Do you want to see a tipycal georgian house and know how a family lived in the XVIII century? Then come to Merrion Square, and in one corner you can visit the number 29. You have to enter through the servant entrance. There, after paying the ticket (not expensive) you see an interesting video about the georgian times and the family who aboded this house. Then a guided visit seing all the house, all the floors. It’s really interesting see the fornitures. After the visit you can have a tea in the small bar they have in the bottom part of the house.
Tuesday to Satuday: 10-17, Sunday: 14-17.
The story behind this place is nearly as entertaining as a visit to it. Ireland once boasted the longest stretch of uninterrupted Georgian housing in these islands - the stretch from Merrion Square up Fitzwilliam Street. Then, in the 1960s, Ireland's state run electricity company, the ESB, succeeded in demolishing a goodly section of this unique and beautiful cultural asset in order to erect their very unlovely (and now indeed quite grotty) headquarters. Flash forward to the 1980s. Finding their HQ a bit cramped, the ESB were delighted when a Georgian building next door that they also owned, but one that had escaped the earlier ravages, fell down of its own accord one night thereby providing them with immediate (and free) room for expansion! But wait - what's this? By now Dublin had spawned several heritage and conservation minded organisations - mobilised mainly in response to the wanton destruction that had preceded this latest 'accident' - and lo! The ESB were forced to reconstruct the fallen building brick by brick! Anyway, the upshot was that they atoned for their earlier 'clumsiness' by designating the building a museum of Georgian architecture - meticulously reconstructing both the exterior and interiors with authentic materials and designs of the 18th century. The result is a charming glimpse into Dublin's past, and a victory for those of us who value our heritage more than the proliferation of glass cages foisted on us in the name of economic progress.
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