WELCOME TO THE MERRION HOTEL
The Merrion, located in the heart of Dublin city centre, is the capital’s most luxurious five star hotel, and a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
The 142-bedroom and suite hotel is as welcoming as it is stylish. An impeccable restoration of four Georgian townhouses, The Merrion is a marriage of exquisite comfort, relaxed elegance and advanced guest facilities, including free Wi-Fi, an 18m pool, spa and gym.
The Merrion is home to the 2-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, The Cellar Bar, The Garden Room, and the intimate No. 23 Cocktail Bar.
This 5 star luxury hotel is to be found in the heart of Georgian Dublin, opposite Government Buildings and a few minutes’ walk from galleries, museums, the I.F.S.C, Dublin Convention Centre, pubs, restaurants and the shops of Grafton Street.
The five star luxury Merrion Hotel in Dublin city centre offers an extensive range of services and facilities including a swimming pool, spa, gym, parking, business services and Merrion bikes for exploring everything that the capital has to offer.
The Merrion prides itself on being family-friendly too – our junior guests are just as important to us as the grown-ups - and so if there is anything that we can do to make your family’s stay in Dublin even more memorable, just say the word.
Welcome to The Merrion, where we take pride in making Dublin’s most luxurious 5 Star hotel a home from home for all our guests.
The Merrion occupies some of the finest, most beautifully restored, and best-located Georgian buildings in Dublin city centre. Our gracious public rooms with crackling peat fires epitomise the relaxed elegance for which The Merrion is known.
As much a favourite with Dubliners as it is with visitors to the city, The Merrion’s worldwide reputation is rooted in a happy marriage of effortless style and unparalleled service, making it one if the finest 5 Star Hotels Ireland has to offer.
We are delighted to have received many prestigious awards and accolades over the years, all of which are attributable to what The Merrion does best - excelling in the art of hospitality.
The Merrion is home to an important private collection of 19th- and 20th-century art, to which the hotel’s grand interiors offer the perfect backdrop. The result is a dramatic and successful marriage of classical architecture and noteworthy Irish and European art.
Located just minutes’ walk away from the National Gallery, the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College, and within easy reach of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Merrion is the perfect choice for a Dublin city art break.
And after a day spent visiting galleries, what better way for art-lovers to relax than over The Merrion’s very special Art Afternoon Tea created by our talented pastry chef, Paul Kelly. The pastries are inspired by some of the paintings that hang in the hotel’s collection – art that’s good enough to eat.
Art adorns the walls of The Merrion hotel in Dublin by such world renowned artists as the following:
MARTIN MOONEY: True to the spirit of 18th century arts patronage, Martin Mooney, one of Ireland's finest young painters, was commissioned to paint a series of works for the elegant neo-classical stairwell in The Merrion's Front Hall.
The Front Hall remains much as it would have been when the house was built in the mid 18th century. Plain white walls show off the original cornices and plasterwork, leaving Mooney's murals as the main decorative feature. These, in subtle, warm colours, depict imaginary classical ruins, buildings and architectural details. The pronounced architectural element of Mooney's style is particularly apt for The Merrion's Georgian interior.
After attending the University of Ulster, Mooney studied at Brighton Polytechnic, followed by a Post Graduate Degree at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. His work has been widely exhibited in both one-man and group exhibitions at galleries including The Solomon Gallery, Dublin; Waterman Fine Art, London; Theo Waddington Fine Art, London; The Royal Academy, London and The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. Mooney's work has also been exhibited in Boston, Barcelona, Toronto and Johannesburg. Mooney is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Richard Ford Award, Royal Academy, London and the George Campbell Memorial Grant. His work is included in many important private and corporate collections in Ireland, Britain, Spain, the USA, Canada and Hong Kong.
PAUL HENRY: Paul Henry (1876 - 1958) was born in Belfast, where he later attended the Belfast School of Art. He went to Paris to study in 1898, exposing himself to a more abstract approach to painting. He married fellow artist Grace Henry and they initially lived in London, eventually returning to Ireland where he continued to paint until he eventually lost his eyesight. In 1951 he wrote his autobiography An Irish Portrait, which was reprinted in 1988.
The artist’s style owes a lot to the muted palette, the flattened space and the emphasis on abstract pictorial values found in the work of James McNeill Whistler, in whose studio he studied. Killary Harbour (located in the Front Hall) clearly shows this abstract approach. Henry fused this with Irish nationalistic sentiments of the 1920s and the ‘30s which celebrated the people and the landscape of the west of Ireland. Fishermen on the Beach (Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud) shows how the artist simplified his subjects and imbued peasant life with an austere dignity.
NATHANIEL HONE: Nathaniel Hone (1831 - 1917) was born in Dublin and studied engineering at Trinity College, practicing it briefly. When he took up painting in 1853 Hone moved to France, where he lived for seventeen years. He became an integral part of the Barbizon School, painting alongside Millet, Harpignes, Daubigny and Corot, and sharing their interest in capturing outdoor light and weather conditions. On his return to Ireland he lived a quiet, affluent life painting the area near his home in Malahide, County Dublin.
Harbour View shows Hone’s fondness for intimate, uneventful scenes with a low horizon line, allowing the drama of the picture to centre on the brilliance of the sky.
MAINIE JELLET: Mainie Jellett (1897 - 1944) was born in Dublin into a prosperous professional background. After attending art school in Dublin she went on to study in England and then in Paris, where she came into contact with Cubism. She was one of the few Irish artists of the period to embrace complete abstraction and, on her return to Dublin in 1923, exhibited some of the first abstract paintings to be seen in the country. Over the following two decades she was influential in encouraging modernism, her efforts culminating in the formation in 1943 of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, an annual exhibition which provided a public showcase for artists who were pursuing modernist tendencies.
Jellett gradually retreated from complete abstraction, reintroducing figures and objects into her work. In Madonna and Child she used bright colours and the rhythm of bold interlocking curves to give new life to an otherwise familiar religious subject. Seated Nude shows her exuberant use of serpentine forms and the upbeat expressiveness that is characteristic of her work.
SIR JOHN LAVERY: Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) was born in Belfast and grew up in Scotland. He studied in France where he was heavily influenced by late French Realism with its typical green-grey tonality. Later, as he became a fashionable portrait painter in London, his brushwork became freer but also coarser.
His second wife Hazel, is remembered for her close association with Michael Collins, whom Lavery painted on his death bed.
LOUIS LE BROCQUY: Louis le Brocquy (1916 - 2012), born to a prominent Dublin family of Belgian descent, was probably the most cosmopolitan Irish painter of his generation. Largely self-taught, he spent much time in France and London. In the post-war years he mixed with the English avant-garde; Francis Bacon was one of his close personal friends. At first a traditionalist, Le Brocquy later adopted a Cubist-influenced style.
