Dublin For Free
Everyone travels on a budget of one sort or another, so it can be really handy to be able to stretch the pennies a little further by mixing a few free visits into your hectic schedule! Dublin is an ideal city to do this with its long history and reputation for arts and culture, and their willingness to share it for free!
A great way to refresh your body and soul after a heavy night out is to visit one of Dublin’s amazing green spaces. Breathe deep the clear air heavy with the scent of flowers still in bloom and the distant sounds of traffic reduced to a gentle background lullaby. St Stephen’s Green is right in the centre and famous for the garden for the blind which has plants specially selected for their scent. Phoenix Park is a little out of the centre but not far from Generator – it’s a huge rambling park that hosts running races like the Dublin Marathon. Check out the Magazine Fort and the Phoenix Column.
Arts Galleries and Museums
In many cities National Art Galleries and Museums have free entry which is great for the traveller on a budget. Places that should be on your tick list anyway include the Science Gallery where science and art collide, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Trinity College Library and all three locations for the national Museum of Ireland.
Dublin is a city chock full of talent on every street corner you can get a free show from a pack of brightly coloured jugglers, a soulful guitarist or an authentic traditional Irish artist with a traditional Irish instrument. So make the most of a spot of dry weather and simply wander the Temple Bar streets to catch the action, you can even do a spot of free window shopping at the same time.
Dublin is a historic city and a short walk will have you cross paths of some of the most beautiful and ancient architecture in Europe. Wander around the gorgeous Georgian Merrion Square and see the statue of Oscar Wilde who used to live there. Try O’Connell Street it is the city’s main street and has the awe inspiring Spire and loads of statues of famous Irish faces dotted along it. For a quick window on some turbulent Irish history head for the GPO building and see if you can spot the bullet holes from the 1916 Easter Rising. While you are here walk along the Ha’penny Bridge which is one of the most famous Dublin sights in the world.
Not to mention there are simply loads of stunning churches in Dublin for some moving architecture like St Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral.
Free Live Music
Whelan’s is not only a top notch Irish pub but also one of the best live music venues in the city. While big acts like Hatebreed and Seamus Fogarty will be ticketed, often there are free gigs from lesser known bands. These are usually local bands that are just starting out. You never know you could be listening to the next U2 or Thin Lizzy.