Ireland (Republic of Ireland)

Languages: English, Irish

Currencies: EUR · Euro (€)

Capitol: Dublin

Continents: Europe

Borders: United Kingdom

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Area: 70,273km2

Population: 4,994,724

Traffic/driving side: left

Landlocked country: No

Independent country: Yes

United Nations member: Yes

IDD Prefix: +353

Timezones: UTC

Last updated on April 16, 2024

Visiting Dublin – the capital city of Ireland, a vibrant and bustling metropolis that offers a plethora of activities for city explorers? Discover best of Dublin on a rainy day!

Let me guide you from my perspective – someone who’s been Dublin based for the last 8 years and has to cope with the changing weather whenever I am not on a road. Trust me – this country is one of the kind 🙂 It’s absolutely true what they say – you get 4 seasons in just 1 DAY!

I hiked almost every hill in this country, traveled around the Emerald Isle number of times, drove the Wild Atlantic Way, cycled Greeway and took different opportunities to explore the country. There are things you will never believe exist in any European country, what’s more – in a European capital city. 🙂 

Discover best of Dublin on a rainy day.

Discover best of Dublin on a rainy day.

There are so many sites to discover in Dublin and only now when I’m writing this post, I realize the coolest things are indoor. But it all depends what are you looking for?

Dublin has it’s own charming atmosphere and architecture. Hanging around the city will give you a better insight about people’s culture and traditions than any travel guide.

How about seeing a guy in a tracksuit riding a horse without saddle in the middle of a European capital city?!! It’s very typical for Dublin to see horses grazing near the houses. Many Dubliners still own them. Couple years ago you could even see a horse head looking out of the window of the apartment! Yesss, for real 🙂

Dublin - 4 seasons in just 1 DAY!

It is very like you will experience 4 seasons in just 1 day while visiting Ireland. However, when rainy days come knocking fear not! You can still experience best of Dublin on a rainy day. Here are top suggestions and sites to make the most of your time in the city while staying dry.

Visit Guinness Storehouse and Whiskey Destilery!

Guinness and Irish Whiskey tasting are a perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon and warm yourself up from the inside out.

Dublin is home to several distilleries and whiskey bars that offer guided tastings. You will learn about:

  • different types of whiskey
  • distilling process
  • taste unique flavors and aromas. It’s a perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon and warm yourself up from the inside out.
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Once you get to Dublin I would highly recommend to visit the Tourist Information Office to get free advice, information and city map. The office is based in the city center in busy O’Connell Street just next to the Spire of Dublin – the high steel spike monument.

GET HERE ALL INCLUSIVE DIGITAL DUBLIN PASS: ‘Dublin Pass’ – gives you free entry to 40+ top Dublin attractions (including Guinness Storehouse, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle) and you can choose from 1 to 5 days validity

Discover the best of Dublin on a rainy day.

Dublin nightlife - experience traditional Irish music.

Discover the best of Dublin on a rainy day.

Rainy days call for comfort pint and warm, cozy environments 😉 Rainy days can be an opportunity to explore the city’s cultural, literary, and culinary delights.

You cannot miss the most popular entertainment area of Dublin – TEMPLE BAR. This charming district of cobblestone streets is full of old architecture buildings and galleries. 

There’s no doubt it’s the most famous street in Dublin on a rainy day, offering a variety of clubs and pubs with live music, and what’s most important a great atmosphere. 

Don’t count for a seat after 8 pm .. and for a drink after 2.30 am. Yes, in Ireland alcohol is served up to 2.30 (except few clubs). Many clubs charge an entry fee and you shouldn’t be dressed too casual. You have to try baby Guinness – the most famous Irish shot. 

Temple Bar streets are busy, people would be gathering in front of the pubs drinking, laughing and chatting with anyone standing aside.

Incredible tours that will take you through most exceptional sites of Ireand:

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The Dawson Lounge – the city’s smallest pub (on earth?)

You absolutely need to visit the tiniest pub in Dublin (or maybe on earth!) Dawson Lounge – don’t forget to check the lady’s room & Mind your head!! – the ceiling is very low, especially after few pints 🙂

The Brazen Head – officially the oldest pub in Dublin, located 10 min from the busy Temple Bar with a great atmosphere and good food.

Best spots to visit in Dublin city center!

  1. Phoenix Park – considered to be the largest enclosed city park in Europe. Since the 17th century the place has been home to a herd of wild deer. 
  2. Christ Church Cathedral – Dublin’s oldest building, located in the city center. A piece of great 1000 years old architecture.
  3. Kilmainham Goal – one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe. Book tickets in advance.
  4. The Old Library of Trinity College Dublin – located in the heart of Dublin.
  5. Street food market – Temple Bar, where you can taste Irish local home made specialities. Opened only Sathurdays from 9 am – 5 pm. There are also other great farmer’s markets in Dublin.

Uncover Dublin's Literary Legacy.

Dublin has been a hotbed for renowned writers throughout history. Take a literary tour to discover the city’s rich literary legacy. Visit the Dublin Writers Museum, which showcases the works and lives of literary giants such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and W.B. Yeats. Follow in the footsteps of these literary greats by exploring places like the famous pubs of Temple Bar, which have been frequented by writers for centuries.

Trinity College and Book of Kells!

Step into the world of knowledge and history by visiting the Trinity College Library. In my opinion one of the best places to visit in Dublin on a rainy day. This iconic library is home to the famous Book of Kells, a beautifully illustrated manuscript dating back to the 9th century, which houses over 200,000 books. 

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Hey - I'm Eva!

Hiker, adventurous traveler and the author of this blog. My biggest joy is mountaineering and writing reportage travel stories here on this blog, to help you create a unique travel experience. Traveling is freedom, allows you seeing the world truly, meet communities, grow. Taste it!

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