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Hugh Lane Gallery
Dublin City, Co. Dublin
Free to visit
Rainy days
The Hugh Lane Gallery, located on Parnell Square North, Dublin City, houses one of Ireland's most exciting collections of modern and contemporary Irish and international art. Established in 1908, Hugh Lane became the home of artist Francis Bacon’s perfectly preserved studio in 1998.

The Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin, is a must for art lovers. See Impressionist paintings by Manet, Monet, Degas, Pissarro and Morisot, as well as the stunning Francis Bacon Studio. Enjoy the wonderful, wide-ranging collection of Irish art, and the stained glass room displaying Harry Clarke’s gorgeous masterpiece, The Eve of Saint Agnes. Meet some of the famous Irish personalities in portraiture, including WB Yeats who wrote five poems about the gallery.

The diverse and extensive contemporary collections include the Sean Scully Gallery, one of the most beautiful rooms dedicated to the work of a contemporary artist in Europe.

Francis Bacon’s legendary studio was relocated from London to Dublin in 1998 and is permanently on display, preserved exactly as it was. You will find fascinating unfinished works by Francis Bacon, items from his studio, an audio-visual room and touch screens allowing you a deeper look into the life and art of one of the most important figurative artists of the 20th century.

Hugh Lane Gallery is situated in the beautiful Charlemont House built in 1763 by the 1st Earl of Charlemont, James Caulfeild. Designed by Sir William Chambers, it still retains many of its original architectural features which complement the works on exhibition.

Facilities include a bookshop and café. There is a ramp offering access to those in wheelchairs and two designated parking spaces outside the gallery.

The gallery regularly has temporary exhibitions and new displays from its collections. It also has public tours of the gallery and workshops for children and adults. Sunday concerts have been a tradition at the gallery. Check the website for more details.

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Why we like it
  • The Hugh Lane Gallery's extensive collection is a must for art lovers and is free.
  • Francis Bacon's studio is preserved exactly as it was, showing how clutter and chaos spurred his creativity.
  • Harry Clarke's stained glass masterpiece is a visual feast of rich colours.
  • Offers workshops, children's activities, concerts and temporary exhibitions.
Tips from locals

The Sundays @ Noon Concert Series take place in the beautiful Sculpture Gallery from September to June, admission is free.

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Contact details
Charlemont House, Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin, D01 F2X9, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend 1 to 2 hours here.

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