National Gallery of Ireland
Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The National Gallery of Ireland is one of Dublin’s greatest places to visit. It has an extensive collection of European and Irish fine art and it’s open seven days a week. With no entry fee, you can spend an entire day here or pop in for a quick visit to get a dose of culture. The gift shop and café alone are worth visiting the gallery for and do you know what? It’s probably a good place for a Tinder date. Probably.
What has it got?
Seating: Throughout the gallery, there are benches so you can rest up and soak in the view ahead of you. In the café, all of the tables have moveable chairs.
Doors: The front doors are always manned by security so they can hold them open for you as they are a bit heavy. Inside, there are some doors into various wings. They aren’t heavy to open but there is always a member of staff close by to grab them for you if you need.
Ground: Wooden floorboards and marble stone.
Stairs: There are lifts throughout the building and they bring you to every floor. The main staircase is very wide and there’s a spiral staircase that brings you down to the lecture theatre. The Clare Street entrance is completely flat but the Merrion Square entrance (currently closed for refurbishment) has a ramp because there is couple of steps up to the door.
Bathrooms: They have wheelchair accessible bathrooms throughout the building and they measure in at 80×60 inches. The door opens outwards so you have more room inside to move.
Spaciousness: The building itself uses spaces in a very clever way so it never feels crowded. The café is also laid out quite well so you can move around easily.
Helpfulness of Staff: The staff are very helpful here and they are so lovely too. From the front door to any exhibition space, there will be someone working who is more than happy to help out.
Parking: There are wheelchair parking spots available at the Merrion Square entrance.
Why did it lose points? It didn’t! The National Gallery of Ireland manages to combine modern design with a building that was opened in 1864 and make it perfectly accessible. You can borrow wheelchairs from the Millennium Wing cloak room and it’s worth nothing that the lecture theatre, AV Room and shop are all fitted with a loop system. Guide dogs are welcome in the Gallery and there are tours for deaf and hearing impaired and the visually impaired and blind available. So, basically, the National Gallery of Ireland is the greatest when it comes to access. If I could give 100 points, I would.