He later became famous for his series of portraits of W.B. Yeats, Beckett, Lorca, Joyce and others. Le Brocquy enjoyed many international honours, including a prize at the Venice Biennale and a large retrospective exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
WILLIAM LEECH: Born in Dublin, Leech attended art school there before continuing his studies in Paris in 1901. He lived in Brittany from 1903 to 1916, finally settling in England, although he continued to exhibit paintings in Dublin. Gardens, and especially the painting of plants or flowers, were subjects to which he frequently returned throughout his career.
JACK B. YEATS: Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) was the poet, W.B. Yeats', younger brother and the son of the great portraitist John Butler Yeats. Jack B. Yeats is today regarded as Ireland's greatest painter. A lack of any formal art training, a bold technique and a brilliant use of colour gave rise to his reputation as a visionary and an original artist. The Hour of Sleep (1951) which hangs in the Front Hall, is almost a self portrait. It was painted towards the end of Yeats' life and shows how he is preparing himself for his death.
RODERIC O'CONOR: Roderic O'Conor (1860-1940) was an unusual and highly gifted painter. Until recently, however, little was known about his life. A cultivated man, he spent many years in France where he became friends with Gaugin.
He admired Gauguin's work and was influenced by his style. His paintings are now much sought after by both private and public collectors. Church Chailly en Biere (1932), Red Rocks and Sea (1898), Bowl of Fruit (1926), Bowl of Roses, Roses Thé and Orchards and Mountains (1913), hang in the O'Conor Room at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.
MARY SWANZY: Mary Swanzy (1882-1978) was born in Dublin and, although she travelled extensively throughout her life, she was based there until 1926 when she moved to London. She initially went to art school in Dublin, but went on to study in Paris, where she was attracted by various aspects of French art, evolving a personal approach that was strongly influenced by Cubism, Orphism and later by Surrealism.
Her paintings, like many of those in The Merrion Hotel, have Mediterranean subjects that were directly inspired by her visits to the South of France. The bright colours and beautifully patterned faceted surfaces of those works are bound together by bold arcs and swirls, giving them a tremendous sense of exuberance. She claimed an aspect of Cubism but has given it a rhythmic lyricism that is all her own.
WILLIAM SCOTT: Although William Scott (1913-1989) was born in Scotland and was raised in Northern Ireland, he made his initial reputation in London, where he lived for most of his adult life. Throughout his career his paintings have revolved around simple still life subjects, mostly kitchen implements like pans, plates, glasses and cutlery, but these have been invested with an austere timelessness and monumentality, such as in Still Life with Pots and Pan.
These early figurative paintings – Mother & Child and The Family – owe a debt to Picasso in the shaping of the figures but a sense of dislocation of separateness and desolation is implicit – as if World War II and nuclear weapons threatened the existence of society and of family life.
The taut surfaces of Frying Pan, Funnel, Eggs & Lemons show Scott’s early concern for spatial tension which was to become a dominant feature of all his work. Later paintings become more abstract, particularly after he came in contact with the American abstract expressionism in the 1950s. However, the concise, emblematic shapes of Dream Series show an unmistakable and distinctive style based on simplified shapes and subtle shifts of light. Interestingly, these are the only serial paintings ever carried out by Scott and in this respect are unique.
PAULINE BEWICK: Pauline Bewick was raised on a small farm in Co. Kerry, Ireland. Her mother Harry brought her two daughters to Ireland in the late 30's leaving Northumberland, England. Following their time in Kerry, they went on to live in Wales and then England once again, moving from progressive school to school, living in a caravan, a houseboat, a railway carriage, a workman's hut, a gate lodge and, later in a Dublin city house.
Bewick started to paint at the age of two and has continued throughout her life. On turning 70, Pauline donated 500 pieces of her life’s work to the Irish Nation. The Seven Ages Collection represents each decade and facet of a woman’s life, and is on display in Waterford and Kerry.
Bewick's Path Moorea, a painting from her travels in the South Pacific, can be viewed in the lower Drawing Room.
Art Afternoon Tea is served in the Georgian Drawing Rooms daily. Click here for more information, or to make a booking call 01 6030600 .
As a city centre hotel, The Merrion is uniquely privileged to have two period gardens, designed by Jim Reynolds, the noted Irish landscape artist.
The smaller of the two gardens, known as "Lady Mornington's Garden", links the Main House to the Garden Wing. This contemporary wing completes the enclosure of the garden, and many of the guestrooms overlook the larger, central garden.
Both gardens re-create the feel of the 18th century, with box hedges, water features, pathways, statuary and obelisks.
In summer, the large garden becomes an extension of the drawing rooms in the Main House, with waiter service so that guests can dine al fresco.
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL AS SWEET …
To celebrate the fifth successful year of operation for The Merrion, the board of directors commissioned a rose to celebrate this milestone anniversary.
Working with David Kenny of the Amateur Rose Growers’ Association, The Merrion Rose was planted in the gardens of the hotel in June 2004 and has delighted guests with its blooms ever since.
A patio-style rose, The Merrion Rose grows to a height of around 75 cms and has a deep rose pink hue with a yellow and white eye.
Bred from a cross of “New Year” and “Eyeopener”, The Merrion Rose was awarded a Certificate of Merit at the Royal National Rose Society Trials.
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The Merrion is one of the best-located hotels in Dublin, standing directly opposite Government Buildings in the city centre. Also located on Upper Merrion Street are The National Gallery and The National Museum of Ireland. A short walk leads to the "golden mile" of lively pubs, shops and restaurants dotted around St. Stephen’s Green. Grafton Street, the city’s famous shopping street, is a five minute walk away.
The Merrion's location on the south side of Dublin city is at the heart of the busy commercial and business districts. At weekends, the city is quieter and horse-drawn carriages clip-clop past the railings of nearby Merrion Square, hung with the work of local artists. The Merrion’s unparalleled location in the heart of Georgian Dublin enhances its reputation as the most charming 5-star hotel in Ireland.
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The Tethra Spa is a tranquil and relaxing place of retreat located at the heart of The Merrion, with award-winning therapists available seven days a week to provide treatments to residents, Tethra Spa members and non-resident guests.
The Tethra Spa’s calming interiors make it an ideal place to unwind, and to restore and invigorate both body and mind.
The technologically advanced fitness equipment, 18m infinity swimming pool, and steam room ensure that guests can maintain their health and fitness regime while staying at The Merrion.
The luxurious spa area is equipped with private treatment rooms where guests can enjoy a wide range of massages and beauty treatments delivered by our team of experienced therapists, using ESPA and Darphin products.
The Tethra Spa at The Merrion is the ideal location for a spa break in Dublin.
Spa Facilities 6:30 am - 9:00 pm Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday & Sunday
Spa Treatments 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Call 01 603 0600 to book your spa treatment.
The Tethra Spa offers an extensive range of luxury spa treatments as well as a very special full-day spa experience, the Tethra Spa Enchantment Package, incorporating access to the exclusive facilities reserved for guests and members.
