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Dublin on a budget: 7 things to do in Dublin for under a fiver

Seven cheap things to make your stay in the capital of the Emerald Isle a bit more wallet-friendly, from self-guided walking trails to fun-filled visits to Dublin's many free and fascinating museums.
Sunset in Dublin - 6 cheap things to do in Dublin

As is the case with all pricey capital cities you’ll often find yourself thinking, ‘Wait, how much did they say that cost?’ It’s not exactly easy to find cheap things to do in Dublin. However do not fear as we’ve put together a list of some of the best things to do that’ll cost you less than a fiver.

Top 7 cheap and free things to do in Dublin

  • St Stephen’s Green
  • Trinity College
  • South Wall Walk
  • Take a guided tour
  • Have a drink in a traditional Irish bar
  • Visit the museums
  • Discover Glasnevin Cemetery

1. St Stephen’s Green

St Stephen’s Green - 6 things to do in Dublin for under a fiver

After an intense afternoon of retail therapy, walk to the top of Grafton Street (Dublin’s main shopping street) and you’ll find St Stephen’s Green, a large Victorian park where Dubliners enjoy those rare moments of Irish sunshine. It tops our list of free things to do in Dublin, and it’s not hard to see why.

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2. Trinity College

Visit Trinity College - cheap things to do in Dublin

Founded in 1592, Dublin’s famous university is free to stroll around. Follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker and soak up the atmosphere of one of the world’s best and most beautiful universities.

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3. South Wall Walk

An enjoyable walk in itself, but what is most rewarding are the panoramic views from the bright red lighthouse that has been standing at Dublin Port since 1820.

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4.Have a drink in a traditional Irish bar

Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

Head to Temple Bar, known for its lively bars and traditional Irish pubs. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy some great Irish music whilst sipping a pint of the black stuff. That being said, a pint of Guinness will set you back on average about €5 (as we said, Dublin ain’t cheap!) but it’s worth it for an atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.

If, on the other hand, all you’re after is a bit of craic without anything fancy, local favourite The Snug is only a few minutes away from Grafton Street. A pint of Guinness here will cost you just €3.70!

Have a drink in a traditional Irish bar - 6 cheap things to do in Dublin

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5. Take a guided tour

Sunrise in Dublin - 6 things to do in Dublin for under a fiver

Although there are a variety of paid walking tours around the city, it is possible to find some free options. Sandeman’s New Dublin tours take you round some of the capital’s most famous landmarks (as well as a few hidden gems) while delivering tales of Viking invasions and battles. These three-hour walks start three or four times a day (at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm) from Barnardo Square next to the City Hall.

However, if you prefer to do things at your own pace, Visit Dublin offer a variety of exciting Dublin Discovery Trails. Accessible once you download the free Dublin Discovery Trails App, these self-guided tours walk you through the Irish capital’s fascinating past, from the historic castles to the bustling streets and parks.

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6. Visit the museums

The National Museum of Ireland is spread out over four different locations, three of which are in Dublin (The Museum of Archaeology, Decorative Arts & History and Natural History). There are many more across the city that are free to enter – ideal for when it inevitably starts to rain! These include the Modern Art Museum, the National Gallery, the James Joyce Tower & Museum and the Science Gallery.

7. Discover Glasnevin Cemetery

It’s true that if you skip one of the excellent, but rather pricey guided tours of Glasnevin Cemetery you’ll be missing out. But even if you’re visiting Dublin on a budget it’s worth including one of the Irish capital’s top attractions in your itinerary. Since it was established in the mid-19th century, politicians, artists and local heroes like Michael Collins have been buried here.

A cheaper option includes downloading the new Glasnevin App through which, for €5, you’ll be able to access the self-guided tour, available in both English and Irish.

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*Revised October 2019. Prices correct at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.

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