If you are looking to do sightseeing on a budget then Dublin is the place to kick start it! Examine an original Caravaggio at the National Gallery, come face to face with an exhibition of Iron Age bodies at the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology or get involved in a white hot scientific experiment at the Science Gallery and much much more, all at no cost. Dublin has so much to offer, check out our list of top free attractions not to be missed!
1. National Gallery of Ireland
Today the collection includes over 2,500 paintings and some 10,000 other works in different media including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture. Every major European School of painting is extensively represented. It also houses a renowned collection of Irish paintings. The gallery's highlights include works by Vermeer, Caravaggio, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.
2. National Botanic Gardens
The Gardens, 19.5 hectares on the south bank of the Tolka contain many attractive features including an arboretum, sensory garden, rock garden and burren area, large pond, extensive herbaceous borders, and annual display of decorative plants including a rare example of Victorian carpet bedding.
3. National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
Walk into the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street and be magically transported back in time. Take time at The Treasury and see examples of Celtic and Medieval art, such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. Gaze in wonder at the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe, which is to be found in Or - Ireland's Gold. Ramble through prehistoric Ireland and experience life at the same time of the Vikings in Viking Age Ireland.
4. Farmleigh House
Built in the late 18th century, Farmleigh was purchased by Edward Cecil Guinness, a great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, in 1873. The house contains many beautiful features including the Main House, which is a fine example of Georgian-Victorian architecture, the Sunken Garden, the Walled Garden, the famous Clock Tower and the Lake and The Benjamin Iveagh Library. The library holds some of the finest examples of Irish bookbinding from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The collection was donated to Marsh’s Library by the Guinness family.
5. Science Gallery at Trinity College
Science Gallery is a world first. A new type of venue where today's white-hot scientific issues are thrashed out and you can have your say. A place where ideas meet and opinions collide. Unlike most galleries, we don't have a permanent collection. This means that there is always something new to see
6. National Museum of Ireland – Natural History
This museum of museums is famous for its Victorian cabinet style, which houses one of the world's finest and fullest collections' still to be seen today. Two million species, of which roughly half are insects, live side by side with, appropriately for a natural history museum, decorated and sculptured panels depicting mythological figures.
7. National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History
Collins Barracks could be said to be the National Museum of Ireland's largest artefact, having had a unique history all of its own in another life. The Museum charts Ireland's economic, social, political and military progress through the ages, with stunning exhibitions like Soldiers & Chiefs and The Asgard.
8. Chester Beatty Library
Situated in the heart of the city centre, the Chester Beatty Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. The Library's rich collection of manuscripts, prints, icons, miniature paintings, early printed books and objects d'art from countries across the world offers visitors a visual feast.
9. The National Library
With over eight million items in its collection, the National Library of Ireland in Dublin City is home to the most comprehensive compilation of Irish documentary material in the world. From music, periodicals and photographs to maps, manuscripts and genealogical material, the library offers and provides free access to an invaluable representation of Irish heritage.
10. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Located in Dublin's city centre, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, houses one of Ireland's foremost collections of modern and contemporary art. The original collection, donated by the Gallery's founder Sir Hugh Lane in 1908, has now grown to include over 2000 artworks, ranging from the Impressionist masterpieces of Manet, Monet and Degas to works by leading national and international contemporary artists.
11. Gallery of Photography 12. Irish Museum of Modern Art 13. National Photographic Archive 14. Phoenix Park Visitor Centre 15. Pearse Museum
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