Dublin has become an expensive place to visit. Therefore, we at Travelodge Ireland have compiled a list of cheap, budget friendly things to do when exploring Ireland’s capital city.
Where to Eat:
Skinflint, Dame Street, Dublin 2
Skinflint serves up a mouth-watering array of pizzas for as little as €8.95 or delicious meatballs for €6.75.
Eatyard, South Richmond Street, Dublin 2
Eatyard is open between 12pm & 3pm and 5pm & 10pm every Thursday through Sunday. Eatyard is a food market space right next door to The Bernard Shaw, which offers everything from burgers to cupcakes, smoothie bowls to Pakistani cuisine.
777, South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
Ireland’s only contemporary Mexican restaurant, 777 runs great special offers! Taco Tuesdays – enjoy 2 Taco dishes for €6 or 777 Sundays – where all dishes are €7.77.
Gerry’s, Montague Street, Dublin 2
One of Dublin’s oldest coffee shops, you're guaranteed to get a good feed at Gerry’s. With a full breakfast setting you back only €7 or a club sandwich for €5.50, Gerry’s is very budget friendly.
Beshoff Bros, Located on Dame Street, Dublin 2; Howth; Clontarf & Malahide
For generations, locals have enjoyed traditional fish & chips from Beshoff Bros. Enjoy this classic dish from €7.95 for fresh Hake & chips.
Featherblade, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Featherblade’s menu changes every month or so with the only permanent items being the Featherblade Steak, sides and sauces. While we wouldn’t recommend it for vegans or vegetarians, at €13 for a steak you can’t go wrong.
What to do:
Phoenix Park – Phoenix Park is the largest urban park in Europe and is home to Dublin Zoo, the official Irish Stage guesthouse and home of the Irish President, Áras an Úachtaráin. Within the grounds are several sports fields as well as a number of cycle and walking routes.
Visit Áras an Úachtaráin in Phoenix Park – there are guided, free one-hour tours every Saturday
National Gallery – Home to Ireland’s art collection, the National Gallery is free to view it's 15,000 paintings, sculptures and other works. Other free galleries and museums included The Natural History Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art & Dublin City Gallery, Hugh Lane.
Guinness Store House – no trip to Ireland is complete without Guinness. The Brewery experience tells the tale of Ireland’s famous beer through 7 floors filled with interactive experience and at the top, you’ll learn how to pull the perfect pint. TOP TIP: You’ll get a 10% discount on adult tickets if you booked online
Chester Beatty Library – Located in the grounds of Dublin Castle and the only Irish museum to win the title of European Museum of the Year, the Chester Beatty Library is free to visit. Spread over 2 floors, the library has more than 20,000 manuscripts, rare books, clay tablets and other artefacts of artistic, historical and aesthetic importance.
Shrine of St. Valentine – Located in Whitefriar Street Church on Aungier Street, in the centre of Dublin city, the remains of the patron saint of Love, St. Valentine, are open to the public daily. It is believed by love-seeking Irish that visiting St. Valentine’s resting place can help find that special one.
Sandelman’s Free Walking Tour – The 3-hour walking tour of Dublin explores 2,000 years of history. Covering topics from famous Irish writes to dramatic, and often tragic, events; this walking tour brings Dublin’s past to life.
Trinity College Dublin – Located in the heart of Dublin city, Trinity is home to the stunning Book of Kells, Zoological Museum and the Science Gallery. While it is free to walk around Trinity College, a ticket to see the Book of Kells will set you back €11-€14 while tickets to the Zoological are €3 and the Science Gallery is always free.
Grogans Pub – Open 7 days a week, Grogans is the perfect spot to grab a light snack, people watch or catch up with friends. Your experience will differ somewhat whether you choose to sit outside or inside, but there’s no better place for a warm toasty and one of the best pints of Guinness around.
Check out Dublin’s flea markets to pick up some unique souvenirs. The Dublin flea market takes place the last Sunday of every month in Newmarket on Merchants Quay.
On Saturdays between 10am & 4:30pm, there the Temple Bar Food Market takes place at Meeting House Square. The Temple Bar Food Market has been running for almost 15 years and offers a wide range of seasonal produce in all weights and portion sizes.
Take a bus or the DART to Howth and enjoy one of the many walks around the peninsula – and why not stop for lunch in Beshoff Bros? You can also take the DART to Dun Laoghaire and enjoy a Teddy’s Ice Cream as you walk along the pier.
How to get Around:
3-Day Dublin Bike Pass – a 3 Day pass will cost you just €5. Dublin Bikes are located in the centre of Dublin city with over 100 stations dotted around the capital. The first half an hour on a Dublin Bike is free, but after that, there is a cost.
DoDublin Card – The DoDublin Card is an all-in-one transport & sightseeing ticket. Priced from €35, the Do Dublin Card gives 72 hours unlimited access to The Dublin Hop-on Hop-off City tour buses, public bus services and the Airlink Express to
Where to Stay:
Travelodge Dublin City Centre Stephen’s Green
The Travelodge Dublin City Centre, St. Stephen’s Green is located on Mercer Street Lower, next to Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. The hotel is 15 minutes (3.6 km) from Heuston Train Station and 35 minutes (15km) from Dublin Airport. Hotel facilities include Complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception.
Travelodge Dublin City Centre Rathmines
The Travelodge Dublin City Centre, Rathmines is located on the R114 Rd, Rathmines Road lower. The hotel is 10 minutes (2.5 km) from Dublin City Centre (St. Stephen’s Green). Hotel facilities include Guest’s Car Parking, Complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception.
Travelodge Dublin Phoenix Park
Travelodge Dublin Phoenix Park is located just off the M50 (Dublin Ring Road) Junction 6 on the Navan Road. The hotel is 17 minutes (12 km) from Dublin Airport and 10 minutes (6 km) from Dublin City Centre. Hotel facilities include a Restaurant & Bar, Complimentary Guest’s Car Parking & Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception
Travelodge Dublin Airport South
Travelodge Dublin Airport South is located just off the M50 Dublin Junction 4. The hotel is 10 minutes (6 km) from Dublin Airport and 15 minutes from Dublin City Centre. Hotel facilities include a Restaurant & Bar (Breakfast only), Complimentary Guest’s Car Parking & Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception
Travelodge Dublin Airport North, Swords
Travelodge Dublin Airport North is located just off the M1 Dublin to Belfast Motorway at Airside Retail Park, Swords. The hotel is 8 minutes (3.8 km) from Dublin Airport and 17 minutes from Dublin City Centre (3 Arena). Hotel Facilities include a Restaurant & Bar, Complimentary Guest Car Parking & Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception. The hotel has an airport shuttle bus will drop you off or pick you up in Zone 13 at Dublin Airport, only a short walk from terminals 1 and 2