Dublin city centre is filled with fun and at times free things to while away your lunch hour. Here are just a few ideas:

1. Merrion Square – September on the Square
Every Tuesday, there is lunchtime music breaks while every Thursday there is lunchtime talks. To see the full line up of events taking place, click on the following link:

2. Irish Film Institute – Archive at lunchtime
The Irish Film Institute moved into its present Temple Bar location in September 1992 and, to celebrate 20 years in that spot, the organisation will be hosting a month of special events. As part of IFI20, they present one outstanding Irish short film from each of the 20 years that the IFI has been open. To see the full listing of films, click on the following link:

3. National Gallery
The National Gallery offers lunchtime lectures or just spend time visiting their latest exhibition. To see a listing of what’s on, click on the following link:

4. National Concert Hall
Sometimes the National Concert Hall offers lunchtime concerts. To see a listing of what’s on, click on the following link:

5. Bewleys Lunchtime Theatre
Bewleys Cafe on Grafton Street puts on a lunchtime show where you can have a bowl of soup while watching a play. Currently showing is Village Wooing by Bernard Shaw. To view their website, click on the following link:

6. The Science Gallery
Visit the award-winning Science Gallery. Their latest exhibition, which runs until 8th September, is ‘Hack the City’ To view their website, click on the following link:

7. Take an Exercise Class
Lunchtime is an ideal time to fit in some exercise. Maybe visit the gym, go for a swim or take an exercise class. If you’re looking for some time out during your stressful work day what about a yoga class. I’d recommend Open Mind Yoga on Pearse Street.