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National Gallery of Ireland Tours

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National Gallery of Ireland
Founded in 1864, the National Gallery of Ireland holds works spanning the 13th to 21st century. In addition to its comprehensive collection of Irish art, including paintings by Jack B. Yeats (brother of poet W.B. Yeats), the gallery also has pieces by European artists such as Rembrandt, Titian, Goya, and Picasso.

The Basics
One of Dublin’s premier museums, the National Gallery of Ireland is a common stop on hop-on hop-off city bus tours. Visitors can explore the permanent collection independently or with a tour guide. Free guided tours, which cover topics such as collection highlights and baroque art, take place on select dates. Family-friendly tours are scheduled occasionally, as are free drop-in talks. 

The museum also hosts temporary exhibits, which in the past have focused on the works of German expressionist Emil Nolde and on Irish-American artist Sean Scully. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The National Gallery of Ireland is a must for fine-art lovers. 
  • A café and gallery shop can be found in the museum’s Millennium Wing.
  • Sunday is family day at the museum, with kid-friendly tours and drop-in activities.
  • The National Gallery of Ireland is wheelchair accessible. 

How to Get There
The National Gallery of Ireland is situated on Merrion Square West in Dublin city center, not far from Trinity College. Ride the Luas Green Line tram to Dawson Street and walk 5–10 minutes from there. Alternatively, ride the Dart suburban train to Pearse Station, which is a 5-minute walk away. Several Dublin bus routes (including 4, 7, 8, 39a, and 46a) have stops nearby. 

When to Get There 
The National Gallery of Ireland is busiest during the peak summer months of July and August, with weekend afternoons (1pm–3pm) attracting the largest crowds. Try coming in the morning or on Thursday evenings, when the gallery stays open until 9pm. 

Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ
Perhaps the most famous work in the National Gallery’s collection is Caravaggio’s early 17th-century masterpiece, The Taking of Christ, which depicts Judas’ betrayal and the arrest of Jesus Christ. This painting hung in a Dublin Jesuit house for decades before being recognized in the late 20th century by a conservator from the museum as Caravaggio’s lost masterpiece.

Address: Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 30 AttractionsHistorical Tours

Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 30 Attractions

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Design your own ideal (and cost-efficient) tour of Dublin’s top things to do and see with the Dublin Pass and see attractions such as Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery Bow St., and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. With your single- or multi-day ticket, visit brew houses, museums, castles, cathedrals and more. Explore the city at your leisure on a hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Enjoy skip-the-line access to popular sites and discounts at city restaurants and shops. With free entry to more than 25 attractions around town, the Dublin Pass offers something for the whole family. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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This unique tour uses Ireland’s artistic and literary wealth to explain the historical moments, traditions, wars, movements, and eras that have sculpted Ireland through the centuries. We’ll explore the highlights of the National Gallery, National Library and National Museum, with a break half-way through. Consider those great cultural and artistic treasures that represent your country’s history. For the USA, it is paintings like ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware’ and ‘American Gothic’ by Grant Wood, original manuscripts of Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman, and objects full of cultural symbolism like The Liberty Bell. This tour will show you their Irish equivalents: - Symbolic paintings representing the Norman Conquest of Ireland and the Irish Civil War; - Insight into the life and works of W.B. Yeats - Ireland’s Greatest Poet; - The Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice – treasures that epitomise Ireland’s Golden Age (500-800AD).
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