A beautiful 18m swimming pool set in French limestone is the focal point of The Tethra Spa.
Our Dublin city-centre gym is fully equipped with the latest cardio-vascular machines, audiovisual equipment, and free weights. We also offer a highly effective personal training service.
Our luxurious Italian marble steam room is the ideal place to relax after a strenuous workout.
The Dublin city centre Tethra Spa offers a range of body-care and beauty treatments using ESPA and Darphin products.
ESPA combines the therapeutic benefits of spa treatments and aromatherapy in a range of treatments for the face and body.
The ESPA collection of relaxing and anti-stressing oils, revitalising seaweeds and nourishing skincare helps protect, hydrate, firm and purify. Using high-grade organic plant extracts, ESPA achieves outstanding results and imparts a great sense of wellbeing.
A cult classic, French skincare brand, Darphin, expertly blends science and nature for superior results and unrivalled sensorial pleasure. The Darphin range utilises premium scents and botanical extracts to deliver exceptional treatments.
A full list of our spa treatments in Dublin can be viewed on the right hand menu - please click on each treatment for further details.
Call 01 603 0600 for further information or to book your spa treatment.
Special occasions deserve the very best of surroundings, and the period Georgian elegance of The Merrion provides a beautiful backdrop for an unforgettable and unique Dublin wedding.
At The Merrion, we take pride in ensuring that each wedding is as individual as the couple themselves. We offer a bespoke experience to all our clients, allowing couples to tailor-make every element of their big day.
The gracious Wellington Room on the first floor of the hotel is a licensed venue for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, while The Merrion’s private function rooms can accommodate everything from an intimate dinner to a seated reception for up to 90 guests.
The grand salons of The Merrion have a separate entrance with marbled hallway, and feature original Georgian plasterwork. The magnificent rooms are decorated with luxurious fabrics, hand-woven carpets and antique furniture. Pieces from the hotel’s impressive collection of 19th- and 20th-century art hang on the walls, while the tables are covered in Irish linen and set with the finest china, cutlery and flowers. There is no more perfect backdrop to a memorable celebration.
Outside, the classical, private landscaped gardens and terraces are perfect for drinks receptions and photographs.
The Merrion’s expert Wedding Co-ordinator is on hand to ensure that every detail is taken care of, and all expectations surpassed.
The Merrion Hotel is also the perfect destination for anniversary celebrations and honeymoons in Dublin.
At The Merrion, our menus change with the seasons and we use only the very best of ingredients, sourced from our specialist suppliers and artisan producers. We use Irish ingredients wherever possible, so whatever time of year a couple chooses to get married, their guests will be able to enjoy a celebratory meal that showcases the very best of Irish food.
Our menus are tailored to each couple’s individual preferences after consultation with Executive Head Chef, Ed Cooney, and service times are flexible. So no matter what style of food and which individual dishes a couple selects, we can develop a menu that will be enjoyed by all the guests, including those with special dietary requirements. Each couple is invited to taste the full wedding menu before final confirmation of their choices.
Our Head Pastry Chef, Paul Kelly, one of the most creative pastry chefs in Ireland, is available to design a truly magical wedding cake for each couple.
Pre-wedding menu tasting for bride and groom.
Exclusive private entrance with red carpet.
Welcome glass of champagne for bride and groom.
Use of the hotel’s 18th-century landscaped gardens for photographs.
Beautifully-appointed Georgian private rooms for your wedding reception.
Antique silver candelabras on each table.
Ivory chair covers.
Cake display table with silver cake stand and cake knife.
Bespoke menu cards, place cards and seating plan.
Favourable accommodation rates for wedding guests (subject to availability).
Full use of The Tethra Spa
The Merrion is delighted to offer the bride and groom the gift of overnight accommodation on the day of the wedding.
As well as being Dublin’s most stylish wedding venue, the five-star Merrion hotel is also the perfect place to spend a honeymoon or celebrate a wedding anniversary.
Ther Merrion’s luxurious rooms and suites are havens of relaxation, ideally suited to stealing time away from the everyday to mark a special occasion in style.
Both The Honeymoon and the Anniversary packages are available on any night of the week and include full Irish breakfast and a bottle of champagne on arrival.
The Merrion employs a dedicated, full-time Wedding Co-ordinator to ensure that every detail of your wedding reception is taken care of. Our Wedding Co-ordinator would be delighted to assist you in organising floral arrangements, the photographer, entertainment, and a chauffeur-driven car to and from your ceremony, as well as entertainment, table plans and pre-wedding pampering at The Merrion's own Tethra Spa.
We can also arrange overnight accommodation at favourable rates for guests.
The Merrion is Dublin city centre’s foremost five star business hotel, with excellent facilities for high-level business meetings and private corporate entertaining.
House No. 24 in the Main House has six gracious salons with period features, each named after an historical figure connected to the original buildings. These rooms vary in size and decoration, and can be used either separately or in combination, according to requirements. The Pembroke can accommodate 16 for a board meeting or 20 for a private meal, while The Wellington can host up to 100 people for a standing reception, and 50 for a seated meeting.
All salons are decorated with fresh flowers, and each guest is provided with stationery, pens, still and sparkling water, and mints. Cloakroom and registration facilities are complimentary.
The Merrion is equipped with state of the art conference facilities, including free Wi-Fi throughout. Audio-visual aids, data projectors, screens and microphones are all available on request.
The Pond area in the hotel’s beautiful classical gardens is available for private drinks receptions and barbecues.
Please contact our Events Department if you require any further information, or to make a booking for your business event.
THE WELLESLEY ROOM
The deep blue Wellesley Room, with its ornate rococo plasterwork, is one of The Merrion’s largest private rooms. Located on the ground floor, its tall shuttered windows look out over the hotel’s 18th-century classical gardens. The room can accommodate up to 80 people for a standing reception.
The Wellesley Room connects with the Fitzgerald Room if required.
Dimensions (In Metres):
Ceiling Height 4.5m
THE FITZGERALD ROOM
The Fitzgerald Room is situated at the front of the hotel on the ground floor, overlooking Government Buildings. A bright, light-filled room decorated in yellows and golds, the room seats 16 for a board meeting, and can accommodate up to 50 for a standing reception. The Fitzgerald Room interconnects with The Wellesley Room if required.
Dimensions (In Metres):
Ceiling Height 4.5m
THE PEMBROKE ROOM
The Pembroke Room is one of the more intimate private event rooms, situated on the ground floor with a bay window overlooking the 18th-century gardens to the rear of the Main House. Decorated in soft blues and greens, the Pembroke has lavish drapes and intricate decorative coving around the ceiling. It can accommodate a board meeting for 16 or a banquet for 20.
