Dublin is a great place to explore, and it doesn’t have to be costly. Here are 10 amazing yet free things to do around Dublin on a nice day.
Although Dublin is the capital of Ireland, it is small in size and easily navigable on foot. With amazing coastal towns and suburban destinations all super accessible by public transport from the city, Dublin makes for a great place to explore.
Sunny days are, unsurprisingly, the most popular days for exploring and touring, especially in the summertime. Although exploring Dublin can be costly, it doesn’t have to be.
Here are ten amazing yet free things to do around Dublin on a sunny (or simply not rainy!) day.
10. See deer graze at dusk in Phoenix Park
Phoenix Park is a mega stretch of greenery close to the capital. It is the largest enclosed park in Europe with endless trails, walking and running tracks, sports fields, enchanting woodlands, and more.
The park is also home to a large herd of wild deer who openly graze by dawn and dusk. This is perhaps one of the coolest free things to do around Dublin anytime of year, but especially in the warmer months.
Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland
9. Learn a little at Dublin Castle
Although you have to pay to get into some of the top areas of Dublin Castle, you are free to wander the grounds and take in its stunning medieval architecture at no cost.
This Irish government complex has a colourful history and has played a pivotal role in Ireland’s independence.
Address: Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland
8. Snag a green spot in the Iveagh Gardens
While most visitors to Dublin spend a lazy afternoon in St. Stephen’s Green, those in the know head for the Iveagh Gardens.
These parks are in arm’s reach of each other but few know the latter exists. Hidden behind grand Georgian buildings and the National Concert Hall, the Iveagh Gardens is one of Dublin’s best parks, and it doesn’t cost a penny to see.
Address: St Stephen’s Green, Park, Dublin 2, D02 HX65, Ireland
7. Wander the grounds (and exhibitions) of IMMA
If you’re looking for a free thing to do in Dublin on sunny day, head for a wander around the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). The museum sits on an impressive plot of lawns and also offers free permanent exhibitions for those of you looking for a little culture on a cheap day in Dublin.
IMMA is located close to the city and is easily accessible on foot or by bus.
Address: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
6. Go for a stroll on the Great South Wall
Another great thing to do for free in Dublin on a nice day is to stroll the Great South Wall, which stretches out into Dublin Port.
This pier is surrounded by the sea on all sides and ends with the majestic Poolbeg Lighthouse. On turning back to shore, you’ll be met with panoramic views of Dublin city and the famous Poolbeg chimneys.
Address: S Wall, Poolbeg, Dublin, Ireland
5. Climb Killiney Hill
If you’re looking for a leg stretch, we suggest you climb Killiney Hill. This walk is somewhat challenging but is perfectly manageable for those who are moderately fit.
The suburb of Killiney can be accessed by DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) from Dublin city. From the summit, bird’s-eye views overlooking the city and surrounding areas make the trek worth the while.
Address: Killiney HillScalpwilliam, Dublin, Ireland
4. People-watch along the canal
The canal is a prime hangout spot when the weather takes a turn for the better. A local trend, aptly titled “cans on the canal”, sees people by the mass turn out along the Dublin canal to enjoy cans of beer. To top it off: the canal also makes for a great place to kick back and people-watch too.
Address: Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, Ireland
3. Smell the roses at the National Botanic Gardens
A great free thing to do on a sunny day in Dublin is to visit the National Botanic Gardens. Obviously, this one will serve you best in the spring and summer, when more flowers are in bloom.
Not far from the city, this attraction is completely free of charge and offers stunning native flora to be enjoyed up-close. What better way to enjoy a sunny day in Dublin than to stop and smell the roses?
Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland
2. Take a free walking tour
A free walking tour (tips encouraged) of Dublin is another great way to spend a sunny day in Dublin.
Excursions by the group Dublin Free Walking Tours run daily and offer insight into local history and places of interest around the capital.
Address: O’Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, Ireland
1. Feed the birds at St. Stephen’s Green
Topping our list of free things to do around Dublin on a nice day is a stop at St. Stephen’s Green Park to feed the ducks. This park is also home to heaps of pigeons, seagulls, and swans, so make sure to spread the love!
Address: St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Dive in and explore the city like a local.
Read our tips on where to go, what to do and what not to miss…
In compact Dublin, you can easily cover a lot of ground on your own
From nocturnal pub crawling (for educational purposes) to high-adrenaline outdoor activities to fun family-friendly pursuits, choices abound.
You might start with the capital’s supremo tourist attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. Most people do.
Prefer being under the watchful eye of a knowledgeable guide?
There are tons of tours – walking, traveling by bicycle or bus, amphibious vehicle or horse-drawn cart…or even by boat or kayak.
However you choose to get about, you can also experience the true spirit of traditional Irish culture and history through architecture, dance, storytelling, music, theatre, museums and galleries.
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