7 Best Things to Do in Dublin, Ireland

Are you planning on taking a short break from your jampacked schedule and the thought of visiting Dublin in Ireland zoomed in to your mind? Well, if that’s so, just know that taking a trip to Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, is a decision you wouldn’t regret!

Go on a road trip in Ireland, and make sure you’re somewhere fun for Saint Patrick’s Day. Dublin has always played an important role in the history of Ireland. This city founded by the Vikings and whose indomitable spirit has allowed it to overcome wars and adversities to become one of the main cities of the United Kingdom.

This city divided in two by the Liffey river. If you want to get around the city of Dublin even when you're on a tight budget, you can still have a chance to visit some of its tourist attractions at a more affordable price.

Many travel to Dublin every year to see the remains of St Valentine in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin! Though a visit to Dublin can cost you a little much money, there’s no need for you to worry because there are still various ways you can do to cut off your supposed travel expenses.

And besides, you surely wouldn’t want to miss out the chance to see the vibrant city itself, experience its flourishing nightlife, and see its mind-blowing tourist attractions before your eyes. So, as you start writing and organising an itinerary for your Dublin visit, you might want to check out the following tips below best-suited for thrifty travellers.

The capital of Ireland is like the long lost uncle you never knew you had. Here the welcome is as warm as the seat next to the pub’s open fire – expect chatty locals to ask for your life story (and tell you most of their own) while you both enjoy a Guinness. The city itself is a fascinating place – filled with ancient buildings, famous liquors and perfectly cute storefronts.

Follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s most famous writers, or find a pub to enjoy some traditional Irish singing and dancing. Go to Dublin if you appreciate a nice pub, you like to feel at home while you’re away, you’re not put off by bad weather.

best things to do in Dublin

What are you waiting for? Read and figure out how you can save up more money while having the best days of your Dublin travel!

1. Touring the Library of Trinity College Dublin

Touring the Georgian quarter, famous for its particular architectural style, you will find the headquarters of the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Its library is the largest literary space in Ireland.

2. Walking along O'Connell Bridge

Other sites for leisurely walking are the two most famous streets in Dublin. One is Grafton Street, the most important shopping street, shopping malls, famous jewelers, designer clothing stores and elegant restaurants. The other is O'Connell Street, one of the longest and widest streets in Europe where Saint Patrick's Day is held every year and, in addition, several emblematic buildings and monuments are present.

You will find historic buildings such as the Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral, fantastic antique shops, amazing avant-garde architecture, famous pubs, elegant restaurants, shops, theaters and cinemas.

3. Tour the Guinness Storehouse

Traditional Irish pubs still dominate the evenings, with live music and the ever-present Guinness beer. You can not miss, on a visit to Dublin, the tour to the Guinness Beer factory. Despite Ireland being its famous home, more Guinness is sold in Nigeria than here! The brand is quite popular in Africa, and the Nigerian Guinness brewery was its first operation outside Britain and Ireland.

Irish Coffees are a beloved drink in the United States that are served in Irish pubs, faux Irish pubs, and regular old bars across the country. Unlike the Moscow Mule or Oaxacan Old Fashioned, the cocktail actually originated in the country it’s named after. Yet its reputation in Ireland is quite a bit different.

4. Walk aimlessly through Temple Bar

Dublin has this vibrant nightlife where you can party all night. If you want to experience the true Irish atmosphere, walk aimlessly through Temple Bar, on the south bank of the Liffey River. This neighborhood concentrates the nightlife and cultural life of the city.

5. Visit Lambay Island

Lambay Island, near the capital Dublin, has some very exotic wildlife. A man named Cecil Baring purchased it and introduced peacocks, kinkajous and flightless rheas. They didn’t do very well and have long since died out. However, his son inherited the island and seeded it with red-necked wallabies from Australia, which are still thriving and now number over 100.

6. Street art tour to Merrion Square

Well, when visiting Dublin on a budget, you better not forget to avail a self-guided Dublin Street art tour. In this free-of-charge activity, you can have a chance to see the city's top street art routes presenting artists like Banksy, Bordalo, Dan Leo, James Earley, and KinMx.

