Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane Tours
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Visit Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane on Parnell Square to see more than 2,000 pieces of modern and contemporary art by renowned artists such as Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Manet. Simply the Hugh Lane to locals, the gallery is also home to a re-created studio of Francis Bacon, an Irish-born painter who earned international acclaim for his work.
Admission is free at this Dublin gallery. Discover a variety of temporary exhibits in addition to the permanent collection of acclaimed international artists. Spend extra time to take in all of the extraordinary details of Francis Bacon’s studio which was re-created with special attention to the eccentric and messy state in which it was found in after the painter’s death. Concerts are held in the sculpture hall Sundays at noon from September to June.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This gallery is a must-see for travelers interested in contemporary art.
- The compact size of the gallery makes it one of Dublin’s most easily digestible cultural attractions.
- An on-site café offers drinks, snacks, and other refreshments.
- Art workshops for children are available; check the gallery’s website in advance for details.
How to Get There
The Hugh Lane is located on Parnell Square, on the north side of the River Liffey. It’s a 20-minute walk from Grafton Street; cross the river via the O’Connell Street Bridge and stroll up O’Connell Street. The Green Line of the Luas tram offers public transportation; get off at the Parnell stop.
When to Get There
Visit this gallery any day of the week except for Monday, when it is closed. Admission is free and opening hours vary slightly depending on the day of the week, so check the gallery’s website in advance. Sunday is a nice day to visit for music fans who are interested in attending the noon concert in the sculpture hall.
The gallery offers workshops for kids, and a dedicated children’s area and learning resource center. Visitors interested in art books for children (or adults) may want to browse the on-site bookshop.
Address: Parnell Square North, Dublin, Ireland
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