10 handy ways to spend a rainy day in Dublin 2 years ago

10 handy ways to spend a rainy day in Dublin

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Culture writer Sarah Hanrahan gave us her top 10 ways to spend a rainy day in Dublin.


Dublin might well be a great little city, but we aren't exactly blessed with a Mediterranean climate. A rainy day is never far away, and more often than not that means we have to cancel a lot of the plans we had.

Fear not, however, as culture writer Sarah Hanrahan told us a few of her favourite ways to spend a rainy day.

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1. The Science Gallery

Hit The Science Gallery for a browse of one of their always excellent and always free interactive exhibitions. They're incredibly interesting and a fantastic way to while away an hour or two.

Once you're done head up Grafton Street to Accents Lounge where they offer ridiculously indulgent hot chocolate, nab one of their couches downstairs and forget about the world.

2. Tea & board games


Head to one of Dublin's many spots which offer an array of board games and refreshments, if you're a tea lover it has to be Wall & Keogh.

Fancy something a little stronger? Blackbird , P.Macs or, The Back Page all have board games galore.

3. Hacienda Bar

Do you know of Hacienda Bar ? Well, ya do now! I've never mentioned Hacienda on my main site as the guy who owns it is picky about who he lets in. Not in a snobby way, more that it's like his home and he isn't interested in an endless stream of customers coming through.


It's a super-random but super-funky bar off Capel Street where you have to buzz to be let in and once you're in you won't want to leave. The fire is always lit and there are great pints and a pool table... what more could you want on a rainy day?

4. The Buff Day Spa

Head to The Buff Day Spa for a day of tranquility just off Grafton Street. Perhaps not financially an option for every rainy day but, certainly one to make you look forward to a downpour!

5. Marsh’s Library

Head to Marsh’s Library , Dublin’s first ever public library (opened in 1404) where, for €3 you can browse the home of books dating back as long as the 1700’s.


6. Jameson Distillery

Enjoy a tour of the Old Jameson Distillery with a cocktail making class thrown in for good measure. I've done this before and can safely say it's an incredibly fun experience perfect for a rainy day.

7. BYOB Pool

Grab a great bottle of red in The Corkscrew and head to The Hideout for an afternoon of BYOB pool with your friends. The perfect spot to spend a rainy day in the city centre.

8. The National Museum

Head to The National Museum where you'll be sucked in for hours of browsing amazing art and exhibitions. If you’re lucky enough to arrive on a Saturday you can enjoy yoga in the gallery. I can't think of a more beautiful setting to get your zen on than that!

9.  The Clockwork Door

Take a trip to The Clockwork Door, Ireland’s only timehouse where you can play board games, video games or just hang out. The only thing you pay for is the time you spend.

10. Irish Film Institute

Drop in to the Irish Film Institute and enjoy one of their free lunchtime documentary screenings too which you can find info on here.

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