If you’re feeling a little cash strapped, you don’t have to travel far to have fun and enjoy a change of scene. With a troubled economy, Ireland’s hotel prices have become increasingly competitive so there are plenty of bargains to be found across the accommodation range. ‘There has never been a better time to get great value offers — whether you are looking to stay in a luxury castle, five-star hotel, cottage or B&B accommodations, there is something to suit every budget’ says Ruth Moran, a publicity manager for Tourism Ireland.
And it’s not only slashed hotel prices that leave you more money in your pocket. London may be renowned for its free entries to galleries and museums, but Dublin offers plenty in the way of free attractions too. You can visit the Irish Museum of Modern Art (www.imma.ie) for free and the earliest known copies of the four gospels are held in the Chester Beatty Library (www.cbl.is) which is also free.
On a less intellectual but equally important level, you’ll get a welcoming complimentary free pint of Guinness if you sign up for a (fee paying) tour of the Guinness Storehouse (www.guinness-storehouse.ie). Its seventh floor Gravity Bar has great views of the city.
Finally, check out www.newdublintours.com for free walking tours of the city. Sandemans offer tours lead by young, enthusiastic guides who’ll give you the low down on all the major sites including the vibrant Temple Bar area, Dublin Castle and Trinity College.
With cheap flights to Dublin from a host of UK airports, from Ryanair and Aer Lingus, there’s simply no excuse not to go!