6 free cultural activities to add to your day in Dublin

By Lovin.ie

July 10, 2023 at 5:26pm


Brought to you by VisitDublin.com

Ready for a day out in the city?

Our nation's capital is a haven for arts, culture and urban adventures – and so much of it is completely free to explore.

With engaging walking tours, renowned galleries and architectural gems, we've got your next short break in Dublin sorted. Wander the pretty streets, try something new and leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation for this vibrant, welcoming city.

So, ready to make the most of your next day out in the city? Check out our top recommendations and plan your Dublin adventure today.

Hugh Lane Gallery


With beautiful interiors and a seriously impressive collection of Irish and international art, a trip to the Hugh Lane Gallery is the ideal way to spend an afternoon in Dublin. Some gems from the collection include works by Manet, Monet, Degas and Pissarro, but the gallery's main highlight has to be the Francis Bacon studio. Pop by the preserved studio, and get a glimpse into Bacon's artistic process, as well as some unfinished works.

After your visit, browse the shelves of the gallery's bookshop, or grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee at the gallery's café, Fáilte Le Grá.

The Dubline Trail

Get to know our nation's capital intimately with The Dubline Trail, a customised walking tour of the city that starts at the Garden of Remembrance and finishes at Kilmainham Gaol.

This fascinating trail will lead you through the buzzy streets of Dublin, and along the way, you'll learn all about its fascinating history, from the Vikings to the Normans all the way to the present day. Highlights along the route include the General Post Office, Trinity College, City Hall, Temple Bar, Christchurch Cathedral and the Liberties.


Dublin's Talking Statues

Dublin pays homage to some of our most famous figures through the art of statues, and this tour brings each one to life.

On this tour, you'll traipse through the city, visiting statues of James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, James Connolly, Molly Malone, Oscar Wilde, and many, many more. At each stop, you'll scan a QR code and get to listen to some familiar voices - Brendan Gleeson, Joe Duffy, Ruth Negga and others – bring these figures to life through the art of spoken word, written by some of Ireland's best writers.

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

Located in the historic Royal Hospital Kilmainham, IMMA is home to over 3,500 works of Irish and international art. Browse the museum's collection, relax in the striking courtyard and stroll through the beautiful surrounding grounds, formal gardens and meadows.


Make the most of your visit to IMMA by checking out some of the free events running this summer. IMMA Outdoors runs until September 24th and the programme features performances, live music, artist-led talks, screenings and workshops. You can check out the full programme right here.

Ellen Reid Soundwalk

Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Ellen Reid has created an immersive and dynamic way to experience Dublin, and it's completely free.

With the Soundwalk, users explore the city at their own pace, and as they choose their own path, the music they're listening to changes to harmonise with their surroundings, creating a completely unique experience for each user. The Dublin Soundwalk is based in St Stephen's Green, with music from the National Concert Hall. To avail of this experience, simply install the free app, download a Soundwalk, pop your headphones on and get moving around Dublin. More information on how it works is available right here.

Casino Marino


Casino Marino is often referred to as "Dublin's Eighteenth Century Tardis", and we can understand why. Visit this monument – which is located just ten minutes from Dublin's city centre – step back in time and enjoy this architectural gem. During your visit, you'll get to see the Casino's intricate interiors up close and personal while taking in centuries of its history.

To visit the Casino Marino for free, book a ticket for the first Wednesday of the month, as admission is free on these days. Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so plan your visit in advance to avoid disappointment! More information on booking can be found right here.

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For more ideas on how to make the most of your short break in Ireland, visit discoverireland.ie

From engaging walking tours to renowned galleries and architectural gems, Dublin has plenty for you to discover this summer. Make the most of it by visiting some of it's best attractions for free. 


So what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to plan an adventure in Dublin.

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