Dimensions (In Metres):
Length: 6.6m with Bay / 5.5m without Bay
Ceiling Height 4.5m
THE WELLINGTON ROOM
The Wellington Room is one of the largest event rooms at The Merrion, accommodating up to 60 guests for a banquet. Situated on the first floor, the Wellington Room’s three full-length, shuttered windows overlook the 18th-century gardens behind the Main House. Decorated in duck-egg blue, the Wellington has a decorative fireplace and original ceiling plasterwork. The Wellington Room interconnects with the Dangan Room if required.
Dimensions (In Metres):
Ceiling Height 4.9m
THE WATERLOO ROOM
The olive green Waterloo Room overlooks Government Buildings from the first floor of The Merrion. Its rich mahogany table can seat 12 for either a board meeting or banquet. The Waterloo has a decorative fireplace and ornate ceiling plasterwork.
Dimensions (In Metres):
Length: 7m with Bay
Ceiling Height 4.9m
THE DANGAN ROOM
The Dangan Room is located at the back of the Main House on the first floor overlooking The Merrion’s beautiful landscaped gardens. The room is painted a rich burgundy and has intricately detailed coving around the ceiling. There is a small decorative fireplace and shuttered bay windows. The mahogany table seats 12 for a meeting or dinner.
Dimensions (In Metres):
Length: 6.6m with Bay / 5.5 without Bay
Ceiling Height 4.9m
The five-star Merrion Hotel, located in Dublin city centre, is the ideal choice for incentive trips, conferences and corporate entertaining.
Our dedicated Events’ Department is at your disposal to ensure that your visit is a memorable one, and to co-ordinate:
Private check-in through your own exclusive entrance.
Welcome drinks reception in the 18th-century landscaped gardens.
Accommodation in beautifully-appointed contemporary Garden Wing rooms and magnificent Georgian suites.
Elegant Private Dining and impressive Meeting Rooms combining 18th-century luxury with 21st-century technology.
Private tours of the spectacular collection of 19th- and 20th-century Irish art on permanent display throughout The Merrion.
Informal evenings in the Cellar Bar, with its exposed brick walls and vaulted ceilings, located in the former wine vaults of No. 24.
Our Events’ Department can tailor your incentive trip or conference to your individual requirements. For more information on incentive activities please contact the team on email@example.com.
Dublin is the capital city of Ireland, situated on the east coast of the country where the River Liffey flows into the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay.
The city has a rich medieval history dating back to the time of the Vikings, and is known for its elegant Georgian architecture. The Merrion is located in the heart of Georgian Dublin, surrounded by some of the finest buildings, squares and streets of that golden age.
Its manageable size makes Dublin an ideal city to explore on foot – or on two wheels on one of The Merrion’s own bicycles!
Cultural attractions are plentiful, with castles, museums and galleries to visit. Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells, and The Guinness Storehouse are two popular destinations on most guests’ itineraries.
Grafton Street on the south side of the city (just a few minute’s walk from The Merrion), and Henry Street on the north side are Dublin’s two principal shopping thoroughfares and home to a wide variety of Irish and international fashion stores. The side streets off these main streets are home to a host of independent boutiques and specialist retailers, many selling Irish arts and crafts.
In the past few years, Dublin has gained a reputation for excellent food. The area around Grafton Street is particularly well served with restaurants and our concierge team will be happy to make recommendations.
The Merrion itself has two restaurants – Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, which holds two Michelin stars, and The Garden Room, presided over by Executive Head Chef, Ed Cooney, serving modern Irish food using the best local and seasonal Irish ingredients. The Cellar Bar has a casual, pub-style menu featuring The Merrion’s famous fish and chips.
The Merrion Hotel is Dublin’s finest 5 star hotel, with a friendly and experienced Concierge Team always on hand to assist our guests and make your stay in Dublin memorable.
The Concierge Team at The Merrion is on hand to suggest itineraries, make reservations and handle transfers for our guests.
In advance of your visit, why not research museums, theatre, shopping and sporting fixtures that may be of interest to you, and let us help you plan your leisure time while staying in Dublin?
The Merrion’s location in the heart of Georgian Dublin, on the south-side of Dublin city-centre, is ideal for exploring everything that Dublin has to offer.
Situated on Merrion Street, opposite Government Buildings and a short distance from The National Gallery, this luxurious five-star hotel is a leisurely stroll away from the Dublin’s bustling commercial and shopping districts.
The Merrion is within a short walk of numerous shops, bars and restaurants, and offers easy access to the capital's best museums, art galleries and visitor attractions.
The Concierge Team at The Merrion is on hand to suggest suitable itineraries, make reservations and handle transfers for our guests. In advance of your visit to Dublin, please take a minute to look at some of their recommendations on the right hand menu.
The Merrion is located in the heart of Dublin's city centre, within walking distance of some of Ireland’s most popular museums and galleries.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND
The National Gallery of Ireland was established by an Act of Parliament in 1854 and first opened its doors to the public in January 1864.
Today the collection boasts some 2,500 paintings and approximately 10,000 other works in different media including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture.
Every major European School of painting is extensively represented. It also houses a renowned collection of Irish paintings, the majority of which are on permanent display.
There is a Yeats Museum with works by Jack B Yeats, his father John Butler, and other members of this artistic family.
THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF IRELAND
The mission of the Library is to collect, preserve, promote, and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the larger universe of recorded knowledge.
The National Library is open, free of charge, to all those who wish to consult the collections for material not otherwise available through the public library service or an academic library. A Reader’s Ticket is necessary in order to consult most categories of material.
The Library does not lend books and reading is done in the various reading rooms. There is also a copying service and it is possible to get photocopies, photographs, slides, or microfilm of most items in the collections. The Library has an ongoing programme of exhibitions.
The Genealogical Office, the Office of the Chief Herald in Kildare Street, and the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar are all part of the National Library.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND
The National Museum of Ireland officially opened its doors to the public on Kildare Street in August 1890. It is the national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland, and the portable archaeological heritage of Ireland, and houses over 2,000,000 artifacts, which range in date from 7000BC and the late medieval period. In addition to the archaeological collections, the museum also houses substantial Ethnographical, Classical and Egyptian collections.
DOUGLAS HYDE GALLERY AT TRINITY COLLEGE
The Douglas Hyde Gallery, founded in 1978, became independent of Trinity College in 1984, and for some years afterwards was the only publicly-funded gallery in Ireland that regularly exhibited contemporary art.
The Douglas Hyde’s exhibition programme was wide-ranging and eclectic, including shows by major international artists as well as by emerging Irish artists. More recently, the development of contemporary art exhibition programmes by other galleries and museums in Dublin has meant that the Douglas Hyde Gallery's role has changed. While the general direction remains the same, and the gallery still hold exhibitions by major figures in the contemporary art world, the programme has become more focused than before, frequently engaging with art that has been marginalised, and with artists, both from Ireland and abroad, who have not yet become well-known or who have been overlooked. The gallery also holds small exhibitions of ethnographic and craft artefacts in Gallery 2.
The Douglas Hyde Gallery publishes small books and catalogues that are known and distributed all over the world, and occasionally hosts musical events.
IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland. The Government of Ireland established The Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1990 as Ireland’s first national institution for the presentation and collection of modern and contemporary art. The Museum hosts regular exhibitions and helps artists to develop their work practice through its Arts Residency Programme.
DUBLIN WRITERS MUSEUM
The Dublin Writers’ Museum opened in November 1991, at No. 18 Parnell Sq. The Irish Writers' Centre, next door in No 19, contains the meeting rooms and offices of the Irish Writers' Union, the Society of Irish Playwrights, the Irish Children's Book Trust and the Translators' Association of Ireland. The Museum was established to promote interest, through its collection, displays and activities, in Irish literature as a whole, and in the lives and works of individual Irish writers. Through its association with the Irish Writers' Centre it provides a link with living writers and the international literary scene.
HOUSE NO. 29 - GEORGIAN MUSEUM
In partnership with The National Museum of Ireland, the Museum highlights life in Georgian Dublin in the period 1790 until 1820. The displays throughout the Museum are supplemented with story boards, which provide information on each room and explain the operation of a townhouse lived in by an upper middle class family in the Georgian period. The house is principally self-guided, with a limited number of guided tours each day.
DUBLIN CITY GALLERY - THE HUGH LANE
Located in Dublin's city centre, Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane, (formerly The Municipal Gallery of Modern Art), houses one of Ireland's foremost collections of modern and contemporary art. The original collection, donated by the Gallery's founder, Sir Hugh Lane, in 1908, has now grown to include over 2000 artworks, ranging from the Impressionist masterpieces of Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas, to works by leading national and international contemporary artists. The Gallery presents dynamic schedules of temporary exhibitions, seminars and public lectures, publications and educational projects.
The Hugh Lane's role as a leading museum of modern and contemporary art was enhanced with the acquisition of the entire contents of Francis Bacon's Studio, donated by Bacon's sole heir John Edwards. The studio, located at 7 Reece Mews, London, was relocated to Dublin in 1998 and opened to the public on 23 May 2001. It provides invaluable insight into the artist's life, inspirations, unusual techniques and working methods. Never before has an artist's studio been so thoroughly catalogued and reconstructed.
The Gallery's wide range of activities both within and outside the Gallery includes an annual series of lectures by artists, philosophers and art historians. A lively education and outreach programme has forged strong links with local school and community groups with activities ranging from Kids’ Club workshops, adult education courses and the ever-popular Sunday lecture series.
LITTLE MUSEUM OF DUBLIN
The Little Museum tells the remarkable story of Dublin in the 20th Century. The museum was launched in 2011 with a public appeal for historic objects. These items are used to tell the social, cultural and political history of Dublin in the 20th century. The museum also has a number of permanent exhibitions, including U2 and The Irish Times.
The Museum is open 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday, with late opening on Thursdays until 8pm.
Admission to the museum's main collection is by guided tour, which are on the hour evey hour.
EPIC THE IRISH EMIGRATION MUSEUM
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is a state-of-the-art interactive experience located in the beautiful vaults of The chq Building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.
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BOOK OF KELLS, TRINITY COLLEGE
The Book of Kells dates from circa 800 AD and is one of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts in the world, comprised of richly decorated texts of the gospels in Latin. More than half a million visitors flock to Trinity College Dublin each year to view the Book of Kells.
The main chamber of the Old Library, the Long Room, is nearly 65 metres in length, and houses around 200,000 of the Library's oldest books.
The Cathedral was founded in the year c.1030 by Sitriuc, King of the Dublin Norsemen. Christ Church Cathedral is one of Dublin's oldest landmarks. The Cathedral and the exhibition ‘Treasures of Christ Church’ reflect 1000 years of history, architecture and worship in Ireland.
The Choral services are sung by the Cathedral choir, which traces its origins to the choir school founded in 1480 and is famous for the taking part in the first performance of Handel's Messiah. ‘Treasures of Christ Church’ displays a unique range of manuscripts, historic artefacts and spectacular examples of gold and silverware. Christ Church Cathedral holds a series of concerts, recitals and talks every year.
Dublin Castle is situated in the heart of historic Dublin. The city gets its name from the Dubh Linn or Black Pool (dubh = black), on the site of the present Castle Gardens and Coach House. The Castle stands on a strategic site at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary, the Poddle. The original fortification is thought to have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort.
Later a Viking Fortress stood on this site. A portion of this is on view to visitors at The Undercroft.
The south range of the Main Courtyard houses the magnificent State Apartments, built as the residential quarters of the Vice-regal court. They are now the venue for Ireland's Presidencies of the European Community, Presidential Inaugurations and State Functions.
The State Apartments, Undercroft and Chapel Royal are open to visitors. On occasion, the State Apartments may be closed for State purposes.
‘Ireland's History Carved in Stone’ is a unique Victorian burial place and the final resting place of over 1.1million ordinary and extraordinary men and women, who helped shape Ireland’s past and present. The Glasnevin Trust acts as guardian to their stories. The cemetery is home to the burial plots of the Irish Independence Leaders and Republicans dating back to 1832, and also to the Crypt of Daniel O'Connell.
The Spire of Dublin, a landmark in the heart of Dublin City, was unveiled in 2002. 120m high and 3m in diameter at the base, the Spire rises above O’Connell Street, breaking through the roof-line with a slender and elegant movement. It is approximately 15cm in diameter at its apex.
The striking and innovative monument stands in the middle of O'Connell Street just across from the famous General Post Office. During daylight, the sky, streetscape and passers-by are reflected in its stainless steel surface. From the base up to a height of approximately 10m, the stainless steel is partially polished with an abstract design to provide a more reflective surface than the remainder of the Spire.
From dusk, the stainless steel surface of The Spire reflects the ambient lighting of the streetscape. The tip is illuminated by a light source within, providing a beacon in the night sky over Dublin. The Spire has its roots in the ground and its light in the sky.
OLD HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, COLLEGE GREEN
This was the first purpose built Parliament House in the world and was constructed at a great time of public confidence in Dublin. The original building designed by Edward Pearce consisted of the central section with its huge colonnades and was built between 1729 and 1739. It forms only part of the existing structure. Pearce was knighted in the building on the 10 March 1731.
The Storehouse was originally built in 1904 to house the Guinness fermentation process. In 2002, the Guinness Storehouse was reopened and it has become one of Dublin’s favourite tourism attractions. The new Storehouse houses a model of a giant pint glass and is spread across seven floors, culminating in the famous Gravity Bar on the top of the building.
EXPERIENCE GAELIC GAMES
Experience Gaelic Games gives visitors a chance to learn more about and then play the unique Irish games of Hurling, Gaelic Football and Handball. They can also learn some Irish “Ceilí” dancing and how to beat an Irish “Bodhrán” drum. Minimum group size is five people.
