The National Gallery, Irish Modern Art Museum and Chester Beatty Library are just three places you can visit in Dublin for free if you want to soak up some culture.
We recommend visiting the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street, otherwise known as the Dead Zoo which holds 10,000 exhibits including a 20-metre-long whale skeleton which hangs from the ceiling!
On a nice day, there is nothing better than a wander around the Phoenix Park looking for its most famous residents. While friendly to visitors, we do recommend you be cautious if you want to take some pictures as they are still wild animals.
Want to stay indoors? You can take a guided tour of Áras an Uachtaráin and see where Michael D. Higgins lays his head at night. The tour is free, but it’s first to come, first served so try and get there early.
Want to know more about Dublin’s rich history? There are free walking tours available all around the city – just look out for the yellow umbrellas! Tours are available daily and cover both North and South of the Liffey. Got some spare cash? Take their tour of Dublin Pubs where you can taste some local craft whiskeys or Guinness and enjoy the atmosphere! For more information visit their website HERE
Located in Glasnevin, The National Botanic Gardens is as picturesque as it gets. You can explore the glasshouses, which holds more than 15,000 species of plants and cultivar and some of which can’t be found in the wild anymore. While there you can visit a statue of Socrates or a Viking house! They also offer free guided tours and children’s art classes.
Want to extend your visit? Glasnevin Cemetery is next door to visit if you don’t get easily spooked!
For a small city, Dublin is filled to the brim with some great markets. Dun Laoghaire’s Sunday Market is one of the most popular, held on Sundays it sells local art, antiques, jeweller and lots more. You can even treat yourself to a 99 ice-cream on the pier afterwards!
Are books your thing? Temple Bar has a book market every Saturday where you can pick you a classic novel for the price of a coffee!
Want to stay indoors? The IFI in Temple Bar offers free afternoon screenings if you have a few hours to kill or just want to get out of the house. For more information on tickets and screenings, you can visit their website or box office.