National Museum of Ireland

Discover the National Museum of Ireland with a private tour guide

National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum is Ireland's premier museum and is unquestionably a 'must-see' location. It is an awe-inspiring collection of historical items. Artefacts from Irelands' fascinating past include treasured finds from prehistoric times, the Viking era, Christian crosses, the Broighter Hoard, a vast collection of gold objects, and much more besides. Beautifully displayed, over several floors, items in the Great Hall's Treasury are of particular note.

Many of the items have been discovered by chance, often in peat bogs or potato fields. It was a labourer, working in a potato field near Ardagh in County Limerick, who found the magnificent silver 8th century Ardagh Chalice, a cup, and various other items. Unaware of the spectacular nature of his find, he sold it to a local doctor for a couple of pounds.

The museum contains far more treasures than you can look at even in a full day. Let our Travel Designers arrange a private guided tour and put aside a few hours and browse the highlights of the museum's fantastic collection.

Ireland's Premier Museum

Highlights of the Museum

Don't miss seeing the Ardagh Chalice on display in the Treasury. Look for the Cross of Cong, which dates back to 1123, and was made for Tolough O'Conor, King of Connacht. It features decorative animal heads, gold wire, and enamel work. The 8th-century amber and glass Tara Brooch will wow you, as will the Broighter Hoard, which was found in the 1890s and is a collection of 1st century BC gold objects.

These are a small selection of the treasures that await your visit. 

With so much to see while you're in Dublin, it's essential to plan your time carefully, and our guides are on hand to help you. Please note the museum collection is split between Decorative Art and History at Collins Barracks - Dublin, Natural History at Merrion Street - Dublin, Archaeology at Kildare Street - Dublin and Country Life at Turlough Park in County Mayo (2hrs 45 min drive). Staying at Ashford Castle Hotel and visiting the Country Life department on a day trip is more convenient.  

Dublin's highlights
It's important to plan your time carefully with so much to see in Dublin. Travel Designers and guides are on hand to help you.

Trinity College and the Book of Kells
The College was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I 'to civilise Ireland with both learning and the Protestant religion and reform these rude people's barbarism.' - the extremely well educated Queen Elizabeth, although tact was perhaps something of a weakness.Today, in more enlightened times, Trinity welcomes all religions and genders. The Book of Kells at Trinity College described as the most beautiful book in the world. The 680 pages of Latin script and painting are fantastic with the monks who copied out and illustrated the four Gospels at the Monastery of Kells clearly very highly skilled. 

St Patricks Cathedral
St Patricks Cathedral, Ireland's largest Cathedral (300ft long), was founded here in 1190 and was where St Patrick baptised converts to Christianity. It also contains the preacher's pulpit, Jonathan Swift, whose tomb is in the south aisle. 

Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is one of the most important buildings in Irish history. During your visit to the Castle, you will be walking in the footsteps of some of the world's great and good including Benjamin franklin (1771), four state visits by Queen Victoria (between 1849 – 1900), John F Kennedy (1963), and Queen Elizabeth II (2011)to name but a few.

Christchurch Cathedral
Christchurch Cathedral, founded in 1038, stands out among the buildings on the south bank of the Liffey and is a fine example of Gothic architecture. In a glass case, an unusual exhibit is a cat and mouse around 120 years old. The cat was chasing the mouse through the organ's pipes, where both became stuck with the mouse just inches from the cat's paws. 

Kilmainham Gaol
A tour of Kilmainham Gaol is an experience not to be missed. Opened in 1796, it is a national monument. This cold place with its dark corridors and four tiny cold cells was thought to be a model prison. Those held here included sheep stealers, debtors, murders, and prostitutes. Famine victims also ended up here having committed petty crimes to be given regular meals of thin prison gruel. It's an experience that sets you thinking and sheds light on the historical conditions and times that Ireland endured. 

Touring and accommodation
Our Tour Designers will suggest a private guided tour of National Museum of Ireland and Dublin City based on your interests and preferred pace of travel and time available. We have tour guides with specialist knowledge and those with the personality to work well with families - be enlightened and entertained on a private guided tour of Ireland

Dublin is blessed with a fair number of beautiful hotels with friendly, welcoming staff. The Westbury Dublin is probably in the most desirable location in the centre of all the action and short stroll to all attractions. The Westin Dublin Hotel is also central and close to the River Liffey. Enjoy the elegance of the stunning Merrion Hotel in the historic Georgian quarter of the city. The Shelbourne Hotel is another favourite for International visitors and should be considered.

Ireland's Finest Museum

A Vast Collection of Cultural Treasures

  • Expert Private Tours Available
  • Art and History
  • Country Life
  • Natural History
  • Archaeology

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Our UK and EU office based staff will listen to what you want to see and experience.

Whether you are a honeymoon couple, a family or a corporate incentive group, our team’s collective resources will be brought together to build the experience that’s right for you.

We will require your arrival and departure dates, details of your personal preferences and places that you would like to visit as well as the events you would like to experience.

We will then prepare a draft itinerary and send it to you by email for your approval. Once agreed, we will send you a Booking Confirmation with Personalised Itinerary and Information Pack via email.

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