National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
Ireland's most important cultural institution was established in 1877 as the primary repository of the nation’s archaeological...
Guided Tour of Oireachtas
Pre-arranged guided tours of the Oireachtas (houses of parliament) are available when parliament is in session (but not sitting).
All the big decisions are made at the Oireachtas (parliament). This Palladian mansion was built as a city residence for James...
The award-winning cafe of this branch of the National Museum of Ireland serves excellent salads, sandwiches and hot dishes such chicken,...
Kildare St · interesting places nearby
National Library information
Suitably sedate and elegant, the National Library was built from 1884 to 1890 by Sir Thomas Newenham Deane, at the same time and to a similar design as the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. Its extensive collection has many valuable early manuscripts, first editions and maps.
Parts of the library are open to the public, including the domed reading room where Stephen Dedalus expounded his views on Shakespeare in James Joyce's Ulysses .
There’s a Genealogy Advisory Service on the 2nd floor, where you can obtain free information on how best to trace your Irish roots.
For those prints that are worth a thousand words, you’ll have to head down to Temple Bar to the National Photographic Archive extension of the library, for which you'll need to pick up a reader's ticket (look for the Readers Ticket Office in the main building).