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20th Apr 2018

Eight Things To Do In Dublin 8 For Less Than €20


Payday feels like years away, so we’re in full thrift mode right now.

Since Griffith College has just opened a new Subway and Starbucks on their grounds to meet the sandwich and coffee needs of their student body as well as the general public, we thought we’d look at a few things you can do in the surrounding area that, much like a lunch comprised of a six-inch sub and venti filter coffee, won’t break the bank.

BTW, we’re giving away a €200 voucher for Griffith College’s Subway to one lucky reader. For your chance to win, simply tag someone you’d share it with in the comment section below.

But anyway, where were we? Oh yes, D8. Here’s what we found after an extensive snoop to find the very best, but least expensive, activities that this area code has to offer…

Take a stroll around National War Memorial Gardens

These beautiful gardens are dedicated to the 49,400 Irish soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1. 

From their sacrifice sprung new hope for a devastated Europe, which is symbolised by these grounds overflowing with beautiful plant life, as well as stunning architecture from the famed Sir Edward Lutyens.

The tranquil space needs to be experienced at least once in your lifetime.

Price: Free

Learn about Vikings in Dublinia

Delve deep in Dublin’s past at one of the city’s best loved museums.

Learn about the fascinating lives of our Viking invaders, see what our streets were like 700 years ago and discover how archeologists have managed to uncover history’s secrets.

You’ll see Dublin with new eyes. 

Price: €5.75 per adult

Pick out a beautiful painting in Jam Art Factory

One for all you arty types.

This independent gallery and design shop is all about showcasing the talented Irish artists who are emerging today, offering fresh concepts in print, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and street art.

And, true to our word, you will find plenty of options here for less than €20 to bring a bit more colour to your abode.

Price: Depends on the piece

Check out the Irish Jewish Museum

Opened by the President of Israel Chaim Herzog in 1985, this museum is dedicated to celebrating Ireland’s Jewish community, comprised of just over 1,000 people, and its history.

The institution’s mission is to exhibit, promote and preserve artefacts relating to the history of the Jews of Ireland, to the religion, culture and heritage.

You’ll be fascinated to discover the important role that this small group of people has had on Irish politics, the law, medicine, academia, the professions, the arts, music and culture.

Price: €5 per person

Do yoga in Little Bird

Let’s just say a little bird told us this is a great spot for yoga… get it? You get it.

Out front is a terrace where you can have a spot of brunch when the sun is shining, but in the back you’ll be able to push both your body and mind in their yoga studio.

No matter what level suits you best — beginner, intermediate or advanced — you’ll find a class to suit you at Little Bird.

Price: €15 per 60-minute class

Explore IMMA

Get your daily dose of culture over at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). 

Housed at Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the institution is now playing host to a variety of exhibitions, such as Coast-Lines, which examines place, perception, representation and memory, The Edge Of The Landscape, which is a major retrospective of the Scottish-born, Irish artist William Crozier, and Freud Project, The Ethics of Scrutiny, which is a five-year loan of 52 works by renowned artist Lucian Freud.

You’ll easily while away an afternoon wandering through these rooms.

Price: Free, except for special events 

Dublin Flea Market

Who doesn’t love diving into a pile of curios and undiscovered treasures?

More than 70 stalls assemble on the last Sunday of every month at The Co-op on Newmarket Square to sell the very coolest in vinyl, books, clothes, furniture and much, much more. 

This place is every bargain hunter’s dream.

Attend a show in St Patrick’s Cathedral

Named for its ancient connection with Ireland’s patron saint, there’s a palpable sense of grandeur on these holy grounds… so what better place for a gig?!

Providing a gorgeous setting and sensational acoustics, inside the cathedral you can occasionally catch choral experiences from the likes of the High Hopes Choir, film screenings presented by renowned filmmakers like Jim Sheridan, or concerts from world-class musicians like Glen Hansard.

Who said church was boring?

Price: Depends on the show

Subway and Starbucks are now open at Griffith College.

Subway Starbucks