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Merrion Square Park is Dublin’s quintessential Georgian garden square, offering a tranquil retreat amid the bustling city life with a cornucopia of art, history, and vibrant greenery.


Strategically located at the heart of Georgian Dublin, Merrion Square Park is a stone’s throw away from Government Buildings and the National Gallery, bounded by Merrion Square North, South, East and West.

The Park

Merrion Square Park, spread over 12 acres, is a haven of tranquility and natural beauty. Created in 1762, its elegant arrangement encased in historic iron railings presents an impressive display of Georgian-era city planning.

What to See

The Park, crisscrossed with paths, is dotted with sculptures and monuments, the most famous being that of beloved writer Oscar Wilde. Other monuments to explore include a memorial to WB Yeats and a structure entitled ‘Joker’s Chair’ to comic Dermot Morgan.

A significant attraction of the park is the Sunday Art Exhibition, where local artists display their work for the public.

The park also includes a playground with innovative designs, capturing children’s hearts and inviting families to unwind.

A splendid collection of flora dispersed in a series of themed garden areas, including the Rutaceae family, a scented garden, and a heather garden, are a delight for nature and gardening enthusiasts.

A historic symmetrical central path, a garden for the blind with scented plants, a fascinating collection of old Dublin lamp posts, and the recently opened ‘Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane’ are other attractions within the park.

Nearby Attractions

Nearby attractions include the National Gallery of Ireland, Natural History Museum known as the Dead Zoo, Leinster House (the seat of the Irish parliament,) and the shopping locale of Grafton Street.


Visit the park on sunny days to bask in the greenery and natural beauty. Do check out the rotating exhibitions inside the Georgian-style gardener’s cottage.

Merrion Square Park is more than just a city park; it embodies Dublin’s history, culture, and love for art and the outdoors. An ideal place for leisurely strolls, picnics, and indulging in the local art scene, the park provides a memorable experience for all visitors.

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