Dublin is an enchanting city full of gorgeous cobblestoned streets, colorful doorways, and rocky coastlines. Though small in size, Dublin is one of the more expensive cities in Europe ranking 23 in Expatistan’s cost of living map. Luckily, Dublin is full of plenty of free things to from visiting national museums to walking along some of Dublin’s famed streets and rivers.
1. Museums and galleries
Dublin is home a vast number of museums and galleries and several of them are free including the National Gallery, The Natural Museum of Ireland, Chester Beatty Library, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Ireland is renowned for it’s lush greenery and sprawling parks. Enjoy a sunny day in one of Dublin’s large parks for a picnic or run through the winding paths and ponds. St. Stephen’s Green, close to accommodations for Dublin interns, is located in the city center and has a waterfall and lake that are worth the trek. Phoenix Park is a much larger park, 1752 acres, located downtown that is great place to run, play a pickup game of soccer, or even see some herds of deer.
3. Howth Harbor
If you need to get away from the bustle of the city-center, take a trip to visit Howth Harbor to see the rocky coastline of Dublin. On a nice day, you can walk along the coast and see colorful fishing vessels, sailboats, and hang out with some seals.
4. Visit Cathedrals
The more famous churches and cathedrals will have an entry free, but if you want to see some gorgeous architecture and history without the cost go check out some of Dublin’s lesser-known churches like Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Ann’s, and Newman University Church. If you prefer to go to worship, all the cathedrals and churches in Dublin will not charge an entry free including the famous St. Patrick’s’ Cathedral.
Dublin is a very walkable city, and there are plenty of sculptures, markets, and sights to see just by walking around the city. Some great beautiful places to do a personal walking tour include along the River Liffey, and the Royal Canal. Several famed authors, playwrights, and poets have walked along the same streets and you can follow in their footsteps to see the beauty of the city that inspired James Joyce, Patrick Kavanagh, and Anne Enright.
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