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Walking Tour of Georgian Dublin

A cultural and historical tour of Dublin's finest district.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.5 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Georgian Architecture has been a Dublin icon ever since the five storey terraces were built for the aristocracy. This tour passes the ... more »

Tips:  While the distance between stops isn't long, there's a lot of walking to be done inside the galleries and museums, so wear decent... more »

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Points of Interest

The Douglas Hyde Gallery, founded in 1978, became independent of Trinity College in 1984, and for some years afterwards was the only publicly-funded gallery in Ireland that regularly exhibited contemporary art. Its exhibition programme is wide-ranging and eclectic, including shows by major international artists as well as by emerging Irish artists... More

The National Gallery of Ireland houses the national collection of Irish and European art. The Gallery has an extensive, representative collection of Irish painting and is also notable for its Italian Baroque and Dutch masters paintings.

Highlights include the National Portrait Collection, the Yeats collection, and the many paintings, sculptures,... More

On your way to Merrion Square, it’s well worth a quick detour left at the O’Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel, to the Sweny Chemist. You won’t miss it, Joyce will greet you there.

Merrion Square, a Georgian square, was laid out after 1762 and was largely complete by the beginning of the 19th century. It is one of the city's finest surviving squares,... More

Enter Merrion Square at the National Memorial to members of the defence forces who died in the service of the state. The flame burns in their perpetual memory. Within the walls of the park, are busts of eminent Irish patriots, some more recent than others, The Throne for Dermot Morgan being one of the more recent additions. It also houses a... More

Writer Oscar Wilde grew up this house, living at 1 Merrion Square from 1855 to 1876.

Here's Wilde's obitutary from the Guardian Newspaper on December 1, 1900.

Mr. Oscar Wilde died at Paris last Friday, in his forty-fifth year. He was the son of Sir William Wilde, an eminent Irish surgeon, and his mother was a woman of considerable literary... More

6. Natural History Museum

The building is a ‘cabinet-style’ museum designed to showcase a wide-ranging and comprehensive zoological collection. It has changed little in more than a century.

The Irish Room on the ground floor is dedicated to animals native to Ireland, featuring a variety of mammals, birds, fish, and insects. The giant Irish deer skeletons found at the... More

The building that was to become Government Buildings was the last major public building built under British rule in Ireland. The foundation stone for the building was laid by King Edward VII in 1904. It was built on the site of a row of Georgian houses that were being controversially demolished one by one as the new building was erected.
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Home to some of the best Irish artists and their works, the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) originated in the late 1700s when artists from the Society of Artists in Ireland petitioned for the opportunity to exhibit their art annually. Housed in Lower Abbey Street until it was destroyed during the Easter Rising, the RHA was without permanent premises... More

9. Department of Finance Building

7-9 Merrion Row is best explained by the award winning architects:

The fundamental concept of building is rooted in its immediate urban context, relating to St. Stephen’s Green, the Huguenot Cemetery and the 18th century Georgian streetscape. The street line is maintained by a crafted bronze railing and gate and by cantilevering the grand... More

10. Huguenot Cemetery

The Huguenot Cemetery is a small cemetery dating from 1693 located near St. Stephen's Green, beside the Shelbourne Hotel.

The Huguenots were French Protestants expelled from France in the 17th century and encouraged to locate in Ireland due to an Act passed by the (then) Irish Parliament. They were skilled craftsmen who worked and worshiped in... More

The formerly named Museum of Science and Art, Dublin was founded on 14 August 1877 by an Act of Parliament.

The Archaeology section on Kildare Street has displays on prehistoric Ireland, including early work in gold, church treasures and the Viking and medieval periods. There are special displays of items from Egypt, Cyprus and the Roman world, ... More

The library is a reference library and, as such, does not lend. It has a large quantity of Irish and Irish-related material which can be consulted without charge; this includes books, maps, manuscripts, music, newspapers, periodicals and photographs. Included in their collections is material issued by private as well as government publishers.

The... More