7. Visit National Botanic Gardens

Aside from that, you can also enjoy a low-cost visit to Dublin’s variety of parks. St. Merrion Square, Phoenix Park, Stephen’s Green, and the National Botanical Gardens are just some of the free places you can check out. Take note of this, the National Botanical Gardens only offer free guided tours during Sundays between 12 pm to 2:30 pm. For the rest of the time, it charges €5 per head.

Best Way to Get to Dublin

Apparently, nobody can tell what's the cheapest way possible for you to get to Dublin. As it will all depend on where you're coming from - are you coming from abroad or from just a nearby city or place? If you're coming from within Ireland, the best option you can consider is to take a bus or train trip to Dublin. But when you’re coming from outside the country, your best options are booking a flight or take a ferry going to Ireland.

Either way, you can always have a chance to get discounted plane or ferry tickets if you book for your Dublin city tour as early as you can.

Best time to visit Dublin

To make the most of your Dublin trip, you better not forget to also check out the most suggested times or seasons to visit the city. By far, the cheapest season to visit Dublin is during winter. However, when you say winter, expect the rainy weather throughout your visit. If you don't like much snow and too much rain to get in your way during your Dublin trip, you can also consider the Spring and Fall seasons to travel with just enough budget.

If you're planning to have your Dublin tour between the months of July and August, which is the summer season and also the most sought-after time by the majority of tourists, you better ready your pocket as it's also considered as the most expensive time to visit the city.

The very first thing you will face as soon as you arrive at the Dublin airport will be the Irish climate, which is very unpredictable, It rains here most of the time, even in the month of August you would certainly feel cold so bring a windcheater with you and a warm jogger and some really nice shoes. You are going to walk a lot so a good shoe will be worth of an investment.

Accommodation in Dublin

Aside from your plane tickets going to Dublin, you’re probably thinking about a place to stay while in the city, right? Well, don't think too much because Dublin has a world of cheap options to resolve your accommodation concerns. You can find a cosy and clean place to stay in any serviced apartment in Ballsbridge at a very affordable rate.

If you want to stay in the city centre, you can book accommodation in one of Dublin city centre’s hotels. Don’t worry because cheap hostel and/or apartelles are also available in Dublin. You just have to take some time and a lot of patience on finding the best and perfect place for you. Take a temporary accommodation in any hostel, book the place before you leave from your country.

Understanding how to spend in Euros

From the first coffee you will purchase to the first grocery shopping you will be confused at first with the price due to currency difference, it will be difficult for you to understand what you can call cheap and what you can call costly, trick is to stop converting the price with the currency of your country.

There will be a lot of fancy shops around but don't fall for the temptation. Buy anything you need from the big retailers like Tesco, Aldi, Lidl as their prices are quite affordable. For example a can of coke will cost you 2.5 euro in a street-side shop and a same will cost you 90 cents in a big retail store.

How to get a phone number

Go to any store and buy a sim which is usually 15 euros/month. You can change plans later depending on your needs.

Transportation in Dublin

Cabs are expensive in Ireland, so be ready to walk 4-5 km every day. Buy a bicycle as it will save a lot of your time and money. You can buy a used bike from the Facebook marketplace or new bikes from decathlon or local bike shops. Another option is the Leap card which you can use for buses,

Pro Tip: If you are running late for a place avoid taking a bus, only board a bus if you have a buffer of 30 minutes.

Final thoughts:

The Dublin city must be pretty much expensive in different aspects but with great planning and organising, you can absolutely make the most out of your Dublin visit without a hassle! If you have more Dublin travel tips that are definitely best-suited for thrifty travellers, just know that you can always knock on our doors and share your ideas and thoughts with us and our readers.

Rest you will enjoy your time in Ireland it's a lovely country with lovely people, during your time here be ready to hear words like Thank you, Sorry, Please, more than you ever did.
Kalyan Panja

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