Oscar Wilde House, Dublin

Oscar Wilde House, Dublin

The Oscar Wilde House at 1 Merrion Square–one of Dublin's last magnificent Georgian squares– holds a rich history. It was here that Oscar Wilde's father, William, a renowned surgeon, settled in 1855 when Oscar was just a year old. The senior Wilde conducted consultations from the house, which has since been restored to showcase several antique surgical instruments on loan from the Royal College of Surgeons. Interestingly, the basement, once William's operating theatre, now serves as a café.

Following William Wilde's passing in 1876, his widow faced significant debts and was forced to sell the house, relocating to England. Despite changing hands, the property remained a family residence for years until it was subdivided into flats and studios. By 1971, it had deteriorated to the point of being boarded up, remaining so for over two decades. However, in 1994, the American College of Dublin undertook a comprehensive renovation, breathing new life into the historic space. Ancient wood floors were revitalized, intricate cornices restored, and antique mirrors hung throughout the halls, dining room, and drawing room.

Today, the top two floors accomodate classrooms for students, while other rooms host art and sculpture exhibitions, lectures by artists, conferences, and private events. Original Wilde family belongings, including Oscar's book collection and the Irish oak floorboards, are still in place. Visitors are encouraged to explore the neo-classical reliefs on the walls and admire the colored windows. Guided tours, particularly on Saturdays, offer a fascinating glimpse into the house's storied past, although self-guided tours are equally recommended.

Tip:
Stroll through Merrion Square Park, sauntering along the secret, leafy trails to discover the immaculately groomed gardens. Keep your eyes peeled for the statue of Oscar Wilde lounging on a boulder in the park's northeast nook, sporting a smoking jacket with red lapels.

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Sight Name: Oscar Wilde House
Sight Location: Dublin, Ireland (See walking tours in Dublin)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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