The Hugh Lane

The Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin is run by Dublin Corporation and is one of Dublin’s best kept secrets for a family day out in the city. The gallery is located in Charlemont House at the top of Parnell Square in Dublin 1 (Parnell Square is at the top of O Connell Street) and was the first ever public gallery of Modern Art in the world.

The original collection of art assembled by the founder, Hugh Lane has been expanded and so now the Gallery houses over 2,000 pieces of artwork, including works by Monet and Degas and the complete Francis Bacon Studio.
But Hugh Lane also run many events and workshops for children, making it a great place for some family fun with a difference in the city.
The collections currently on view at the Hugh Lane Gallery include:
  • The Sean Scully Gallery – featuring the abstract art of this Irish artist.
  • The Stained Glass Room – which includes “The Eve of St Agnes” by acclaimed Irish stained glass artist, Harry Clarke.
  • The permanent Hugh Lane Collection
  • The Francis Bacon Studio. In 1998 the entire contents of the Francis Bacon studio in London was donated to the Hugh Lane Gallery where it was meticulously reassembled and is on display.

Hugh Lane For Kids

Hugh Lane Gallery has a dedicated area for children which invites kids of all ages to explore the collection.
The Gallery also run regular workshops for children such as their Sunday Sketching Class which is for children 7 years and over and runs from 15.00 – 16.00. 
Twice a month there is also a Saturday Art Workshop.
These events are either free or charged at a minimal rate.

Mid term break events and summer camps are also a feature of the children’s programme at the Hugh Lane Gallery.

Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin Opening Times

The Hugh Lane Gallery is open
  • Tuesday – Thursday 10.00 – 18.00
  • Friday and Saturday 10.00 – 17.00
  • Sunday 11.00 – 17.00
  • Closed Monday

The Bookshop and Café are open during Gallery hours

Admission is free to the Gallery

How To Get To The Hugh Lane Gallery


3,7,10,11,13,16, 19, 46A, 123 pass close to the Gallery.


The Gallery is approximately 10 minutes from Connolly Station & Tara Street Station.


Abbey Street (Red line)