Things to do in Dublin When it’s Raining!
While Dublin is an amazing city there is no doubt that it will probably rain while you are there. However, don’t let this put you off as there are loads of things to do indoors and some of them are free too!
Catch up on some culture
Appreciate Irish art at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, explore history at the National Archaeology Museum or study the animal kingdom at the Natural History museum; entry to these is completely free!
Shop until you drop
A great place to try is the pedestrian friendly zone on Henry Street, north of the river with a mix of little boutique shops full of knick knacks to large department stores with everything under one roof.
Get wet indoors
If you’ve already done the museums and shopping is not your bag, then why not make a splash? Head to the National Aquatic Centre in nearby Blanchards town, buses run regularly and it can be a great way to spend an afternoon – even if you do end up getting wet!
Swoosh down a mountain
No there are no actual mountains in Dublin; however, there is Ireland’s only indoor ski centre just outside the city in Sandyford. There are lessons for all abilities from absolute beginners to off piste experts on the unique moving ski surface.
More tea vicar?
Treat yourself to a lavish afternoon tea; the delicate cakes and sandwiches, idle chatter over the gentle clinking of china what better way to stay out of the rain? Try 5 star Merrion Hotel for a bit of over the top luxury with their ‘Art Tea’ or for something a bit quirkier The Atrium Lounge in the Westin Dublin serves their ‘Most Peculiar Afternoon Tea’ which includes a G & Tea cocktail served in a teapot. The Dublin hostel bar also does a mean cup of tea!
Experience the chocolate
For chocoholics a trip to a chocolate factory will send the rain clouds packing. Try the Butlers Chocolate Experience at Butlers’ headquarters in Clonshagh, alternatively, The Chocolate Warehouse in Greenhills for hands on experience. Both these two places are a little out of the city but well worth the visit.
Watch a film
Dublin is a city of culture and so has a surplus of varied venues for film watching on a wet day. Whether you are looking for the latest blockbuster at Cineworld or something a bit more cultured at the Irish film Institute you can’t beat a tub of popcorn and a good movie.
Many of Dublin’s top rated hotels boast spa facilities and it is relatively easy to book yourself in for a little indulgence. Some of our favourites are Mandala at La Stampa, Tethre Spa at The Merrion and sansanaSPA at the Royal Marine Hotel.
Sup an ale
Of course Dublin is famous for its welcoming pubs and bars so why not just sit and watch the world rush by in the rain while you sup a tempting pint or two of the black stuff.