SKY LINE TOUR AT CROKE PARK
Lasting approximately 90 minutes, the Sky Line tour at Croke Park features a specially- designed walkway suspended above the Croke Park pitch, offering a view of Ireland’s most famous arena from a completely different angle. There are five viewing platforms on the 0.6km rooftop walkway. Admission includes a multilingual audio guide and admission to the GAA Museum.
The Ha'penny Bridge is Dublin's oldest pedestrian crossing over the River Liffey.
It was erected in 1816 as the Wellington Bridge and it acquired its better known nickname from the halfpenny toll levied on all users of the bridge up to 1919.
It is one of the earliest cast-iron structures of its kind.
The National Archives: The National Archives operate a Genealogy Advisory Service from 10am to 1pm Mon to Friday. On your first visit you will need to bring a photo ID and proof of address.
The National Library: The National Library offers a free Genealogy Advisory Service, which is an ideal starting point for those commencing family history research. No appointment is necessary.
Leinster House was erected in 1745. Designed by Richard Cassels as a residence for the Duke of Leinster, today it is the seat of the two Houses of the Oireachtas (National Parliament), comprising Dáil Éireann (the House of Representatives) and Seanad Éireann (the Senate).
The public is admitted when the Parliament is not sitting. Advance notice is required.
MOLLY MALONE STATUE
The Molly Malone statue is located at the end of Grafton Street, opposite Trinity College. Molly Malone was a semi-historical/legendary figure made famous by the song 'Cockles and Mussels', a Dublin anthem.
She worked as a fishmonger but also as a prostitute and died in one of the outbreaks of cholera that regularly used to sweep the city of Dublin.
St. Stephen’s Green was formerly common land that was enclosed in 1663. One of Dublin’s most famous attractions, this 9 hectare public park is full of flowerbeds, shrubberies and walks. The lake is a central focal point for all visitors, its resident ducks very well fed as a consequence.
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26 Lower Abbey Street Dublin 1
Abbey Performances: Monday-Saturday: 8pm
Saturday Matinees: 2.30pm
Peacock Performances: Monday-Saturday: 8.15pm
Saturday Matinees: 2.45pm
Box Office: Monday-Saturday: 10.30am-7pm
Abbey Theatre tickets: €15-€30
Peacock Theatre tickets: €14-€20
Discounted tickets offered on Monday to Thursdays and Saturday Matinees only to students, equity members, the unemployed and Irish Senior Citizens resident in Ireland.
Discounted tickets may be booked by phone but must be paid for and collected in advance with appropriate ID.
10% Discount available to groups (min group number is 30)
South King Street, (Off the top of Grafton Street), Dublin 2
Cavendish Row, Dublin 1
NATIONAL CONCERT HALL
Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE
The Bord Gais Energy Theatre is housed in a striking building designed by internationally renowned architect, Daniel Liebeskind, and offers a diverse programme of theatrical experiences including ballets, musicals, family shows, drama, concerts, comedy, orchestra and opera. Ticket prices and show times vary according to the nature of each individual production.
Please choose from the selection of popular tours below, or ask the Concierge Team to suggest additional tours suited to your particular interests.
HOP ON, HOP OFF BUS TOUR
The best way to take in Dublin’s numerous tourist attractions is to board the Hop On, Hop Off bus tour which - by coincidence - passes The Merrion Hotel every 15 minutes and includes stops at Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College (The Book of Kells), The Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, The Jameson Distillery and Phoenix Park.
THE VIKING SPLASH
The Viking Splash Tour is a thrilling tour around the main sights of Dublin City - by land and water in a World War II amphibious vehicle. Viking guides deliver an informative, entertaining and engaging commentary, and the tour is suitable for children and adults, and equally popular with both.
WILD WICKLOW TOURS
‘Wild Wicklow Tours’ operates an informal yet highly informative tour of Co. Wicklow, located to the south of Dublin. The tour begins in the celebrity-filled suburbs of Dalkey and Killiney (home to Bono, The Edge and Enya), and progresses on to morning coffee at Avoca Handweavers and then to St Kevin’s Monastic Settlement at Glendalough, via the beautiful villages of Laragh and Roundwood.
After a pub lunch, the tour takes in the beautiful mountainous and lakeland scenery of The Sally Gap, the location for movies including Excalibur, Braveheart and PS I Love You, with a quick stop for a Jameson Whiskey tasting, before heading back to Dublin.
For anyone interested in history, a visit to Newgrange in the Boyne Valley, Co Meath, north of Dublin is highly recommended. This ancient site is 5000 years old and pre-dates the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Egypt.
Newgrange is a Neolithic Ritual Centre and Passage Tomb, with architectural links to the pre-historic maritime peoples of Portugal, Spain and the Western Isles. Also featured on the tour is the charming village of Slane, The Battle of the Boyne Site and The Hill of Tara, which is the ancient royal seat of The Kings of Ireland.
DUBLIN CITY BIKE TOURS
A twice-daily tour of the city by bike, at 10 am and 2pm, starting from Isaac’s Hostel near Busaras (the central bus station). Participants are advised to arrive 30 minutes before the departure time for equipment checks and safety instruction. Personal insurance is recommended.
Another great way to see the city is to engage one of our knowledgeable Walking Tour Guides, who will tailor-make a tour according to your interests. The normal duration would be three hours. Please enquire with the Concierge Team.
Please also be advised all of the above tours can be taken in the comfort of a private limousine.
The Merrion is the finest luxury five star hotel in Dublin city centre, ideally located for those wishing to explore the sophisticated shopping opportunities of Ireland’s capital city. Below is some information on some of the city’s principal shopping areas.
Grafton Street is one of the two principal shopping streets in Dublin city centre, running from St. Stephen's Green in the south to College Green in the north. The street was named after the first Duke of Grafton, who owned land in the area. The Dawson family developed the street from a country lane by in 1708, and the parallel Dawson Street is named after them.
Since the 1980s, the street has been mostly pedestrianised, with the exception of the short stretch running between Nassau Street and College Green. This section contains two notable Dublin landmarks, the 18th-century Trinity College Provost's House and the late 20th-century statue of Molly Malone, which has become a popular Dublin meeting place. A life-size bronze statue of musician Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy was unveiled on Harry Street, off Grafton Street, in 2005.
Grafton Street is also home to Ireland’s most beautiful lifestyle store, Brown Thomas, which since 1849 has offered an unparalleled retail experience to Dubliners and visitors alike. Weir & Sons, located at the bottom of Grafton Street, has been Ireland’s leading jewellers since 1869 carrying more gold, diamonds and world-renowned brands than any other jeweller in Ireland. A branch of the popular Avoca Handweavers is located on Suffolk St., at the Trinity College end of Grafton St.
Buskers, including musicians, poets and mime artists, commonly perform to the shopping crowds. This scene was portrayed in the 2006 Oscar-winning film ‘Once’, starring Glen Hansard of The Frames, himself a former and occasional Grafton Street busker.
