Barnacles Blog

Stay 2 nights get 3rd FREE


We have gone a bit mad. Crazy. Manic. Completely bonkers. The hottest deal you will find in Ireland! Guaranteed! Deal is very simple… book 2 nights and get 3rd night FREE! We won’t ask you for a cent, penny nor sausage. Read on

Backpacker deals in Dublin and Galway


When in Ireland, make sure to see more of it! We have great value packages available in both Dublin and Galway (and both) that combine tours & travel – all you have to do is show up! These are our Read on

Long stay offer – weekly rates


Are you student looking for a permanent place to stay in Dublin or Galway? Or just coming over to Ireland to learn English for few weeks? We have awesome weekly rates in both Dublin and Galway this season, with host Read on

Musicians – Play to Stay!


Are you part of band or a solo singer? Barnacles are offering musicians the chance to get their accommodation for free!

ISIC card discounts

isic 15% discounts in Barnacles hostel Dublin and Barnacles hostel Galway

We are delighted to announce that all ISIC card holders can get 15% off on our rates in both Barnacles Temple Bar and Barnacles Galway! You have to book directly with us (this discount will not apply if you book Read on

Dublin gallery map


This one is for the art buffs! Get your fill of the galleries and art when in Dublin! Click below for printable map, and check out more on Go art!

Best places to go out in Dublin


Whelan’s – One of the best live venues in Dublin, turns into indie night club after the bands have finished. Great music & great vibe, one of our favourite places to go out to! They often have house band playing Read on

New Year Festival Dublin

New Year festival Dublin

NYF Dublin has been officially launched  with a new and exciting 3-day citywide festival filled with Arts, Culture and Live Entertainment! As every year, there will be fireworks, procession of light and big countdown concert at College Greene (that is literally Read on

Top things to do this Christmas in Dublin

Grafton Street Christmas Lights Landscape

This is where it all starts! First must see – must do, free thing this Christmas in Dublin is to see Grafton Lights being switched on! This is happening at 5pm on 13th of November on Grafton Street, and if Read on

Irish Christmas Tunes


Our little selection of Irish Christmas tunes. Essential listening right here people! What are your favourite Christmas songs?     Now lets all put our best outfits on and dance, like this folks did:   Feeling Christmasy yet?