Free Things to Do in Ireland

Ireland is one of the loveliest and friendliest destinations in Europe. It’s also generally more affordable than most Northern European countries. Ireland also offers a number of free attractions to help conserve your traveling dollars.

Ireland’s National Parks: Ireland’s national parks are all free to the public, although a few charge a small fee for special attractions. Explore Kilarney National Park in the southeast side of Ireland or the wild and rugged Connemara on the northwest coast. Up north, the woodland park of Glenariff is popular with visitors.

Glendalough: Glendalough Monastic Site is one of the earliest Christian sites in Ireland. Located south of Dublin, Glendalough offers church and monastery ruins to explore, hiking trails, and meadows for picnics.

St. Patrick’s Footsteps: Seemingly every place in Ireland claims some association with the country’s patron saint. However, some attractions are closely connected than others. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, the two cathedrals of Armaugh, and Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s sacred mountain. All are free.

Kells: Located about an hour outside of Dublin, the Medieval town of Kells is a living museum. The town sports dozens of historic buildings, monuments, and a replica of the “Book of Kells,” the 9th Century illustrated manuscript for which the town is famous.

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