The Best Indoor Adventures For Dublin When it Rains.December 1, 2016 10:00 am
The question isn’t what to do if you’re in Dublin when it rains, but what to do when it inevitably rains. It’s worth coming up with a few ideas for those gloomy days, whether you’re grabbing a pint or discovering Ireland one painting at a time. Strap on the wellies, wrap up warm and hit up any of these awesome indoor adventures to do in Dublin when it rains.
Perk up your Dublin rainy day spirits with a visit to one of Ireland’s most iconic breweries and discover the story behind every pint of Guinness. Book one of their many tours at the seven floor St. James Gate Brewery and watch the stout come to life through a series of fascinating processes, as well as hear the rich history behind the brand and founder Arthur Guinness. Once you’ve had enough of learning for the day, slip up to their top floor Gravity Bar for stunning views of Dublin and – well, it goes without saying – some Guinness.
Address: Guinness Storehouse, St. James Gate, Dublin 8
Opening hours: 9:30am – 7pm daily (last admission at 5pm); late openings during July and August, 9am – 8pm (last admission at 6pm
Dates: Open 7 days a week except Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St Stephens Day
Sure, a day at the cemetery might not sound like prime tourism but Glasnevin Cemetery’s out to prove that theory wrong. This restored 19th Century graveyard is the final resting of some of Ireland’s most iconic figures including revolutionary Daniel O’Connell and the on-site museum is a great for those wanting to learn more about Irish history. For those of you with Irish heritage, head over to the Genealogy Research Centre to trace your lineage through the centuries and then slip off the side gate into the National Botanic Gardens.
Address: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglass Road, Dublin 11
Opening Hours: Museum, 10am – 5pm; tours Monday – Friday, 11:30am and 2:30pm; tours Saturday – Sunday, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm
Dates: Open seven days a week and bank holidays
To understand a culture is to understand its art and there’s no better place to begin than the National Gallery of Ireland, which has showcased artists since 1852. Boasting a rich collection of both Irish and European fine art spanning over 15,000 works, it’ll be easy to spend hours poring over Caravagios and leading Irish artist masterpieces in a beautifully curated space. Open seven days a week and completely free to the public, there are a number of family-friendly tours, lectures and workshops available for those looking for an artistic education.
Address: National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square W, Dublin 2
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday and Friday – Saturday, 9:15am – 5:30pm; Thursday, 9:15am – 8:30pm; Sunday, 11am – 5:30pm
Dates: Open seven days a week and public holidays
Stay out of the rain and take a journey to the past at the sprawling Malahide Castle, one of the oldest castles in Ireland dating all the way back to the 12th century. Constructed by the Talbot family, the structure has a long and complex history worth delving into and even if history isn’t your thing, the beautiful gardens with several glasshouses deserve a good roam around. Tours are available, but it’s worth booking in advance.
Address: Malahide Castle and Gardens
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 5:30am, last guided tours at 4:30pm or Nov-Mar 3:30pm
Dates: Open seven days a week with the exception of 24-26 Dec