Dublin's Best Free Attractions!
Travelling on a budget? Or just want to take in some of the brilliant attractions that Dublin has to offer... check out our guide to the great places to visit in Dublin that won’t cost anything! Hop on a DoDublin City Tour and go explore in these brilliant Dublin locations
The Chester Beatty Library
Located on the grounds of Dublin Castle, the contents of this impressive gallery was passed on by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty to the Irish state upon his death. Spread over two floors, the exhibition features over 20,000 historic manuscripts as well as rare books, beautiful paintings and native dresses from throughout the world. Chester Beatty built up his collection by embarking on an expedition to Asia. Artefacts from the Ottoman Empire, Persia and even love poems from 1100 BC Egypt can be found amongst this incredible collection.
DoDublin Tour Stop 17 - Dame Street
Science Gallery at Trinity College
All Dubliners have most likely strolled past this location many times but few have actually gone in and spent time discovering the brilliant exhibitions hidden within. Exhibitions change quite frequently making the Science Gallery a great spot to visit all year, previous exhibitions have included “IN CASE OF EMERGENCY”... a detailed look into a potential collapse of society as we know it and “HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY” which looked at the ever growing capabilities of Artificial Intelligence.
DoDublin Tour Stop 14 - Pearse Street/Westland Row
Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
Most exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art are free of charge. The line-up of who is being exhibited changes every few months so best do some advance research for who is on display at any given time. We recommend spending some time in the beautiful grounds, garden and medieval burial grounds during a visit here. The building that IMMA is housed in is the former site of The Royal Hospital in Dublin. Built back in 1680, the design was based upon the magnificent Les Invalides in Paris.
DoDublin Tour Stop 23 - KIlmainham
The Museum of Natural History
The Dead Zoo at The Museum of Natural History, is one of Dublin’s oldest Museums, once you step into the museum it almost feels as though your are transported back to Victorian Era Dublin. The Dead Zoo is a Dublin favourite as not only are the displays historic but the building it’s self a frozen moment from the past. The Dead Zoo has some brilliant exhibitions on display with some 10,000 exhibits in total including a 20 metre long whale skeleton suspended from the roof and an opportunity to hold the skulls of a badger and a pilot whale.
DoDublin Tour Stop 10 - Merrion Square
St. Stephen’s Green
The Green as it’s affectionately known by Dubliners was opened in 1880 for the leisure of the citizens of Dublin. Always a popular and busy location, St. Stephen’s Green is an ideal spot for chilling out with family and friends to just watch the world go by. There are commemorations located throughout the 22 acres in the park including the Fusiliers’ Arch in memory of the Dubliners who fought and died in the Second Boer War. The Green is also home to a children’s playground and over 3.5km of pathways making it a great location for a family stroll.
DoDublin Tour Stop 12 - St. Stephen's Green North
City Hall Dublin
Check out the brilliant “Story of the Capital” multimedia exhibition. Here you can learn all about the history of Dublin from the city’s very early days right up to modern times. Housed in the vaults of a stunning Georgian era building on Dame Street, City Hall provides guests with a great chance to discover how the city of Dublin has evolved to what it is today. Did we mention that there is no charge to enter this great exhibition?
DoDublin Tour Stop 18 - Dame Street
Áras an Uachtaráin
Áras an Uachtaráin is the official and private residence of the President of Ireland. Organised by the Office of Public Works, free tours are available with viewing of the main reception and state rooms of Áras an Uachtaráin ncluded. The guided tours take place most Saturdays and last approximately one hour. Tickets can be obtained at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre for this unique look at Áras an Uachtaráin. Who knows you may even see the president himself out for a walk on the grounds of the Áras.
DoDublin Tour Stop 27 - Phoenix Park
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