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Oscar Wilde Tour of Dublin

By Visit Dublin

4th October 2020

“My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people’s.”

The timeless humour of Oscar Wilde – whose colourful statue reclines in Merrion Square – is as relevant today as when the iconic poet and playwright ambled around his native city.

Take the Oscar Wilde tour of modern Dublin and indulge in a tribute to one of Ireland's greatest literary heroes...

Oscar Wilde style paraphernalia: velvet jacket, cane and teacup
This short film is a vibrant tribute to Wilde and a love letter to the city in which he was born in 1854. As a young woman makes her way around the busy sights and sounds of the capital, she’s inspired to quote the witty author.

“I can resist anything except temptation,” she muses, gazing longingly at the tasty treats in Cocoa Atelier’s window. As she dons a hat in one of George’s Street Arcade’s many vintage shops, she quips; “If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.”

Wilde was a huge fan of art and culture, and our video follows in his footsteps with stop-offs at the National Gallery, the Gaiety Theatre and the GPO.


Richly steeped in culture, Dublin set the scene for Wilde to create and curate his brilliant works. With the likes of Yeats, Beckett, Behan, Kipling and more looking to the city for inspiration, he was in particularly good company. Many great writers have recognised Dublin as a character all of its own, and Wilde was no different. A keen lover of the city’s theatre and grand occasions, he would have been right at home at the Dublin Theatre Festival which has showcased the very best of the stage from both home and abroad since 1957.
With all the whimsical goings on, you may find yourself wanting to tread the boards, so signing up for the Abbey Theatre Backstage Tour is a must. The intimate and captivating Smock Alley Theatre also offers the chance to peek behind the curtain. Elsewhere on the spirited streets of Dublin, you’ll find vivid and colourful street works from local artists, delicious dining options and storied structures galore.
Our handy map below will lead you to all the ‘Wilde’ places in Dublin. What are you waiting for? Start your Wilde Journey today!

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