Dublin is a fantastic city where you won’t get bored easily because there’s so much to see and do. From getting lost in the cultural heart of Dublin to exploring the incredible greenery around the capital, Dublin has it all.
However, the city of Dublin has ever-changing weather, and although it has pleasant temperatures when compared to other cities located to the north, it also rains a lot. That’s why you could ask, what should I do if it rains during my stay?
In this post, we show you five alternative activities in Dublin you should experience on a rainy day.
5. Chester Beatty Library
Founded in 1950, The Chester Beatty is not only a library but also a museum that houses a unique selection of countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Old books, manuscripts, papyri, paintings, among others, are presented to show an incredibly wide and varied mix of cultures and religions. It is the only museum in Ireland that has won the “European Museum of the Year” award, and has been described by Lonely Planet as “not only the best museum in Dublin but one of the best in Europe”.
In short, a visit that you can´t miss and admission is completely free!
Address: Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
4. Kilmainham Gaol
This prison is the oldest and most famous in Ireland and is a must-visit when in Dublin. The prison has witnessed the execution of many Irish revolutionaries and held the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916 and other notable figures including Robert Emmet and Charles Stewart Parnell.
It is an interesting museum that shows you one of the most critical parts of the history of Ireland.
Keep in mind that the view lasts approximately 90 minutes, because of this, it is not recommended for children under 6 years. Visitors should also keep in mind that children’s stroller cars are not allowed on the tour.
Do note that Kilmainham Gaol is a bustling site and the pre-booking of tickets is essential to gain access at your chosen day and time.
The Gaol is accessed by guided tour only with a maximum of 35 people per tour. Visitors should be at the Gaol 15 minutes before their tour is due to start.
Address: Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 RK28, Ireland
3. The Book of Kells & Library (Trinity College)
You’ve probably heard about the impressive library at Trinity College. It was built in the 18th century, making it the oldest library in the country and the most extensive research library in Ireland.
However, at the bottom of it, you can also find a museum with one of the greatest treasures of Ireland: The Book of Kells, also known as “The Book of Columba”. It´s a manuscript written in the ninth century and contains the four Gospels of the New Testament.
In addition, it´s one of the best-illustrated manuscripts in the world. To sum up, it´s an extraordinary place to go. We recommend going during lunch time when it´s less crowded.
Address: The University of Dublin Trinity College, College Green, Dublin, Ireland
2. National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
Open since 1890, the National Museum of Archaeology has interesting exhibits on old treasures, from the Vikings to the ancient Egypt in which they can be seen used during religious ceremonies and burial practices, and some mummies.
Inside you can enjoy an unforgettable afternoon, delighting you with unique antiques from different parts of the world. The admission is free.
Address: Kildare St, Dublin 2, Ireland
1. National Leprechaun Museum
By far the Leprechaun Museum is the most fun place we recommend to go with the family on a rainy day. Along with fun, you will learn about Irish myths and folklore.
The museum is a story composed of 12 chapters, through which it aims to show its visitors a world of fun and fantasy in which anything is possible. You will really feel like a leprechaun.
During the tour, visitors have the opportunity to feel like little men, immersed in a world that is really huge. There are rooms with large furniture, lush forests or wells of desires to make you feel like an actual leprechaun!
In the Leprechaun Museum, folklore and mythology mix to create a place that could only exist in the imagination. It will be money well invested for sure!
Address: Twilfit House, 57 Jervis St, North City, Dublin, D01 R2P0, Ireland
Written by Pablo Muller.