5 Things Families can do for free in Dublin
Family holidays can be a costly but that doesn't have to be true, with cheaper airfares and hotels, there are plenty of destinations that await travelers to showcase their arsenal of entertainment. Dublin is one of the perfect examples for this, with the U.S. now having 20 airports offering direct flights to Ireland, it makes Dublin and easily accessible destination and with average airfare down by 16% over last summer it’s also cheap to fly to Dublin. In other words, you don’t need the luck of the Irish to discover Dublin on a budget either.

There are many cheap things to do and there are also plenty of free things to do in the capital of Ireland with the family, like shopping local at the popular Ha’Penny Vintage and Craft Market, listening to local musicians for free at Whelan’s and people watching on Grafton Street. Summertime is also prime time to visit Dublin. Special events this summer include Bloomsday in celebration of James Joyce, Taste of Dublin and the Dublin Writers Festival.

#1. Enjoy Free Museums & Free Family Events

Take your family throughout July and August to the National Museums of Ireland in Dublin, which offer a great day out and are hosting an array of free family workshops and events.

#2. Enjoy Free Street Performances in Dublin

In 7th to 9th July, Laya City Spectacular is back in Dublin in Merrion Square. Find yourself overwhelmed by the world’s best entertainers, which will compete for the coveted ‘Street Performance World Champion’ title in Dublin.  There will be a host of many more free family friendly events throughout the festival.

#3. Visit an OPW site on a Wednesday

If your visiting Dublin during the Summer months, you’ll find most OPW Heritage sites free to visit on the first Wednesday of each month. Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
You can visit the Dublin The Casino, Marino, Dublin Castle, State Apartments and Kilmainham Gaol.

#4. Explore the Festival of Curiosity, Dublin

Explore the Festival of Curiosity this summer, in various Dublin venues from July 20th to 23rd 2017. From the free day time family program to lively and curated curious nights, expect an agenda full of astonishment and charm. The Festival is Ireland’s annual celebration of art, design, technology and science and has quickly grown to one of the most exciting and innovative festivals of its kind in Europe.

#5. Spot a Deer at Phoenix Park, Dublin

The Phoenix Park, with its 1752 acres is the largest urban park in Europe and gives home to a huge amount of wildlife, including a herd of deer. Within the park you’ll find the Dublin Zoo, Farmleigh House, Áras an Uachtaráin (President’s residence), picnic spots, a visitor center and plenty of playgrounds. You can visit the Áras an Uachtaráin on Saturdays with free admission tickets issued at the Visitor Centre.

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