Art Galleries Tour (Self Guided), Dublin

Dublin's city center is home to several prominent galleries, like the The National Gallery of Ireland, which is a must see for any art lover. Dublin has a varied and rich art-scene, from classical to contemporary, from domestic to international, it offers something for everyone. Take the following tour to discover the most popular and prominent art galleries in Dublin.
How it works: Download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Art Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Art Galleries Tour
Guide Location: Ireland » Dublin (See other walking tours in Dublin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: max
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The National Gallery of Ireland
  • The Oriel Gallery
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • Irish Gallery Of Photography
  • Hugh Lane Gallery
The National Gallery of Ireland

1) The National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland stands on Merrion Square West and really is a must for all art lovers.

The gallery houses over 15000 objets d’art, paintings and sculptures from the 13th to the 20th century, classified in several sections according to the country of origin. It is a wonderful collection, thoughtfully displayed in an interesting manner so that you can enjoy one painting without being distracted by the one next to it.

In the British and American Paintings gallery the works cover the British period from Tudor times to the Modern, with a slight emphasis on the 18th century. Illustrious names include Reynolds, Lawrence and Turner and Sargent. The Dutch Paintings gallery centers on 17th century painters such as Van Ruisdael and Pieter Lastman.

The Netherlands and Flemish Paintings gallery offers superb panel paintings by Gerard David and canvases by Peter Paul Rubens and Van Dyck. In the French Paintings gallery you will admire works from the 17th to 19th century such as four religious and mythological paintings by Poussin and fine examples of works by Lorrain and Vouet.

The German Paintings gallery houses 16th century panel paintings, portraits by Wolf Huber and religious canvases by Lucas Cranach and the 20th century Impressionist, Emil Nolde. The Irish Paintings gallery holds the most widespread collection of Irish art in the world.

The Italian Paintings gallery focuses on the Early Renaissance, the Baroque and the Neo-classical periods with magnificent works by Titian, Tintoretto and Caravaggio. In the Spanish Paintings gallery you will find panel paintings by Nicolas Francés, tableaux by El Greco, Murillo, Zuberan and de Ribera. The Modern European Paintings gallery includes works by Bonnard, Van Dongen and Picasso.

Another section of the gallery houses the collection of fine sculptures, with marble statues by Piamontini, Cavaceppi and Canova. There is also a great collection of bronze statues, mostly of Hercules in various postures. The last gallery displays prints, topographical drawings, streets-capes, sketches and watercolors.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 9.15am - 5.30pm;
Thursday: 9.15am - 8.30pm;
Sunday: 11am - 5.30pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Oriel Gallery

2) The Oriel Gallery

Located in Clare Street, The Oriel Gallery is Dublin's long-established independent gallery specializing in 18th to 21st Century fine Irish Art. Founded in 1968 by Oliver Nulty, the Oriel Gallery takes its name from the ancient Irish kingdom of Oriel which encompassed the present-day town of Drogheda from which Oliver hails. By happy coincidence the word Oriel translates from the Irish as 'window' and from the Welsh as 'gallery'.

Also the oldest independent gallery in Ireland, the Oriel was established at a time when Irish art was all but virtually discounted. With Dublin as his blank canvas, Oliver set out to exhibit, promote and sell quality Irish paintings. He acquired premises at 17 Clare Street in the form of a large Georgian house which today happily sits cheek-by-jowl with the National Gallery.

Operation Hours Monday - Friday: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm; Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chester Beatty Library

3) Chester Beatty Library (must see)

The Chester Beatty Library is housed in the 18th-century clock tower on the grounds of Dublin Castle and is a wonderful museum to visit.

The library opened in 1950 and holds the vast and varied collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, a mining millionaire and collector of Oriental books and artifacts. The museum has two sections: “Artistic Traditions” and “Sacred Traditions”.

You will find a magnificent collection of manuscripts and papyruses covering over 4000 years of religious culture. There are, of course, Christian Bibles, copies of the Koran, Chinese jade books and Japanese woodblock prints. Also on display are the priceless “Life of the Prophet” and “The Gospel of Mani”, which is possibly the last remaining Manichaeism artifact.

You can also admire Turkish and Persian miniature paintings, Chinese Dragon robes, Buddhist paintings and European medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, prints, drawings, a collection of rare books, as well as Islamic, East Asian and Western decorative art and a wonderful display of East Asian carved snuff boxes.

It isn’t unusual to find students in the museum, as it is one of the most important sources for religious studies. As well as the permanent collection, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions of Islamic law texts, photos of China and its people over the decades, and Japanese art.

Why You Should Visit:
There are lots of great book & antique art collections in the world but the preservation techniques used by the Chester Beatty is amazing.
Has been described as one of the best museums in the world, let alone Ireland.

