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East Ireland Cultural Attractions Regional Picks

Ireland is known throughout the world for its rich, diverse culture - and East Ireland is very much at the centre of that. Visitors to Dublin and the surrounding counties will be spoilt for choice when looking for convert venues, art galleries and literary points of interest.

Cultural Tourist Attractions

Literary Points of Interest

The East of Ireland, and especially Dublin, has long been held in high regard when it comes to its literary heritage. Amazingly, for such a relatively small population (compared with other cities of the world), Dublin has produced three Nobel Prize for Literature winners; W.B Yeats in 1923, George Bernard Shaw in 1925 and Samuel Beckett in 1969. Bram Stoker (Dracula-1897), Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels-1726) and James Joyce (Ulysses-1922) are just three others in a large list of global icons to have been born in Dublin.

Today, Dublin is a treat for anyone looking to trace Ireland's literary past or wander through some of the most comprehensive libraries and independent bookshops anywhere in the world. Dublin's jewel in its literary crown is The Book of Kells, an internationally celebrated 9th-century manuscript housed in Trinity College, weaving intricate symbolism with ornate Latin text. The other regions of the East are also well covered with bookshops and libraries, especially the larger towns. Below you can find a list of the best spots in Ireland's East to get your literary fix.

The Book of Kells Exhibition Dublin

  • One of the planet's most cherished manuscripts, the Book of Kells dates back over 800 years. It is preserved in Trinity College, Dublin.
  • +353 (01) 896 1000
  • tcd.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • College Green, Dublin City
  • Open daily from 9.30a.m to 5p.m (12 Noon to 4.30 on Sunday)

Dublin City Archives Dublin

  • Holding records of Dublin City's civic government from 1171 up until the late 20th century.
  • +353 (01) 674 4999
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Pearse St, Dublin City
  • Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10a.m to 8p.m. Friday & Saturday 10a.m to 5p.m

Pearse Street Library Dublin

  • Pearse Street Library stores records of, mainly Dublin based, daily newspapers and periodicals dating back to 1909. Today it is mainly used by researchers & students, as well as members of the public.
  • +353 (01) 6744 888
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Pearse St, Dublin City
  • Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10a.m to 8p.m. Friday & Saturday 10a.m to 5p.m

National Library of Ireland Dublin

  • The National Library of Ireland features 8 million items. It also houses the largest single collection of W.B Yeat's work, over 2,000 items.
  • +353 (01) 603 0277
  • nli.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Kildare St, Dublin City
  • Open daily from 9.30a.m to 7.45p.m (Closed Sunday)

The James Joyce Centre Dublin

  • A museum dedicated to the appreciation of the writings and life of James Joyce. Located in a 1784 Georgian town house and featuring Joyce's writing table and a library of his work.
  • +353 (01) 878 8547
  • jamesjoyce.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Rotunda, Dublin City
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10a.m to 5p.m. Sunday 12 Noon to 5p.m. (Closed Monday)

Marsh's Library Dublin

  • Ireland's oldest public library (opened in 1707). Marsh's Library was founded by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh and today contains over 25,000 books.
  • +353 (01) 454 3511
  • marshlibrary.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • St. Patrick's Close, Dublin City
  • Open 9:30a.m to 5.00p.m Weekdays (Closed Tuesday). Saturday 10a.m to 5p.m. (Closed Sunday)

Martello Tower Dublin

  • James Joyce is said to have taken inspiration from Martello Tower, for his writing of Ulysses, during his time living here in 1904. It is now a museum dedicated to Joyce.
  • +353 (01) 454 3511
  • joycetower.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Sandycove, Co. Dublin
  • Open Daily from 10a.m to 4p.m

Kildare Town Library Kildare

  • +353 (045) 520 235
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Claregate St, Co.Kildare
  • Open Tuesday & Wednesday 2p.m to 5p.m. Thursday 1p.m to 8p.m. Friday 9.30a.m to 5p.m. Saturday 9.30a.m to 12 Noon. (Closed Sunday & Monday)

Ashbourne Library Meath

  • +353 (01) 835 8185
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Ashbourne, Co. Meath
  • Open Monday 2p.m to 5p.m. Tuesday & Thursday 10a.m to 8.30p.m. Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10a.m to 8.30p.m. (Closed Sunday)

Greystones Library Wicklow

  • +353 (01) 287 3548
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Greystones, Co. Wicklow
  • Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 10a.m to 5p.m. Tuesday & Thursday 10a.m to 8p.m. (Closed Sunday)

Art Galleries & Installations

The art scene in Dublin is Ireland's most vibrant and is also home to Ireland's premier art gallery, the National Gallery of Ireland. Housing European art from between the 14th and 20th centuries, the National Gallery of Ireland welcomed 1,006,846 visitors in 2017. Dublin is also home to numerous art galleries of varying sizes, from smaller coffee shop settings to larger galleries where you could easily spend a few hours wandering around. Across the rest of the East of Ireland, in the larger towns, you will also find some small to medium-sized art galleries.

National Gallery of Ireland Dublin

  • +353 (01) 661 5133
  • nationalgallery.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Merrion Square W, Dublin City
  • Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 9.15a.m to 5.30p.m. Thursday 9.15a.m to 8.30p.m. Sunday 11a.m to 5.30p.m.

The Doorway Gallery Dublin

Dublin City Gallery Dublin

  • +353(01) 222 5550
  • hughlane.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Rotunda, Dublin City
  • Open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9.45a.m to 6p.m. Saturday 10a.m to 5p.m. Sunday 11a.m to 5p.m.(Closed Monday)

Sol Art Gallery Dublin

Jorgensen Art Gallery Dublin

Kerlin Gallery Dublin

Temple Bar Gallery Dublin

Douglas Hyde Gallery Dublin

  • +353 (01) 896 1116
  • douglashydegallery.com
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Trinity College, Dublin City
  • Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 11a.m to 6p.m.Thursday 11a.m to 7p.m. Saturdasy 11a.m to 4.45p.m. (Closed Sunday)

Duke Street Gallery Dublin

Solomon Fine Art Dublin

The Molesworth Gallery Dublin

Olivier Cornet Gallery Dublin

Kilcock Art GalleryKildare

Redmond Fine ArtKildare

Punchestown Art GalleryKildare

  • +353 (0) 86 245 2765
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Baltracey, Co. Kildare
  • Open Saturday only 2p.m to 5p.m.

Pats Art StudioMeath

Solstice Arts Centre Meath

The Wicklow Art Gallery Wicklow

Avoca Studio Gallery Wicklow

Music & Concert Venues

The 3 Arena, in Dublin city's North Dock, is Ireland's premier music venue, with a capacity of 13,000 people and holding a major international concert every 3 to 4 nights, on average. Dublin City is also home to some of Ireland's more well known, albeit smaller venues such as Whelan's and Vicar Street. Outside of Dublin, the main hub for live music in the East is County Kildare, where the towns of Greystones and Newbridge both have vibrant live music scenes.

The AcademyDublin

The DC Music ClubDublin

Whelan'sDublin

  • +353 (0) 87 682 5306
  • whelanslive.com
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Wexford St, Dublin City
  • Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 5p.m to 2a.m. Friday & Saturday 5p.m to 3a.m. Sunday 5p.m to 1.30a.m.

Vicar StreetDublin

RDS VenueDublin

3ArenaDublin

BelloBar Dublin

National Concert Hall Dublin

Button Factory Dublin

Olympia Theatre Dublin

CMWS Hall Kildare

Riverbank Arts Centre Kildare

The Hot Spot Music Club Kildare

Other Regions of Ireland