social distancing may not have been on your 2020 to-do list, Powerscourt
Townhouse Centre is here to show you how you can still enjoy Dublin Town with
your very own private walking tour. Your favourite Powerscourt cafés,
restaurants, pubs, museums, cinemas and shops may be closed for now, but we are
here to remind you why our little fair city has still managed to maintain its
trademark Irish magic with its rich history and architectural delights via our
personalised city tour, right on the Powerscourt Townhouse doorstep.
Reconnect with your local surroundings and remember that fresh air and a dose of brain stimulation goes a long way. So why not take a much-needed break from working from home and begin to explore the hidden gems of our beautiful Baile Átha Cliath.
St. Stephen’s Green
Stop number one on the Powerscourt Townhouse Tour is Dublin’s most iconic garden, St. Stephen’s Green, the perfect escape from life’s everyday stress and chaos. While it may boast luscious greenery, a playground, an abundance of benches and a mini lake, the 22,000 sq ft green space is more than just a pretty park. St. Stephen’s Green has played host to residential aristocrats, rejected a name change from Queen Victoria, and has played an important role in the 1916 Easter Rising. Today you can stroll around the leafy surroundings with a hot cup of coffee and take in the rare peace and quiet.
Oscar Wilde’s Childhood Home
A short distance away is the childhood home of Dublin’s wittiest literary figure, Oscar Wilde, an unmissable stop for even the most casual history buff. The renowned writer resided in the house until he graduated from Trinity College Dublin and left for Oxford in 1874. You won’t need to step inside the beautifully restored Georgian townhouse to experience its timeless charm. Stop by the exterior today for a postcard-worthy photograph that’ll age just as well as The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Just a short skip and hop from Powerscourt Centre, Ha’Penny Bridge is the first pedestrian bridge to have connected Dublin’s North and South via the Liffey in 1816. The quirky name comes from the ha’penny required of 19th century pedestrians to cross the bridge. While on an average day you may struggle to push through the crowds to get your perfect Instagram shot, you can be rest assured that March 2020 is the perfect time to make your followers jealous. O
Next up, we are off to The Dublin Spire, or the ‘Monument of Light’, which was erected in 2003, replacing Nelson’s Pillar as the city’s default meeting point. While any Dubliner worth their Lyons’ Tea will have crossed the Spire at some point or another, how many times have you stopped to admire its architectural elegance and staggering 120m height? On a windy March afternoon, you might even notice that the Spire sways with a strong breeze. Visit the Spire to find out why its technological brilliance makes it worth the €4million price tag.
Molly Malone Statue
While you’re there, it is worth visiting one of our city’s greatest statues. The Lord Mayor of Dublin presented Molly Malone to the city on June 13th 1988 as part of Dublin Millennium celebrations. Originally located on Grafton Street, Molly and her cart now reside on Suffolk Street, just around the corner from Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Don’t forget to listen to her namesake song on your mobile for good measure!
The last stop on our tour is Europe’s largest enclosed public park, home to the President of Ireland, the US Ambassador, Dublin Zoo as well as Dublin’s most well-fed fallow deer. Escape the quarantine blues with one of the park’s scenic cycle or walking routes, or alternatively check out Arbour Hill military cemetery to view the burial site of executed leaders from the Easter Rising. Whichever you choose, you’ll be grateful to step outside in the fresh Spring air.
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre sends love and hugs to our wonderful community. We hope you are all keeping safe and healthy and we look forward to welcoming you back in when we reopen our doors again soon. Until then, stay safe and look after each other.