Dublin City is famed for its friendly locals, buzzing bars and great ‘craic’. But it’s also known for great value, too. Here are 10 ways to enjoy Dublin City for next to nothing
1. The Ha’Penny Flea Market in The Grand Social
Each Saturday, one of Dublin’s best live music venues, The Grand Social, transforms into an eclectic flea market. Within sight of the Ha’Penny Bridge, the market is a mish-mash of vintage clothes, vinyl records, retro furniture and crafts. Bargain-hunters take note.
2. Creepy mummies!
Deep underneath St Michan’s Church lies an ancient crypt. A strange dryness to the atmosphere has resulted in the natural mummification of the crypt’s residents! The creepy remains are on display in dusty open coffins. All sorts of odd tales and legends surround the crypt. With only a small admission fee, this is well worth a visit.
3. Hit the park
Pack a picnic head for the city’s playground: The Phoenix Park. A whopping 1,752 acres of lush parkland make up the park that encompasses Dublin Zoo. It’s a wonderland of historic monuments, gorgeous gardens and wildlife. The President of Ireland lives here, so be sure to say hello if you see him at Áras an Uachtaráin! Grab something tasty from the Victorian Tea Kiosk and take in the beautiful surrounds.
4. Temple Bar Gallery of Photography
Temple Bar is where Dublin City goes to party. But away from the nightlife, the area is the cultural centre of the city, too. The Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar has been the beating heart of Irish photography for decades. Cutting-edge exhibits and modern architecture combine to make this gallery a city favourite.
5. Pick up a pastry at the Queen of Tarts
Time for a bite! Indulge your sweet tooth at the Queen of Tarts. Crumbling pastries, warm apple pies, cherry-topped cupcakes…it’s nearly too much yummy-ness to handle! The outside terrace makes it the perfect place for a spot of people watching, too. Inside it’s so cosy you may not want to leave.
6. Science explosion!
Welcome to the place where art and science collide! This is not your usual science museum; it’s a science gallery. The red-hot scientific issues of the day are thrust under the microscope via engaging and interactive exhibitions! It’s also the kind of place where you feel slightly more intelligent upon exit.
7. Leapin’ leprechauns!
Top o’ the mornin’ to you…etc, etc. When it comes to clichés, we’ve got our fair share! The Leprechaun Museum reveals the hidden world of those elusive rascals: the leprechauns. Actually, you get a real insight into Irish myth and folklore here, with lashings of cheesy leprechaun fun to be had! Small admission fee applies. (Pots of gold not accepted)
8. Tweet Eats
Innovation and Dublin go hand-in-hand. Crackbird Restaurant is thinking way outside the box with its awesome Twitter offer. It’s simple, tweet @CrackBIRDdublin using #tweeteats and request a free lunch. If there’s a table available you’ll nab yourself a free lunch. After lunch, grab an espresso in rich colonial surrounds, at The Havana Café on Grafton Street.
9. Rock out
First and foremost, Dublin considers itself a rock ‘n’ roll city. This is the city where U2, Thin Lizzy and Rory Gallagher once roamed. Live music is part of the fabric of the city and there are hundreds of music venues with gigs every night of the week. Two of our favourites are The Sweeney Mongrel and Whelan’s. Perfect places to catch a free gig.
10. Pick up a present in George’s Street Arcade
Welcome to Ireland’s oldest shopping centre: George’s Street Arcade. It’s a closed Victorian market crammed with boutique shops, clothes and jewellery stalls, souvenirs, cafés and much more. Just a five-minute stroll from Grafton Street, this is the perfect spot to pick up those last minute holiday presents.