Café & Gardens

Café & Gardens

MoLI’s opening in 2019 will see the unveiling of our newly landscaped gardens and garden café.

After spending time in the museum, visitors can relax in MoLI’s café which opens out into our beautiful tranquil garden, a hidden south-facing oasis in the heart of the city centre. Sit beneath a 200 year old strawberry tree and enjoy an authentic Dublin breakfast or lunch surrounded by flowers, birdsong and the rustling of trees in a garden that is completely insulated from the noise of the city.  

James Joyce (second from left) graduating at UCD Newman House, 1902.
Reproduced from the original negative in UCD Special Collections by kind permission of Professor Helen Solterer


The gardens contain two protected trees, most notably the tree that James Joyce had his graduation photograph taken against. We hope that the gardens will continue to be a place of reading, learning, and gentle enjoyment of nature.

Our gardens also connect to the Iveagh Gardens, sometimes called Dublin’s ‘Secret Gardens’, another wonderful place to relax in the city whilst being only a few minutes walk from Grafton Street. MoLI is not just a museum, it is an incredible green space in the heart of the city.  

We will have further exciting announcements relating to our café and gardens in the coming months. If you’d like to find out more, why not subscribe to our newsletter below.

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