Pocket-Friendly Tips for Visiting Dublin


Ireland takes its place in the ultimate money-saving travel guide

Lonely Planet’s The Best Things in Life are Free

When travelling, free things are not only appealing, but essential to get the most out of a trip. In its latest book, The Best Things in Life are Free: The Ultimate Money-Saving Travel Guide, Lonely Planet shows that it’s possible to explore the world on a budget. You just need to know where to look. Ireland is featured not once, but twice in this book, with a whole section devoted to Dublin, and with the Poulnabrone Dolmen appearing in the list of Europe’s best Neolithic sites.

There is a focus on Dublin’s cultural and architectural highlights, such as the Irish Houses of Parliament, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Trinity College Dublin and the National Gallery of Ireland. Self-guided tours and mixing with the locals are top of the list when visiting Dublin — and the best thing about these two activities is that they are pocket friendly.

Sitting alongside some of the world’s most famous Neolithic sites is Ireland’s Poulnabrone Dolmen. This ancient site is located a stone’s throw from Ireland’s wonderful Wild Atlantic Way, in The Burren, Co Clare. It is thought to be between 5,000 and 6,000 years old.This is the kind of sightseeing that money can’t buy.

According to Lonely Planet’s budget travel expert, Tom Hall, “One glance through these pages and you may never aspire to the indulgences of top-end travel again.” The Best Things in Life are Free, with 884 free (or almost free) things to do in over 60 major cities around the world, will leave readers inspired to see more of the world and will lead to “great memories, a happier you and a grateful wallet.” After all, life changing experiences don’t have to come with a huge price tag. ■