Accessibility for visitors with disabilities

Photo of a woman with her back to the camera, wearing a red coat, standing in the lobby of the Millennium Wing of the National Gallery of Ireland.
© National Gallery of Ireland. Photographer: Jack Caffrey, The Pimlico Project, 2017Credit

The National Gallery of Ireland is committed to providing a fully accessible experience for all visitors. Recent refurbishment of the historic wings has enhanced accessibility at the Gallery. 


  • Free entry for carers to all ticketed exhibitions and education events

Physical access

  • There are disabled parking spaces located outside the Merrion Square entrance to the Gallery
  • The entrances at Clare Street and Merrion Square are fully accessible 
  • All galleries and facilities are wheelchair and buggy accessible
  • Wheelchairs are available for use in the Gallery free of charge, on a first-come first-served basis
  • Bathroom facilities are available for visitors with impaired mobility
  • There is a Changing Places facility located at Merrion Square
  • Visitors with guide and assistance dogs are welcome in the Gallery
  • Hearing induction loops are fitted at the information desks, the lecture theatre and Gallery Shop
  • Please ask for assistance if required, as you may find the doors throughout the Gallery heavy

    Accessible tours and workshops

    • The Gallery is committed to ensuring that all education programmes and courses are accessible and tailored to the needs of each individual
    • Click here to see all upcoming accessible events
    • We offer tours and workshops for people living with dementia every second month.
    • Workshops for children who may struggle with their sensory environment are available during mid-term breaks.
    • Tours for people who are blind or partially sighted are available. For more information email [email protected] or telephone + 353 1 663 3506
    • Tours for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available. For more information, contact [email protected] or telephone + 353 1 663 3506


    • Noise-cancelling headphones for children, and ear plugs for adults, are available from the information desks
    • Large-text booklets are available to borrow in the gallery spaces
    • Our Maples Group Creative Space is open to all visitors. Free paper and colouring materials available.

    AsIAm Approved Autism Friendly Accreditation

    • The National Gallery of Ireland has received AsIAm Approved Autism Friendly Accreditation. Nationally recognised as the trusted standard in autism inclusion and accessibility, the Gallery is Ireland’s first National Cultural Institution to receive this accreditation. 

    Accessibility Statement

    Download our accessibility statement here

    Contact us

    Our Access Officers are Síle Boylan and Brina Casey.

    For any queries relating to accessibility in the National Gallery of Ireland please email Síle and Brina at [email protected]

    A view over the Merrion Square courtyard. © National Gallery of Ireland.

    Accessibility maps

    Maps outlining all facilities and lifts are available at the information desks or online (PDF).

    Download the Accessibility Map 

    A member of staff at the entrance to the National Gallery of Ireland on Clare Street. © National Gallery of Ireland.

    Social Guide

    Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting the Gallery. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to the Gallery.

    Download the Social Guide