5 Free things to do in Dublin for backpackers and budget travelersJuly 9th, 2019
While Dublin may not be the cheapest city in Europe, it does have many cultural, fun and exciting things to see and do for free! Yes, you read that right! For free! From visiting art galleries, to doing a cliff walk in Howth, you can really explore Dublin and see the best of what Dublin has to offer without breaking the bank!
Trinity College– Trinity College is one of the most famous attractions in Dublin as the popular Book of Kells is kept here. While you do have to pay to see the Book of Kells, the actual campus of Trinity College is extremely scenic and beautiful to walk through and it’s your chance to experience the student life! The arch way and the open square as you walk in would make for the perfect Instagram photo! Trinity College is exceptionally accessible as it is in the heart of Dublin, right beside Temple Bar and Grafton Street! So, you can easily stop in for a drink or two after all your exploring!
The Phoenix Park– The Phoenix Park is another major attraction in Dublin. As the biggest park in Europe, it is filled with so much history and nature! There are many attractions in the Phoenix park, such as the zoo, Farmleigh House & Estate and of course Arás an Uachataráin (The home of the President!). Unfortunately, the zoo is not free but Farmleigh House & Estate and Arás an Uachataráin are, so it is worth your while having a stroll through the park and visit these sites! See if you can spot the deer while there! On a sunny day, visiting the Phoenix Park would be a day well spent. Just don’t forget to bring sunglasses!
Glasnevin Cemetery and The National Botanic Gardens– If you are interested in history and nature, you should pay a visit to The National Botanic Gardens and Glasnevin Cemetery. Both located in Glasnevin, they are just a 3-minute drive or 15-minute walk from each other. There are many different types of tours you can take part in to find out about which well-known people are buried there and you get to see the graves for yourself! After visiting Glasnevin Cemetery, you can make your way to the National Botanic Gardens. Surrounded by stunning gardens, the National Botanic Gardens is located just 3 km from Dublin City Centre. They are famous for their beautiful restored glasshouses and their important collections of plant species. If you are a nature lover, you will not be disappointed after visiting here!
Howth- If you feel like getting out of the city for a few hours, hop on the DART and head to Howth! The DART journey only takes about 25 minutes and once you step off the DART you are surrounded by markets, restaurants and scenery. Howth is a famous fishing village and is well known for its fresh fish, restaurants and its markets, where you can find the most delicious food! While you’re there, the Howth cliff walk is a must! This is a stunning walk, looking out on to the Irish Sea. The views are breath-taking! The whole Cliff Walk can take up to 3 hours but there are a few starting points, so you don’t have to do the full walk. The walk also makes for quite a romantic spot, for those wondering! Howth is definitely a great place to visit, no matter what your budget is!
National War Memorial Gardens– Lastly, while you’re here, we recommend stopping in to visit the National War Memorial Gardens to learn more about Ireland’s history! Located at Island Bridge, Ushers, these gardens are one of the most famous gardens in Europe and are dedicated to the memory of the 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in World War 1. Dublin is filled with so history and culture and there are plenty of activities and sights you can explore without having to spend a penny! Don’t miss out and book your trip to Dublin now!
Blog Post by Hannah McArdle
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