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Experience Dublin for free this Easter

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The Easter break is the perfect opportunity for all the family to experience Dublin differently — best of all, there are so many cool things to do that don’t cost a cent.

Whether you’re exploring one of the coastal villages, getting acquainted with a park you’ve never visited before or hitting one of many great museums, you can uncover something new about Dublin at every turn.

Looking for suggestions? Follow our lead.

Experience Dublin for free this Easter

Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Get your culture fix at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and savour the glorious surrounds of one of Dublin’s greatest 18th century buildings, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. There’s plenty of parkland for the children to play in, including a stretch of land called Bully’s Acre that affords excellent views of Phoenix Park’s Wellington Monument.

Cruinniú na Cásca

Dublin comes alive with a range of free events across the capital on Easter Monday, thanks to RTE's Cruinniú na Cásca, a large-scale public event. Four separate city zones will celebrate contemporary Irish culture and creativity, through an impressive variety of live music and dance, coding, art and music workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings — in short, anything that takes your fancy.

Experience Dublin for free this Easter
Experience Dublin for free this Easter

East Pier, Dún Laoghaire

Generations have strolled the 1.3km East Pier in Dun Laoghaire since it opened in 1859, and with views taking in the entire bay, it’s easy to understand the appeal. An ice cream from Teddy’s – a Dún Laoghaire institution since 1950 — is hard to resist, and the kids will want to put the swings and slides of the People’s Park playground to the test.

Dollymount Strand

Even getting to this glorious 5km stretch of sand is an adventure, during which you’ll cross the famous Wooden Bridge that connects Clontarf with Bull Island. Dollymount Strand feels like a world away from the city and it’s easy to enjoy several hours here, especially if the daredevil kite surfers are out in force.

Experience Dublin for free this Easter
Experience Dublin for free this Easter

Phoenix Park

A new exhibition, Parks — Our Shared Heritage, celebrates Europe’s largest walled city park, a place that’s long been a playground for the young, and the young at heart. There’s so much to do, whether it’s getting close to the deer, enjoying one of two playgrounds, or having a look at the permanent exhibition in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.

National Gallery of Ireland

Many of Dublin’s museums are child-friendly, but the National Gallery of Ireland, a jewel in the crown of Merrion Square, really makes an effort to thrill tomorrow’s generation of art lovers. There are designated areas where they can play and put their own art skills to the test. As a bonus, one of the kid zones is right next to the café, so mum and dad can enjoy a coffee and a catch up.

Experience Dublin for free this Easter
Experience Dublin for free this Easter

Howth looped walk

Like many of Dublin’s coastal villages, Howth is a short DART journey away from the city centre. Yet it can feel like a world away, especially for those who take on this beautiful 6km looped walk. Part of it is on the old Howth Tramway line and the sea views are truly spectacular. There’s no shortage of acclaimed restaurants in the village, waiting to satisfy your inevitable appetite.

National Botanic Gardens

It’s rare that first timers to this horticultural wonderland don’t immediately vow to return to the National Botanic Gardens as soon as possible. There’s a huge selection of exotic plants and flowers — and plenty of squirrels too – not to mention the stunning 19th century greenhouses, which constitute an attraction in their own right. It’s the perfect place for a picnic, but there’s also a café onsite.

Experience Dublin for free this Easter
Experience Dublin for free this Easter

The Dublin Discovery Trail

Explore Dublin with the city's Dublin Discovery Trail. Take in the sights from Parnell Square and College Green to Kilmainham Gaol at your own pace, with the help of the suggested routes. Discover the important landmarks and buildings of the capital on a selection of themed trails, or forge your own journey through the city, claiming the streets as you find a whole new side to the Fair City. Download the app today and let your feet guide you through Dublin.

Science Gallery

Who says education can’t be fun? The exhibits at the Trinity College-run Science Gallery are designed to excite everyone, young and old, and to give a sense of how the world works. The current exhibition looks at a future that is fully automated, and asks what a universe dominated by robots might mean for humankind.

Experience Dublin for free this Easter
Experience Dublin for free this Easter

Merrion Square Park

A huge amount of improvement work has taken place in Merrion Square in the heart of Georgian Dublin over the past year, and it’s a beautiful place for a stroll. The kids’ playground — featuring a partially submerged giant — is a delight, and painting enthusiasts can enjoy the artworks that ring the perimeter on Sundays.