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. Check out my best tips on how to explore the Irish capital if you are on a tight budget.
Dublin, a lively and energetic city, the city of pubs and bars is a lovely destination to visit. Dublin has a charming blend of history and a variety of attractions. The Irish capital is the ninth-most densely populated European Union City and the 25th best city in the world according to the Time Out Index 2019.
WHAT TO SEE ON A BUDGET IN DUBLIN
- The Walking tours are on the top of my list when visiting a new destination. Several walking tours are meeting in The Spire! I joined the free walking tour with the yellow umbrella! There are daily tours at 9:30 am and 11:00 am. James, our tour guide, a knowledgeable and very informative individual provided us with lots of information about the city (TIP THE TOUR GUIDE).
- Walk along the River Liffey, which flows through the centre of Dublin.
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- The Spire of Dublin is an impressive stainless steel monument 120 metres height. The Spire of Dublin, called as well Monument of Light, is located on the site of the former Nelson’s Pillar on O’Connell Street. The Spire is the tallest structure in the city and one of the most popular meeting points in Dublin.
- The Botanic Gardens were founded in 1795 and hold 20,000 living plants. The gardens of Dublin is a green gem near the city centre, hosting a great variety of plant species and cultivars from all over the world. The botanical garden is located in Glasnevin, 5 km north-west of Dublin city centre. The 19.5 hectares garden is situated between Glasnevin the Cemetery and the River Tolka. Visit the plants’ glasshouses, holding collections from cactus, orchids, and plants from South East Asia, Australia, South America.
- The St Saint Stephens Green Park is the most popular public park in the city centre. The St Saint Stephens is a green gem of 22 acres, located at the top end of Grafton Street. In 2015, 2016, 2017,2018 and in 2019 St Stephen’s Green Park received a Green Flag award. Visit a beautiful well maintained park filled with ponds, trees and flowers.
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- The Temple Bar is located on the south bank of River Liffey. The Temple Bar is a popular district, a lively nightlife area with a great range of pubs, bars and restaurants. There are so many choices on drinking and eating in the district and plenty of choices to enjoy the party vibe and a few pints!
- The Christchurch Cathedral founded circa 1028. The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is a historic place with a beautiful interior to admire. In the Cathedral there is a 12th-century medieval crypt exhibiting treasures of Christ Church.
- The St Patrick’s medieval cathedral dates from 1220-1259. The National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland is a must-visit when you visit Dublin. The stained glass windows of the cathedral will capture your attention.
- Visit the Oireachtas. Book a Guided Tour of the Irish Parliament.
- Visit Killiney Hill, in Dublin, 153 metres above sea level to get a bird view of the city. Enjoy the views over Dublin to the northwest, the Irish Sea and the mountains of Wales, Bray and the Wicklow Mountains. There is a lovely cafe nearby (FREE).
- The Phoenix Park is located in district Dublin 8. Phoenix is the largest enclosed city park in Europe. The famous park holds a Green Flag award and is the residence of the Irish president (FREE). There are coffee shops inside the park and several facilities as a children’s playground. The Dublin Zoo opened in 1831, is located in Phoenix Park. There are three types of fallow deer in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, the common, the black and the menil. Phoenix Park is open to the public all day throughout the year. Why not rent a bicycle by the Phoenix Park Bikes or join a segway tour (Join CP adventure)?
- There is a great variety of museums and galleries in Dublin to admire the work of famous artists. I love visiting the National Museum of Ireland, the National Library of Ireland and The National Gallery of Ireland (FREE).
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- Dublin Castle is one of the most important buildings in Irish history. The Castle is a popular attraction of the city. The building dates back from the mid-1700s. The Castle is open from Monday to Sunday and Bank Holidays from 9:45 to 17:45 TICKET: (€8 or €12 to join a guided tour).
- Visit Jameson Distillery. The Distillery was founded by John Jameson in 1780. Jameson is open from Monday to Sunday. The whole experience is informative, fun and interactive (€22).
- Visit the Guinness Storehouse! Guinness is the place to learn about the history and brewing process of Guinness though an interactive self-guided tour. The opening hours of the storehouse are from 9:30 am to 7 pm. LAST ADMISSION: 5 pm. You will be offered a complimentary pint of Guinness included in the ticket, in Gravity Bar at the top floor of the building. The bar offers 360 views to the city (€20).
- Visit Trinity College, Ireland’s leading University is located on a beautiful campus in the heart of Dublin. The College was established in 1592 and is home to 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Trinity is an impressive historic building, rated as 164th best in the world. Visit the Book of Kells, an exhibition that displays the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ (€11-14).
There are many things to love when travelling to Dublin. Dublin is a lovely city to explore on foot. Hang around in Dublin’s busy city centre. 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!
This post was most recently updated on May 23rd 2020.