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- Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010
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Free things to do in Dublin
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If you are paying a visit to the capital city of Ireland soon then make sure to read on! There are lots of free things to do in Dublin at any time of year and they range from top tourist attractions to hidden gems. So if you booked into a cheap hostel in Dublin and want to continue saving money on your Dublin trip then read on to find out all the things you can do in Dublin for free!
If you are sitting in a Dublin hostel but feel like a walk and an escape from the noise of the city centre then you never have to go too far to find one of Dublin’s parks. Parks are one of the great Dublin attractions that can be found scattered all over the city. If you are around Dublin’s North-side then check out the Phoenix Park which is also home to Dublin Zoo and the president’s home - Áras an Uachtaráin. Also on the north-side but in the city centre you can find The Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square. This is small garden but the perfect place to sit in on a nice day. On the South-side take a walk around St. Stephen’s Green with beautiful ponds and flower beds. Dublin parks are the perfect choice for a free thing to do in Dublin and a perfect way of Dublin sightseeing.
If you get even a hint of a nice day in Dublin then get up and out of your Dublin hostel and make your way over to Glasnevin to a top Dublin attraction - the Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens are a great way to spend a few hours in Dublin and are also a great free thing to do in Dublin. If you just want a walk in a nice surrounding then this is the perfect choice as there are some great walkways, bridges and ponds running through the gardens. Also, if you want to learn more about the garden’s collections then the Botanical Gardens are a wealth of information for would be botanists or just those with an interest. There are many greenhouses and are an educational hub for all ages also. After all that walking around and looking at flowers you might be in need of a rest so get booking your cheap Dublin hostel here...
Museums and Art Galleries
Often referred to as the land of saints and scholars, Ireland has produced some of the world’s greatest artists. Some of the most popular Dublin attractions are museums and galleries that can be found all over the city. And the best thing is that most of these are free! Some of the best Dublin sightseeing includes museums such as the National of Museum of Decorative Arts & History which is housed in Collins Barracks on Benburb Street. Another great Dublin museum that can sometimes be overlooked as it lies in the shade of Dublin Castle is the Chester Beatty Library and Gallery of Oriental Art in Stable Yard of Dublin Castle. Galleries such as The Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane is a must see for one of the best contemporary art collections in Dublin. So if art and culture is what you look for in a city break then Dublin is for you. And seeing as they are all of these are free things to do in Dublin you can go exploring the rest of city with a full wallet! Check out our Dublin City guide for more things to do in Dublin!
Often referred to as the new part of Dublin, one look at the skyline around Dublin’s Docklands will tell you why. Dublin’s Docklands make the perfect setting for a walk along the River Liffey. This part of Dublin city has seen some major redevelopment over recent years to its buildings, particularly around the area called The Point which is now home to The O2 concert venue. If you walk towards the city centre from The O2 you will be met with some great Dublin sights on both sides of The Liffey including the Famine Memorial sculptures, The Jeanie Johnston replica ship, Grand Canal Square, The Samuel Beckett bridge and lots of great cafes and restaurants.
Walk from the north side to the south side
For many locals walking from the north side of the city centre to the south side is a daily occurrence. However, there really is so much to see along this short route. Dublin’s city centre is compact and you can walk to and from either side in a short space of time. However, we think that one of the best free things to do in Dublin walk along here and take in everything along the route. Start around O’Connell Street by The Ambassador Theatre and walk up the middle of one of Europe’s widest streets. Along O’Connell Street you will encounter many statues and monuments of important figures from Ireland’s past. You’ll also come across the GPO which is of big importance in the battle for Ireland’s freedom in 1916. You’ll also come across one of Dublin’s newer monuments – the Spire. Once you cross O’Connell Bridge you’re in the South-side. Make your way up towards Grafton Street past more monuments and great architecture and take all the Dublin sights, sounds and shops along the pedestrianised Grafton Street. From here go across to St. Stephen’s Green and enjoy some more things to do for free in Dublin in this city park.
Take a walk around Kilmainham Hospital which is now home to the Irish Museum of Modern Art and its grounds. Walk through the Richmond Guard Tower and up the long avenue towards the Hospital. By the museum you can also enjoy the Formal Gardens. Around Kilmainham you will also find the Irish National War Memorial Gardens and visit Kilmainham Gaol which is a huge Dublin sightseeing attraction, but you have to pay a fee to access the jail. Spending some time walking around Kilmainham is a one of many great things to do for free in Dublin!