October 12 – Dublin
Full Irish breakfast. Discover Dublin today with a panoramic city tour including
the National Art Gallery, the Guinness Storehouse and the Chester Beatty Library
& Gallery of Oriental Art. Housed at Dublin Castle in a restored 18th century building,
the Chester Beatty Library exhibits open a window on the artistic treasures of the great
cultures and religions of the world. Its rich collection includes manuscripts, prints,
icons, miniature paintings, early printed books and objects d'art from countries across
Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
Opened in 1864 the National Gallery of Ireland houses some fine pieces, from artists
such as Jack B. Yeats, Rembrandt, El Greco, Goya and Picasso. More than 600 works are
on display in the gallery and, although there is much emphasis on Irish landscape and portraits,
every major school of European painting is well represented. A Caravaggio ~ the Taking of Christ,
was rediscovered in a Dublin Jesuit study in 1990 and it now proudly hangs in the Italian
room of the Gallery. The Dargan wing houses the imposing Shaw room lined with full-length
portraits and illuminated by a series of spectacular Waterford crystal chandeliers.
The Central Milltown Rooms were added in 1899 and house the Russborough House collection,
while the North wing was added in 1964 and it houses British and European artists.
The Millennium wing was added in 2000 to accommodate a visiting Impressionist exhibition.
Lunchtime concert at the National Concert Hall with lunch nearby.
Following a visit to the gallery, visit the Guinness Storehouse. The Guinness Brewery
in Dublin is Europe’s largest stout producing brewery and home to the Guinness Storehouse.
Opened in 1904, The Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing Guinness.
Today it houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. The visit ends
with a visit to the 7th floor Gravity bar to sample first-hand the elixir of life ~ a
pint of Guinness and enjoy a fabulous 360 degree view of Dublin. Enjoy remainder
of afternoon and evening at leisure in Dublin City. Overnight at Davenport Hotel. BL