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Dublin on a Budget

By Visit Dublin

9th August 2017

You’ll be surprised how far your money goes on a weekend in Dublin. Here, we’ve selected a budget-friendly itinerary of things to do, delicious places to eat and fun activities to try over 48 hours…


Drop off those bags at your hotel, B&B or hostel, and get your affordable Dublin adventure started! Peckish? Skinflint serve up a mouth-watering array of pizzas for as little as €8. Afterwards, sample some Irish music and culture at one of the city’s many free Open Mic Nights.


Enjoy a hearty (and thrifty) breakfast of delicious €5 pancakes at White Moose Café, before taking a Dublin Bike for a spin around the Phoenix Park – once you’ve bought your three-day bike pass, a carefree two-hour cycle will cost just €1.50. The Irish President’s residence, Áras an Úachtaráin is in the park – there are free guided tours every Saturday. Next, take the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit electric rail system) to the gorgeous coastal village of Dún Laoghaire, where you have to sample a Teddy's ice cream. Pop into the James Joyce Tower & Museum before heading back to the city on the DART for dinner and a drink at the atmospheric pop-up food festival, Eatyard.


The weekend’s not over yet! You’ve another jam-packed day of adventure ahead, so make sure to eat your fill before setting out. We recommend a hearty breakfast buttie at Metro Café, before taking a tour of the gorgeous Christ Church Cathedral & Crypt. The Chester Beatty at Dublin Castle is well worth a visit, before you head along to the buzzing Dublin Flea market for a browse and bite to eat. Did you know you can enjoy water sports in the heart of the capital? With City Kayaking, you’ll see Dublin from a whole new angle. Finally, finish up your weekend with dinner and a cocktail at 777, where all dishes cost just €7.77 on a Sunday.

That's just a selection of fantastic budget-friendly things to do in the city. You’ll find plenty more on our website, whether you’re looking for an invigorating activity, a spot of art appreciation or a pleasant park to relax in.

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