Please see the bottom of this page for directions and for accessibility concerns.
There are two ways to visit Oscar's childhood home, located at One Merrion Square North, directly facing Oscar's famous statue. You can either book a ticket for the special guided tours or attend the house during opening hours (see below) on Saturday and Sunday.
It was within these walls that the young Oscar took his first steps and where he was educated for the first ten years of his life. As a teenager Oscar attended the nearby Trinity College Dublin and lived at home for his first year at college.
Oscar’s parents, Lady Jane Wilde (the poet Speranza) and Sir William Wilde, were famous long before Oscar made his mark on the world. The Wilde household was renowned as a centre of culture in Victorian Dublin for 21 years.
The Oscar Wilde House is also the modern-day location of American College Dublin.
Our guided tours are accompanied by the Oscar Wilde House creative director, Martin Burns. The tour lasts approximately one hour and 20 minutes. As you explore its rooms and staircases, you will hear the fascinating history of the colourful Wilde family. There are tales of heartbreak, tragedy, intrigue, court battles and scandal.
You will visit Sir William Wilde’s library and the upstairs dining room where the family hosted parties for many famous visitors over a 20-year period. The main lounge, which overlooks Merrion Square, is where Lady Jane Wilde, aka Speranza, held her celebrated salons every Saturday. The extension, which Sir William constructed after the family moved into the building in 1854, houses his medical consultation room.
‘If you thought Oscar was wild, wait till you hear about the rest of the family, in this astounding, accurate and almost tangible evocation of the uproarious Wildes at home.’ … Philip Hoare (Author of Wilde’s Last Stand).
“This is a gem of a place and Martin who runs the tour is such a great enthusiast and storyteller …. Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
‘What an amazing journey! Thank you.’ … Amber Heard (actress)
“Amazing guided tour, thank you! … P Cafonni (Italy)
“Wonderful! A lifetime experience. What a talent. What a place. Thank you, thank you!” … Julia Dolado and Nelson Figueredo
“Thank you for 90 minutes of awe and wonder!” …Sofia Meisburger (Washington DC).
“Had a Wilde time in Dublin. 10/10. Would recommend.” …. Astrid Merotieta
“Nearly crying, what a wonderful tour. Thank you.”… Sheila du Toit
Saturday, October 14th at 5pm
Sunday, October 15th at 7:30pm
Please note that Oscar wilde House is committed to making the house accessible to everyone. It is a listed building so we do not offer ramps for disabled access. It is something that we intend to rectify in the future as we make plans to offer an additional entrance from the rear of the building. The house is as it was when it was built in the 1760s, therefore there is no lift between the floors. We hope with the advent of funding that we can provide access to all who wish to visit us.
Speranza's Salon is on the 1st floor and Oscar's Bedroom is on the third floor.
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