The best of Dublin on a budget

We live in a pretty amazing city; from the timeless architecture and abundance of literary giants to our award winning restaurants and legendary night life, you’d be hard strung to find a Dubliner who doesn’t beam with pride for their city.

Unfortunately though, one of the draw backs to our impressive CV is the price tag that comes along with it. So, if you are having some visitors over who want to experience all Dublin has to offer or you just want to be a tourist yourself for the weekend, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our must-do’s to experience all our culturally rich city has to offer … on a budget.

Temple Bar food market

This takes place every Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm at the Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. It has the best selection of Irish cuisine around. Whether you’re in the mood for some fresh fish, traditional Irish cheese or just a cup of coffee this market caters for everyone and best of all you’ll avoid paying restaurant prices.

Hugh Lane Gallery

This gallery showcases some of the work of some of our most famous artists such as John Butler Yeats and Nathaniel Hone. It’s located in Parnell Square and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm and best of all it’s completely free!


We’re renowned worldwide for our musical talent so no tour of Dublin would be complete without going to a gig to see some live music. Whelan’s is just the spot to catch some raw Irish talent, it has something on nearly every night of the week and tickets are generally less than €20 and some nights they charge absolutely nothing.

Dublin Bikes

The most cost and time effective way to see a city is undoubtedly on a bike, so why not register for the Dublin bike scheme and see your city without the hassle of traffic and costly taxi fares? Go to  where you can get a 3 day ticket for just €5.

The James Joyce Centre

If there’s one thing people associate with us, it’s definitely our literary legends. But, this also means there is too many to learn about, so we recommend if you’re going to delve into the world of Irish literature start off with the James Joyce Centre. Here, you will learn all things Joycean and will leave feeling proud to be Irish. The centre is located on North Great George’s Street and admission is only €5.

The Ruby Sessions

This night has been run in Doyle’s pub for the past 16 years on a Tuesday night and has hosted big names like Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons and Damien Rice. The major appeal of this night is the intimate setting. It is a must for anyone visiting Dublin or any Dubliner who is yet to experience it. Admission is usually around €10 and is all in aid of Focus Ireland.

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