Merrion Square is probably Dublin's best-known Georgian Square. It was developed around 1770, in the heart of the Georgian period, with the famed doorfronts among the most iconic aspects of the square. The houses here mostly now accommodate offices, but at one point they were among the most sough-after residences, with Oscar Wilde, W.B Yeats, Ernest Schrödinger and many others residing here over the years.
The National Gallery and the Natural History Museum were erected in the mid-nineteenth century, while Government Buildings date from the early decades of the twentieth century.
The park itself is one of Dublin's most attractive: the well-tended lawns attract many a bookworm in warm weather, while the flowerbeds are almost always a riot of colour. It's an oasis just a short walk from the bustle of downtown, very rarely crowded, except on a sunny day at lunchtime, when every office worker with sense grabs a sandwich and takes a few minutes off to enjoy the setting.
On Sunday mornings, there is an art market along two sides of the Square, with local artists exhibiting their very diverse canvases.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of modern Dublin there are still reminders of a past that was more elegant. Merrion Square is an impressive Georgian square with typivcal four storey terrace houses, each with brightly coloured doors and all in an excellent state of decoration. I took many of them - they make a lovely set. The fanlights above the doors have varied patterns of tracery - do look closely! It makes the whole very attractive, and the Square itself is a large garden-cum-park. #1 was the childhood home of Oscar Wilde; #58 the home of Daniel O'Connell; #82 W.B. Yeats.
Merrion Square is one of Dublin's largest Georgian squares. It is situated in the Georgian quarter and especially known for its surroundings: the Georgian houses (see next tip)
On the corner of the park, you can find the statue of Oscar Wilde, the famous Irish writer ( e.g. The Picture of Dorian Gray)
Merrion Square gives you a real taste of Dublin's georgian history. This park is more quiet than St. Steven's Green but packed full of flowers and brightly colored birds. You can also look for Wilde resting in one corner. Another great option for city parks in Dublin is found tucked away behind Leeson street and the UCD city campus.
Here is Oscar!
Oscar Wilde graduated as a doctor when he was 28 years old.
He is a famous writer of the following articles.
1888 The Happy Prince and Other Tales
1889 The Decay of Lying
1890 The Picture of Dorian Gray
1890 Dorian Gray
1891 The House of Pomegranates
1891 Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories
1893 Lady Windermere's Fan
1894 A Woman of No Importance
1893 The Duchess of Padua (written 1883)
1894 The Sphinx
1899 An Ideal Husband (published anonymously)
1899 The Importance of Being Earnest (published anonymously)
1898 The Ballad of Reading Gaol
This statue, in the gardens of Merrion Square faces out towards the house he once resided in at 1 North Merrion Square, part of which is now a museum . It also has many of his famous one-liners etched into two columns in front.
escape from the busy bustle in quiet and beautiful Merrion Square. During the 18th century this delightful city garden was laid out in between a perfect example of typical Georgian houses. Quite simply: it's quiet, clean and beautiful year-round!
Walk around the park and you'll see the best collection of Georgian architecture (those famous doors) in the city. In the park, I noticed the flowers are well-kept. You'll also be impressed with the lamp posts.
Pictured is a plaque on the front of the house where W.B. Yeats once lived.
Yet another heaven of peace inside Dublin’s city center, Merrion Square Park is surrounded by my favorite Georgian buildings of the city. It also constitutes a remarkable place in witch to practice a little bit with your pipe, if it happens that you brought one with you. Not my case, but I certainly enjoyed listening to the musicians of the picture. :-)
stroll around Merrion Square and Leinster House (pic). These buildings house the Irish parliament and the National Museum and National Gallery are also on their grounds.
Here you taste a classy side of Dublin and... entrance into the museums is free!
Visit the Merrion Square. There's a lovely little jungle-like park quite close to the more popular Stephen's Green and next to the National Gallery. You might bump into dear Oscar... The park is surrounded by famous Georgian houses with elegant doors.
Merrion Square is the best preserved Dublin Georgian Square, its public park contains outstanding standards of horticulture with seasonal floral displays being the highlight. The park also has a fine collection of the old Dublin City lamposts and sculpure items. Open 7 days per week. Daylight hours. A statue of Oscar Wilde is a new addition to the park.
Merrion Square is the grandest of the city's great set-piece squares. The park in the centre is owned by the Catholic Church, which has leased it to the city. It is a beautifully maintained green space in the heart of the city dotted with sculpture and public art, the most visible of which is probably the monument to Oscar Wilde in the north-west corner. Wilde spent his childhood at 1, Merrion Square, while W.B. Yeats lived at No. 82. On Sundays, artists hang their works for sale on the railings surrounding the park.
52 Merrion Square East (the one with red door) – another house where WB Yeats lived. There is no sign there.
Oscar Wilde spent his youth at 1 Merrion Square North. In the parjk just the opposite his house is also the statue of Oscar Wilde.