Dublin on a Budget: How to ‘Do’ the Capital for Just €20

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Travel2Ireland’s Paul & Maria took on the challenge of having an enjoyable day around Dublin with a mere €20 in hand. Here is a look at the travel guide that was put together.


Swim at 40ft Dún Laoghaire (Free)

To start our day off we headed to the 40ft in Dún Laoghaire, a popular spot for swimming among locals and tourists alike. The natural pool carved into the rocks provides an invigorating start to the day. You take a dip in the cool waters and come out feeling refreshed and energized.

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Walk at Dún Laoghaire Pier (Free)

Next up is to take a leisurely stroll along Dún Laoghaire Pier. The views of the Irish Sea and the charming coastal town make the walk enjoyable. The sea breeze fills the air, and you take in the picturesque scenery. It’s the perfect way to embrace the beauty of the Irish coastline.

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Eat a Crepe at Scrumdiddleys (€4.85)

As you finish your walk you should have built up quite an appetite from all the swimming and walking. Next up on our guide of “A Day in Dublin For €20” we stopped by Scrumdiddleys, a popular ice cream and crepe shop that is a stone’s throw away from the Dún Laoghaire Pier. We treated ourselves to a delicious crepe filled with Nutella and strawberries. The sweet indulgence is a delightful way to satisfy your taste buds and the cost of the crepe was €4.85 leaving us with €15.15 to tackle the rest of the day.


Buy a Bread Roll with Cooked Ham from Dunnes Stores (€3)

For a budget-friendly lunch, we headed to Dunnes Stores. There, we found a tasty bread roll filled with cooked ham for the bargain price of €3! This roll made for a simple yet satisfying lunch option.

Visit the National Museum (Free)

After lunch, we made our way to the National Museum of Ireland. The museum offers fascinating exhibits showcasing Ireland’s rich history and culture. From archaeological treasures to exhibits on natural history and decorative arts, you immerse yourself in the country’s heritage.

Walk in the Iveagh Gardens (Free)

With the sun shining brightly, we decided to spend some time outdoors in the beautiful Iveagh Gardens. This hidden gem in the heart of Dublin provides a tranquil escape from the bustling city. We took a leisurely walk among the lush greenery, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.

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Have Dinner and a Drink at Wetherspoons on Camden Street (€11.70)

As the day came to a close, we made the short walk to Wetherspoons on Camden Street, a popular pub chain known for its affordable food and drinks. With our remaining budget, we ordered a hearty chicken curry for dinner and a refreshing larger. The lively ambience and friendly crowd created the perfect setting for an enjoyable evening.

As the day in Dublin concludes, we reflected on the wonderful day we have managed to have all for under €20. From indulging in a scrumptious crepe to exploring the city’s Tourist attractions, we have made the most of our budget and created lasting memories of a day well spent in Dublin.

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Paul Micheau
Paul Micheau
Paul is a passionate travel writer and seasoned content creator, with a flair for storytelling. He has developed a keen eye for capturing the essence of places and experiences. Armed with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Management. Paul brings a strategic approach to his work, ensuring that each piece of content he creates resonates with audiences and leaves a lasting impression. Paul is also the founder and head of content for the popular 'IsItWorthIt' channel.

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