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Experiencing Dublin On A Budget (Historical & Cultural Visits)

Posted In: Dublin | Europe | Ireland

If you are currently reading this, chances are you are looking to go somewhere, someplace soon. Whilst I am always up to go just about anywhere across the globe to have that “once in life experience”, I also recognize that it can be expensive.

I have previously written about traveling to Iceland on a budget  and in this post, we look at another picturesque European island; this time Ireland. The capital city, Dublin, is considered one of the best places to visit if you’re looking to travel on a budget. Each month, concerts shows, events, exhibitions that are scheduled around the city, and they are either mostly free or has a small fee attached to it.

Here are some of the best places and activities that you can see and do around Dublin without having to worry about going over budget.

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The National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery is free of charge. If you love Irish art, it has an unmatched collection of exceptional pieces from every major European school of painting. The National Gallery was beautifully renovated two years ago by cutting-edge modernist designers Heneghan Peng Architects.

Now it’s even more inviting, with a design that takes into consideration the flow of how people explore the museum.

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The National Leprechaun Museum

A trip to the capital city of Ireland wouldn’t be complete without learning about Irish folklore at Dublin’s National Leprechaun Museum.

The museum has several exhibits that showcase how leprechauns have been depicted over the centuries, and why they are so ingrained in Irish culture, even up until this day.

The main drive behind the museum is Irish storytelling, and how it has evolved over the years and spread across the globe. The leprechaun is an effective way to show how prominent Irish culture is, as the myth continues to be widely embraced. We’re sure you’ve all seen the leprechaun on a box of Lucky Charms, and there’s even a horror movie franchise based on the character.

In addition, the European gaming giant Slingo has several games that take elements of the leprechaun myth, including Leprechauns Fortune and Rainbow Riches. 

The Leprechaun Museum is a must-visit for fans of folklore and local legends. Be sure to add it to your list.

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The Old Library

More popularly known as The Long Room Library, it’s in the heart of Dublin and it will take you back to the 18th century. It’s home to the Book of Kells, which is a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous around the world.

It’s also the largest library in Ireland, and you can choose from over six million books and manuscripts. You’ll love the dark, oak-paneled walls, elegant vaulted ceilings, and the two levels of floor-to-ceiling bookcases. Guaranteed to leave any book lover speechless.

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The Abbey Theatre

First previews at the Abbey Theatre are usually free of cost and they often give away thousands of tickets.

If you’re lucky enough to chance upon a preview while you’re in the city, make sure you don’t miss it. The performances are compelling and it’s a great way to see the locals showcase their talents. You may end up seeing an experimental performance or even catching Irish and European classics.

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The Phoenix Park

The Phoenix Park was originally a royal hunting park but eventually opened to the public in 1747.

If you need a breath of fresh air, it is the perfect place to stop by.  To add, despite it being in the city, it is a great place to go deer watching. If you’re looking for some quiet time, you can check out Glen Pond. It’s set in a very scenic location amidst Furry Glen.

Other parks worth visiting in Dublin include the Iveagh Gardens and St. Stephen’s Green.

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Have A Pint

Apart from stopping by museums, parks, theaters, and historical destinations, don’t miss a chance to have a pint of Guinness. After all, Dublin is home to the best Guinness in the world. You can check out O’Donoghue’s, The Guinness Storehouse, or Mulligan’s for the perfect pint.


If you’re looking to save more, you can consider taking the train to Dublin if you’re coming in from London.

This also includes a ferry journey to Holyhead, which costs about €55 (72USD). After the rail and ferry journey, take the bus to central Dublin for  €3 ( 4 USD).

When it comes to accommodation, you can book a room at The Kingfisher Townhouse.

  • Kimberley Webber
    August 31, 2019

    Very interesting read. I’m actually thinking about moving to Ireland to live but wanted to visit first…is it a visa free country for Jamaicans? If not can you tell me how I could visit this year?

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