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Top 10 Free Tourist Attractions in Ireland


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Top 10 Free Tourist Attractions in Ireland

  1. 1. Top 10 Free Attractions in Ireland
  2. 2. Free Tourist Attractions • One of the best things about Ireland is the number of attractions • Some of the free attractions are among the top attractions in the country • A visitor could enjoy days on end visiting attractions in Ireland for free. Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. Top 10 Free Attractions • National Gallery of Ireland • National Botanic Gardens • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology • Irish Museum of Modern Art • Farmleigh House • National Museum of Decorative Arts • National Museum of Natural History • Chester Beatty Library • Science Gallery • Holy Cross Abbey Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. The National Gallery
  5. 5. National Gallery of Ireland • The National Gallery in Dublin is home to more than 14,000 works of art. • This includes 5,000 drawings, as many prints and about 2,500 oil paintings. • One of the most popular pieces in the gallery is Meeting on the Turret Stairs. • National Gallery is open every day of the year except for Good Friday and 24 to 26 December. • Entry always free, although additional exhibitions can have an admittance fee Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. The Botanical Gardens
  7. 7. The Botanical Gardens • The gardens occupy nearly 20 hectares of land in central Dublin • Orchids are particularly important to the gardens • David Moore led the world’s first successful project to propagate orchids from seed. • 20,000 samples of plant products, including seeds, dried fibres, artefacts and extracts are displayed in a museum alongside artefacts related to the history of the garden. • The architecture of the gardens is fascinating • The restaurant and coffee shop in the Visitor Centre serves hot and cold food throughout the day. Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
  8. 8. National Museum - Archaeology
  9. 9. National Museum - Archaeology • The National Museum of Ireland is actually split into four locations, each with its own focus. • The museums of Decorative Arts and History, Natural History and Country Life are located variously around the country. • As with so many of Ireland’s national treasures, admission is free. Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
  10. 10. National Museum - Archaeology • These are among the highlights of the archaeology museum • The Treasury – Exhibit of medieval craftsmanship. • Kingship and Sacrifice – Exhibition of Iron Age remains found in County Offaly in 2003. • Ór – Ireland’s Gold – Bronze Age gold work is the focus of this exhibit. • Ancient Ireland – Artifacts from the Stone Age through the Middle Ages. Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
  11. 11. Museum of Modern Art
  12. 12. Museum of Modern Art • Ireland’s leading collection of contemporary and modern art. • Opened during the 1990s and has since played a leading role in promoting art awareness and appreciation. • IMMA attracts more than 400,000 visitors annually • 3,500 works of art focusing on Irish artists • Free public tours of the collection are offered from Tuesday to Friday and again on Sunday at 2:30 pm. – On Saturdays, tours run at noon and 4 pm. • There’s a gift shop on the ground floor where visitors can pick up books, prints and other materials related to the IMMA collection. Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
  13. 13. Farmleigh House
  14. 14. Farmleigh House • Farmleigh is an architectural masterpiece • Over 300,000 visitors years • Originally served as the Dublin residence for the Guinness family. • Only the ground floor and gardens of Farmleigh are open to the public • House Features – Six columns of Connemara marble and an ornate chimney piece with carved marble inlays. – The Ballroom is indicative of turn-of-the-century social architecture. Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
  15. 15. National Museum – Decorative
  16. 16. National Museum – Decorative Arts • The National Museum are located in the impressive Collins Barracks • The barracks are named for Michael Collins, a freedom fighter • First floor highlights – Largest collection of silver anywhere in the world, all sourced from Ireland – 1,000 years of Irish coins • Second floor highlights – Irish country furniture – Reconstructed Irish country kitchen • Third Floor – Clothing and jewelry from the 18th century to present day Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
  17. 17. National History Musem
  18. 18. National History Museum • Natural History Museum is actually a museum of museums, as it has been spectacularly maintained in its original Victorian style. • Locals jokingly refer to the natural history museum as ‘The Dead Zoo’. • The best exhibits are found in the Irish Room, which is populated with a host of indigenous species. • There are hundreds of animals on display, but the showpiece is a collection of three Irish Elk skeletons. • The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
  19. 19. Chester Beatty Library
  20. 20. Chester Beatty Library • The Chester Beatty Library is located in Dublin’s Clock Tower Building. • The millions Chester made in copper allowed him to pursue his passion for ancient manuscripts and Asian art. • Chester Beatty bequeathed the Chester Beatty Library to Dublin in 1956. • The exhibits are divided into the following collections: • East Asian collection: – These collections are representative of the type of collecting Beatty did in his early years. • Islamic collection: – Many experts consider Beatty’s Islamic Collections to be among the finest in the world. The manuscripts span the 8th to 20th centuries • Western collection: – Among these collections, you’ll find everything from millennia-old cuneiform tablets to thousands of Old Master prints and drawings. Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
  21. 21. The Science Gallery
  22. 22. The Science Gallery • This is the newest gallery in Dublin opened in 2008. • This is a 21st-century museum experience to the fullest, complete with hands-on exhibits, multimedia displays and the chance to get involved with science at every turn. • The gallery bills itself as a world-first and a place where ‘art and science collide’. • The gallery also hosts a regular schedule of events throughout the year. • Google recently gifted the institute with a grant to launch the Global Science Gallery Network. • There are currently two in operation – here in Dublin as well as in London – with plans to open more in New York, Melbourne, Bangalore and Singapore. Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
  23. 23. Holy Cross Abbey
  24. 24. Chester Beatty Library • Holy Cross Abbey Located is located in County Tipperary • It’s a Cistercian monastery and important pilgrimage point, accounting for the more than 200,000 visitors it welcomes each year. • The abbey is named for a relic (called the holy rood) of the cross of Christ. • During the medieval ages, belief that this was an actual fragment of the cross of Christ brought pilgrims to Ireland in great numbers. • The abbey became an icon of religious freedom as well as of Irish sovereignty. • The church itself is cruciform in shape, complete with a nave, chancel and transepts. • Each window of the abbey has a different design, and they’re known as ‘flame windows’ for their flamboyant treatment. • The abbey’s medieval friezes and stone carvings are exceptional. Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved
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