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How To Spend A Rainy Day In Dublin

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Dublin, and the Irish in general, is well-known for being full of vibrancy and energy – enough to bring light into any room. Born into a culture that favours music, art, and drinking, the Irish are pioneers of good times. It’s no wonder that nearly 11.2 million tourists visited Ireland in 2019 – many of them racing to the infamous capital to experience the genuine spirit and culture of the Irish.


On average, it rains on 191 days of the year, but that doesn’t stop the fun. Dublin is a city that never sleeps, and here’s how you can have a good time whatever the weather.


Set Up Camp In A Pub


Dublin is famous for many things – at the top of the list is the pub culture. Pubs in Dublin have earned themselves a reputation for being spaces where people from around the world can come together as one – collectively spending millions each year on pints of Guinness and in-house slot games. Dublin has over 650 licensed pubs – some are more popular than others, especially on a rainy day. Here are some of the most popular drinking holes:


  • The Temple Bar – Iconic, but typically very busy. If the Temple Bar is totally full up, try the others on the list.


  • The Gin Palace – With over 150 brands of gin to choose from, you can easily spend a day hosting your own gin tasting session.


  • The Dawson Lounge – It’s the smallest pub in Dublin, but the atmosphere knows how to pack a punch.


Spend a day mingling with the locals — the Irish are some of the most sociable people in the world, so it’s easy to do — and drink the day away. The Irish also love to gamble, ranking third in the world for money spent on gambling. Whether it’s wizard themed online slots or Egyptian themed in-house slot machines, you’ll find many Irish people playing them all. See if you can use the luck of the Irish to win some lighthearted money to fuel a boozy day.


Hide Away In Dublin Castle


Dublin Castle is steeped in history, dating back to 1204. There are some remnants of the 13th-century castle; however, much of the castle you’ll see dates back to the 1700s. A firm favourite with most tourists – there’s the option to have a guided tour or walk alone.


Dublin Castle holds multiple expeditions a year – the latest being the Vicereines Of Ireland: Portraits of Forgotten Women and The Lithographs Dante’s Divine Comedy Liam Ó Broin, running until the 5th September and 10th October. It’s free to walk around the stunning grounds, but self-guided tours of the inside will cost 7 euros.


Brave A Walking Tour



Tourists consistently rate walking tours as one of the best things to do in Dublin, so why should you let the rain stop you? Don your walking boots and rain jacket, and a bit of mind over matter, and you’ll have just as much fun. If anything, you’ll have a glimpse of the true Dublin.


Although some people prefer to guide themselves and find their own way, walking tours are great if you’d like to see parts of Dublin you might have missed – as well as having someone help you understand what it is you’re looking at. Below are some of the most highly recommended walking tours:



  • Hidden Dublin Tours – See parts of Dublin you wouldn’t usually get to see.


  • Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle – Kills two birds with one stone, and the Kells Tour will blow your mind.


  • Wicklow Day Trip – Perfect if you want to explore the hustle and bustle of the city and see the beauty of Wicklow National Park.


Take Refuge In The Guinness Storehouse


Are you really going to Dublin if you don’t see the Guinness Storehouse? The Storehouse is probably Dublin’s most famous attraction. The Guinness Storehouse gives you the chance to experience the history, heart, and arguably the soul of Ireland – its iconic beer. It contains seven floors of Guinness’ history, which include the origination and recipe. At the top, you’ll find the Gravity Bar. which offers 360 views of Dublin City.


Standard tickets cost 25 euros per adult. Most people like to combine this tour with one at the Jameson Distillery Bow St. tour. Have double the fun and double the free tasters, and see how two of the most popular drinks in Ireland are made.


Dublin has a particular spirit that nowhere in the world can match. From quirky pubs that are full of life until the early hours of the morning to the cobbled streets steeped in Irish history – you’ll never be short of things to do. Dublin is the perfect city break if you’re looking for fun and history rolled into one.

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