I simply adore Dublin doors! Living in Ireland for the past decade, I have photographed my fair share of the doors of Dublin and count this activity as one of the best free things you can do in Dublin. Dublin doors are a staple of Irish tourism and people travel far and wide to see them. Are you wondering where to find the best Georgian doors in Dublin? Look no further. This local's guide to elegant and colorful Dublin doors has got you covered. Below I share my favorite places to take pictures of Dublin doors within walking distance of Dublin City Centre.
Dublin Doors Origin Stories
There are a variety of explanations (legends?) circulating about the origins of the colorful Georgian doors of Dublin. Having lived in Ireland for the past 10 years, I think there are two that are the most plausible.
Colorful Dublin Doors in Conscientious Objection to British Rule
Ireland won its independence from Great Britian just 100 years ago. Before that, Ireland was subject to the British Empire for 800 years. One story of the doors of Dublin suggests that the bright colors are a form of protest. When Queen Victoria died, it was allegedly decreed that all doors must be painted black in mourning. Instead, the Irish painted their doors every color of the rainbow, every color except black.
The Doors of Dublin As A Way to Identify Home After a Few Pints
When did Colorful Dublin Doors Become Popular with Tourists?
Where to Find the Best Doors of Dublin?
Dublin's Georgian Squares
St. Stephen's Green
SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: The Doors of Ireland
You may be wondering if beautiful doors are unique to Dublin. I'm happy to report that you can find amazing doors all across Ireland. Some of my favorite places to look for doors include cities like Kilkenny, Cork, and Limerick. Even smaller villages often feature great doors. Check out Clonakilty and Bantry on a West Cork road trip and Waterville Ireland on the Ring of Kerry.
Streets That Are Georgian Square Adjacent
Hume St and Ely Place
Mount Street Upper
Dublin City Centre
Leeson Street Lower
Leeson Street Upper
St. Mary's Road
Baggot Street Upper and Pembroke Road
Waterloo Road and Wellington Road
SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Interested in ways to make looking for the doors of Dublin more fun? Check out these doors of Dublin neighborhood scavenger hunt ideas. Download and print a pdf checklist to inspire your Dublin doors walk. You can also play Neighbors Bingo. Just look for pairs of doors in different colors and match them to your free printable Bingo card.