Dublin on a Budget

    Dublin is certainly an amazing city but it can get expensive sometimes if you are staying more than just a few days or have a restricted budget. Luckily, you can enjoy Ireland’s capital by taking advantage of the numerous free events and attractions or numerous discounts available around the city. If you want to spend less on your visit to Dublin, here are some handy tips.

    Airfare can be the most expensive part of a trip so make sure you book your ticket in advance. If you are coming from another European city, you might get a great price with Ryanair, whose main hub is in Dublin. Otherwise, do not be afraid of connecting flights – book a ticket on a route served by a large number of airlines, hence lower prices, and connect to Dublin via a low cost airline.

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    Hotels in Dublin are numerous, varying from budget to luxury. Budget hotels (2-3 stars) will not pamper you with exquisite meals, but offer a great price for basic facilities. To save on your accommodation costs, make sure you book your room in advance so that you can enjoy the best rate possible.

    The Dublin Pass is a great way to get around Dublin’s major attractions for free. Prices start at €19 for children and €35 for adults for a full day, and include a handful of free admissions, discounts on restaurants and bars and one free airport transfer. Among the attractions with free admission, do not miss the National Gallery of Ireland, Christ Church Cathedral or the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

    National Gallery of Ireland

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    In Dublin, happy-hour is just around the corner. On weekdays, selected pubs offer special prices on pints and cocktails. The Dicey Rileys, one of the biggest beer gardens in Dublin, offers discounts of €2 per drink on Tuesday and €2.5 on Wednesday, while Solas lures clients with a complimentary BBQ on Fridays after 5:00 p.m. and €3 per pint before 10pm. Other happy-hour bars include Pygmalion, Bull & Castle and The Turks Head.

    Dublin pub

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    If you want to burn off some extra calories or simply relax in a green environment, The Iveagh Garden is a perfect place to do so, with its beautiful gardens and maze. The Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s biggest and most impressive parks at 707 hectares, is a great free attraction that can be explored on foot or bicycle. With Dublinbikes, Dublin’s bike rental scheme, you can rent a bike at one of 40 stations around town (the first half hour is free).

    Áras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of the President of Ireland, offers free tours on Saturdays. Leinster House, where the Irish Parliament operates, is another free attraction that offers free guided tours.

    Leinster house

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    There are a handful of magnificent churches around Ireland that welcome locals and tourists alike, but the most popular include the Carmelite Church Whitefriar Street and St Audoen’s Church; the only medieval parish church that remains standing in Dublin. St. Audoen offers visitors a free tour of the guild chapel of St. Anne and access to 17th century memorials dedicated to the Sparke and Duff families.

    St Audoen's Church

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    Top off your budget tour of Dublin with a picturesque walk on Howth Coastal Path, located at the northern side of Dublin Bay. Offering superb panoramic views of Dublin and the Mountains of Mourne, the Howth Coastal Path is the perfect ending to an event-filled day. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, head to the Ireland’s Eye located in the area for an amazing bird sanctuary, housing species such as razorbills, gulls and fulmars. At the end of the tour, walk to Howth village to catch your breath and have dinner at a cosy restaurant.

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