Visiting Dublin is always a colourful and informative experience. There is so much to fit into your trip between cultural and historical experiences but it can get quite pricey. We’ve put together a list of the free attractions in Dublin that are actually worth visiting, to save you time and money.
We are very lucky in Dublin because all of our national museums and galleries are always free. There are a bunch of them to choose from including the National Art Gallery, Modern Art Gallery, National Museum of Ireland and the Science Gallery to name but a few. We are big fans of the Natural History Museum, also known as Dublin’s Dead Zoo. They have a massive collection of animal specimens from around the world, truly fascinating!
Discover the historic heart of Dublin with a visit to Dublin Castle. The castle dates back to the 13th century and was built on the site of an old Viking settlement. The structure itself is impressive as it is the city centres only castles and contains a medieval tower, a stunning chapel and perfectly manicured gardens. It is a popular tourist attraction and often hosts talks, conferences and open-air concerts.
The gardens were built as a remembrance to those who lost their lives for the cause of Irish freedom. The gardens are a place of quiet and reflection in an otherwise hectic city centre. The gardens were designed by Daithí Hanly and contain an impressive statue inspired by the 'Children of Lir' story in Irish Folklore.
We are also lucky to have a good number of public parks in Dublin, each with their own unique features and identity. Phoenix Park is a huge expanse of land with some beautiful walking and cycling routes and is also where the President of Ireland’s official residence is. Closer to town, St. Stephens green is awash with colourful blooms in the summer. Its greenest neighbour, Iveagh Gardens has a beautiful waterfall feature along with a bush maze and is a great place for a picnic. On the other side of the city, St. Patricks park has fantastic views of St. Patricks Cathedral and is located in a vibrant part of The Liberties. The list goes on.
If you prefer being by the sea, the Great South Wall walk is the perfect place to get some fresh air or the perfect picture for Instagram. The walk is 4km long so will take between 30-40 minutes depending on your pace. You will be treated to spectacular views of Dun Laoghaire, Killiney head and the Dublin Mountains. You may even see the Eastlink bridge rise to accommodate the entry of incoming ships. As part of your frugal day out in Dublin, make sure your accommodation is great quality as well as great value. At the IMI Residence, we offer fantastic deals and year-round special offers to suit any budget. You can book these online or by calling our reservations team directly.