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Merrion Square, Dublin

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Tucked away from large crowds of tourists, Merrion Square provides a beautiful, historical retreat. Take a quiet walk down shady paths past traditional gardens. Grab a coffee, or enjoy a picnic with your family after taking a look at the park's famous Oscar Wilde statue, dedicated to the author who took up residence in the area for some time. W.B. Yeats and Daniel O'Connell also lived among the Georgian red-brick townhouses lining the sides of this square. You can visit their previous homes, along with the Natural History Museum, National Gallery, Leinster House, and several government buildings. Put Merrion Square into our Dublin itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Dublin offers everything from luxury hotels to eclectic guesthouses. Explore over 1,000 years of history in the city on foot by staying at one of the hotels or hostels in the city center. The south side of the river has always been a popular place to stay, particularly near Temple University or the tourist nightlife center Temple Bar, but a new crop of attractive options has popped up on the north side as well. For more affordable accommodations, try a hostel or make your way toward St. Stephen's Green for a more comfortable stay at a mid-range hotel. If the artistic spirit of Dublin is what beckoned you, spend your holiday in a guesthouse near the creative Lower Gardiner Street.
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  • This park is beautiful, but there was some construction going on when I went. It was also a little deserted, which was mildly unnerving. There were a lot of buses parked off the street, too. Beautiful...  more »
  • I was lucky enough to wander past Merion Square on a Sunday, an off-day on my business trip to Dublin, and happily spent an hour strolling through its grounds and around the perimeter admiring the art...  more »
  • This private square is a shady retreat on a warm day but it's highlight for me is the statue of Oscar Wilde.  more »