Top Ten Free Things To Do In Dublin
Let’s face facts people. Dublin is expensive. It has a talent for making you haemorrhage money. So with this in mind, here are Ramp.ie’s TOP 10 FREE THINGS TO DO IN DUBLIN.
1. Grafton Street
Grafton Street can be an absolute bastard to navigate due to buskers, especially if you are the type of person who enjoys getting from one place to another without wishing you were dead. However, Grafton Street is a hub of untapped, free talent for you to watch and judge be they musical, theatrical, acrobatic or just plain odd. If the fancy takes you, place a napkin on the ground, do something that requires next to no shame and perhaps you can even make money.
2. Wait patiently in some toilets from someone to come in. Suddenly leapt out and yell “I AM THE GATEKEEPER! YOU MUST ANSWER ME THESE QUESTIONS THREE”.
Some people enjoy learning for fun. Others enjoy rubbing butter over themselves and leaping through the woods. If you belong to the former, there are museums across the city that will allow you to look at their stuff for absolutely no monies. THEY INCLUDE:
The National Museum of Ireland (including but not limited to – The National Museum of Archeology and The Natural History Museum)
- Location: For all museum locations please see www.museum.ie or call 016777444
- Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm. Closed Mondays.
The Irish Jewish Museum
- Location: South Circular Road
- Opening Hours: Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10.30am-2.30pm jewishireland.org or call 01 453 1797.
The Chester Beatty Library – Winner of the European Museum of the Year 2002
- Location: Palace Street, off Dame Street.
- Opening hours: May-Sept Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm; Oct-Apr Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. cbl.ie or call 01 407 0750.
Number 29 (Replica Georgian House)
- Location: 29 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2
So go and make yourself more cultured, ye pleb.
4. Loudly accuse a stranger of trying to steal your invention.
5. Trinity College
Trinity College is old. It’s old as balls. Make like the tourists and take some time to appreciate just how pretty the campus is. You could fork out the €9 to visit the Book of Kells and the enormous library and you could take a guided tour of the campus of €10 (for more information, visit www.tcd.ie) but that’s just not as fun as sitting on the steps and crushing the dreams of idealistic ignorant-to-the-real-world students. We suggest starting with “NO ONE WILL WANT TO READ YOUR POETRY AFTER GRADUATION!”
6. Press your face against the window of Brown Thomas and gently weep. When a stranger asks what’s wrong; point to a shop dummy. Tell them you have a long but magical tale to tell and ask them if they have ever seen the movie Mannequin.
7. St Patrick’s Cathedral
If you are going to dander around a church, you might as well dander around the biggest effin church in the country. St Patrick’s Cathedral was said to be founded in 450 A.D. which makes Trinity College look like a weak little sapling. Regardless of your faith, there is no denying the building is impressive so you could think of worse ways to spend an hour than taking time to appreciate a beautiful local landmark.
- Location: St Patrick’s Close
- Opening Hours: April-October: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-11am 12:15pm-3pm. November-March: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm, Sunday, 10:30am-11am 12:15pm-3pm.
8. Jump on the Luas and shout “WEEEEEEEE!”. Suddenly panic and beg them to slow down.
9. Go to the park
If there is one thing Dublin does well; it’s parks. Parks are great places to people watch, bike ride and duck befriend. Be warned – the Gardai do not like you playing bongos in the park. We speak from experience.
St Stephen’s Green
- Location: Grafton Street, Dublin City Centre.
- Opening hours: Mon-Sat from 7.30am, Sun from 9.30am; closing times vary according to daylight hours.
Phoenix Park – One of the largest walled parks in Europe
- Location: Main entrances at Parkgate Street & Castleknock Gate.
- Opening hours: Main gates are open 24 hours.
10. Howth Coastal Path
Get the city out of your lungs and go up to Howth Head for a lovely walk (that apparently takes between 2-3 hours). From the beach you can see everything from Howth Castle to the Wicklow Mountains. If you are lucky there is a possibility of spotting seals from the Harbour. Why not name one, attempt to teach him tricks and spend lonely nights wondering if he thinks about you when you are not around?
11. Take a free magazine/newspaper and fashion yourself a charming paper hat. Await compliments from strangers.
12. Free walking tours
Dublin Tourism iWalks offer a range of free podcasts for walks around town which are available to download from their website. Podcasts include tours of Croke Park, the Castles & Cathedrals of Dublin, Georgian, Viking & Medieval Dublin. Solitary creatures can seek more information from www.visitdublin.com
If you are desperate for human interaction and would prefer a more social affair, Sandeman’s Dublin Walking tours are free, last about 3 hours and take in all the main tourism spots in the city.
- Location: Tours meet beside City Hall on Dame Street
- Opening hours: Tours depart daily at 11am & 1pm.