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Posted 05 November 2016

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How to have a great and inexpensive day out in Dublin.

There’s nothing quite as exciting as the thought of getting away from it all and exploring a new place. If you’re trying to stick to a tight budget though, planning a getaway can be hard work. We’re here to make it all easier and hopefully show you that you don’t need to spend a fortune in order to have a great day out with the whole family. 

In the latest in our ‘days out’ series, we’re going to explore the city of Dublin. You just might be surprised to learn what you can do here for free or next to nothing. 

1. The Chester Beatty Library

Do you have any budding writers or artists in your family? If you do, Chester Beatty Library might be just the place to visit. Although it is primarily a library, there’s so much going on here that the whole family can enjoy. For example, why not drop in for a free drawing lesson on the 13th November? Or watch a demonstration of beautiful Chinese calligraphy on the 19th? There are regular lectures and events that aim to educate and culturally enrich visitors, so it’s definitely worth checking out the link and seeing what free events they have coming up. 


2. National Leprechaun Museum

Learning about the mythology of a place is one of the most fascinating parts of visiting somewhere new, and in this regard Ireland is as rich as anywhere in the world. If you visit the National Leprechaun Museum, you’ll learn all about the magical world of Irish mythology, including but not limited to Leprechauns. 

You can join one of their storytellers on a tour and feel what it’s like to journey to Ireland’s magical, mythical places where the stories of Leprechauns and fairies originated. This great attraction is based in the heart of Dublin, while you have to pay a little extra for the tours, admission to the museum is free. 


3. Sandeman’s free walking tours. 

If you haven’t been on a Sandeman’s tour yet, take the opportunity as soon as you can. This great company offers walking tours of loads of major cities, including Edinburgh, London and Liverpool. They’re interesting and educational and a great way to fully immerse yourself in the history of whatever city you’re visiting. 

And the best thing about them? They’re completely free – you might want to tip your tour guide afterwards if you think they did a great job, but what you give is up to you. 

Just make sure you visit the loo with the little ones before the tour starts and that you’re all wearing comfortable footwear. 


4. Science Gallery Dublin

If you’re on your way to Dublin, make sure you visit the Science Gallery. In terms of visitors it’s ranked in the top ten of free cultural attractions in Ireland and for good reason. 

Here art and science collide, it’s a place that really encourages young adults, and everyone for that matter, to follow their interest, express their creativity and discuss the most cutting edge scientific discoveries. 

The exhibitions are constantly rotating, so each time you visit you’re going to see something new. It’s also worth bearing in mind that some of the current exhibitions deal with difficult or controversial political and cultural issues, so this might be an attraction best suited to adults and older children. 


5. Drimnagh Castle.

If you wanted to visit Dublin Castle, it would cost you €8.50 per adult and €3.00 per child. This is an option if this is on your wish list, but it can turn into a pricey affair if you’re taking the whole family on your day out. But this doesn’t mean you have to forego the castle experience. 

Drimnagh Castle is cheaper to visit at €4 per adult and €2 per child, and boasts a beautiful 17th garden and is the only castle in Ireland to still have a moat. 

Here you can explore the Great Hall, where the 13th century occupants would have slept and eaten, and The Undercroft where they would have hidden if their enemies attacked. 


So, fancy a trip to Dublin with the family? We hope we’ve convinced you that this beautiful, friendly and historic city has loads to offer, and a day out doesn’t have to cost the earth. If you’re undecided about where you want visit, we’ve got money-saving ideas for Edinburgh, York, Belfast and much more. 


by Christine Walsh

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