River Liffey, Dublin,

Dublin on a budget |What to see and do

Dublin, the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Ireland is a lively city with over 700 pubs, plenty of cocktail bars and restaurants, the ninth-most densely populated European Union city and the 25th best city in the world according to the Time Out Index 2019.

Dublin, a lively and energetic city, the city of pubs and bars is a lovely destination for a weekend break. Dublin has a charming blend of history and a variety of attractions.

Dublin, River Liffey,
Down by the river! Walking along the river Liffey!

The Walking tours are on the top of my list when visiting a new destination. The free walking tour in Dublin is a nice one to join.

Free walking tour, Dublin
Tour was full of history and James very informative!

Daily tours start at 9:30 am and 11:00 am, the meet up is in The Spire of Dublin. There are several meetups in The Spire, I joined the free walking tour with the yellow umbrella! James, our tour guide, a knowledgeable and very informative individual, provided us with lots of information about the city.


The Spire of Dublin
The Spire of Dublin, known as well as the Monument of Light.
  • The Spire of Dublin, known as well as the Monument of Light, is an impressive stainless steel monument 120 metres height, the tallest structure in the city and one of the most popular meeting points in Dublin city center.
Botanic gardens, Dublin,
Beautiful Botanic gardens, a green gem in the heart of the city!
  • The Spire of Dublin, known as well as the Monument of Light, is an impressive stainless steel monument 120 metres height, the tallest structure in the city and one of the most popular meeting points in Dublin city center.
  • The Botanic Gardens 🌸 were founded in 1795 and hold 20,000 living plants. A green gem near the city centre, a great variety of plant species and cultivars from all over the world; the entry is free. I was particularly impressed by the plants’ glasshouses, holding collections from cactus, orchids, and plants from South East Asia, Australia, South America, etc.
  • Trinity College, Ireland’s leading University, located on a beautiful campus in the heart of Dublin, established in 1592, is home to 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Trinity is an impressive historic building, rated as 164th best in the world. Such an impressive architecture and surroundings to walk around. Worth visiting the Book of Kells, an exhibition that displays the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ (€11-14).

Temple Bar, located on the south bank of River Liffey, is a popular district, a lively nightlife area with a great range of pubs, bars, live music, and restaurants. There are so many choices on drinking and eating in Temple Bar district, plenty of choices to enjoy the party vibe and a few pints!

River Liffey
The River Liffey flows through the centre of Dublin !

Christchurch Cathedral, known as The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, founded circa 1028. A historic place with a beautiful interior to admire, where a 12th-century medieval crypt is located, exhibiting treasures of Christ Church (7 €) .
St Patrick’s, a magnificent medieval cathedral, which dates from 1220-1259, is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. The stained glass windows of the cathedral capture everyone’s attention. A must visit when visiting Dublin ( 8 € ).

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, dublin,
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
There is a great variety of museums and galleries in Dublin to admire the work of famous artists.
  • Dublin Castle, one of the most important buildings in Irish history and a popular attraction of the city, dates back from the mid-1700s, is open Monday to Sunday and Bank Holidays from 9:45 to 17:45. A historically interesting building and such an imposing architecture! ( €8 or €12 to join a guided tour).
  • It was quite an experience to visit Jameson Distillery, founded by John Jameson in 1780, which is open Monday to Sunday. Though I am not a whiskey fan, the whole experience is informative, fun and interactive (€22).
Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle Park, a great place to enjoy sunshine in the summertime!
  • Guinness Storehouse! Best place to learn about the history and brewing process of Guinness though an interactive self-guided tour. Opening hours are from 9:30 am to 7 pm (last admission is at 5 pm). Not to miss: a Guinness pint- included in the ticket price- in Gravity Bar, at the top floor of the building, where a busy bar is located, offering 360 views to the city!
  • St Saint Stephens green park is the most popular public park in the city centre, a green gem of 22 acres, located at the top end of Grafton Street, a beautiful well maintained park, filled with ponds, trees, and flowers.
saint stephens-green-park-
St Saint Stephens green park, an ideal place to walk around and relax!
Guinness storehouse, barrels,Dublin
Scientists say Guinness does taste better in Ireland !
  • Phoenix Park, located in district Dublin 8, near the city center, is the largest enclosed city park in Europe, holds a Green Flag award and is the residence of the Irish president. A huge green space to relax with lots of attractions, an ideal place to cycle. A particurlarly good idea is to rent a bicycle by Phoenix Park Bikes or join a segway tour (Join CP adventure).
 Phoenix Park, Dublin,
There are three types of fallow deer in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, the common, the black and the menil!

There are coffee shops inside the park and several facilities such as a children’s playground. Dublin Zoo dated from 1831, is located in Phoenix Park. Phoenix Park is open to the public all day throughout the year and entry is free.

There are many things to love when travelling to Dublin. A lovely city to explore on foot, hang around Dublin’s usually crowded and busy city center, explore the city’s numerous museums or relax in one of the many green spaces the city offers. What do I like the most? The cool vibe and friendliness of the Irish is a plus, makes you feel at home!

killiney hill,Dublin
Stunning views from #KillineyHill, in Dublin, 153 metres above sea level . Views over Dublin to the northwest, Irish Sea and the mountains of Wales, Bray & Wicklow Mountains. A nice walk & hiking. There is a lovely cafe ☕ nearby.

Dublin | The Green City


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