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The Ultimate List of Cheap Things to Do in Dublin

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Are you on a budget trip? Looking for cheap things to do in Dublin? Then this list is just for you.

While there are plenty of things to see in Dublin (and many free things too), not all have to be expensive. Make the most of your trip with this selection of affordable things to do in the Capital.

In this list, I’m classifying “cheap” and affordable as anything under or equal to €5/€10 based on adult prices. Let’s make your wallet go that extra mile.

Here are the top cheap things to do in Dublin.

For €5 or less

Rathfarnham Castle

The original castle dates back to the Elizabethan period and was built for Archbishop Adam Loftus, an ambitious Yorkshire clergyman. The castle with its four flanker towers is an excellent example of a fortified house in Ireland and holds the Berkely Costume and Toy Collection.

Entry is just €5, €4 for seniors and €3 for students.

Casino Marino

Entry for Marino Casino is just €5 (adults), €4 for seniors and €3 for students. Designed by Sir William Chambers as a pleasure house for James Caulfield, 1st Earl of Charlemont, it is described as one of the finest 18th-century neo-classical buildings in Europe. Though it means “small house”, it surprisingly contains 16 finely decorated rooms.

For €10 or less

Marsh’s Library

This incredible personal library has remained unchanged for over three hundred years. It was built with money provided by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, an academic and book lover with a strong belief in the public utility of education and learning. The Library was incorporated in 1707 by an Act of Parliament called ‘An Act for Settling and Preserving a Public Library for Ever’. For the first century and a half of its existence, it was the only public library in Dublin.

Tickets cost €7 (adults) or €4 (students/seniors). Entry is free for under 18s and those in receipt of social welfare.

Money-Saving Tip: For a Joint Entry ticket, you can visit Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Marsh’s Library for €15.00.

14 Henrietta Street

Visit 14 Henrietta Street where you’ll experience over 300 years of city and family life in the walls of one address. Their guided tours bring you on a journey from the house’s grand Georgian beginnings to the tenement dwellings of its later years.

Tickets cost €10 for adults and €8 for seniors and students. Pre-booking is essential.

The Rediscovery Centre

Built with best-practise sustainable design and construction, tour the award-winning Rediscovery Centre. Learn about the unique background of the old Ballymun Boiler House and the work that they carry out for the benefit of the community, the circular economy and our planet. See their biodiversity garden and reuse workshops.

Tours cost €7.50 for Adults and €6.00 for Concession.

The James Joyce Centre

Set in an 18th-century Georgian building, the centre is dedicated to promoting understanding of the life and works of James Joyce. Spanning over three floors, it covers his life and houses a permanent interactive exhibition on one of his finest works, Ulysses. Entry for adults is €7 (Seniors and students €5) They also do tours of the city which need to be booked in advance.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

A memorial to Ireland’s historic past, the admission fee for St. Patrick’s Cathedral is €10 (adult), and €9 for seniors and students. You can also download a free app that provides Service Times; a Brief History of the Cathedral; an Audio Guide for the building; “Cathedral Tales” and videos about Saint Patrick’s. They also have guided tours.

Money-Saving Tip: For a Joint Entry ticket, you can visit Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Marsh’s Library for €15.00 (saving you €2 as entry to Marsh’s Library is €7).

O’Connell Tower Climb

While visiting the grounds of Glasnevin Cemetry is free, climbing the tower will cost €10 for adults, and €8 for seniors and students. This is the tallest round tower in Ireland and at the top, you can enjoy panoramic views across the city.

Find out more about the O’Connell Tower here. While the history tours of the grounds will set you back €14, they are excellent and worth it if you can splash out a bit more.

Dublin Castle

From the founding of the first Celtic settlement in the 1st century AD to every presidential inauguration, the site has stood witness to some of the most pivotal events in the country’s history. It costs €8 (adult) and €6 for students and seniors for self-guided tours.

Custom House

Built under heavy controversy, and burned down during the war of independence, the Custom House Visitor Centre explores the rich history of an architectural triumph, while encompassing over 230 years of Irish history.

Tickets cost €8 for adults, €6 for seniors and €4 for students.

Richmond Barracks to Kilmainham Gaol Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the 1916 leaders as they went to their deaths in Kilmainham Gaol following a cursory court-martial at Richmond Barracks. Along the way, you will hear of local poets and poetry. The tour concludes at Ronan Gillespie’s evocative sculpture commemorating those executed in Stonebreaker’s Yard.

Tickets cost €10 for adults, and €8 for seniors and students.

Kilmainham Gaol

Steeped in history. For over 100 years Kilmainham Gaol held thousands of men, women and children for crimes that ranged from minor offences to momentous events in Irish history. The Gaol is accessed by guided tour only and you must pre-book tickets online. Tickets cost €8 for adults, €6 for seniors and €4 for students. Children under 12 are free of charge but still require a ticket.

Image by NakNakNak from Pixabay. Kilmainham Gaol featured in the 'cheap things to do in Ireland' list.

Image by NakNakNak from Pixabay

Ardgillan Castle

Open all year round, Ardgillan is an 18th-century country-style house. Visitors will get the chance to explore the castle and enjoy the same atmosphere that its occupants experienced from 1738 right up to 1962 when it was eventually sold. Castle tours are €5.

Money-Saving Tip: Free tours to all those over 65 on the first Wednesday of each month. (ID must be shown at the admissions desk to avail of free entry).

The Irish Jewish Museum

This unique museum is open to the public every Sunday 11:00am – 2:30pm and is closed on National and Jewish Holidays. The general admission charge for adults is €10 and for students €5.

According to the website, “The Museum represents not just cultural, historical and sentimental importance for the Jewish Community and the Irish public, but plays an important educational role by being a window for the wider public into the Jewish life. It is the only centre on the island of Ireland where people of all faiths can come to learn about Judaism, about Jewish History and the lessons of the Holocaust”.

Farmleigh House

Home to the Guinness family for generations, Farmleigh is a representation of the Edwardian period and houses important artworks and furnishings, as well as the Benjamin Iveagh collection of rare books, bindings, and manuscripts which is held in the Library.

Tickets cost €8 for adults, €6 for seniors and €4 for students.

Skyview Tower Dublin (Smithfield)

Originally part of the Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Smithfield, the Chimney Viewing Tower is part of Generator Hostels and from it, you can see Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Tickets are €10.

Drimnagh Medieval Castle

[Closed until July 8th, 2024]

This is Dublin’s only remaining moated castle. Explore the meticulously restored halls and chambers, learning about the rich history of the de Bernival family who called it home. Adult tickets are €9, seniors and students €7.

Are there other cheap things to do in Dublin that I’ve missed out on? Let me know in the comments below.

Prices quoted as correct on July 2024. Please check the linked websites for up-to-date information. A mention doesn’t necessarily mean an endorsement.

(Lead Image by Åsa K from Pixabay)


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