Free Activities in Dublin This August Bank Holiday!

A couple look at a stall in one of the free activities in Dublin this weekend

Dublin on a budget: exploring the city’s free gems this August Bank Holiday

Make the most of the upcoming August Bank Holiday weekend (August 3rd – 5th, 2024) in Dublin. With a variety of free activities that will keep you entertained. From exploring world-class museums and historical sites. To basking on beaches and delving into local culture, you can experience the magic of Dublin without breaking the bank.

Immerse yourself in history and culture

  • Collins Barracks Museum: Delve into Ireland’s military past at the Collins Barracks Museum. This impressive Georgian complex houses a vast collection of artifacts, from weaponry and uniforms to military art and photography. Explore exhibitions that trace the evolution of Irish Defense forces, from the Gaelic chieftains to the modern military.
  • The National Gallery: Step into a world of artistic expression at the National Gallery. With an extensive collection spanning centuries, you’ll find works by European masters like Caravaggio and Monet alongside renowned Irish artists like Francis Bacon. The gallery offers regular free tours and events, making art appreciation accessible to all.

Embrace the great outdoors 

  • Phoenix Park: Escape the city bustle and wander through the sprawling grounds of Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s largest enclosed public parks. Located in Dublin 7, the park is a short walk from the Hendrick. The August Bank Holiday weekend is a prime time to visit, as the park often hosts special events and activities. Check Dublin City Council’s website for a full listing of events happening during your visit. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a leisurely afternoon under the sunshine, or rent a bike and explore the park’s many trails.
  • Head to the Beach: Dublin boasts several beautiful beaches perfect for a refreshing summer escape. The August Bank Holiday weekend is likely to see a surge in beachgoers, so be prepared for crowds. Dollymount Strand, with its long stretch of golden sand, is ideal for swimming, sunbathing, or a scenic walk along the coast. For a slightly more relaxed atmosphere, try Sandymount Strand, a favourite spot for locals.


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Discover Dublin on foot

We cannot promise good weather, but in August we would like to think it’s the perfect time to explore on foot. If it is raining, you can find some of the fun things to do in the rain in Dublin. 

  • Free Walking Tours: Explore Dublin’s hidden gems and historical landmarks with a free walking tour. The August Bank Holiday weekend is a popular time for tours, so be sure to book in advance if you prefer a smaller group experience. Knowledgeable guides will lead you through the city, sharing stories, myths, and local insights. These tours are a fantastic way to get oriented, learn about Dublin’s fascinating past, and meet fellow travelers. Popular companies offering free walking tours include Dublin Free Walking Tour and Sandeman’s New Dublin Tour. While the tours themselves are free, tipping your guide at the end is a great way to show appreciation for their service.
  • Take a trip to the Haunted streets of Dublin: It may come as a complete surprise to you, but this viking city is haunted. Dubh Linn, has many spooky spaces… And the Hendrick is even one of them. You can take a walking tour of the Haunted Places in Dublin with our complete guide.

Bonus activities:

  • Temple Bar Food Market: Savor the flavors of Ireland at the Temple Bar Food Market, held every Saturday (including the 3rd of August during the Bank Holiday weekend). Browse stalls overflowing with fresh local produce, artisan breads, and delicious international treats. Even if you’re not buying, the vibrant atmosphere and delectable aromas are a treat in themselves.
  • St. Stephen’s Green: Relax in the heart of the city at St. Stephen’s Green, a beautiful Victorian park. Stroll through the manicured gardens, admire the colourful flower displays, or simply find a quiet spot to people-watch and soak up the summer sun.
  • Sip in the Sun: Getting thirsty after all that sightseeing? Then check out our article on Dublin’s best beer gardens. You may have us on a technicality, but you
Make the most of the August Bank Holiday and enjoy up to 15% off your stay at The Hendrick Smithfield when pre paid in advance! Book your stay now!

Stay and discover Dublin!

Discover the best places in Dublin and modern bars, restaurants and stories at the Hendrick Hotel in Smithfield,

The Hendrick offers our guests a rich history of street art, surprising experiences in our hotel and maybe a visit from friendly ghosts too….

Book in on any Friday or Saturday night and enjoy a special cocktail on arrival and free late check out at 1pm…Where you explore in your time is up to you.

All rooms in the Hendrick have

  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
  • Power Shower with Rituals Toiletries
  • 32″ TV with Chromecast
  • Free High-Speed WiFi
  • Safe suitable for laptops up to 13″
  • Tea & Coffee

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