If you’re after a fun, cheap city break in Europe, you can’t go wrong with Dublin. This Irish city is famous for it’s beer, but also it’s charm, hospitality and entertainment. Doesn’t sound too cheap to me – I hear you say!
Well actually, Dublin has plenty of attractions and sights that are completely free of charge – so won’t put a dent in your budget whatsoever. Unless you end up spending things in the gift shop or duty free, that is!
I’ve always thought that the best time to visit Dublin is during the summer months – because you can really make the most of the city and scenery too. You’ll also get some great deals from hostels and flight companies during the summer season – so want to encourage summer trade!
So keep reading and enjoy your free Dublin attractions!
- The National Museum of Ireland
Fancy learning more about Irelands history and culture? Well this museum is absolutely free and charts through various exhibitions the economic, political and sociological growth of the nation. It’s a great place to spend a couple of hours, and doesn’t cost a penny – although you can donate if you want!
- Trinity college, Dublin
This college is famous in Ireland – and is the Irish version of Oxford or Cambridge. The building is pretty beautiful too – and you’ll love looking around the historical campus and gorgeous grounds too. Try not to disturb any students though – these are some of the smartest minds in the country!
- Dublin City Hall
If you want to see an example of the beautiful Georgian architecture of which Dublin is famous for – then the city hall should really be your first stop. It’s free to visit and look around and the building is actually quite breathtaking. There are even audio guides and information leaflets available in several different language, such as French, Spanish and German.
- Dublin Castle
In the very heart of the old historic Dublin you’ll find Dublin castle – a beautiful structure that is hundreds of years old. Whilst Dublin castle may not look or feel like the tradition “fairy tale” version of a castle you’re used to – it’s an amazing site to walk around and offers some great views too. It’s open to all and free – so definitely one you won’t want to miss out on.
- The Black Church
For a visit into Dublin’s past, culture and history a trip to the Black Church is definitely worth a visit. Known commonly as “the spookiest church in Dublin” this is definitely a place to bring the kids on Halloween!
Whilst they are my top five recommendations – here a few more great free spots in the city, thrown in for good measure of course:
- St Ann’s Church
- The Natural History Museum
- New Market Sq – Arts and Crafts market
- Temple Bar foods market
- Phoenix Park
- The Government Buildings
- Tailors Hall
- Henrietta Street
- Ballymun Farmers Market