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Things to do in Dublin on a Rainy Day

20 November 2019 · 4 min read

Rainy Day Activities in Dublin

It might come as a surprise to most of you, but yes it rains in Ireland! Nevertheless, Dublin is a charming and active city that never runs out of fun activities to do even on a cold rainy day. We selected for you multiple options to choose from while waiting for the rain to pass.

Old Library at Trinity College Dublin

One of Dublin’s most iconic attractions is the Old Library of Trinity College. Considered as a “must-see”, visiting the library will be the perfect plan for a successful rainy afternoon. Visitors will have the chance to observe the breath-taking views of the place while contemplating the leather-bound books. Trinity College’s Old Library is not the only beautiful book collection in Dublin city. Situated in St. Patrick’s Close, Marsh’s Library is the first public library that opened in Ireland back in 1707. Centrally located, the place will ensure you a trip back in time!

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Het beroemde Book of Kells is een 9e eeuws manuscript vind je in de 18e eeuwse Old Library in Trinity College Dublin. #ierland #dublin #trinity #bookofkells #trinitycollege

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Address: Old Library: Trinity College Dublin

Marsh’s Library: St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

Enjoy a pint in a traditional Irish pub

As Rashers Tierney once said, “Like so many things in life, a well-poured pint of Guinness is worth waiting for”. On a rainy day, nothing is better than sitting in a traditional Irish pub and enjoying a drink. With more than 750 pubs in Dublin, you will have plenty of options to choose from. Our favourites include Nancy Hands and The Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub!

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#Dublin #Ireland #flowers #pub

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Address: Nancy hands: 30-32 Parkgate St, Stoneybatter, Dublin 8, D08 W6X3

The Brazen Head: 20 Lower Bridge St, The Liberties, Dublin, D08 WC64

Guinness Storehouse

Any trip to Dublin would not be complete without stopping by the Guinness Storehouse. On a rainy day (or a sunny day), you will love to discover the history of Ireland’s favourite beverage. Enjoy a fresh pint in one of Dublin’s historic rooftop.

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The Guinness Factory tour in Dublin was so much fun! Highly recommend ?? . . . Swipe left for pics of the tour where I got a free pint at the end that I did not drink as, nope, don’t like Guinness . . . That fish on the bike though ?? . . . #Dublin #DublinIreland #dublin? #irelandtravel #ireland_gram #ireland?? #funtimes #architecture #architecturephotography #weekaway #travel #seeeverywhere #seeeverything #ireland_travel #guinnessstorehouse #guinnesstour

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Address: St James’s Gate, Dublin 8

Extreme Trampoline

Located 35 minutes away from Dublin’s city centre, Jump Zone will make you forget the rain in a snap! Ideal for groups and solo jumpers, Jump Zone is the first of its kind in Europe. Avoid cabin fever and enjoy some vigorous playtime at Jump Zone.

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Jump Zone day!! Be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment at #sandyford #liffeyvalley #santry

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Address: 71-73 Heather Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18, D18 XE70

Take a cooking class

Dublin cookery school frequently organise cookery classes. With the possibility to learn from multiple cuisine styles, your rainy-day will be filled up with insightful cooking lessons. This cookery school is not the only institution proposing cooking workshops. Small cafes across Dublin such as The Cake Cafe organise fantastic baking classes.

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Spicing up the last day of this lovely Cooking for Friends one week course with Indian day! . . . #indianfood #incredibleindia #deliciousfood #oneweekcourse #cookingforfriends #chefsintraining #aubergine #chickencurry #cheflife #blackrock #dublinfood #cookerycourse #thingstodoindublin #dublincookeryschool

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Little Museum of Dublin

Situated in the centre of Dublin, the Little Museum of Dublin is in a traditional Georgian mansion. Welcoming people of all ages, the museum offers interactive visits that will help you discover the wonders of Dublin.

