Dublin has a reputation for being expensive and there's no doubt you can haemorrhage cash without too much effort. But the good news is you can see and experience much of what's great about Dublin without having to spend a cent.
The nation's cultural and historical legacy is yours to enjoy at no cost.
- National Museum of Ireland All three Dublin branches of the National Museum – Archaeology, Decorative Arts & History and Natural History – are free of charge, and you're welcome to wander in and explore its treasures and fascinating exhibits at your leisure.
- National Gallery The State's proud collection of art, from the Middle Ages up to the modern age, is well represented on the walls of the National Gallery.
- Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin This extraordinary collection of modern art (as well as Francis Bacon's studio) are free to peruse.
- Irish Museum of Modern Art Ireland's most important collection of contemporary art is available to all at no cost.
- Chester Beatty Library The city's foremost small museum is a treasure trove of ancient books, illuminated manuscripts, precious scrolls and other gorgeous objets d'art.
- Science Gallery Tap into your inner nerd and discover how interesting it all is…for absolutely nothing.
Dublin is blessed with green spaces, all but one of which is open to the public.
- St Stephen's Green The city's most popular park is always packed with folks looking to take advantage of the good weather.
- Merrion Square The most elegant of Dublin's free parks has beautiful lawns, delicate flower beds and a statue of Oscar Wilde (among others).
- Iveagh Gardens A little wilder and not as well known as Dublin's other parks is this bit of countryside smack in the middle of the city.
- Phoenix Park The largest non-wildlife enclosed park in Europe is huge – big enough to house the Irish president, the American ambassador, the zoo, a herd of fallow deer and more green space than you could ever need.
- Herbert Park Jog, run, walk or play tennis – it's all yours to enjoy.
- Grand Canal It's green in big chunks, and a walk along its banks is one of the more bucolic activities you can engage in in the city centre.