Dublin City For Free

Do you know why they call Dublin the Fair City? Because in Dublin, you can have an amazing time and it won’t cost you a cent. Now that is fair! Here are Dublin’s Top 10 Free finds

The Phil Lynott statue, Dublin City
The Phil Lynott statue, Dublin City

1. Take Dublin at your own pace

Visitdublin.com has created a series of free iWalks covering 16 different themes throughout Dublin City. Journey back in time with the Viking Tour, discover the mysteries of Dublin’s castles or meet Ireland’s legendary authors. The choice is yours. 

2. Visit the Dead Zoo

It’s not spooky, we promise. The Dead Zoo is what locals call the Natural History Museum. The cabinet-style design of the museum contains over 10,000 exhibits where you’ll meet giant Irish deer, a colossal blue whale skeleton, rhinos, giraffes…and more.

3. Take a stroll around Trinity College

Ireland’s best and brightest have been attending Trinity College Dublin since the 1590s. A guided tour of the grounds and admission into the stunning Book of Kells costs just €10 but wandering around the smooth cobbles or watching cricket on the pavilion is gratis.

4. Discover the heart of Irish literature

With over eight million items in its collection, The National Library of Ireland is a literary powerhouse. Try a free tour of the Yeats exhibition (Saturdays at 1.00pm) or a guided tour of the stunning library (Saturdays at 2.30pm).  

5. The beautiful Iveagh Gardens

We shouldn’t be telling you about Dublin’s majestic Iveagh Gardens: they’re Dublin’s best-kept secret. Enter a floral world of rustic grottos, twinkling fountains and sunken lawns. You’ll love this this little slice of city heaven. 

6. Take a walk through Georgian Dublin

Dublin City is mighty proud of its Georgian architecture. So much so that we’ve got a free iWalk that takes you around our most famous Georgian sites. It’s historic, it’s 2kms long and it’s free. 

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7. Dance a jig in Temple Bar

You can’t visit Dublin and not experience a traditional Irish music session. Head for the city’s cultural heart: Temple Bar. Plenty of pubs here have live music all day, but Oliver St John Gogarty’s is a popular favourite. 

8. Take a ramble around Killiney Hill

Escape the city and explore Dublin’s boutique seaside towns with the DART. A 25-minute ride brings you to the handsome village of Killiney. Stretch your legs up the scenic Killiney Hill walk and keep your eyes peeled: U2’s Bono lives here!  

9. Meet Dublin’s famous statues

The iSpySculpture App whisks you around 50 of Dublin’s public and semi-public sculptures. Take in iconic Irish sculptures such as Molly Malone and Phil Lynott as well as works by greats such as Henry Moore and Rodin. 

10. Enter the world of an artist!

One gem among the Hugh Lane Gallery’s many is Francis Bacon’s Studio. Yes, that Francis Bacon – the world-renowned painter. The 7,000 original items on show include paint jars, photos and empty boxes of Krug Champagne. 

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