barista. The café is located in the Alex Hotel, and the address is 41-47 Fenian St, Droichead Na Dothra, Dublin 2.
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MAKESHOP by Science Gallery
Get creative at the by the Science Gallery of Trinity College created MAKESHOP. It’s the place for doing workshops and experimenting with design, art, science and technology. For more information visit the website of the Dublin Science Gallery.
Looking for some real Irish products? The Kilkenny Shop has already been the place to find Irish designed products for more than 50 years. With their store they promote Irish craft and design and it’s the home to Ireland largest collections of designers. From fashion, to art, to gifts, everything can be found in the Kilkenny Shop. On their website you can check all the things the store has to offer.
It’s clear that Merrion Square is surrounded by great things to do and see when visiting Dublin. We hope you got some inspiration for your stay. On our blog you can find more tips for the Dublin getaway.