Located just 45 minutes from central Dublin, Kildare Village is Ireland’s biggest shopping outlet and a mecca for bargain-hunters.
O'Connell Street has been Dublin's main thoroughfare since the 18th century. The spot formerly occupied by Nelson's Pillar, and now by The Spire, traditionally marks the city centre, or An Lár in Irish.
The streets off either side of O'Connell Street - Henry St, Abbey St, Earl St, Talbot St and Parnell St - are the shopping area of choice for many Dubliners. Here you'll find a range of quality shops offering a range of real bargains as opposed to brand labels.
Clerys on O'Connell Street and Arnotts on Henry Street are two of Dublin's biggest department stores, while Easons is the oldest and largest bookseller and stationer in town. Many of the major UK and international chains occupy units in the ILAC Centre and the Jervis Street Centre at the end of Henry Street. Spend some time browsing the open-air stalls of the traders on Moore Street, the self-appointed custodians of Dublin wit. (Warning: Dublin wit usually requires someone to be on the receiving end - it may be you.)
POWERSCOURT TOWNHOUSE CENTRE
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is a small shopping centre set in an elegant Georgian house located just off Grafton Street.
A fine example of Dublin's Georgian architecture; the house is unique in showing the transition from the rococo style to neo-classical under one roof. Meldon, in his 'Views of Dublin' (1779), said that the house 'may be considered in point of consequence of appearance and architectural embellishment, as the third [most important] private edifice in Dublin.'
The architecture serves as a magnificent setting for the boutique stores and cafés located within.
DUNDRUM TOWN CENTRE
Dundrum Town Centre is the largest mall in the Dublin area, with a wide selection of shops, restaurants and cinemas.
ANTIQUES SHOPPING - FRANCIS STREET
Francis Street in Dublin city centre is home to a wide range of shops selling unique art and antiques – everything from rugs to Irish Georgian silver, and from furniture to paintings.
The Merrion five star luxury hotel is located within easy reach of all the main sports grounds, making it an ideal choice for a visit to Dublin to coincide with a match, racing fixture, or other sporting event. With easy access to a number of excellent golf courses, The Merrion is also perfect for a golf break in Dublin.
Portmarnock Golf Club: Widely acknowledged as one of the truly great links courses, Portmarnock is situated to the north side of Dublin, about 12 miles from the city centre. Its quality and location have made it a splendid venue for some of the game’s great events
Royal Dublin Golf Club: The Royal Dublin Golf Club is one of Ireland's oldest and most prestigious golf clubs. Founded in 1885, the Royal Dublin is a classic golf links located just north of Dublin city centre on the famous Bull Island nature reserve.
Druids Glen Golf Club: Located in beautiful Co. Wicklow, to the south of Dublin, Druids Glen is often referred to as ‘The Augusta of Europe’. The flora and fauna of the Glen provide a scenic backdrop to a magnificent golf course, with the surrounding forests and streams a haven for wildlife in a magical place that was once a home to the Druids.
The K Club: Designed by Arnold Palmer, The Palmer Course and The Smurfit Course at The K Club are considered two of Europe's finest Championship Courses.
The K Club is located in Co. Kildare, a short drive to the west of Dublin.
The Island Golf Club: Located on a small island in north Co. Dublin, the Island is a links course that dates back to 1890 and is regarded as one of the finest in the country.
The European Club: Located in Brittas, Co. Wicklow, the links of The European Club was designed by Pat Ruddy
and is owned and operated by him with the help of his family.
Ruddy is a golf-writer and golf course designer whose work will be found also at such highly regarded venues as Ballyliffin, Druids Glen, Druids Heath, Rosapenna, Portsalon, St. Margaret's,
Donegal (Murvagh) and Montreal Island Golf Club.
Ruddy discovered the property when he surveyed Ireland's coastline by helicopter in search for a classic golf location. The result is a magnificent addition to the world's short supply
of approximately 160 true links (51 of these are in Ireland)
Champions from all over the world have discovered The European Club and Tiger Woods currently holds the course record of 67.
The European Club hosted the Irish PGA Championship in 2007 and 2008.
Carton House: Carton House Golf Club was the Irish Open Venue 2013. Located 14 miles west of Dublin City Centre, Carton is home to two of Ireland's finest championship golf courses.
The O'Meara Course, designed by two-time major winner, Mark O'Meara, is a classic parkland experience which meanders through acres of glorious pastures, ancient woodland and skirts the banks of the River Rye. It hosted the 2005 Irish Amateur Championship in 2005.
The Montgomerie Course, designed by 7 times European Order of Merit winner, Colin Montgomerie, is a 7,300 yard "links style" journey across sweeping firm fairways, cavernous bunkers and impeccable greens. It has hosted some of the world's finest golfers at the 2005, 2006 & 2013 Irish Opens and the 2010 Irish Seniors Open.
Carton Demesne is home to Carton House Golf Club and the Golfing Union of Ireland, the oldest golfing union in the world. Carton House is the host venue for the GUI All Ireland Cups & Shields 2014 to 2017.
Leopardstown Race Course: Located just six miles south of Dublin's City Centre, Leopardstown Racecourse is Dublin's premier race-track. 22 race meetings are held throughout the year, including the 4-Day Christmas National Hunt Festival and the prestigious Irish Champion Stakes, part of the World Series Championship.
The Curragh Race Course: The Curragh Racecourse in Kildare has been the headquarters of horse racing in Ireland since the first race took place there in 1741, and is one of Ireland's premier sporting venues.
Less than an hour from Dublin, The Curragh hosts the best flat racing in the country from March to October with 18 race days, including five Classic Races - the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas, the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas, the Darley Irish Oaks, Irish St. Leger and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
Fairyhouse Race Course: Fairyhouse Racecourse is located at Ratoath just 15 miles from Dublin City and has been home to the Irish Grand National since 1870.
The Aviva Stadium: Formerly Lansdowne Road, The Aviva is a landmark known to all Dubliners and is located in the heart of the Ballsbridge area, Dublin 4.
Home to the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years.
Steeped in history as the site of Bloody Sunday in 1920, this landmark arena is the largest stadium venue in Ireland. Following its re-development, Croke Park has capacity for 82,300 people and is the fourth largest stadium in Europe.
In addition to the cream of Gaelic sports players, the best of Australia's AFL talent have played here. Muhammad Ali fought here. U2 and Tina Turner performed here. Croke Park also played host to the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2003, the first time these events were held outside the United States.
The stadium is an inspirational venue not only for GAA supporters and players, but also for sports fans from Ireland and abroad, for event planners and conference delegates, and for historians, architects and engineers. Croke Park is a true theatre of dreams and a piece of modern history with a special place in the hearts of all Irish people, everywhere.
FISHING & CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING:
The Concierge Team would be delighted to assist you in making arrangements for fishing and clay pigeon shooting during your stay at The Merrion.
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
Ireland is officially a bilingual country.
