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Free Days Out in Dublin City, ROI

Arbour Hill Cemetery, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7

The military cemetery at Arbour Hill, at the rear of the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, is the last resting place of 14 of the executed leaders of the insurrection of 1916. Among those buried there are Patrick Pearse, James Connolly and Major John Mc Bride. The leaders were executed in Kilmainham and then their bodies were transported to Arbour Hill, where they were buried.

The graves are located under a low mound on a terrace of Wicklow granite in what was once the old prison yard. The gravesite is surrounded by a limestone wall on which their names are inscribed in Irish and English. On the prison wall opposite the gravesite is a plaque with the names of other people who gave their lives in 1916.

The adjoining Church of the Sacred Heart, which is the prison chapel for Arbour Hill prison, is maintained by the Department of Defence. At the rear of the church lies the old cemetery, where lie the remains of British military personnel who died in the Dublin area in the 19th and early 20th century.

A doorway beside the 1916 memorial gives access to the Irish United Nations Veterans Association house and memorial garden.

Open all year round: Mon - Fri 08.00 - 16.00 / Sat 11.00 - 16.00 / Sun 09.30 - 16.00 / Average length of visit: 30 - 45 minutes

Admission Free

Photography allowed

Telephone No: +353 1 821 3021

Chester Beatty Library,
Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Its rich collection from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe offers visitors a visual feast. Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002.

Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights of the collection. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day.

Opening Hours and Admission

1 May to 30 Sept: Mon to Fri, 10.00 to 17.00

1 Oct to 30 Apr: Tue to Fri, 10.00 to 17.00

Sat, 11.00 - 17.00 (All year)

Sun, 13.00 - 17.00 (All year)

Closed 1 Jan; Good Fri; 24, 25 and 26 Dec; and Mon public holidays.

Admission is Free.

The Library is included in the Dublin Culture Trail

Tel: (+353 1) 407 0750

Irish Jewish Museum, 3 Walworth Road,
off Victoria Street, Portobello, Dublin 8

The Irish Jewish Museum is located in a former synagogue building with original features.

The display covers 150 years of professional, commercial and artistic activities and includes a gallery with Jewish religious objects and memorabilia relating to the Jewish communities of Ireland.

The collection includes photographs, paintings, certificates, books, letters and artefacts concerning all aspects of Jewish life.

The original kitchen in the building recreates a typical Sabbath meal setting of the early 1900s.

Open May to Sept, Sun, Tues & Thurs: 11.30 to 15.30 - Oct & Apr, Sun only: 10.30 to 14.30

Admission is Free

Tel: 01 490 1857

National Botanic Gardens,
Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The National Botanic Gardens has a fine plant collection holding many thousands of plant species and cultivars from a variety of habitats from all around the world.

Founded in 1795 by the Royal Dublin Society

Famous for its exquisitely restored and planted glasshouses, particularly the Great Palm House.

Visitors can enjoy many features: herbaceous borders, rose garden, the alpine display, the pond area, rock garden and arboretum.

National Botanic Gardens Opening Times:
Every day except Christmas Day.

Mid Feb to Mid Nov Daily 09.00 - 18.00
Mid Nov to Mid Feb Daily 09.00 - 16.30
The Glasshouses close at 17.00 on weekdays and 17.45 at weekends
Free Guided Tours every Sun at 12.00 and 14.30.

Pre-booked Guided Tours are available for groups but are chargeable.

There is a film introducing the Botanic Gardens, which is usually available for viewing anytime.

Admission to the National Botanic Gardens is Free

Tel: 01 857 0909

The National Gallery of Ireland,
Merrion Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art. Admission to the permanent collection is Free

The Gallery is open 361 days of the year; it is closed 24 - 26 Dec, and on Good Fri.

Open Mon - Sat 09.30 - 17.30 / Thurs 09.30 - 20.30* / Sun 12.00 - 17.30 / Public Holidays 10.00 - 17.30 / Shutdown of the galleries begins 15 minutes before closing time.

*The Gallery will close at 5.30pm on Holy Thurs, Apr.

Getting here - Located in the city centre, in the heart of Georgian Dublin, the Gallery is easily accessible on foot, and by public transport.

The National Museum of Ireland : Archaeology
Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, first opened it's doors in 1890.

Opening Times

The Museum opening hours are:

Tues to Sat 10.00 - 17.00 / Sun 14.00 - 17.00 / Closed Mon (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Fri

Admission to the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is Free.

The National Museum of Ireland : Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks,
Benburb Street, Dublin City

Located on the north side of the River Liffey.

Originally an army barracks, the buildings were reopened in 1997 with a new purpose: as the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks.

The Museum opening hours are: Tues to Sat 10.00 - 17.00 / Sun 14.00 - 17.00 / Closed Mon (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Fri

Admission to the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History is Free.

The National Museum of Ireland : Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Follow in the footsteps of famous Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone who opened the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History in 1857.

The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History is centrally located on Merrion Street, Dublin 2, next door to the National Gallery.

The Museum opening hours are:

Tue to Sat 10.00 - 17.00 / Sun 14.00 - 17.00 / Closed Mon (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Fri

Admission to the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History is Free.

Below this line, in the grey area, we are adding alternative days out to the Free listings that DoFreeStuff is renowned for. This is to help you plan your family days out. The attractions listed below make a charge for admission!


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