Dublin for FREE

Written by  Mary Kate Alfieri

There is so much to do in Dublin. The history is colourful, the vistas varied, the pubs fun and a traditional Irish roast is delicious, but it can all get a little expensive, especially if you're spending your nights in the Temple Bar area. Luckily, some of Dublin's sites and sights are free so you can swallow the admission prices for the attractions that you really want to see then head along to some great costless treasures. With the money you save, you'll be able to stop at the Guinness Factory for a look at how one of Ireland's favorite exports is made!

After touring the gaol at Kilmainham, a very interesting one-hour tour of the former prison where some of the biggest names of the Irish Revolution once slept (admission price 2 Euro for students) you can continue delving into Ireland's history at any one of Dublin's museums, all of which are free. The Natural History Museum has an Irish room with stuffed versions all of the country's most notable animals and several skeletons of Giant Irish Deer and the Decorative Arts Museum has exhibits of Irish crafts from throughout the centuries.

Dublin Castle is lovely, but if you've been to places like Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace in London, you may find its not worth it to pay a fee to see another interior that looks quite similar to a non-castle expert's eye. If beautiful interior is what you're after, go to a free daily service at St. Patrick's Cathedral and get a little taste of historic architecture and beautiful singing all at once!

If you're looking to escape the pub for lunch, grab a sandwich from one of the local markets and take a picnic to St. Stephen's Green or the green at Trinity College. Trinity is Ireland's most famous and beautiful college, and both spots are picturesque settings for enjoying Dublin's natural beauty.

No matter what your budget is, the free things are definitely worth checking out, not only because they are cheap, but because they are also beautiful and historic. And hey, maybe after the few hours you spend visiting the Guinness Factory and the Jameson distillery, a sit on a park bench could do you some good... you never know!

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