As Dublin is one of Europe’s most expensive cities, readers may appreciate that many free touris sites and activities were included on this list released July 24 from a website covering all things Irish, irishcentral.com.
1. Guinness Store House
No trip to Dublin is complete without visiting this impressive seven-storey building, the core of which is in the shape of giant pint glass. Visitors witness the process of making Guinness beer as they ascend each floor, then are given a free pint at the Gravity Bar when they reach the top, which affords a spectacular view of Dublin.
2. Kilmainham Gaol
This museum tells the story of Irish history, is located next to the Irish Museum of Modern Art and is a 15-minute bus ride from the city center.
3. Trinity College Dublin
Best known for the Book of Kells, a ninth century illustrated Christian manuscript, the exhibit and its spectacular surroundings inspired the Jedi archive scene from the movie Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
4. Phoenix Park
The largest urban park in Europe and twice the size of New York City’s Central Park.
5. National Gallery of Ireland
This impressive, and free, museum collection includes some 2,500 paintings and nearly 10,000 other works.
6. Leinster House
Free admission is granted to this elegant home of Irish parliament, but reservations are required.
7. Croke Park
The fourth-largest sports stadium in Europe and the spiritual home of Irish cultural nationalism. The soccer games are a treat for tourists, if you can get tickets, but so is the staduim tour, which includes the Gaelic Athletic Association’s museum.
8. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Ireland’s largest church, built in the 12th century, close to Dublin’s center and an essential part of Dublin’s history.
9. Christ Church Cathedral
Close to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which it predates, the Cathedral is one of the city’s oldest buildings. There is an admission charge, as there also is for St. Patricks; both are around €6.
10. Dublin Castle
The former center of British rule in Ireland, the Chester Beatty Library has one of the finest collections of East Asian art in the world, and admission is free.