5 Free Things to do in Dublin: Markets, Live Music and Seaside Strolls

Small and charming, the Irish capital of Dublin is renowned for its friendly people, live music scene and impressive heritage sights. Beloved by everyone from travelers on a shoestring budget to those seeking a luxurious weekend away, we’ve put together a selection of the best free things to do in Dublin that will be a hit with every type of visitor. 

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Free Activities in Dublin

Take a stroll in Phoenix Park

Just west of the city center, Phoenix Park stretches across a huge 1,750 acres and offers an endless selection of things to do. Go for a picnic, look out for deer in the woodlands, visit the restored medieval Ashdown Castle, or tour the President of Ireland’s official residence at Aras an Uachtaráin.

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Visit the free museums and galleries

Dublin is packed with free cultural sites, including the Chester Beatty Library, the Gallery of Photography, and even the National Gallery. Don’t forget to check out the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) too, for an impressive selection of contemporary artwork.

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Explore the Temple Bar markets

You may have to resist the urge to spend, but Dublin’s Temple Bar area is full of markets waiting to be explored, selling all kinds of food from artisan cheeses to fresh fruit and fish to bakery bread. There's also plenty of knick-knacks such as vintage vinyl and Irish crafts. Meanwhile, for a fashionable bargain, check out the classic stalls of George St Arcade.

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Walk the Dollymount Strand

Located on nearby North Bull Island, this UNESCO reserve and conservation area the perfect place to visit on a sunny day, when you can soak up the seaside views along the 5km Dollymount Strand beach walk.

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Go to a live music gig

Dublin is known for its music scene, so it comes as no surprise that there are free live music gigs nearly every day of the week. Try the pubs of the Temple Bar area, such as local favorite Whelan’s for evening performances. The Hugh Lane venue has classical and traditional music every Sunday at noon.

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Enjoy the beautiful city of Dublin and explore no matter your budget with our favorite free things to do in the capital of Ireland.

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