National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

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At National Gallery of Ireland see Irish and other European masterpieces, including Italian Baroque and Dutch works. Founded in 1854, the museum houses 14,000 pieces, with an extensive permanent collection of Irish paintings. Admire the dramatic architecture of the Millennium Wing, which opened in 2002 and was designed by Benson & Forsyth. Stroll through Merrion Square on your way to or from the museum and take in the scenery. Check online for information about tours, educational programs, and visiting exhibits. To visit National Gallery of Ireland and get the most from your holiday in Dublin, create itinerary details personal to you using our Dublin itinerary maker.
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  • The National Gallery of Ireland have in recent past years added a contemporary addition to the classical building, its being a huge success. The gallery houses some very famous paintings and works of ...  more »
  • We saw 2 exhibitions because the gallery is running a Caravaggio exhibit and the places were limited . The experience was good but I would love to come back when it's fully open  more »
  • A disappointing visit to the gallery, we were only able to visit to small exhibitions within the gallery as most of the gallery was undergoing refurbishments. There were a few nice pieces but we only ...  more »
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  • Review of National Gallery cafe: Pretty café with lots of space. Trying to pick a place for nine people to meet at lunchtime on a weekday in the centre of Dublin (not an easy task) I eventually decided on the National Gallery Café. It turned out to be a great choice, since we had lots of space and all nine people were happy with their food and drinks. It’s bright spacious café in the atrium of the National Gallery, highlighted by four indoor trees, flowers on every table, and colourful chairs. It also has a cool name: The Wintergarden Café. I had a roasted red pepper and brie quiche, which came with two salads (€9.50), a flat white (€3.10), and a humongous strudel (€3.50). The quiche was quite good (I never get that excited about quiches to be honest), the mixed green salad was fine but strangely was not dressed at all, and the roasted pumpkin salad was really good. The coffee was very good and the best thing about the strudel was that it was large enough for two hungry people (other than that, I won’t be writing home about the strudel… um… come to think of it, I am writing about it!) So, the food was all quite good but I’d recommend the café mostly for the coffee and the space itself – especially if you have a large group. Also, pick up a jug of their cool water with lemon and what looks like raspberry leaves – very refreshing! Then go look at some paintings after lunch – the gallery is free! I’m giving them 4/5 “green stars” for social and environmental impact. It could be higher (or lower) but there’s really not a huge amount of information available to judge them by. It’s run by Itsa, who own a ridiculous number of places around the city (Itsa Bagels, Hatch & Sons, Alchemy Juice Co., and various cafes in places from MOMA to Arnotts). Considering that Itsa are now so large, and that one of the founders (Domini Kemp) has been a food writer for the Irish Times for years, it would be nice if they provided more info about their food sourcing and sustainability. They do state that their coffee is ethically sourced, but don’t provide information on the coffee beyond this. Their hot chocolate is made with Fair Trade cocoa. They list sources for a few ingredients (G’s chutney, Dubliner cheddar, Wicklow brie) but don’t provide any information on the majority of them (Is it organic? Where was it grown? Is it free range? Who is the supplier? etc.). It’s a woman-owned business (the Kemp sisters), and they are involved in community activities. Judging by the menu in Itsa in Sandymount (organic burger, free range chicken, organic mash...) they do use some sustainable/ethical ingredients but just aren’t that great about communicating this. More transparency please!
  • Great exibithions and wonderful masterpieces. The cafe is really nice and cozy, check out also the shop! ...and it's free admission
  • Not a big gallery, not that many famous pieces, but it's a very modern building with a very nice café and a big shop on the first floor.
  • Great place. Well mapped out. Viewed Leonardo da Vinci drawings when they visited here. Well organised & there's a wonderful cafe and gift shop for some relaxing afterwards.
  • Free to view and lots of variety in artwork, when we visited there was an exhibition of Da Vincis sketches, so can be worth checking out their website to see if there is anything interesting on display.