Katie Wheeler gives us the lowdown on what to do in Dublin if you're a student and don't necessarily want to go out on the tear...
It can be hard to figure out things to do that don’t involve cheap student drinks in Dublin when you are existing on a budget. Katie Wheeler gives a quick rundown of alternative days out that involve little or no money.
Rent a bike and cycle around the Phoenix Park. Two hours will only cost you a fiver and you can get to explore Dublin’s most famous park like you have never seen it before. Get your backpack and pack a picnic, or in the Wintery weather, stop off for a hot chocolate.
The National Gallery is always worth a look as is the Irish Museum of Modern Art for a quick culture stop. These museums are free but you can donate if you have the money. The Irish Museum of Modern Art is located in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, and the grounds themselves are just wonderful, and well worth a wander around.
The Savoy Cinema on Dublin’s O’Connell Street does Wednesday deals which include a cinema ticket, medium popcorn and a medium soft drink for a tenner, the big screen alone is worth it. The red velvet curtains will make you feel transported back in time. Check out your local cinema to see what student and mid-week deals they offer.
Cassidy’s also have their famous pizza and pint on Westmoreland Street for €10. Don’t forget Rays Pizza in Dublin beside the Central Bank on Dame Street who also offer up cheap student deals.
For cheap student drinks head to Lafayettes or Captain Americas for cheap cocktails, you can get them in Lafayettes for €5 or Captain Americas for €3 Monday through Wednesday.
If you are feeling peckish than fill a plate or buy soup in KC Peaches for under a fiver with some pasta bake, vegetable balti and some of their delicious salads. Many places do cheap lunchtime deals which come in at around €5, alternatively, bringing your own lunch will save you a few euro. They have Paella Monday at Havana tapas on Georges St you can get a plate of paella for a fiver.
Soup Dragon also serves gorgeous homemade spicy soups with bread and a piece of fruit for only €5.30.
Thrift shopping is always fun and you can find some incredible bargains. Oxfam and St. Vincent de Paul on Georges St are always worth a look with their vintage section upstairs. You can’t ever go wrong with a cheap coffee and a stroll around Stephens Green, all you need is a book and a bench, sit down and take in the passers-by.
Dublin has become a vibrant melting pot for many different cultures in recent times. You only have to walk down Grafton Street or Temple Bar to know that Dublin is a multicultural city that hosts an exotic selection of music, dance, cuisine and fashion.
There are resources such as dublin.ie where you can find out what’s going on in the capital along with some others like visitdublin.com. It’s not the biggest city in the world so just dedicate an early morning or late night wandering around and you’ll find plenty of coffee shops, music venues and cheap food options.