Free Things to Do in Dublin

View of bridge over the river liffey

Dublin is fun. Dublin is young. Dublin is beautiful. But, it can also be expensive. Especially if you’re visiting for more than a long weekend. Luckily, we’ve come up with a list of great things to do in the city for free! So you can spend your money on more important things, like going out to dinner in Dublin. 

8 Things to do for Free in Dublin

1. Visit Temple Bar’s food market

fruit and veg stalls temple bar market

You might know Temple Bar for its endless pubs and clubs, but did you know the neighborhoods regularly holds a food market every Saturday? Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s the perfect place to people watch!

2. Explore the National Gallery of Ireland

exterior of the national gallery of ireland

With paintings, sculptures, prints and free admission, there’s no better way to pass a rainy day in Dublin than exploring this iconic gallery.

3. Enjoy a picnic in St Stephen’s Green

Arch at entrance to St Stephens Green

On a sunny day, St Stephen’s Green gets flooded with students, tourists and Dubliners alike all ready to enjoy this beautiful Victorian-style park. As well as being a great picnic spot, the park is also peppered with historic monuments and memorials and offers plenty of Irish heritage for anyone new to the city.

4. Peruse the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Exterior of the Irish Museum Modern Art

For modern art lovers, the Irish Museum of Modern Art offers an incredible look at the Irish art scene. Not only is admission to the permanent exhibitions free, but you can also access many of the temporary exhibitions for free too. 

5. Do a free podcast tour

View of O Connell Bridge Dublin

The Fitzwilliam Hotel offers a free podcast tour that is available to download from their website. The hotel invited local historian, Donal Fallon, to create a 30 minute podcast explaining some of the main historical sites around the centre of Dublin and is the perfect option for any visitor to Dublin who’s tight on cash and time!

6. Jump on a city bike 

Row of Dublin city bikes

Hop on one of the Dublinbikes and make your way around the city in style. The bikes are free for their first half an hour of use and then the cost increases to €0.50. You can also purchase a three-day ticket for €5.

7. Join a free walking tour

Video: Generation Tours 

A number of different companies offer free walking tours around Dublin. Generation Tours offer twice-daily tours in both Spanish and English with guides that come highly recommended. Just be aware that you will be encouraged to tip at the end! 

8. Stroll along the river Liffey

View of a bridge over the River Liffey

Although it might not pass by all of Dublin’s iconic sites, taking walk down the River Liffey is a wonderfully relaxing (and free) activity to do in the city. Start at the Docklands and make your way down to Ha’penny Bridge (pictured above) and you’ll experience all the different facets of the city.

If you’d like to experience more of Ireland’s capital, then check out our English language school in Dublin.

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