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Bored? 10 Brilliant FREE Things To Do In Dublin This Weekend

By niallharbison

January 7, 2017 at 11:18am


It's that time of year where for most people payday is still four weeks away and all the excess of the festive period needs to be worked off. 

While many people whine about not having anything to do, bar sit in and wait for the next pay check, we thought we'd give you some inspiration about wonderful things to do around the city. 

No wallet required.

1. Visit the Science Gallery

You've probably walked past it hundreds of times down on the corner of Pearce Street, but to not have actually visited it is a crime. 

Their current exhibition is about design and violence and it's well worth a visit.

2. Visit Dublin Castle 

You probably pass tourists milling around Dublin Castle every day and never pay much attention. 

Not all of the attraction is free, but you'll be able to access The Chester Beaty Library and The Revenue Museum with no charge.

3. Spend the day in Phoenix Park

One of the biggest open spaces a city could ever wish to have and packed full of amazing sights. 

Feed the deer, watch a cricket match, play football or visit Aras An Uachtarain

The place is so big that you'll easy lose a whole day here exploring its nooks and crannies.

4.Take a stroll along the Great South Wall

The beauty of walking the Great South Wall all the way out to Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk is that it's proximity to the city centre, so there's no need to drive for half an hour in order to get a bit of fresh air.

The best way to access the start of the walk is to head towards for the roundabout on the southside beside the Eastlink Bridge in Ringsend.

5. Irish Museum Of Modern Art

It is completely free to visit and they've some amazing collections. They get half a million visors a year and it's located in the Royal Hospital Building. 

A stunning place to unwind and spend some quality time with friends or simply enjoying your own company.

6. Three Rock Cycle Loop

A classic route for Dublin cyclists (deceptively steep at first, admittedly), Three Rock ascends into a somewhat traffic-free road in the Dublin Mountains, with panoramic views across the city. 

You will need a bike for this one and all the info is here, along with some shorter cycle routes.

7. Swim at the Forty Foot

You've seen the pictures of people swimming there in the freezing weather and even on Christmas Day. 

It may seem daunting at first, but it will be one of the great experiences of your life.

8. Attend a First Fortnight event

This is a two-week festival dedicated to helping highlight mental health. A wonderful series of events which are mostly free across the city. 

A brilliant idea and a wonderful way to help people through what can be two very tough weeks during the year.

9. National Museum Of Ireland 

Packed full of decades worth of Irish history and the most wonderful way to discover the history of this wonderful country. A great place to bring the kids or family.

10. The Dodder Walk

This is for the super easygoing/hungover of you who shriek at the thought of walking for hours on end. The banks of The Dodder boast views of some of the most tranquil and beautiful parts of the city's south side.

It's about a 3.5km walk from Bushy Park (which has a market on Saturdays) to The Dropping Well, with no need for proper walking shoes or maps or any of that carry on. Just beautiful walking for beautiful walking's sake.

READ NEXT: This Is The Ultimate 2017 Travel Bucket List For Ireland


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