The National Gallery of Ireland houses the Irish national collection of Irish and European art. It is located in the centre of Dublin with one entrance on Merrion Square, beside Leinster House, and another on Clare Street. The gallery is located a 20 minute walk or a 10 minute drive from Adelphi Guesthouse, and best of all, entry to the gallery is FREE! The gallery was founded in 1854 and opened its doors ten years later. The Gallery has an extensive, representative collection of Irish painting and is also notable for its Italian Baroque and Dutch masters painting. The current director of the gallery is Sean Rainbird.
Open 361 days of the year, the Gallery holds more than 15,000 works. Spend an afternoon or even just an hour visiting the highlights of the collection, and discovering the national collection. It's not only admission that's free - you can also attend free lectures, tours and workshops, as well as borrow audioguides and drawing kits. Centrally located in the heart of Georgian Dublin, the National Gallery is an ideal meeting place. Have lunch or coffee in the large café on the ground floor, browse in the award-winning bookshop, or join one of the free tours.
There are free tours of the permanent collection at weekends. You can also arrange a private tour of the Gallery for groups. Free audioguides of selected highlights of the collection can be borrowed from the Information Desks. The audioguides are available in English, Irish, French, German, Italian and Polish. There is also a special children's audioguide which is available in English only.
The Gallery is open 7 days a week, with late opening on Thursdays.