How to have a day out in Dublin without spending a cent
It’s the weekend and suddenly you realise you’re skint. It’s fine, relax. Without any money your weekend can actually be even more fun-filled, because we’ve figured out how to spend an entire day in Dublin city without spending a cent. Here's how
10am – Merrion Square Art Gallery
Kick off the day with a little culture, fresh air and an appreciation for some of our countries most talented amateur and professional
artists. This is window shopping with a difference: feast your eyes on the cluttered railings of scenic landscapes, portraits and untitled
quirky artistic creations. Bring a hot coffee in a screw top flask, to fit in with the resident arty set.
10.30am - The Iveagh Gardens
Walk, skip, jump, run or crawl across to the sanctuary of arguably Dublin’s most exquisite gardens. If you choose to crawl, please do not
let anyone you know see you. Hidden behind stone walls – and the National Concert Hall – is this secret haven of beautiful water
features and manicured lawns. A must-see for Sunday morning strollers (or crawlers.)
11am – Temple Bar Book Market
Book worms won’t want to miss out on second-hand book bargains. A rare first edition gem might be lurking somewhere beneath all this musty
odour – along with a signed copy of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes. That book seems to show up everywhere.
12 Noon – The National Gallery, Merrion Square West
Your confidence in art has now grown since the public gallery at Merrion Square so it’s time to aghast at the stunning masterpieces at
The National Gallery. The free tour begins at 12.30 where you can learn how Caravaggio’s The Taking Of Christ went incognito on Leeson
Street for years. It’s now on indefinite loan to the gallery from the kind Jesuit folk who didn’t realise their living room painting was actually priceless.
2pm – National Museum, Kildare Street
Go straight downstairs to the impressive exhibition on The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats, and learn about Yeats’ wonderful way
with words and his unorthodox relationship with Maud Gonne, and her daughter Iseult.
3pm – The National Print Museum, Haddington Road.
At this time on Sundays the museum offers a free guided tour of the permanent collection, with no prior booking required. A panel of
active retired printers and typesetters demonstrate traditional letter press printing which has been around for centuries.
4pm– Chester Beatty Library: Dublin Castle
Aside from the library’s prized exhibits, manuscript collections and artistic treasures Chester Beatty also boasts a trendy roof garden that
would blow Dermot Bannon’s contemporary mind. It’s worth a peek. Incidentally, Chester Beatty is described by the Lonely Planet as one
of the best museum’s in Europe.
5pm – The Science Gallery, The Naughton Institute, Pearse Street,
Now, for the science part: from life logging exhibitions to state-of-the-art installations to understanding the science of life
and how, as humans, we are all connected there really is something for everyone at The Science Gallery. FYI – This is a four-star tourist
attraction on Trip Advisor.
6pm – Saucy Sundays, The Grand Social
Seven new acts take to the stage every Sunday – and acts to have performed here include The Strypes and the Hot Sprockets. Or if Jazz is more your scene see below:
6.30pm – Sweeney’s Dixieland Jazzmen, Sweeney’s pub Dame Street.
The best of jazz in Dublin, located on the pub’s ground floor. Sweeney’s website advises to get in early to get a good seat. Finishes
at 8.30pm. However, if the chaos of high energy jazz makes you feel slightly queasy then see below:
7pm – Creative Arts Slot, Accents Café, Stephen Street Lower
It’s a creative arts slot, so anything goes. Expect some chilled out live acoustic performances though. Oh, and Accents Café dish out free
cake to customers on their birthdays! Is today your birthday? (wink wink). This night runs most Sundays, but not every Sunday, I’m told,
but most. If none of the aforementioned evening slots are of interest to you then how about a religious experience that could change your
life? See below
7.30pm – Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, Gardiner Street Church.
This church slogan reads: “The mass with a difference, that makes a difference.” Offering a different kind of liturgy, the soul’s of these
mass goers will feel fuller from the rapturous sounds of the Gospel Choir, funky band and the complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits at
the gossipy gathering afterwards. Yes, this church feeds its parishioners, but can its priest turn the water into wine?
8.30pm– The Comedy Crunch, The Stags Head, Dame Court
A free comedy night which offers free ice cream! A laugh and a lick sensation at the same time. The Comedy Crunch recently celebrated its
500th show and due to popular demand the night runs on Mondays and Tuesdays too – with ice cream. Did we mention the free ice cream?!
11pm – BeepBeep’s BopShop, Grand Social, Liffey Street
We’re back at the Grand Social, just in time for a rockabilly bop with DJ Beep Beep McQ. Enjoy!
Getting around on the cheap:
If you’re already a Dublin bike member, avoid any charges by reaching each destination within 30 minutes.
For free events alerts: Log onto http://www.dublineventguide.com and sign up for the site’s email of regular free events not to be missed.
* This quirky city centre coffee shop runs a weekly Saturday night stand-up comedy event called Numinous, performed by Robert Coyle (8pm
* Accents also host a monthly Sunday night variety show of comedy, poetry and music performances called A-musing and is created and
hosted by Dave Hynes (7pm – 9pm on the last Sunday of every month.)
The International Bar
This alternative night of rip roaring comedy and spoken word is titled A-musing @ the circle sessions and runs every Monday night downstairs
from 8pm until 11pm.
Jack Nealons, Capel Street
A special night of spoken word and comedy, Mixed Messages is a quality night of entertainment and happens again on Friday 13th March. This
night is free in but don’t be surprised if you see the organiser walking around with a donation jar at the end of the night – give a voluntary donation of €5 if you feel like it.
Stags Head, Dame Court
The Whiskey Session happens every second Wednesday of every month and features some excellent homegrown musicians performing eclectic covers and original songs also. The next one happens on March 11th.