Planning on visiting Dublin on a budget? Despite its expensive reputation, there are plenty of things you can do in Dublin for free!
Here are my favorite FREE Dublin activities:
Free Museums and Galleries
A few of my favorites are the IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art – pictured above), the National Museum of Ireland and Dublin City Gallery.
A wander around Trinity College is completely free. Soak in the buzzing atmosphere of this inspiring campus and be taken back to the days when Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift used to drift over the cobbles.
Take a Stroll in the Park
For the best picnic spots visit quaint St Stephen’s Green and get lost in the mammoth Phoenix Park.
Check out Dublin’s Literary History
Literary buffs are spoiled for choice but start with the quirky Sweny’s Pharmacy (featured in Joyce’s Ulysses) at Lincolns Place. Volunteers at the pharmacy perform free readings of Joyce’s work in a variety of languages. Finnegan’s Wake in French anyone?
Listen to Live Music
I was lucky enough to accidentally time my visit with TradFest 2015, meaning that live music was in abundance. Regardless of when you visit, you will always be able to stumble across a man with a fiddle.
Watch the buskers at Temple Bar or find a cosy corner in a local pub to watch some traditional performers. Head to the Cobblestone Pub for cheap pints and guaranteed Irish music every night.
Stroll along the Liffey by night to see the lights dance on the water, and explore Dublin’s cobbled back streets during the day. Dublin also runs a fantastic free walking tour, which I’m always a big fan of. Find out more here.
Have you visited Dublin? What were your favorite free activities? Let me know in the comments below or via my social media pages.