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Kelly
Massachusetts

Dublin

Doors of Dublin?

Can anyone tell me whereabouts some of the "Doors of Dublin" are located? Will be staying near St. Stephen's Green, will there be any within walking distance? Also if anyone has any sites near there that will make great photos? I really want to tap into my creative side with photos on this trip. It looks beautiful.


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answered by
Maria from Dublin
Lots of answers on the "doors" so I won't go there. Other sites worth photographing are Famine Memorial (I always find it very moving) it's about a 20 minute walk. Trinity College is also worth a look and a photo or two.
Take the Dart (electric train) from Pearse St. station (5-10 min walk) in either direction for a wonderful coastal view of Dublin. Good stops include Howth (Northbound) for a bracing hill walk, some great seafood restaurants and very photogenic sea views. Dalkey (Southbound) walk to Killiney Hill for more great views of the Dublin coast and some very good pubs  - or stay on until Greystones to experience village life and more great restaurants and cafés. If you feel like a 40 minute walk along the coast get off the dart in  Bray (Ireland) and take the Bray to Greystones coastal path.

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  1. Famine Memorial (point of interest)
  2. Trinity College (attraction)
  3. Howth (city)
  4. Dalkey (attraction)
  5. Greystones (attraction)
  6. Bray (Ireland) (city)
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answered by
Paul from Dublin
You are staying in an ideal place to see the doors of Dublin. A couple of minutes walk from Stephens Green is Merrion Square and Mount Street, probably the most famous area for Dublin doors. Nearby is Fitzwilliam Square another area with lots of Georgian doors. Those 3 locations are the main places for Georgian doors but you’ll see them along many other streets as you wander around e.g. Harcourt St just off Stephens Green  
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answered first by
Sharyn from Pittsburgh
Harcourt St. (walking distance) would be only 1 of many with "Doors".  ST.Stephen's Green itself is full of great places for photos. The Half Penny Bridge a common photo site......anywhere you wander in the city and millions of places all over the country.....there's hardly anywhere in Ireland that doesn't make a great photo.
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answered by
Mary from Leicester
The best place to find authentic Georgian doors, now painted, is the south side of Dublin city centre, where the 1700s architecture still remains.
Merrion SquareFitzwilliam Square, Lower Baggot Street Lower and St Stephen's Green are all good places to look...so you'll be based in the right place!
Please don't be misled by the urban legends too often promulgated by tour guides and media. The doors weren't painted 'by women to stop their drunk husbands going into the wrong house' (obviously!), nor were they painted because there was an order to paint them black when Queen Victoria died and the Irish refused (there was *no* such order) and it's also pretty unlikely that George Moore's dispute with his neighbours about his green door led to it becoming the fashion.
The reason why they were painted in different colours is much simpler. Georgian town architecture results in the exterior of all the houses in a section looking the same, and quite plain. Painting the front door a specific colour was (and is) the only obvious way to distinguish one's house from the others in the row. You'll see exactly the same in other European cities with similar architecture e.g. London. 
Do look at the fanlights (the window above the door). They, unlike the door colour, are likely to be original and they vary widely (the whole idea of 'Dublin doors' has only been around since the 1970s).  Having a specific fanlight pattern helped a largely illiterate working population to find a particular address (e.g. for delivery purposes): you'll see the same variation in fanlights in other European locations such as London and Amsterdam.

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  1. Dublin (attraction)
  2. Merrion Square (attraction)
  3. Fitzwilliam Square (park)
  4. Baggot Street Lower (attraction)
  5. St Stephen's Green (attraction)
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