On the dry and p!ss poor? Yup, us too. Here's a few free things to do this weekend so we finally leave the house to do something other than go to work.

The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin The Lonely Planet described it as "not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe" and yet none of the U Crew have ever been. Its collections include objects and books from all over the world and its consistently ranked as one of the best things to do in Dublin on TripAdvisor. That's Saturday sorted so.

chester-beatty-library

chester-beatty-library

Croagh Patrick, Mayo Nothing is going to shake the cobwebs off like a climb to the  top of Croagh Patrick. It's tough going but the views from the top more than make up for it. And best of all? You can enjoy a pint in Matt Molly's afterwards. Of Ribena of course.

croagh-patrick-looking-east

croagh-patrick-looking-east

Thomas Dillon’s Claddagh Ring Museum, Galway Ever since John Rocha redesigned the iconic claddagh ring we've become very taken with it, possibly for the first time since we got one as a Communion present (or maybe that's just Aisling). One of the smallest museum's in the country, Thomas Dillon's Claddagh Ring Museum tells the history of the ring, while displays show some of the very first versions as well as the world's smallest claddagh ring - on the top of a tailor's pin. Old photos of Galway adorn the walls, which in themselves make the museum worth a visit.

d206_b_bg_reload

d206_b_bg_reload

Limerick City Gallery of Art Visit and check out the works of Jack B Yeats and Sir John Lavery as well as the current exhibition Vision of Now which features the work of some of Ireland's most promising artists. Even if you don't entirely understand what you're looking at, it's always worthwhile to try and expand your horizons.

art_gallery

art_gallery

Wexford Lavender Farm Is it Wexford or is it Provence? Explore the two acres of lavender and the visitor information centre, and maybe come home with some lavender for yourself. Just to help you sleep of course!

lavender-fields-49111-640x426

lavender-fields-49111-640x426