Things to do for free in Dublin
Dublin is a city with something for everyone, and there is a wide selections of things to do without blowing the budget.
Museums and Galleries
Many of the citys museums and galleries have no entry fees and are filled with interesting things to see.
National Gallery on Merrion Square West
National Museum has three sites in Dublin
Archaeology on Kildare Street
Decorative Arts and history in Collins Barracks
Natural History in Merrion Street
Hugh Lane Gallery (also known as the Dublin City Gallery) modern and contemporary arts as well as the reconstructed studio
of Sir Francis Bacon
The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) close to Kilmainhaim Gaol
Parks and Squares
No capital city in Europe can compete with Dublin when it comes to green spaces.
Traditionally Georgian houses were built around a communal square, many of which still survive as public spaces today.
The most famous is St Stephens Green. Located at the end of Grafton Street this is a must-see, and is the perfect
spot for enjoying an al fresco lunch in the summer time.
Merrion Square is close to the National Museum and National Gallery. Oscar Wilde lived near this park and there is a
statue of the famous Irish playwright Oscar Wilde.
The Garden of Remembrance is located on the North Side of the river Liffey, close to the Hugh Lane Gallery.
The Phoenix park is the largest enclosed public park in Europe. The residence of the Irish President is located in the park, as
well as the residence of the American Ambassador. Dublin Zoo with its more than 700 animals is also located in Phoenix Park.
Besides the famous St Patricks Cathedral and Christchurch Cathedral (which both charge an entry fee) Dublin has a host of
other beautiful churches which you can visit free of charge.
St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral , Marlborough Street - hear the Palestrina Choir at mass on Sundays
St. Ann's , Dawson Street
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriars Street - Carmelite church housing the relics of Saint Valentine
University Church, St. Stephen's Green - a Byzantine gem hidden away
Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean MacDermott Street - holds the remains of the Blessed Matt Talbot
Dublin has countless beautiful buildings, it is particularily famous for the Georgian buildings around Fitzwilliam Square.
Leinster House and The Dail (Irish Parliament)
General Post Office
Sculptures and monuments
Dublin is full of sculptures and monuments, many of which commemorate major historical events or figures.
The spire - O'Connell Street
Several historical figures on O'Connell Street
James Joyce - North Earl Street
Children of Lir - Garden of Remembrance
The Famine Memorial - Custom House Quay
Countess Markiewicz - Townsend Street
Molly Malone - Grafton Street
Phil Lynnott - Off Grafton Street
Oscar Wilde - Merrion Square
Papal Cross - Phoenix park
Phoenix monument - Phoenix park
Wellington Monument - Phoenix park
Dublin Tourism offers great ideas for self-guided walks through Dublin, you can download these "I-walks" on their website :
Within a short journey on public transport there are several beautiful places to discover at your own pace:
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