Skimp on Money, Not on Culture at Dublin's Free Attractions

Dublin might have quite a few premium attractions like the Guinness Storehouse and The Book of Kells but there are just as many opportunities to catch some history, art, science and greenery without having to pay a penny. Plenty of Dublin museums are free to enter and you can wow little ones at the Natural History section of the National Museum of Ireland or with astounding science at The Science Gallery in Trinity College. Art lovers can browse the National Gallery, the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art for free. If you want to get out in the open then a stroll around Merrion Square will give you insight into Georgian Dublin and features statues and busts of Irish historical figures including Oscar Wilde. The Phoenix Park is also Europe’s largest urban park and features herds of deer and events that span the whole year for adults and children alike. Finally, the Chester Beatty Library is not only free to enter but is described by Lonely Planet as one of the best museums in Europe. Featuring a vast collections of rare paintings, books and manuscripts this should definitely be on your must-see list for free Dublin.




The tourist hub of Temple Bar is also home to three different markets over the weekend that provides something different and interesting for consumers. Saturdays include the Temple Bar food market in Meeting House Square with a wide range of...  Read More

Phoenix Park and quays


The Phoenix Park is not only the home to our President, zoo, Victorian flower gardens, Papal cross and a herd of wild deer it is also one of Europe's largest urban parks and has acres of beautiful parkland and leafy trails to enjoy a long,...  Read More



Dating back to the mid-19th Century and packed full of fantastic pieces, the National Gallery of Ireland is one of the best ways to spend an inclement afternoon in Dublin. You can take your time exploring the many wings of art and sculpture that...  Read More



Situated in the heart of Dublin and featuring luscious gardens without the hustle and bustle of Stephen's Green, Merrion Square is a lovely place to take in some of Dublin's Georgian architecture while sitting on a quiet lawn. There is a great...  Read More

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Dublin Castle


Dublin Castle, smack bang in the middle of this medieval capital, dates back to the 13th century and has stood witness to most of Ireland's most pivotal historical moments. While not all of Dublin Castle is available to visit for free, key...  Read More

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The Science Gallery might seem like it's very straightforward and educational, but in fact the experience is one of curiosity, innovation and artistic exhibitions, talks and interactive themes. Since opening in 2008, over a million visitors have...  Read More



While it takes a little bit more of a pilgrimage to get to the Irish Museum of Modern Art it is more than worth the journey. Located in the 17th century Royal Hospital Building both the building and the grounds are styled like that of Les...  Read More



The Chester Beatty Library is a collection of rare books, manuscripts and artwork from all over the world and feature some absolutely astounding pieces that date back as far as 2700 BC. The Library has been described by Lonely Planet as one of...  Read More



The Hugh Lane Gallery is one of Dublin's other great, free attractions that features the collectors collection which he bequeathed to the State along with over 2000 works of contemporary and modern art. The main attraction is the painter Francis...  Read More



Founded in 1877 to promote and preserve Ireland's material and natural history this is one of the best places to get a rounded view of Irish heritage and culture and delve into our violent history. The buildings themselves are beautiful and...  Read More


Meet Emily Carson

Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe...  More About Emily