Travel | Top things to do in Ireland…for Free

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Do you complain that there is nothing to do at weekends? We look at some of the best things that you can do around Ireland…and all for free.

There is a reason why Ireland attracts so many tourists, and it’s not just our glorious pints of Guinness and Aran jumpers.

We often complain that we do not see and enjoy our best treasures. However, with so many free things to do we should take the opportunity to truly explore our beautiful land.

Twelve hours in Dublin can offer you the most educational and interesting sights and sounds of the city. From the Science Gallery to the Print Museum, National Museum of Ireland and Chester Beatty Library, you can see both the new and old of Dublin. And all for free. Why not try some deer spotting in Phoenix Park or retrace the steps of James Joyce’s literary character Ulysses Leopold Bloom, starting at Sandycove’s Martello Tower.

In Wexford, you can learn about the history of lavender and its many varieties at the Wexford Lavender Farm.

For something a bit gory, explore St Oliver Plunkett’s head at St Peter’s Church in Drogheda, Co Louth.

The Hill of Tara and Glendalough are another two free tourist hotspots that should be explored.

When you head west, there is plenty to do. For example, you can simply climb Croagh Patrick. However, you may want to leave it until Springtime when the weather brightens up. The Slieve League in Co Donegal and Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare should also be on your hitlist.

Also in Mayo is the Museum of Country life which has lots of free workshops and events throughout the year, as well as interactive exhibitions.

A drive around the scenic Connemara area will give you a real insight into the beauty of Ireland’s rural landscape, while you can pop into the Galway City Museum in the city to get a picture of the county’s historical background.

A trip to Belfast is not complete without a walk around the city to see its famous political wall-paintings. The west Belfast area of Shankill and Falls provide splendid murals, while a trip to the Ulster Museum is also recommended.

Ireland has a number of designated ‘Heritage Towns,” all of which provide a fascinating glimpse of times past. Trim, Kells and Birr are our top three destinations.

In Cork, you can visit the evocative Titanic Pier in Cobh, where the doomed liner took its final passage.

Finally, marine mammals of all sorts and sizes can be observed near Ireland’s shoreline – dolphins, whales, orcas and seals. All you need is time and binoculars, and you may be lucky enough to see the famous Fungi the Dingle Dolphin!