Dublin can be heaven, with coffee at eleven, and a stroll in Stephen’s green
It’s a New Year and the perfect time to get some exercise and explore stunning Georgian Quarter.
Best foot forward
Retrace the footsteps of Dublin’s favourite wordsmith Oscar Wilde by sauntering through Merrion Square. This square is arguably one of Dublin’s most beautiful Georgian squares and home to the statue of Oscar Wilde, the National Gallery and Natural History Museum. A visit to the National gallery and the newly renovated Victorian Natural History Museum is highly recommended.
For architecture fans, the East side of Merrion Square forms the start of Dublin’s famous Georgian mile and is home to No. 29, a fully restored period home, which captures the daily life of an eighteenth century Georgian family. Close by, music fans will recognise the Pepper Canister Church . This stunning church was made famous by U2’s video The Sweetest Thing.
Continue along the Merrion Square east towards Baggot Street and enjoy a delicious coffee in one of the busy cafés and bars in this vibrant business district. Then continue your stroll onto Dublin’s smallest Georgian square, Fitzwilliam Square. This now privately owned garden, only accessible to the public once a year on Bloomsday – June 16th, and the beautifully preserved houses surrounding it form one of the most picturesque parts of the city centre.
Inner City Park
The Georgian Mile ends at Lesson Street – turn left and stroll towards the Grand Canal to continue your walk along the canal bank or turn right back towards the city centre and St. Stephen’s Green. With lavish flower gardens, a Victorian bandstand and a busy duck pond, ‘the Green’ is by far the most popular of Dublin’s city parks. It is the perfect place to sit and take in the spring sun with a spot of people watching. Surrounded by majestic Georgian and Victorian buildings, the Shelbourne Hotel among them, St. Stephen’s Green is so magical there is even a song about it.
A jaunt down Bustling Grafton Street past the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, will bring you to College Green and the Dublin Visitor Centre so that if you enjoyed Georgian Dublin by day, you can do it all again by twilight. The team can book you onto the popular City by Night Tour where you can enjoy a live guided tour through Georgian Dublin by their wonderfully gifted guitar playing guide. “Dublin can be heaven…..”