Half of the year has gone by, but there is still a lot to go. With summer approaching, nothing is better than a break. This article will give you some tips on what to do to have fun and a deserving relaxing rest. Some of them are for free.
Cultural excursions for free
If you one of those who are passionate about art, history or science, another good way to spend your bank holiday is to visit some of the free museums in Ireland. The National Gallery of Ireland, The National Museum of Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Luna has written an article previously on this subject. Have a look at it: (Are you a culture lover but are penniless? )
Yoga at the National Gallery
The National Gallery of Ireland is located on Merrion Square West, and offers a highlight tour on the collection for free and no booking is required. Its collection consists of European highlights such as Velázquez, Murillo and Goya (Spain); Titian, Caravaggio and Guercino (Italy); paintings by Poussin, Chardin and Bonnard (France); works by eminent British artists including Hogarth, Gainsborough and Reynolds; and Dutch masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh.
For children there is a drop-in family session where children can learn drawing techniques in a workshop setting while their parents enjoy the collection. In addition, the gallery offers Yoga classes at a cost of 10€. Learn more: https://www.nationalgallery.ie/yoga-gallery-2
Art and Great Hunger at Dublin Castle
For the first time visitor to Dublin Castle can visit an exhibition of the world’s largest collection art related to the Famine. The famine which lasted from 1845-52 caused the death of 1 million people and caused a further 1 million emigrations is one of the saddest events in the Irish history. To understand Irish history and culture, this exhibition is a must. Furthermore, it is for free.
“This major undertaking aims to strengthen the deep cultural connection between Ireland and its diaspora by showcasing the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art never before exhibited on Irish soil. Please join with us in making this powerful artistic, cultural and educational endeavour a memorable one”.
March 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am – June 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Open daily, 10am – 5pm. Admission FREE.
School visits: To book a school visit, please email DublinCastleEducation@opw.ie, indicating your preferred time, date and number of students in your class.
Learn more: https://www.artandthegreathunger.org/
Breath fresh air – Enjoy Parks and Hiking
There’s nothing better than venturing out into nature and taking in some fresh air. A good use of your time is hiking in the Dublin Mountains or going to the beach in Bray, Howth or Dun Laoghaire. Here there is a graph designed by Ireland.com that can give you some excursion ideas.
Marley Park and its secret garden
Ireland is full of green spaces. For those who have visited the Phoenix Park or St Stephen’s Green many times, it is worth trying out different parks. My favourite park in Ireland is Marley Park. The reason why is due to its location. It is an extensive 247-acre historic demesne containing many historic features and located at the foot to the Dublin Mountains. From there you have a great view of the hills and can hike up to the Dublin mountains. The parkland comprises of woodlands, ponds and walks. There are many recreational spaces for children and adults. Among them: three golf courses, tennis courts, a BMX cycle track, fourteen football pitches, a cricket pitch, children’s playground and a miniature railway run by the Dublin Society of Model and Experimental Engineers. There is also a craft courtyard with home craft shops and coffee shops. And do not forget to visit the Secret Garden.
Relax and have a beer at one of the oldest pubs in Ireland – Johnnie Fox’s Pub
After walking all the way up to the mountains nothing is better than stopping by one of the oldest pubs in Ireland to have a beer and listen to traditional Irish music. Johnnie Fox’s pub is a good way to finish off your hiking day and start off your night. Because it is one of the highest pub in the country, you have a spectacular view of Dublin city while enjoying traditional Irish Music, dance and food. The band Merry Ploughboys is said to be on of the longest performing live bands in the whole country. Furthermore, it is the only in pub in Ireland whose owners are traditional Irish musicians. The pub is located in Glencullen, Co. Dublin.
For more information:
Address: 16 Edmondstown Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, D16 W6X9
Open⋅ Closes 12:30 a.m.
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Apart from the suggestions above, there is plenty to do in four days. Some websites you can follow to know what is going on are:
Eventbrite: To know what events are happening in Dublin. Most of them are for free.
Internations: To connect to foreigners from different cultural backgrounds through meet ups.