Come along to Merrion Square on the 13th, 14th and 15th of June 2008 and witness some of the best street entertainment in the world!
About the street performances
For 3 days in June, Merrion Square will be taken over and turned into one of the most thrilling and exhilarating venues in the country.
This festival has had a huge attendance the past few years and this year it will once again, attract thousands of spectators to see over 120 free street events.
Acrobatics, jugglers, mime artists, sword swallowers, stilt walkers, magicians and circus performers from all corners of the globe will all be vying to be crowned Street Performance World Champion 2008.
Keep an eye on the Street Performance World Championship website for timetables and events.
About the venues
Merrion Square is one of the finest Georgian squares in the city and can be found on the south side of the city, about a ten minute walk from St. Stephens’s Green which is located at the top of Grafton Street, Dublin’s main shopping street.
Merrion Square has a nice public park surrounded on three sides by beautiful Georgian buildings. Nearby attractions include the National Museum of Ireland, Leinster House, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Heraldic Museum and the Natural History Museum.
Stroll around the square and admire the architecture - don’t forget to check out the plaques on the walls of the houses as some display the names of famous Irish people who lived there.
How to get to Merrion Square
From O’Connell Street (Dublin main street) head south towards O’Connell Bridge. Cross over and continue onto Westmoreland Street and straight on until you reach the start of Grafton Street (pedestrianised street). Here take a left and continue along Nassau Street, which becomes Clare Street and Merrion Square North, where you’ll see Merrion Square on your right hand side.
The 7, 7A , 48A, 49X, 77X, 44, 45 will take you to Merrion Square.
The Luas is Dublin’s much loved tram service. There is a Luas stop about a 10 minute walk away from Merrion Square. It can be found opposite the St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.
The DART train will also get you close to Merrion Square. Just get off at Pearse Street Station and you’re just about a 5 minute walk from Merrion Square.
Dublin hotels nearby
There’re lots of Dublin hotels located around Merrion Square if you want a base close to the action. You could also choose to stay at Dublin hotels located in nearby Fitzwilliam Square. Check out Georgian Dublin – Hotels near Merrion Square & Fitzwilliam Square for more.
For other hotels in Dublin, check out the Dublin hotels page
Hope you enjoy the performances! If you need help booking Dublin hotels, just get in touch via the comment box below and we’ll get back to you.