Free things to do in Dublin

Surprisingly, some of the best stuff you can see in Dublin are completely free of charge! Ireland may not be the cheapest destination in Europe, but we definitely pack a good value! Make sure to ask our receptionists about the best free gigs to go to when you are here – there is always comedy or music you can catch free of charge, and for the rest, this is our list of free things to do in Dublin:

Free Walking tour

Start off your Dublin Adventure with a free daily walking tour for an expert introduction into culture, history and “craic” of Dublin. This will give you a good idea on how Dublin is laid out and where to go to explore more. Also, its always fun!

Phoenix Park

Wonder in Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest inner city park, and enjoy wonderful walk in the nature and spotting some local wildlife. Phoenix park is home to plenty deer, and although you may need to wonder a while to find them, once you do they are amazing sight to behold. While you are there, you can get a free tour President’s house, just check website first to make sure it’s running. 

Free Things To Do Near Barnacles Hostel Dublin

Yoga in the Park

During summer, plenty of parks will host yoga in the park over the weekends. While not technically completely free of charge, these are run on a donation basis. Check out St Stephens Green Yoga on Sundays or go to Ranelagh on Saturdays & Wednesdays. 

Chester Beatty Library

This stunning collection is housed next to Dublin Castle, and accessible free of charge. Expect manuscripts, books and different art from all corners of the world. This is amazing collection, definitely worth seeing. Bonus – they have wicked roof top garden!

Dead Zoo

Natural History Museum is a great place to find out more about the local animals in Ireland, but be warned, this museum is slightly odd, definitely Victorian and just a little bit weird. A Must See!


Actually,  both National Gallery and National Museum are free of charge. Visit museum for stunning “bog people” exhibit and gallery for Irish artists through history. 

South Wall Walk

On the sunny evening, there is nothing better than going for a walk by the sea. Check out walk down the south wall to Poolbeg Lighthouse. 

Science Gallery

This is not the usual gallery where science is explained. This place poses questions and explores different sides of the same problem through each of their exhibitions. Entry is free of charge. Make sure to keep an eye on events they are holding, they do wicked after hours parties!

Street Art

There has been little street art revival happening in Dublin in recent years. Go for a wonder and see if you can spot them all. There are some amazing graffiti in Temple Bar itself, and Smithfield is home to several great pieces as well.  

Free gigs

Dublin is a lively place. Very lively. Check with our reception about recommended gigs, there is always some music or comedy you can check out free of charge. 


National Botanic Garden

Free to visit, this is little slice of tranquility north of city centre. Old school glasshouses are a must see. 

Stay in Barnacles Dublin hostel in Temple Bar, and you will be only few steps away from most of these free things! See you soon?