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Dublin on a Budget: Free and Cheap Activities

  • Thu, 6 Jun 2024

Introduction to Dublin’s Budget-Friendly Attractions 

Dublin, Ireland is a very popular destination for many travellers. The city is full of rich history, interesting cultural traditions, and friendly locals. It is important to note that a trip to Dublin does not need to be extraordinarily expensive. The city offers a wide range of free and affordable attractions for budget-conscious travellers. You don’t have to break the bank to have a good time in Dublin.  


Free Museums and Cultural Sites 

Visiting the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History offers a rich cultural experience for visitors. This free museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts that illustrate Ireland’s decorative arts over the centuries.  

The National Gallery of Ireland is another free museum where patrons can explore an impressive collection of European and Irish art.  

To add to that, Trinity College is a must-see destination for any visitor. The college’s historic campus is beautiful, especially its Georgian buildings. Walking through the campus is free. While there, one could pay a fee to see the Book of Kells, a masterpiece of medieval art.  


Affordable Eats in Dublin 

Even though Dublin is known for its high prices, there are still many affordable places to eat. Bambino is a popular pizza place in town. Prices for a single slice start at €4.50, and the restaurant serves very large portions.  

There are also several cheap cafes in Dublin such as Café Crema. They offer a range of sandwiches and pastries for less than €10.  

For a nicer meal, Boeuf & Frites offers a meal of steak, bread, bottomless fries, and profiteroles for €29.95 per person.  


Dublin’s Parks and Outdoor Spaces 

St. Stephen’s Green is a beautifully landscaped park in the heart of Dublin. This tranquil, green oasis has well-maintained lawns, colourful flower beds, and a picturesque lake.  

Merrion Square Park is another peaceful, green space in the city. It has walking paths as well as a playground. These outdoor spaces are especially nice places for travellers to visit as parks provide valuable respite from a hectic trip.  


Walking Tours on a Budget 

There are many pay-what-you-like guided tours offered throughout Dublin. These tours do not have any fees to join them, but you can tip the tour guide however much you think they deserve. Visitors can find out about these free walking tours in websites like Guru Walk. They offer a wide range of tours from ones about the highlights of the city’s North and South side as well as ones on Dublin’s history of rebellion and independence.  


Live Music 

There are many ways to see free live music in Dublin. For instance, there are often street performers on Grafton Street showing off their musical talent.  

Additionally, people are often playing traditional live music in pubs throughout Dublin. A notable pub tourists should visit is The Flowing Tide. 


Public Transport Tips 

The cheapest way to travel around Dublin is by using the TFI system. This includes the buses, the tram (called the LUAS), and the train (known as the DART). The easiest way to pay for these would be by loading money onto a Leap Card. A young adult aged 19 to 25 can apply for a Young Adult Leap Card to receive 50% off public transport fares.  


Conclusion and Additional Resources 

Dublin’s combination of free cultural attractions, scenic parks, affordable local experiences, and budget-friendly accommodations makes it an appealing destination for budget-conscious travellers. With its rich history, lively atmosphere, and welcoming locals, Dublin offers a memorable experience for frugal visitors.