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Best Value to do in Dublin this January

Dublin is an expensive place to visit, especially just after the madness of Christmas. Luckily, there are all sorts of free and good value things to see and do in the city too, to make sure you soak up as much of the culture of the city as you can! If you want to save money on expensive Dublin Hotels this January, choose a better value alternative to a traditional hotel. DCU Rooms offers great value accommodation and an ideal location to explore the city.

Here is our pick of the best value things to do in Dublin this January;

Botanical Gardens

It may not be as colourful in January but the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin, just 20-minutes’ walk from DCU rooms, is a gorgeous place to visit all year round. If you go early enough, you’ll see their Christmas lights and the gardens which are rotated to show off the festive plants all Winter long. There are events almost every weekend and best of all, the gardens are always free to enter and explore at your leisure. On your way out, pop into the Gravediggers pub for some lunch and one of the best pints of Guinness in the capital.

Museums and Galleries

Did you know that the vast majority of the museums, galleries and public spaces in Dublin are free to visit? The city believes that history and culture are for everyone and not just those who can afford it. This is a small selection of free attractions to visit in January;

  • Science Gallery
  • National History
  • Museum
  • IMMA
  • National Art Gallery
  • National Museum of Ireland
  • National Library
  • Hugh Lane Gallery
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • Dublin Bikes

DCU Rooms are based just outside the City Centre, so you will need to commute to and from town by foot or public transport. An eco-friendly alternative is to hire a Dublin Bike and explore the city on two wheels. There are some great guided tours you can do by bike but hiring your own means you have the freedom to go where you want when you want. The bikes come with an in-built lock so no need to worry about security. It costs just €25 for the entire year or you can buy a three-day pass for a weekend trip.


January is a great time to kick start your fitness or weight loss resolution, especially as there is so much motivation at that time of the year. If you’d like to save money on your trip to Dublin while staying active and enjoying some of the stunning scenery, book your stay in our great value accommodation and plan a hike or a long walk. You could visit the Dublin Mountains, anywhere along the Dublin Coast or go further afield to the Wicklow Mountains or Wicklow National Park. Public transport from DCU Rooms is quick and cheap and will leave you to a DART station for your onward journey. Don’t forget to pop into DCU Bar for a well-deserved pint when you’re done.

Temple Bar Tradfest

Every year, in January, Temple Bar host the Tradfest, an area-wide festival and celebration of all things relating to Irish Traditional Music. Temple Bar area is filled with pubs and restaurants and has a great atmosphere all year round, but especially in January when there are dozens of musical events taking place, a lot of which are ticketed but free. There are many types of events, from well-known musicians to children’s groups and all have a unique sound and style. Check their website for full details on the various events in January.

For the best value accommodation in the city, stay away from the inflated rates in Dublin hotels and choose DCU Rooms, a more cost-effective alternative. If you’d like to enquire about staying in DCU rooms as a group, family or solo traveller, contact our friendly reservations team today.

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Sarah Corcoran

Sarah is a part-time travel writer and a full-time Dubliner, born and bred in this colourful city. She loves nothing more than exploring the beauty that’s on her doorstep and enjoying the many attractions and history that Dublin has to offer. She is passionate about writing and promoting her home town to anyone who will listen!

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