Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Merrion Square & Around

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology

Ireland's most important cultural institution was established in 1877 as the primary repository of the nation’s archaeological treasures. These include the most famous of Ireland's crafted artefacts, the Ardagh Chal…
Top Choice Museum in Merrion Square & Around

National Gallery

A magnificent Caravaggio and a breathtaking collection of works by Jack B Yeats – William Butler's younger brother – are the main reasons to visit the National Gallery, but not the only ones. Its excellent collectio…
Top Choice Museum in Merrion Square & Around

Museum of Natural History

Dusty, weird and utterly compelling, this window into Victorian times has barely changed since Scottish explorer Dr David Livingstone opened it in 1857 – before disappearing into the African jungle for a meeting wit…
Top Choice Park in Merrion Square & Around

Merrion Square

Merrion Sq is the most prestigious and, arguably, the most elegant of Dublin's Georgian squares. Its well-kept lawns and tended flower beds are flanked on three sides by gorgeous Georgian houses with colourful doors…
Gallery in Merrion Square & Around

Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) Gallagher Gallery

This large, well-lit gallery at the end of a serene Georgian street has a grand name to fit its exalted reputation as one of the most prestigious exhibition spaces for modern and contemporary art in Ireland. Its exh…
Park in Merrion Square & Around

Fitzwilliam Square

The smallest of Dublin’s great Georgian squares was completed in 1825. William Dargan (1799–1867), the railway pioneer and founder of the National Gallery, lived at No 2, and the artist Jack B Yeats (1871–1957) live…
Memorial in Merrion Square & Around

National Memorial

The National Memorial is a pyramid-shaped stone-and-glass sculpture designed by Brian King (1942–2017) and unveiled by the then-president Mary McAleese in 2008. Inside are four bronze figures, representing the vario…
Notable Building in Merrion Square & Around

Leinster House

All the big decisions are made at the Oireachtas (parliament). This Palladian mansion was built as a city residence for James Fitzgerald, the Duke of Leinster and Earl of Kildare, by Richard Cassels between 1745 and…
Historic Building in Merrion Square & Around

National Library

Suitably sedate and elegant, the National Library was built from 1884 to 1890 by Sir Thomas Newenham Deane, to a similar design as the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. Its extensive collection has many valu…
Notable Building in Merrion Square & Around

Government Buildings

This gleaming Edwardian pile was the last building (almost) completed by the British before they were evicted; it opened as the Royal College of Science in 1911. When the college vacated in 1989, the then Taoiseach …