10 Ways to Spend the Equivalent of $10 USD While Studying Abroad in Dublin

Jul 9, 2013 10:29:04 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

In Dublin, $10 USD buys you about €7.50. Each of these suggestions below will ensure you spend no more than this amount – perfect for a CAPA International Education study abroad student budget. We will save the freebies for another post!

1. VISIT THE BOOK OF KELLS. Tick one box on everyone's Dublin to do list and pop over to Trinity College to visit the famous, elaborate Book of Kells. If you gather up 10 of your new study abroad friends, you can take advantage of their group admission prices and soak up an important piece of history at €6.50 per person. You may even have enough change to spring for a coffee when you finish.

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Photo: The Book of Kells by lokisi1

2. EAT AT BEWLEY'S CAFE. Grab a bite to eat at Bewley's Cafe, which features famous Harry Clarke windows. Sit upstairs by the window for some great people watching and try the soup of the day for €5.25. Their fresh pastries (€2-3) and coffee (€2-3) are also a favorite of many Dubliners, so if you're after a mid-morning snack in an atmospheric old building, head to Bewley's.

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Photo: Bewley's Cafe by hpwiggy

3. HAVE DINNER AT GOVINDAS. Offering delicious vegetarian food and a bargain within our budget at with a dish of the day at just €6.95, Govindas is definitely worthy of a stop. You will be listening to a soundtrack of Hare Krishna chanting in the background, but it's a relaxed atmosphere and they serve up substantial, healthy, homemade comfort food with an Indian-European twist.

Photo: Govinda's by Technogypsie Productions

4. TAKE A JOURNEY ON THE DART. Be an adventurer for the day! Grab your camera and a friend and take the Dart (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) to Dublin's coastal towns of either Bray in the south (€6.60 round trip) or Howth in the north (€4.80 round trip). Spend a few hours exploring in the fresh air and photographing your experience. In Bray, walk the mile-long promenade which stretches from the harbour and see the colony of swans or challenge yourself to the 4.3 mile Cliff Walk. Howth is popular with bird watchers so keep your eyes open!

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Photo: 8100 class DART - 2 car units built by Linke-Hofmann-Busch in Germany, 1983-84. In the bay platform at Bray by metromadme

5. PICNIC IN THE PARK. Dublin boasts some wonderful places to spread a blanket on the grass and have a nice lunch with friends. We'd recommend the slightly hidden Iveagh Gardens, the bigger and more popular St. Stephens Green or Phoenix Park near the Dublin Zoo - one of the largest walled city parks in Europe. Pick up your contribution to a shared picnic lunch for your allotted €7.50 and spend a sunny afternoon relaxing in a beautiful green space, chatting about your study abroad adventures and what you can't wait to do next.

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Photo: Herd of wild Fallow deer grazing in Phoenix Park by Mic

6. HUNT FOR A BARGAIN. It's true that €7.50 won't buy you too much in an ordinary clothing shop, but Dublin has its fair share of vintage and second hand shops where you can find a deal on some real treasures. If you love the thrill of the hunt, take a stroll around Temple Bar's vintage clothing stores (or try one from Ms Wanda's list of Best Vintage Shops in Dublin) and see what cool finds you can bring home.

Temple Bar - Lucy's Lounge
Photo: Temple Bar - Lucy's Lounge, Dublin by William Murphy

7. HAVE COFFEE AT SOUND BITES. Inside of Tower Records on Wicklow Street hides this little gem, Sound Bites, with its friendly staff and eclectic furniture. For €6.30, you can try their 1/2 & 1/2 lunch special (soup & sandwich). It's an interesting place to people watch due to the mix of clientele. You may even spot someone famous.

Photo: Sound Bites Cafe, Dublin by Mike B. via ratemyarea.com

8. MARVEL AT ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL. Lose yourself in the calming music of St. Patrick's Cathedral - worth a visit for the historical lessons, the impressive tombs and the beautiful architecture. Inside, you'll find an organ with 4,000 pipes - one of the largest in all of Ireland. There's also a bust of Johnathon Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels. He was once Dean of the Cathedral. The admission fee is just €4.50, so you have about €3 to have a coffee later on.

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Photo: St. Patrick's Cathedral by Nabil z.a.

9. PICK UP HOT PRESS MAGAZINE & THE IRISH TIMES. Pick up a copy of Hot Press Magazine or the Saturday copy of The Irish Times (each just a few euros). Find yourself a nice cafe, pub or park and settle in with the listings sections to plan your weekend ahead. Try one of Travel Edit's 10 Great Places to Have Tea in Dublin. Hot Press is all about live music listings, a huge part of Irish culture, while the Irish Times lists more general events on Saturdays. Time Out Dublin also offers some great ideas!

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Photo: The Irish Times by slavek

10. STOP BY THE WRITER'S MUSEUM. With one of the most illustrious literary traditions in the world, it's no surprise that Dublin has a museum dedicated to its writers. For a €7.50 admission fee, you can visit the Writers Museum and spend a few hours soaking up the stories of Swift, Sheridan, Shaw, Wilde, Yeats, Joyce, Beckett and many more. The building itself is a bit of a treasure as the museum is set in a restored Georgian mansion on Parnell Square.

The Writers Museum. Dublin, Ireland
Photo: The Writer's Muesum, Dublin by Carl

Have you been to Dublin? We’d love your suggestions on your favorite way to spend the equivalent of $10 USD in this global city!

Topics: Dublin, Ireland