It’s Dublin and let’s be honest there is a slight chance you might get caught in the rain but don’t worry there’s an abundance of weather proof activities to keep you entertained, and who know’s you might not want to save these for a rainy day!
1. Visit the National Museums
Dublin’s National Museums are bursting with culture and provide endless sources of fascinating knowledge. Do some genealogy research at the National Library, visit the Kingship and Sacrifice exhibition at the National Museum of Archaeology, the Discovery Zone at the National Museum of Natural History and see an original Caravaggio, Vermeer, Le Brocquy or Leech at the National Gallery. All these Museums are within the same block, with only a few minutes’ walk between them.
2. Shop 'till you drop!
Dundrum Town Centre offers over 120 shops, more than 30 dining venues, a night club, a 12 screen cinema and a theatre all under the one roof. In the city centre, there are other shopping centres to spend a few hours in shopping such as Jervis Shopping Centre, Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Arnotts and the historical Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Powerscourt Centre also has two interesting attractions, the Dolls Store Hospital and Museum and Jig.ie, as well as high end shopping and dining!
3. National Aquatic Centre
The National Aquatic Centre is Europe’s largest indoor water world where the weather will be great every day of the year! Aqua Zone at the National Aquatic Centre is great for the whole family for extreme thrills and raging water adventures on the biggest and best water rides in Europe. You can easily reach the National Aquatic Centre by taking a bus direct from the city centre.
4. Pamper yourself
Dublin has boasts many luxury spas to tempt you during your stay. Escape the rain and book yourself into one of Dublin’s Hotel Spas and combine it with afternoon tea. A real treat! Hotel spas such as Mandala at La Stampa, Tehthra Spa at The Merrion and SansanaSpa at the Royal Marine Hotel each offer a desirable experience.
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5. Ski Indoors
Visit Dublin’s indoor Ski Centre in Stillorgan! The Ski Centre offers both beginner lessons and intermediate/advanced lessons. Imaginosity, Dublin’s Children Museum is also found in Sandyford Industrial Park. Imaginosity offers a great child-centred creative, educational & interactive space for children and their families. Another great indoor attraction for kids is the Rainforest Adventure Golf, which is located close by in Dundrum Town Centre
6. Get cooking
Spend the day escaping from the rain by taking part in a cookery course! Dublin is bursting with culinary delights and home to some of the best food. Why not brush up on your culinary skills by spending the day in Howth Castle’s restored Georgian kitchens with The Kitchen in the Castle. Or try one of the Dublin’s Cookery School’s 1 day courses in their cutting edge kitchen.
7. Afternoon tea
Treat yourself to Afternoon tea in one of Dublin’s luxury hotels and have the most luxurious cup of tea you’ll have in Dublin while enjoying pastries and sandwiches. For the ultimate indulgence, take a visit to the 5 star The Merrion Hotel for the ultimate lavish afternoon tea. Equally, visit Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on Stephen’s Green for afternoon tea in the Lord Mayor’s lounge or try The Westin’s ‘Most Peculiar Afternoon Tea’.
8. A Chocolate Experience!
Visit the Butlers Chocolate Experience and take part in the ultimate chocolate discovery tour! Spend a rainy day enjoying the chocolate movie, wander around the chocolate museum, experience the working chocolate factory and become a chocolatier in the experience room. Get hands on experience at The Chocoate Warehouse ! Make your own box of chocolates to bring home, see how hand made Easter Eggs are made, take part in the Chocoate quiz and more! Great fun for all the family.
9. Evening entertainment
If you’re faced with a wet evening don’t let that bring the night down! There are plenty of things to do and see once the sun goes down. Spend your evening in Johnnie Foxes Pub or The Merry Ploughboy for the ultimate Irish traditional pub experience with live music and dance. See all of Dublin’s traditional Irish music and dance evenings.
Theatre is also well and alive in Dublin; check out Visit Dublin’s theatre event listings to see what is on in one of Dublin’s many theatres.
10. Take sanctuary in one of Dublin’s Cinemas
Choose from one of Dublin’s many cinemas to catch a movie while keeping dry and warm! If you’re looking to see the latest blockbusters visit Cineworld, Ireland’s largest cinema located or the Savoy cinema, Dublin’s oldest operating cinema. If independent movies are your thing then a trip to the Irish Film Institute or the Light House cinema is the place to go! Both cinemas offer diverse and individual programmes of the best Irish, independent, foreign-language, arthouse and classic cinema