Dublin On A Budget

There are many destinations that will burn a hole in your wallet and make you cringe just from the thought of what you just paid for your dinner.

Fortunately, there are also heaps of budget friendly destinations, even in Europe – and Ireland is one of them.

We found Dublin to be easy to get around on a budget, as there is a lot of everything there: bars, restaurants, attractions, hotels etc. which means that there will always be some great budget choices.

There are also a lot of budget airlines that fly there so getting a cheap ticket won’t be much of a problem either – we got a flight there for just €10 each..!

Here is a brief guide on how to do Dublin on a budget…

Free Attractions

There are quite a few free or very cheap attractions in Dublin that are worth seeing.

Trinity College - First, you must visit the Trinity College, a beautiful University dating back to 1592. Walking around the temple grounds is free, and you can step inside the beautiful main entrance for a closer look.

If you do feel like you can afford to pay a bit extra, for €9 you can visit the famous Book of Kells at the university’s incredible library.

General Post Office - Not that you’ve ever been interested in post offices, trust us when we say this is different. The general post office is one of the most significant places in Irish history.

It was used as a fort by Irish rebel troops when fighting the British for independence, and stands as an icon for the failed 1916 Easter Rising.

The building has since been restored, but you can still see bullet holes in the walls.

Other free attractions: St Patrick’s Cathedral, North Bull Island.

Eat Cheap Like a Celebrity

There are a lot of cheap lunch deals to be found in Dublin, but our favorite stop was the famous Fish n Chip shop “Leo Burdock”.

While you’re munching on the huge portion of Fish n Chips, check out their “Hall of Fame” hanging on the wall with the names of all celebrities who have passed through their doors; U2, Naomi Campbell, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Cruise and Snoop Dogg (or now Snoop Lion) to name but a few..!

A tip is to visit one of the many markets, like the “Crashes Into” farmers market which has turned into a food vendor market with lots of cheap eats, perfect for lunch.

Other cheap eats: Gallagher’s Boxty House (huge Irish pancakes), Eddie’s Rocket (burgers in 50′s inspired restaurant)

Beers and Bars

Bars are an important part of Irish culture, and while today there is an Irish bar in just about every city on earth, there is nothing that comes even close to the real deal.

But before you sing along and dance to traditional Irish live music with a Guinness beer in one hand – get a better understanding of the favorite beer at the Guinness Storehouse.

For €16, it’s not a cheap attraction, but it’s not difficult to see why it’s the most popular one of all. At the brewery you will learn the history and cooking secrets to the beer, and get a free tasting by the end of the tour.

Finish the evening with a bar crawl. You don’t need to join a group, just head out with your friends and go from bar to bar, pub quiz to live band to poem competition.

Bars: Brogan’s Bar, Stag’s Head, Brazen Head are three of hundreds of good bars.

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15 Responses to Dublin On A Budget

  1. Jessica November 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I was completely charmed by Dublin. One other reason why it was budget-friendly for me was because the locals were so generous. We went out for a night in Temple Bar area, and people were continuously offering to buy us pints because they were excited to chat with tourists. I was pretty amazed that people in a capital city would be so warm and welcoming.

    • Sofia November 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

      Nice to hear you had such a great time in Dublin, it really is a charming city and the locals are super friendly and easygoing.

  2. Julika November 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Great list! Can’t wait to go to Dublin to try it all! :)

    • Sofia November 2, 2012 at 10:07 am #

      Glad you liked it, Dublin is an awesome city full of charm.

  3. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista November 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Great suggestions! I have added the post office to my “must sees”.

  4. andiperullo November 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    I’ve never been, but my desire to go is getting stronger!!!

  5. Steve November 2, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    The pubs in Dublin is what my friends looks for. It’s very ideal and perfect especially the cheap but delicious beers. What we normally do in Dublin is do pubs crawling which allows us get the best among the good bars!

  6. proflord November 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

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  7. Nico @ A Travellers Journey November 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Was browsing through the article and the photo of the globe caught my eye. There’s a similar sculpture in the Papal Museum in Italy.

    • Sofia November 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      It’s a really cool art piece isn’t it :) Have never seen the one in Papal Museum, but thanks for the tip.

  8. Perth on the Net November 8, 2012 at 3:43 am #

    Dublin is a very enchanting place, considering the places that you can visit without spending much. When you are traveling you need to have considerable enough budget to sustain your trips, good things you can eat in Dublin without spending a huge amount of money.

    • Sofia November 10, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      Dublin is a great place, quite charming too. And there are a lot of lunch deals, markets and pubs that serve great cheap food.

  9. Rui November 9, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    Thanks for the list.
    I look forward to visit Dublin and go to all this places.

  10. Andy November 14, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    I’m planing on heading over to Dublin next March and can’t wait, although it will be a must for me to fork out the €16 and head to the Guinness Storehouse

  11. Mike November 16, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Thanks for these interesting tips. I’ve visited several European countries so far and it’s quite easy do travel around Europe on a budget. Last month I managed even a budget-friendly visit to Toronto taking advantage of some city passes, discounts, etc.
    Recently, I’ve been thinking of Dublin too, therefore I’m looking for some tips. I’d love to experience its genius loci and the streets once walked by James Joyce.