Today, St. Stephen’s Green provides a peaceful refuge from the bustle of Dublin city centre. But this large Victorian park is also a symbol of Ireland’s fight for independence. As you stroll through the grounds, observe the 1916 Easter Rising plaques, appreciate the Great Famine memorial, feel your way through the garden for the blind, feed the ducks, and learn about Irish leaders and artists. Other revolutionary hotspots include the Kilmainham Gaol prison at Croke Park and the GPO post office, which Irish rebels used as a base.
Though not exactly a budget destination, there are plenty of things to do in Dublin that won’t cost a dime – from exploring medieval castles to sampling Celtic music. The Irish capital may be known for constant eagerness to share some craic (usually fuelled by pints of the creamy black stuff). But don’t mistake this for a purely hedonistic hangout. A Unesco City of Literature and the former second city of the British Empire, Dublin overflows with cosmopolitan culture. As well as its gorgeous Georgian architecture, this liberal metropolis is home to an innovative restaurant scene and world-class museums at every turn. And thanks to government-subsidised free entry – and plenty of historic green space – travellers at pretty much every price point are catered to. If you’re more at the budget end, here the very best free things to do in Dublin.
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