This elegant Square, adorned by an attractive public park, retains much of its Georgian character. One of the most beautiful and interesting parks in Dublin, it is officially named Archbishop Ryan Park in memory of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin who generously transferred on a long lease the 12 acres or 4.75 hectares to Dublin City Council in 1974. The Church had bought the park in 1930 as a site for a new cathedral, a project which never went ahead.
Inset in the railings is the restored Rutland Fountain. Plaques on the walls of the Georgian mansions recall famous occupants, including Daniel O'Connell, W.B.Yeats.
Playgrounds are always popular destinations for families looking for outdoor fun. In one magical corner of Merrion Square Park there is a wonderful children’s playground. The theme for the playground is from one of Oscar Wildes children’s stories, The Selfish Giant. Oscar Wildes childhood home is on Merrion Square and overlooks the park. Enjoy climbing over the Selfish Giant which is carved from Irish oak. Enjoy this family friendly park and playground with your little ones.
Open 7 days per week, daylight hours.
Admission is free.
How to Get There:
By bus: 7, 7A from O'Connell Street.
Download Visit Dublin’s Georgian Insider Guide to find out more about Georgian Dublin.