National Gallery of Ireland
After his visit to a mesmerizing exhibition at Crystal Palace in London, William Dargan approached the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) in 1852 in hopes of creating his own incredible exhibition. Thus, he founded the National Gallery of Ireland.
The Irish people took a great liking to the arts very quickly, though it was disbanded for a short period of time before its re-establishment in 1864. Roman paintings, along with loans from the London National Gallery, were hung on display when it was re-opened. Over the last 120 years, exquisite donations have been gifted to the gallery. Over the years, it has been extended to accommodate many exclusive designs and historical pieces.
It is well worth a visit if you want to see priceless collections and beautiful paintings. There are many conservation projects and education programs for you to learn about, and new installations to explore. A visit to the National Gallery will appeal to all ages. For children and young teens, there are free workshops offered and a children's audio guide. There are also adult workshops available to help improve your drawing skills.
Admission to the permanent collection is free, though entry into certain exhibitions will require booking. If you find yourself needing some refreshments during your visit, the Gallery Café serves breakfast and light lunch options, as well as tea, coffee & cakes throughout normal gallery hours.
Learn more about the history behind the artwork through a free tour or take one of the guided and special themed tours throughout the year. Visit the 'what's on' page to see what events are planned for the future.
The National Gallery is open from:
- Monday - Saturday 9.15am - 5.30pm
- Thursday 9.15am - 8.30pm*
- Sunday 11am - 5.30pm
Hours are subject to change, visit the National Gallery website for more information on opening hours.
After you have visited the museum, enjoy a walk through Trinity College and see the beautiful buildings and landscape. You can also take a shopping trip via the famous Grafton Street or wander through Merrion Square and St. Stephen’s Green to see the stunning parks. The Beacon Hotel is just a 20-minute drive away from the city centre, making it the perfect base for you during your visit to Ireland. The Beacon Hotel has stylish rooms and an exquisite interior that is sure to make your break a hit. Be sure to check out our special offers and book your stay today.