Although English is the most widely spoken language, Gaelic Irish is taught in all schools and is seen in public signs, road directions and place names.
Local voltage is 220 to 240 volts AC.
Adapters available; please request through the Concierge.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
TIME AND DISTANCE TO SHOPPING
Grafton Street: 5 minute walk
Temple Bar: 10 minute walk
O'Connell Street: 15 minute walk
The Merrion offers a choice of eating options, from the casual gastro-pub menu served in The Cellar Bar, to the modern Irish cuisine of The Garden Room and the fine-dining experience at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, the only restaurant in Ireland to hold 2 Michelin stars.
In addition to The Cellar Bar, set in the original 18th Century wine vaults of the Main House and a popular after-work meeting place, The Merrion is also home to an intimate cocktail bar, No. 23, its clubby ambience conducive to relaxed conversation.
During the spring and summer months, guests can enjoy the tranquility of the Garden Terrace, while the Drawing Rooms, with their open log fires, are perfect for Afternoon Tea at any time of year.
A less formal affair by a formal garden, a relaxed experience in The Merrion Hotel.
It’s a restaurant with character, comfortable, with a menu designed for sharing tastes and flavours and whimsical combinations, created by executive chef Ed Cooney and his team.
To book your table, please visit our official The Garden Room website
Monday to Friday: 07.00 am – 10.30 am
Saturday and Sunday: 07.00 am – 11.00 am
Monday – Sunday: 12.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Located in the original 18th-century wine vaults of the Main House, a warm welcome awaits in the oak-lined Cellar Bar. A popular lunchtime and after-work meeting place for Dubliners, the Cellar Bar offers a relaxed ambience and an all-day gastro-pub menu. Along with a full bar service, carefully selected wines are available by the glass. Great service and a convivial atmosphere make the Cellar Bar an ideal choice for lunch, dinner or just a quiet pint.
Lunch menu is served Monday to Saturday from 12:00 to 15:00
Dinner Menu is served Monday to Saturday from 15:00 to 22:00
Drinks only are served on Sundays from 12 noon to 20:00
For reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01) 603 0608.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Ireland’s only Two Star Michelin restaurant, is situated in the luxurious surroundings of The Merrion 5 star hotel, with magnificent views overlooking the hotel’s classical gardens.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud's pursuit of perfection is evidenced in cuisine that is as sophisticated as it is immaculately presented. Delicious and innovative dishes are prepared from the finest ingredients, while service is impeccable, combining efficient French decorum with discreet Irish charm.
Telephone Number: 00353 1 676 4192.
Please click here for Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud's website.
We think our art collection is good enough to eat...
‘Art Tea’ at The Merrion 5 star hotel is the most lavish afternoon tea in Dublin. Treat yourself to a slice of 19th- or 20th-century art served on fine china with miniature sweet creations inspired by the work of J.B Yeats, William Scott, Louis Le Brocquy and others.
The gracious surroundings of The Merrion’s Drawing Rooms are the perfect place to relax for an afternoon with a selection of delectable treats, accompanied by teas and coffees selected by our in-house tea masters and barista, while browsing through a complimentary copy of The Merrion art collection catalogue.
Art Tea is served at 1.30pm and 4.30pm daily.
For online reservations, please email email@example.com or call (01) 603 0608 .
When the weather permits, The Garden Terrace at The Merrion is open for al fresco lunches and drinks. Colourful blooms and fragrant planting surround the canopied tables.
Executive Chef Ed Cooney has devised a sensational summer salad menu, full of healthy, nutritious options that are high on taste yet low on calories. There are also plenty of delicious desserts for those inclined to indulge.
The Garden Terrace is the perfect place to escape from the bustle of Dublin and relax with friends.
The secluded, intimate No 23 cocktail bar in Dublin has the feel of a private club, offering the ideal surroundings for guests to enjoy one of our signature cocktails, a flute of champagne, or a glass of wine from L'Abeille de Fieuzal, our chairman's own vineyard in Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux.
Hung with exceptional works of art from The Merrion’s private collection, No. 23 offers delicious canapés, our special whiskey tasting selection, and the very best of warm Irish hospitality.
The Merrion offers guests 24-hour In-Room dining facilities.
The Merrion's comprehensive In-Room Dining menu offers a wide variety of choices for adults, and a separate Miss & Master Merrion children's menu.
Before joining The Merrion in 1997, Executive Chef Ed Cooney worked at some of the finest hotels and restaurants in Scotland and England, including the celebrated Craigendarroch Hotel and Country Club, Royal Deeside, where The Oaks gourmet restaurant held the Michelin Red M. He then joined The Regent Four Seasons London, now known as The Landmark Hotel, before returning to Ireland.
During his time at The Merrion, Ed Cooney has won numerous awards, undertaken several culinary tours of the USA and become a popular guest chef on TV.
“I returned to Ireland at a time when the artisan food culture was really beginning to gain momentum and I consider myself fortunate to be able to work with such an incredible variety of indigenous Irish produce,” says Ed.
“Over the years I have built relationships and formed alliances with Irish food producers who take real pride in what they are doing, and are only satisfied when the quality of their food is consistently excellent.
“From butcher, Pat McLoughlin, to fish smoker, Birgitta Curtin, and from black pudding maker, Tommy Doherty, to apple farmer, David Lewellyn, who makes our balsamic vinegar, the suppliers I work with are the best in Ireland.
“Working closely with world-class suppliers enables me and my team of chefs to enhance the food experience of our guests at The Merrion by introducing them to a fantastic range of Irish food. By reflecting on the seasons and working with committed producers, we are able to champion the burgeoning Irish food culture and showcase the quality of the natural bounty of Ireland.
“Good Food Ireland, Euro-Toques and the Restaurant Association of Ireland all share our ethos and passion. They implement the highest food standards and ensure integrity, so that Ireland can maintain and build on its reputation as ‘the good food island’.”
Great dishes start with great ingredients, and only the finest Irish ingredients get past Executive Chef Ed Cooney. Our suppliers are as homegrown as the goods they deliver to us fresh each day.
Working closely with his network of Irish artisan producers, Ed Cooney is able to secure the very best grass-fed beef and lamb, the highest quality fish and seafood, and the freshest of fruit and vegetables for his kitchen. A flexible approach means that if a trusted supplier comes up with superb fish or game that is not always on the menu, the chefs will welcome it into the kitchen and know how to make it shine.
Guests at The Merrion can look forward to great food that is distinctively Irish, yet definitively world-class.
“Partnerships are crucial and producers need to have the same obsession for detail that we do,” says Ed Cooney. “I’ve walked the fields with the farmers, I’ve been to the smokehouses and I’ve made the black pudding myself with Tommy Doherty so that I know how it’s done. I’ve visited the cheese-makers and the yogurt producers. It’s only by sitting in a farmhouse kitchen drinking tea that you understand how character, a sense of place, and a passion for quality can create something unique. That’s when you know you’re onto a winner.”