This a selection of the very best free to visit attractions in Ireland. Free is a price point that everyone likes, especially if the place that is free is a great place to visit anyway and happily some of the most interesting and enjoyable places to visit in the country make this list.

Of course there are a lot more – playgrounds, many parks and gardens and of course hundreds of walks, drives or cycle ways are also free, so even if you are on a very tight budget indeed, there is plenty to do in Ireland. Don’t forget to check out the Heritage Card also, it’s a great deal that gives entry to dozens of places for an excellent all in price.

Ireland for Free!

The fact that all these places are completely free to visit does not in any way make them inferior - some of the most popular visitor attractions in …

Beaches in Co Wicklow

With easy access from Dublin, Wicklow's beaches have long been a popular escape from the city, especially when temperatures soar.

Beaches in Co Wexford

Wexford means holiday time for a lot of Irish people and each summer sees families descend on the many fine beaches in numbers.

Beaches in Co Waterford

The Waterford coast is something of a hidden gem, treasured by those who know it but often overlooked by visitors.

Doneraile Court & Wildlife Park

This walled park, extending over more than 400 acres and bisected by the Awbeg River has formal gardens, sweeping parkland vistas, groves of …

The Wonderful Barn

Built on the original grounds of Castletown House, this amazing and beautifully named building really is wonderful and well worth a post all of its own.

Bridgetown Priory

A little off the beaten track but worth a detour, Bridgetown Priory was established in the early 13th century by the Augustinians, and was one of the …

Ireland is Free on Wednesdays!

There is free entrance each Wednesday to all historic buildings, monuments and other sites in Ireland that are in the care of the Heritage Council of Ireland.

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Rock of Dunamase

Dunamase Castle, built on a high limestone outcrop overlooking a flat plain, has been a ruin for almost 700 years, but is still worth seeing.

Heywood Gardens

The house that once stood here is now gone, lost to fire in 1951, only the impressive entrance gates hinting at previous grandeur.

Museum of Natural History

Known as the 'dead zoo' to Dubliners this is an amazing collection of animals, insects and birds in a beautiful and historic museum building.

The Ulster Museum

This has always been an excellent museum to visit, especially with children who particularly love the natural history section.


While the tour groups and crowds build up at Newgrange, you can slip quietly past and go instead to Loughcrew, where there are megalithic remains of …

Irish Museum of Modern Art

A visit here is as much to see the wonderful building as it is the art, though there is an excellent collection both inside and around the grounds.

The Hugh Lane Gallery

The Hugh Lane Gallery houses one of the most important contemporary art collections in Ireland in an interesting Georgian building formerly known as …

The Phoenix Park

This vast enclosed park in Dublin houses a Zoo, residences for the president of Ireland and the US ambassador as well as a herd of wild deer.