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The guided tour starts here, please make yourself comfortable. ? Thanks for the gorgeous shot and the kind words, Paula! ? ・・・ #Repost @p_worthington ・・・ Ireland’s history shared by incredible live guides as they walk you through donated photos, posters and pop culture items…all in under an hour. This friendly little museum was a great find. @visitdublin ・・・ #Ireland #dublin #littlemuseumofdublin #tourism #tourist #museum #socialhistory #irelandtour #exploreireland #exploredublin #lovedublin #georgiandublin #irishculture #museumtour #guidedtour #dublinhistory #historyofireland #education #history #dublincity #windy #windyday #visit #visitus #visittoday #booknow #linkinbio #friendly

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Address: 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, Ireland

Escape Room Games

Take on challenges with friends and family during an escape room challenge. Luckily, Dublin has quite a few options when it comes to escape rooms. Our favourite is The Clockwork Key Escape Room with its Alice in Wonderland themed escape room. So get ready to solve puzzles and discover hidden secrets.

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Someone please come and teach me how to solve the rubik's cube ??

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Address: 51 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 NH04

Whiskey Tasting

As Mark Twain once said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough”. Therefore, we couldn’t make this list of activities without including a whiskey tasting. Dublin has multiple possibilities regarding whiskey tastings in which you’ll find happiness. Our favourite is located  20-minutes walking distance only from the city centre. The Teeling Distillery offers a fantastic environment that will take you through the journey of whiskey making followed of course, by a tasting.

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With our Single Malt, we aim to produce the most flavoursome non-age statement Irish Single Malt possible, while retaining its distinctive Irish smoothness. Let us know how we did. #TeelingWhiskey #TeelingDistillery #IrishWhiskey #SingleMalt #spiritofdublin

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Address: 13-17 Newmarket, The Liberties, Dublin 8, D08 KD91

Mini Golfing

Directly accessible with public transports, the Rainforest Adventure Golf is an indoor mini-golf course. With its exotic decors, the rainforest Adventure Golf welcomes people of all ages and will guarantee you fun times ahead.

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Ever wondered “does anyone actually get the 19th hole?” Well we’ll let you in on a little secret… On any given week approx 10-15% of our visitors achieve this momentous feat, with more kids than adults managing it! Next time you’re in, don’t be shy in asking our staff for a mulligan on your shot and they may let you try it twice ? #golf #skill #minigolf #crazygolf

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Address: Unit 6, Dundrum South Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

Science Gallery

Rainy days are the perfect occasion to visit museums. Initiating creativity and discovery, Dublin’s Science gallery is a mix of art and sciences and has welcomed more than 3 million visitors. With unique exhibitions and events, the gallery organises multiple events that you’ll love to participate in.

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It's #Mathsweek! Back in 2010 Science Gallery Dublin hosted HYPERBOLIC CROCHET CORAL REEF: A WOOLLY WONDER – Created and curated by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles. Nature has created these beautiful patterns that are variations of a mathematical structure known as 'hyperbolic space'. Mathematicians had long believed this space was impossible. #margaretwertheim gave a great TED talk on this work

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Address: The Naughton Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Pearse St, Dublin 2

Photo Gallery

If you are not into science, it won’t be a problem! Dublin has a fantastic selection of art and photo galleries across the city. The Gallery of Photography, one of Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary photography, exhibits work from Irish and international photographers. Located in the heart of Temple Bar, the gallery proudly represents photography in Ireland and spread a wider appreciation of the medium.

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Delighted that the Gallery of Photography decided to remove a wall for my exhibition to let in more natural light. I really like this framing from across the gallery. I tried to be conscious of the different angles and points of view, outside of the obvious, and to work with the architecture of the space. #exhibition #quietattheback #school #colour #light #space @gallery_of_photography_ireland

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Address: Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

So yes, rainy days are not the best but after all, rain is just confetti from the sky! We hope you will enjoy these activities as much as we did. Dublin is an animated city that never runs out of fun activities so pack your umbrella and make the most of the day!

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