Accessibility for visitors with disabilities

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

Free entry

The permanent collection is free to visit

The permanent collection and many temporary exhibitions are free for all to enjoy - no booking required.

Free entry for carers to Giacometti: From Life

Carers can visit the exhibition Giacometti: From Life for free, but must book their free ticket in advance.

Arriving at the Gallery


On Friday 27 May 2022, the Gallery's Merrion Square entrance, Dargan Wing and Milltown Wing will be closed from 12pm. Please use our Clare Street entrance instead that day.


There are disabled parking spaces located outside the Merrion Square entrance to the Gallery.

Wheelchair access

All galleries and facilities are wheelchair and buggy accessible.

Assistance dogs

Visitors with guide and assistance dogs are welcome in the Gallery.



Microphones have been installed at the information and membership desks so that visitors can easily and safely converse with Gallery staff.

Wheelchairs to borrow

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.

Changing Places

The Changing Places facility is available to use. Please contact 087 117 0880 for the key and more information about this facility.

Hearing induction loops

Hearing induction loops are fitted at the information desks, the lecture theatre and Gallery Shop.

Learning and Engagement

The Gallery's Education team usually offers a range of workshops, talks and tours catering to the various needs of our visitors. While our onsite activities are reduced, we are bringing some of these activities to you online.

Tours for the hard of hearing

  • This free tour, exploring some highlights of the Gallery's permanent collection, is for individuals who are hard of hearing or have hearing impairments.
  • Listening devices will be utilised.
  • Meet your tour guide at the Merrion Square information desk.
  • This tour takes place at 5.30pm on the first Thursday of every second month.
  • Upcoming tour dates in 2022:
    • 2 June
    • 4 August 
    • 6 October
    • 1 December

Online sensory activities

  • Watch a series of short videos of activities to engage your child’s senses.
  • These creative activities are particularly suitable for those who seek out sensory input.
  • Find out more about our sensory activities.

Dementia-inclusive in-home resources

We're here to help

Please ask any member of staff for assistance, if required, as you may find the doors throughout the Gallery heavy.

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.

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]


Accessibility Statements

Gallery Accessibility Statement

This document describes the facilities and services that the Gallery offers our visitors on site. Download the Gallery's PDF accessibility statement.

Website Accessibility Statement

This statement outlines the compliance of in accordance with S.I. 258/2020. Read the website accessibility statement.


Accessibility maps

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

Download the Accessibility Map 

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