Top free things to do in Dublin
We all know visiting an exciting city like Dublin can be expensive – but this doesn’t always need to be the case. In Dublin there is so much to do for free! Why not sit back and peruse Generator Hostel Dublin’s guide to Dublin for free?
Museums and Galleries in Dublin
Dublin is full to the gills with culture and a strong history of great artists, writers, scientists and historians. More importantly most of Dublin’s museums are free entry. Visit the National Museum in Kildare Street for an exciting excursion into the archaeological history of the emerald isle, tracing a line back to pre-Ireland Ireland! The National Gallery of Ireland is a great (and free!) way of getting a taste of Irish art and culture. A highlight of the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection is the works of Jack B Yeats; the portrait collection includes depictions of famous Irishmen and women including Swift, Maeve Binchy and Seamus Healy amongst others. The collection sits along-side exciting works by Dillon as well as intriguing and troubling paintings from Caravaggio and Goya.
Other great free museums to visit include The National Museum in Collins Barracks, the Natural History Museum and the Chester Beatty Library and Gallery of Oriental Art.
History and Politics in Dublin
Dublin has a wealth of historical and political buildings to visit. These sites offer great insights into the forming of modern Ireland and are, again, all available to you for free! Leinster House was originally the ducal palace of the Duke of Leinster but now houses the meeting place for the Irish Parliament. Intended as a temporary meeting place in 1922 it’s remained so since. Visiting Leinster House while staying at Generator Hostel Dublin can give you a unique insight into the workings of Irish politics. The grounds are beautiful and worth a visit for this alone. Dublin castle is free on the first Wednesday of every month, giving you the chance to see the fortified centre of English rule in Ireland.
Parks and Gardens in Dublin
If the grounds of Leinister House weren’t enough then you could always explore the beautiful green spaces found throughout Dublin. Naturally, this is completely free! St. Stephan’s Green is a great place to visit if you need to relax, wind down or find a little space away from Dublin’s busy streets. Covering 22 acres and filled with walkways, fountains and two small lakes it’s superb for summer afternoons and brisk winter walks. It’s also got tons of culture for you to discover including memorials to writers such as Yeats (designed by Henry Moore) and James Joyce, as well as tributes to important historical events such as The Great Famine.
Merrion Square Park is a smaller, but a no less notable park which is east of St. Stephan’s Green and opposite the National Gallery of Ireland. Merrion Square Park also contains one of the most famous statues in Dublin, that of Oscar Wilde, who lived at no.1 on the square until 1876. The statue is nothing if not fittingly eccentric.
Churches of Dublin
Dublin has over 300 churches and you’ll see many of them while wandering around the city – there are a few worth visiting specially however. St. Mary’s on Marlborough Street has an inspiring choir for Sunday mass and Christ Church Cathedral is an imposing and impressive medieval structure with plenty to explore from the bell tower right down to the crypts. Entry is free with a Dublin Pass (ask at the generator Hostel Dublin travel shop for more details) and is well worth a visit. St. Ann’s Church on Dawson Street is noted for its eclectic mixing of architectural styles over the centuries and odd omissions from the original designs; as such it’s a much loved mongrel amongst many of Dublin’s churches.
Have a Drink in Dublin’s Oldest Pub
While not exactly free, don’t you think you deserve a pint of Guinness after a long day of thrifty sight-seeing? If so there are few better places to visit than The Brazen Head. This pub claims to be the oldest pub in Dublin having been established in 1198. It serves great food and drink as well as providing some of the liveliest traditional Irish music in the city. With only a few Euros in your pocket to ensure you’re well fed and watered anyone can explore and enjoy almost everything Dublin has to offer, completely free! Dublin offers many cost-effective ways of getting around too including pedal power, boat and a large amphibious vehicle! Check out our top 5 ways of getting around Dublin.