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Five things to do for free in Dublin


You don’t have to leave the UK to get your fill of culture, and Dublin is the perfect spot to embrace your inner traveller – for free! From festivals to live music, we’ve got you covered for your next trip…

Festivals

Dublin’s festival calendar is next level, with events on in every month of the year. From music to food and literature, you can embrace some true Irish culture completely free of charge. You can enjoy:

  • January: The Temple Bar TradFest

  • February: The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

  • March: St. Patrick’s Festival (a must!)

  • April: The Literary Festival

  • May: Dance Festival

  • June: LGBTQ+ Pride Festival

  • July: World Street Performance Championship

  • August: Ukelele Hooley

  • September: Culture Night

  • October: Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week

  • November: Dublin Book Festival

  • December: Say adios to the year at the NYE Dublin Festival

Buskers

Busking may just be part of city life in most places, but in Dublin, it is practically an art form. Hoards of tourists and locals alike will gather for one of the many talented street musicians, and with talent like U2 heralding from the city, it’s no wonder that new musicians grace the streets every day. All of the significant tourist traps are hotspots for buskers, but Temple Bar and Grafton Street are great spots to hear some quality music – free of charge!

Bono’s house

The U2 megastar was born and raised in the city, so it’d be rude not to check out his digs… Head to Killiney to see the house belonging to Bono if you fancy getting a little star struck, and be in with a chance of snapping a selfie/getting an autograph from the singer. He’s not the only one – Killiney is something of a celebrity hotspot in Dublin, with singer Enya, actor Allen Leech and former racing driver Eddie Irvine also living in the neighbourhood. While you’re in the area, don’t forget to check out the beautiful beach!

Live music

Whelan’s is one of the major live music venues in Dublin, as well as being one of the most popular pubs. For budgeting students like us, it’s the perfect place to go as they host regular free live music events, as well as Midnight Hour – for free entry go before 10.30pm! Best of all, you’ll get to hear a bunch of up and coming local talent, including DJ sets and acoustic sessions. You can find Whelan’s at 25 Wexford Street.

Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park is well worth a visit whether you’re a wildlife fan or not, but it’s a must if you want to catch a glimpse of the 350 wild deer in their home. The urban park is as beautiful as the animals and is one of the oldest and most famous landmarks of the city. It’s also the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe and is open seven days a week. Make a day of it by packing a picnic – but don’t forget to check the weather first!


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