Free Dublin activities and attractions

Free activities and tourist attractions in Dublin.

Dublin is such a vibrant city, that is rich in history. There are a number of sites and attractions to visit all over Dubin. Sports, Entertainment, Museums, Zoo, Music, Pubs, …the list goes on and on.

And while there are many tourist attractions which charge an entrance fee, there are also many state and government supported places and attractions that you can visit without spending a cent on admission fees.

If you are planning a visit to Dublin why not try the following worthwhile places to visit in Dublin that do not charge admission fees. They can be a fun and cheap alternative to attractions with admission charges.


The National Gallery of Ireland contains the national collection of Irish art and European master paintings. The art collection ranges from the fourteenth to the twentieth century and includes many major Continental Schools. Best of all, admission to the permanent collection (main areas) is free.

The National gallery is centrally located and here is the contact and address details:

National Gallery of Ireland

(Admission to the Permanent Collection is free.)

Merrion Square West


2Tel. +353-1-661 5133

Fax. +353-1-661 5372


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There are also the following art galleries which offer free admission and are well worth a visit:

The HughLaneGallery

(Admission to the Permanent Collection is free.)

Charlemont House

Parnell Square North

Dublin 1 Ireland

t: + 353 1 222 5550

f: + 353 1 872 2182

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IrishMuseum of Modern Art

(Admission is free)

Royal Hospital

Military Road


Dublin 8


Telephone : +353-1-612 9900

Fax : +353-1-612 9999


Dublin Museums

The National Museum of Ireland has three Dublin based museum locations:

The National Archaeology and HistoryMuseum

This is the national repository for archaeological objects discovered inIreland. The museum contains well over 2,000,000 artefacts with a dates ranging between 7000BC and the late medieval period.

NationalMuseum of Ireland – Archaeology &


Kildare Street

Dublin 2

How to get there: By Dublin bus – numbers 7 ,7A, 10, 11 and 13 fromO’Connell Street.

Decorative Arts & HistoryMuseum

This museum is home to a vast collection of historical items including, Irish weaponry, furniture, silver items, ceramics and glassware and examples of costumes and clothing.

NationalMuseum of Ireland – Decorative Arts &


Collins Barracks

Benburb Street

Dublin 7

How to get there:

By Dublin bus – numbers 90 (Aston Quay) 25, 25A, 66 and 67 from Wellington Quay

Luas (Light Rail): The LUAS Red line travels from Connolly Station to Tallaght and has a stop beside National Museum of Ireland –Decorative Arts & History. This stop is called “Museum”. Trams operate every ten minutes. Please visit for more information on LUAS services.

The Natural History museum

This museum houses displays over ten thousand animals. The collections have been gathered for over two centuries. This zoological museum houses outstanding examples of wildlife from Ireland and from around the world, including examples of some extinct breeds.

NationalMuseum of Ireland

Natural History

Merrion Street

Dublin 2


How to get there: By Dublin bus – numbers 7 and 7A from O’Connell Street.

Gardens and Parks

NationalBotanic Gardens, Glasnevin

Often overlooked by visitors to Dublin the Botanic Gardens offers visitors free admission to this beautiful and colourful location. The gardens cover cover a total area of almost 20 hectares.

The Botanic gardens are located in Glasnevin, about 3 miles fromDublinCity.

The entire gardens contains over 20,000 plant species and there are impressive glasshouses which contain many unusual plants. The entire attraction is beautifully maintained and a visit is highly recommended. There is also a restaurant that sells snacks, light refreshments and meals on the graounds of the gardens

There is limited parking available for a flat fee of € 2.

Getting to the Botanical Gardens

By Bus:4 (St. Vincent’s Hospital, Lansdowne Road {Jury’s}, O’ Connell Street / Ballymun)

13 (Merrion Square, Pearse St, O’Connell St. / Poppintree)

19 (Bulfin road, Leonard’s Corner, O’Connell St. / Jamestown Rd., Tolka estate)

83 (Kimmage {Sundrive road, Rathmines} / Harristown {Ballygall Road East})

By Car:

Route 1

From the city centre: travel via the Drumcondra road (N1) and turn left atBotanic Avenue, just before crossing the river Tolka,

Route 2

From the city centre via Phibsborough, taking the N2 Finglas road , turn right onto Botanic Road just after Hart’s Corner, after passing over theRoyalCanal. The Botanic Gardens are close to the junction of Botanic Avenue and Botanic Road.


This article is not a comprehensive guide to all aspects of these attractions in Dublin and is provided as an advice service visitors. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide – full information can be obtained by visiting each attractions web site or by direct contact. We make no guarantees that the information is correct and up to date and we cannot be held responsible in any way for consequences arising from any inaccuracies.

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