Free in Ireland
Free Activities to Do in Ireland
Ireland offers a staggering array of free activities, things to do and scenic routes to enjoy. With a friendly and welcoming people, rich heritage, a unique landscape, and value beyond compare, Ireland invites visitors to come and be taken away by its people and place. Go with flow and who knows where your adventure will take you!
Museums & Galleries
All Ireland's National Museums are free of charge! Visit the Natural History, the Archaeology, and History and the Decorative Arts and History Museums in Dublin and learn all about the country's colorful past. Many Art Galleries are free too - try the National Gallery or Ireland's Museum of Modern Art.
St. George's Market
One of Belfast's oldest attractions, there has been a Friday market on the St. George's site since 1604. Home to some of the finest fresh produce, this charming Victorian building attracts visitors from near and far to sample the delights of Friday and Saturday markets. Sample the produce, relax with a coffee and a newspaper against a backdrop of live jazz or flamenco music. This market is a real Saturday treat and a great outing for all the family.
St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast
Explore the treasures of this Irish-roman-style cathedral. Mounted on top of the cathedral is the new, modern spire, 'Spire of Hope', rising 100 meters above the city.
The Causeway Coastal Route and the Giant's Causeway (Co. Antrim)
The Giant's Causeway, the source of legends of gigantic proportions, is a 50 to 60 million year old landmark of Ireland's natural and mystical beauty. Located in County Antrim, the causeway was named the fourth greatest natural wonder of the United Kingdom and is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. Entry is free (although there is a fee for nearby parking).
Downpatrick Cathedral and St. Patrick's Tomb
This 19th century gothic cathedral was constructed on a sacred site. Its cemetery contains the tomb of St. Patrick.
Connemara National Park, Co. Galway
The park covers 2,957 hectares of magnificent landscape. The Interpretation Centre presents expositions on the fauna and flora, and a film. Visitors can make use of the hiking trails and picnic areas.
Hunt Museum, Co. Limerick
Entry is free every Sunday between 14:00 to 17:00. One of the most beautiful private collections of art and antiques in the world, ranging from Neolithic to modern times, and includes a range of works by Renoir, Picasso and Yeats.
Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo
The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. Croagh Patrick is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honor of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation.
Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry
One of the most popular parks in Ireland, its history-rich scenery will leave you speechless. Walk amongst its 10.236 hectares to see its Torc Waterfall.
Muckross Friary & Gardens, Co. Kerry
This Franciscan Friary was founded in the 15th century and is in a remarkable state of preservation. The cloister and its associated buildings are complete and an old yew tree stands in the center.
Kilmacurragh Arboretum in Co. Wicklow
Around the ruins of a fine Queen Anne style house lie 52 acres of wild Robinsonian gardens began in 1715 and further expanded with the advice of the Directors of the Botanic Gardens in Dublin during the 19th century. Rare trees and shrubs abound for you to explore. Admission is free.