Free one-hour tours are available on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Don't miss the classy Silk Road café is full of yummy Middle Eastern cuisine.
And, as an extra, there are a rooftop "meditation" garden as well as the gardens out the front with great views to the Castle.

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm; Saturday: 11am – 5pm; Sunday: 1 - 5pm.
Closed 1 January; Good Friday; 24, 25 and 26 December; and Monday public holidays.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Irish Gallery Of Photography

4) Irish Gallery Of Photography

The Gallery was opened in 1978 and has succeeded in becoming Ireland's premier venue for photography. It hosts contemporary exhibitions of many major names in photography. The Gallery moved to a new location in Meeting House Square in 1995. The Gallery belongs to the Arts Council and Dublin Corporation, but due to the rise in maintenance costs it is sustained financially by its members and sponsors.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm; Sunday: 1 pm – 6 pm.
Hugh Lane Gallery

5) Hugh Lane Gallery (must see)

This wonderful gallery was founded in 1908 by Hugh Lane, an avid art collector, and was the first public gallery of modern art in the world. The gallery houses temporary and permanent exhibitions of mainly Irish paintings and sculptures, although you will find a marvelous sculpture by Rodin and Impressionist works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Degas. There are over 2000 works to admire on three floors.

In the Stained Glass Room, you will see “The Eve of Agnes” by the famous Irish stained glass artist Harry Clarke, as well as other fine examples of this beautiful art. In the Sean Scully Gallery, there are seven paintings donated by the Irish/American artist.

Of particular note is the fully reconstructed studio used by Francis Bacon. The room held over 7000 items which are stored and can be viewed on the museum’s database. You will see details of 570 books, 1500 photos, 70 drawings and 100 slashed canvases belonging to the artist. In the studio, you can see how Bacon lived and worked, with half-finished canvases, dirty paintbrushes, dusty bottles of alcohol and books and magazines.

Entry to the permanent exhibitions is free, but if you like you can make a donation. If you visit the museum on a Sunday, you can take part in the “Sundays at Noon” music recitals, which feature jazz and classical music sessions.

Why You Should Visit:
To enjoy a good mix of modern art and some more traditional exhibitions.
The little collection of Harry Clarke Stained glass stands out, as does the Bacon studio and exhibit. The free Sunday concert at mid-day is also worthwhile.

Make sure you visit the Garden of Remembrance close to the Gallery.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Thu: 9:45am-6pm; Fri: 9:45am-5pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Dublin, Ireland

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dublin is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old City Walk

Old City Walk

After the 1950s, Dublin went through a series of reconstruction and remodeling. Old buildings were taken down to make way for modern architecture. Despite the trend, the Old City area was preserved to keep the cultural legacy of Ireland’s history alive. Take this amazing tour to discover some of the most important venues in the Old City of Dublin.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Nightlife Tour, Part 2

Nightlife Tour, Part 2

Dublin at night is a buzzing Mecca of nightclubs, restaurants, bars, and night-time attractions. If you want to have an unforgettable night out, this walking tour is definitely what you need! We offer you a walk around the heart of the Irish capital, with stops at some of the most popular clubs and bars in this fascinating city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
A Walk with Famous Irish Writers

A Walk with Famous Irish Writers

Check out this unique tour to learn about the lives of famous Irish writers, such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. You will visit places from their daily life, as well as monuments, museums, a birth place, and even a final resting place. Follow this tour and learn more about Dublin’s literary background.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
Parks and Gardens Walking Tour

Parks and Gardens Walking Tour

In the golden age of Queen Victoria, suzerain of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Dublin grew into a wonderful and flourishing city with many parks and gardens. It has succeeded in maintaining these natural wonders over the centuries. Even in the 20th century, after a cruel modernization and remodulation in the 60s, the city of Dublin is still one of the greenest European capitals. Take...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
A Walk along Liffey River

A Walk along Liffey River

Take a walk among the places where Irish history was made and is kept alive for the generations to come. This part of town is a place where the past meets the present and the future is defined. There is no better place in Ireland for a tourist to learn more about Irish culture and its rich, colorful history. Don't hesitate to spend a few hours exploring the banks of Liffey River in the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Daily Life Tour

Daily Life Tour

The real life of Dubliners is hidden away from the main tourist attractions. Those who live in Dublin and breathe its air daily, live an interesting and complex life. Take this tour to feel what it is like to be a Dubliner. Walk off the beaten track, shop alongside Dubliners, perhaps even go to an opera at The National Concert Hall.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip

16 Distinctively Irish Things to Buy in Dublin

16 Distinctively Irish Things to Buy in Dublin

The birthplace of many artistic talents, such as Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde, Dublin is the show-window of Ireland, a small country renowned for its rich cultural scene encompassing music, writing, poetry, dance, craftsmanship and more. The food & drink scene of Dublin (much as the whole of...