Flamboyant and courageous, Oscar Wilde started on his glittering path from No 1 Merrion Square, where his brilliant and eccentric parents invited many a fashionable character to their salon for gatherings and parties. Take a walk around the square, which is largely unchanged since Wilde’s day. Take a stroll through the lush expanse of Merrion Square, where you’ll find the “talking statue” of Wilde himself, sprawled on a rock. Award-winning author John Banville wrote the homage to Wilde, which is narrated by Sherlock actor, Andrew Scott.
If you have more time
Stop by the Dublin Writers Museum. This magnificent Georgian house holds a host of fascinating letters, beautiful portraits and insightful details on the city’s literary giants.