Dublin is a city full of cultural attractions and interesting areas to go, but during an exchange program, the tight budget does not always allow spending too much money. However, when you are informed about the landmarks of the city, searching for nice places that you can visit for free is not too difficult. Luckily, the Irish Capital has some really good options. I made a list with 7 places to visit without spending anything in Dublin. Check it out:
1. Start with a free organised walking tour around Dublin
It’s always nice to know more about the place where live in. Its history and the important events that have happened on the streets you pass on every day. Therefore, it’s a smart idea to do a free walking tour around Dublin, plus the side benefits are that this is healthy and good for your pocket.
I took one of those tours a few months ago. It starts every morning from the Dublin City Hall (Dame St, Dublin). The tour is free, but you can contribute with whatever amount you want at the end. During the tour I went to the Dublin Castle, the gardens behind it where some important people arrive in Ireland, the Trinity College, the Molly Malone statue and a few others cool spots.
During the walk, the tour guide tells the story about those places, and I could find out many interesting things about Dublin. I will not spoil them for you though.
Look for some example tours here
2. Stephen’s Green
The park is one of the most famous attractions in Dublin and has lots of beautiful scenes to explore. During the spring and summer, the place is perfect for enjoying a sunny day, take some snacks from home and spend the whole afternoon on Stephen’s Green lawns that are always chosen by many people doing the same.
Even in the autumn and winter, the landscape of the park gets a whole new charm, and it’s magnificent to take some photos, have hot chocolate watching the ducks on the lake and enjoy the cozy atmosphere.
3. Trinity College Dublin
The famous Irish university is one of my favorite places in Dublin, and I love going there just to enjoy the beautiful architecture, watch the college students run to their classes and walk around the campus. To visit the famous library Book of Kells you have to pay but the rest is free. You can also go there to have a pint at the University pub or watch a game on the grass field.
4. Dublin Botanical Garden
Many people do not know this, but the Dublin Botanical Garden has free to enter and opens every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, during the week, and from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, on Saturdays and Sundays. The place is not exactly in the city center (Glasnevin, Botanic, Dublin 9), but to get there you just need to take a single bus or go cycling.
At the Botanic Garden, you can walk through the gardens, see the greenhouses (there are several and they are all very special), and come across some very cute squirrels along the way.
5. National Gallery of Ireland
Finding out that I could visit this gallery for free was one of the best surprises of my study abroad. The National Gallery of Ireland is so beautiful and has an amazing collection. Works by artists like Diego Velázquez, Gabriël Metsu, and many more.
You can visit the gallery as many times as you want, and its location is perfect, in the city center, very close to Trinity College (Merrion Square W, Dublin 2, Ireland) and my school.
6. Phoenix Park
This is another place that is not exactly in the center of Dublin, but just a bus or bike ride away. You can visit the park for free, and it’s one of the largest parks in Europe, with more than seven kilometers in length. One of the cool things you’ll find at Phoenix Park are the deer that live freely there, and they are super calm and cute around visitors. The park is open every day throughout the year and has no opening or closing hours.
7. Natural History Museum
Another cool museum to go for free is the Natural History Museum, built in 1856 and with a collection of more than ten thousand different animal carcasses. On the ground floor, known as the Irish Room, you will find many native animals of Ireland. On the first floor, more exotic species like mammals from all over the world.
The Natural History Museum is on Merrion Street, and opens Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays, from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Author: Juliana Hansen