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When we think of somewhere cheap that offers a city break with castles, museums and cathedrals, Prague, Budapest and Warsaw usually spring to mind. But according to the Travel Money report for 2015 from the Post Office, Dublin tops the list as the most affordable destination in Europe for anyone in search of a bit of culture.

Prague, Budapest and Warsaw still fared well, but it came as a surprise to many that Dublin worked out cheaper. So you might ask - why is that?

The report studies 17 capital cities of historical and cultural significance. It takes the ticket prices of six major cultural attractions - a classical concert, a museum, a heritage site such as a castle, ballet performances, an opera and an art gallery - and adds up the cost. Taken all together, the cost in the Irish capital comes in the lowest.

For example, if an individual visited the top six attractions in Dublin, including the National Gallery and the National Museum, it would come to just £76. These prices are actually 25 per cent less than this time last year. This is due to factors such as a reduction in prices and also a strong pound against the euro.

This is great news for those who have been waiting to visit the giant pint-glass-shaped Guinness house store. At around just £10 it is one of the most expensive tickets in the city. And Dublin Castle, including the Chester Beatty Library with its Eastern art collection and the Police Museum, is still absolutely free.

While Dublin’s new cheaper identity is a big surprise, an even bigger one is that London came out as Europe’s most expensive capital to enjoy culturally. London still offers the widest range of museums with free entry, but because the report also includes theatre and ballet, the British capital loses out. The cost of just one theatre ticket in London is more expensive that all six of the Dublin attractions put together.

So does this mean Dublin is the cheapest city in Europe? Not quite. This report only looks at the cost of cultural tickets, while other reports from the Post Office include things such as accommodation, transportation, and the cost of a beer and dinner in a restaurant.

Their Holiday Costs Barometer Report still puts Prague as the continent’s cheapest location. This is thanks mainly to cheap meals and drinks, but also an inexpensive transport system. Portugal comes in a close second and has the cheapest beach holiday reports. A cup of coffee here will cost you around 57p, according to their research, compared to almost £5 in Dubai. It's no surprise to anyone who’s spent time in Paris that France came out as the most expensive overall in Europe and the second most expensive in the world behind Mauritius.
 

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