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Free Things to Do in Dublin

Being only a short flight away over the Irish Sea, Dublin is a fairly affordable city break destination with great deals on flights and reasonably priced hotels available almost year-round. After getting such a great deal the last thing you want is to find that the costs of your holiday activities have left you broke, so are sharing some great tips on how to enjoy Dublin city breaks without breaking the bank!

Trinity College

Trinity College is one of the most famous sites in Dublin and it’s open to the public! An admission fee applies to see the Book of Knells, but you can wander around the grounds and see the beautiful architecture for free.

Dublin Castle

The guided tours of the castle are only available for a fee, but the castle grounds are open to all at no charge and the exterior of the Georgian building is impressive in itself. The Chester Beatty Library is also free to enter.

Walking Tours

Free guided walking tours depart daily and cover the city’s main sights including O’Connell Street, Christchurch Cathedral and Temple Bar. Alternatively if you want to go it alone, you can find some great self-guided tours on TripAdvisor’s City Guide app.

St Stephen’s Green

If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, visit the central haven of St Stephen’s Green where locals and visitors alike stretch out on the lawns and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. There are even free concerts in summer.

Museums and Galleries

Dublin has a great selection of free museums and galleries to help visitors soak up the history and culture of the city! Try one of the three National Museums, focusing on archaeology, decorative art and natural history, or art lovers can head to the National Gallery of Ireland.

Experience Dublin with a Local

To discover the real Dublin, visit and get yourself a Dubliner for the day! These volunteers will show you around the city, take you to their favourite spots, and don’t even charge you for the privilege. You should probably buy them dinner though…

Live Music

Many pubs and bars host live bands at the weekends, and don’t charge any entry fee. The bands are generally of a pretty high standard and you can find everything from contemporary pop to Irish folk, all for the price of a drink!


Dublin has a range of markets on offer where independent sellers display their unique goods. Try Newmarket Square Arts & Craft and The Loft Market for quirky jewellery and handicrafts, or visit Temple Bar Food Market for delicious local fare.


Whatever time of year you visit Dublin there is sure to be a festival in progress, and the majority offer free events to the public! Try the Temple Bar TradFest in January, St Patrick’s Day in March, or Dublin Fringe Festival in September.

Dublin Bikes

To see the city a bit faster, hop on a bike and go for a ride. There are rental stations all over the city, and if you return your bike within 30 minutes there’s no charge. If you do want longer, a 3-day rental costs just €5.

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