30 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Ireland
Although Ireland isn't typically known as a budget destination, temptingly low exchange rates and reasonable airfares from the East Coast to Dublin may put it on the radar of budget travelers -- who then have to open their wallets pretty wide to kiss the Blarney Stone, tour the Guinness Storehouse, or partake in many of Ireland's most popular tourist activities. Fortunately, there is plenty to see and do all over the country that doesn't cost a euro. (Also, while many popular sites charge steep admission, those managed by the Office of Public Works offer free admission the first Wednesday of each month. That includes must-sees such as the Rock of Cashel, the megalithic tombs at Brú na Bóinne, Kilkenny Castle, and many more.)
Just a couple of miles from central Dublin are more than 300 endangered plant species, including six no longer seen in the wild, at the National Botanic Gardens. Wander among the extensive gardens and inside Victorian-era glasshouses. Self-guided audio tours are available as podcasts for no charge.