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
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.