The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin boasts some 2,500 paintings and approximately 10,000 other works in different media including water-colours, drawings, prints and sculpture. Every major European school of painting is extensively represented. It also houses a renowned collection of Irish paintings, the majority of which are on permanent display.
The gallery was established by an Act of Parliament in 1854 and first opened its doors to the public in January 1864.
There is a Yeats museum with works by Jack B Yeats, his father John Butler and other members of this artistic family. There is also an award winning Millennium Wing. It is conveniently located near Dublin city centre, a short stroll from Trinity College and Merrion Square.
Free audio tour guides to permanent collection, including children’s audio tour, Free public tours at weekends (check gallery website for details), family activities, family drawing packs, shop, restaurant, telephones, cloakrooms, wheelchair access to all levels.
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Everyone has their own bucket list – from pouring the perfect pint, to touring Temple Bar and visiting the historic Trinity College.
If you have one, two or three days allocated to tourism in Dublin, and know you plan to take the Hop-on/Hop-off bus, to visit the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery, the DublinPass is your best buy.
It includes admission to the Hop-on/Hop-off bus, Guinness, Jameson and a number of other attractions; it all depends how many places you want to visit in one-to-three days. And this is will give you extra time to visit National Gallery of Ireland.
So you’re planning an exploration of Ireland’s stunning old capital? Dublin has sites to keep you busy for days, from musty old museums and libraries to fantastic pubs and wonderful restaurants.
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