The Best Free Things to Do In Ireland

With primary schools just about finished for the summer, we thought this was the perfect time to explore the best free things to do in Ireland.

 

Whether you're a local looking for a fun day out with the kids or a visitor eager to experience Ireland without breaking the bank, there are plenty of activities that won't cost you a cent. So, let's dive in and discover the best free things to do across this beautiful country.

 

 

Free Things to Do in Ireland for Families:

 

Collins Barracks, Dublin:

 

Part of the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks offers a deep dive into Ireland’s military and social history. Housed in a former military barracks, the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History features a vast array of exhibits, including an exhibition of Irish wars from 1919-1923. Admission is free, making it an ideal destination for you’re looking for an indoor activity.

 

 

 

 

We've broken our list into sections, starting with Dublin.

 

Free Things to Do in Dublin:

 

Dublin, the capital city, is brimming with free attractions that cater to all interests.

 

  1. National Botanical Gardens

Located in Glasnevin, the National Botanical Gardens are a haven of tranquillity and beauty. Stroll through the stunning gardens, marvel at the exotic plants in the Victorian glasshouses, and enjoy a peaceful escape from the city's hustle and bustle.

 

 

 

  1. St. Stephen's Green

This historic park in the heart of Dublin is a perfect spot for a relaxing day. Feed the ducks, take a leisurely walk around the lake, or simply unwind on the grass. The park also hosts various free events throughout the year.

 

 

 

  1. Dublin Castle Gardens

While entry to Dublin Castle itself requires a ticket, the gardens are free to explore. The beautifully landscaped gardens provide a serene setting for a quiet afternoon.

 

 

Free Things to Do in Mayo:

 

County Mayo offers a mix of natural beauty and historical sites that are perfect for a budget-friendly adventure.

 

  1. The Great Western Greenway

This 42 km trail stretches from Westport to Achill Island and offers stunning views of the Mayo countryside. Ideal for walking or cycling, the Greenway is a great way to experience Mayo's natural beauty for free.

 

  1. Ballintubber Abbey

This abbey, founded in 1216, is not only a place of worship but also a site of historical significance. Explore the grounds and learn about its fascinating history.

 

  1. Croagh Patrick

For the more adventurous, a hike up Croagh Patrick is a must. This holy mountain offers panoramic views of Clew Bay and the surrounding countryside. The climb is challenging, but the views from the top are worth the effort.

 

Free Things to Do in Galway:

 

Galway, known for its vibrant arts scene and lively atmosphere, has plenty of free activities to enjoy.

 

  1. The Spanish Arch and Galway City Museum

Explore the Spanish Arch, a historic landmark, and then head to the nearby Galway City Museum. The museum offers free entry and provides fascinating insights into Galway's history and culture.

 

 

  1. Salthill Promenade

Take a walk along the Salthill Promenade and enjoy the fresh sea air. The views of Galway Bay are spectacular, and it's a perfect spot for a family outing.

 

  1. Galway Market

If you're in Galway on a Saturday, don't miss the Galway Marketlocated in the laneway between Shop Street and Market StreetWhile you might be tempted to buy some of the delicious local produce, browsing the stalls and soaking in the lively atmosphere is completely free.

 

Free Things to Do in Kerry:

 

County Kerry, with its stunning landscapes and charming towns, offers numerous free attractions.

 

  1. Kilmalkedar Church 

This comes recommended by Destination Killarney. Kilmalkedar Church in Dingle is a spectacular early-Christian and medieval site that's truly magical. Tucked away in a far corner of Ireland, it's brimming with history and offers views that are quintessentially Irish. The ruined 12th-century Romanesque church features exquisite carvings, especially on the doorway and the chancel arch, making it a fascinating spot to explore.

 

  1. Ring of Kerry

While driving the entire 179km Ring of Kerry might involve some fuel costs, there are plenty of free spots to stop and admire the breath-taking scenery. Have a picnic close to Torc Waterfall. There’s a wonderful blog with a well of information over at theirishroadtrip.com

 

  1. Inch Beach

Inch Beach is a beautiful sandy stretch that's perfect for a family day out. Whether you want to build sandcastles, take a dip in the ocean, or simply relax and enjoy the views, Inch Beach is a must-visit.

 

 

 

Free Things to Do in Ulster:

 

Ulster, the northernmost province of Ireland, is rich in natural beauty and historical sites.

 

  1. Giants Causeway

One of the most famous natural attractions in Ireland, the Giants Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The unique basalt columns are a marvel to behold, and the coastal views are stunning.

 

  1. Derry City Walls

Walk along the historic walls of Derry, which date back to the 17th century. The walls offer a unique perspective on the city's history and provide great views of the surrounding area.

 

  1. Glenveagh National Park

This remote and beautiful park in Co. Donegal is perfect for hiking or a picnic. The park also features Glenveagh Castle, which can be viewed from the outside for free.

 

What is the #1 Free Thing to See in Ireland?

 

While Ireland boasts numerous attractions, the most popular natural attraction is undoubtedly the Cliffs of Moher. These majestic cliffs rise dramatically from the Atlantic Ocean and offer breathtaking views. The visitor centre charges an entry fee, but you can access the cliffs for free by taking the coastal walk from Doolin.

 

 

 

Remember, the best things in life are free, and Ireland is full of incredible experiences that won't cost you a penny. Enjoy your journey across this beautiful island! So, pack a picnic, lace up your walking shoes, and discover the best free things to do in Ireland. Whether you're exploring with family, friends, or solo, these experiences will leave you with memories to treasure.

 

And if you need a jacket to keep you dry, a pair of runners you can walk in or just a picnic blanket, be sure to visit us online or pop into one of our four stores in Galway City, Westport and Killarney.

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