The title sounds like a joke, as it rains (on average) 129 days a year in Dublin. City dwellers are used to the rain, but there are days when outdoor programs — like a walk in St. Stephen’s Green or a picnic in Phoenix Park — are simply out of the question. That’s why we’ve selected some of the best activities to do in Dublin without getting wet:
The Old Trinity College Library is one of the most impressive in the world. The main hall, known as the Long Room, was built in the 18th century and houses some of the oldest and rarest volumes of the collection, among them the famous Book of Kells – a illustrated manuscript made by monks over a thousand years ago. Another well-known library is the Chester Beatty, which is also a museum. The collection has very rare pieces from around the world, and entry is completely free. But if you’re looking for a library to study, try the Rathmines Library, which has spaces dedicated for reading.
Ireland is the second country with the highest per capita consumption of tea in the world, only behind Turkey. The tradition of drinking tea is as strong as drinking Guinness. So, how about getting to know one of the many tea houses spread across the capital? The Wall & Keogh, for example, has over 150 tea blends from all over the world. Another famous place is the Joy of Tea which, in addition to the drink, offers great breakfasts.
The most traditional fairs and markets take place outdoors, but there are some covered options too. One of them is the Honest2Goodness, which takes place every Saturday in Glasnevin (about 3km from the center). The market sells fresh ingredients, artisan products and freshly made food. Another option is the Smithfield Market Fair, a vintage fair that takes place every month at the Generator Hostel. If you’re looking for something more traditional, visit the George’s Street Arcade, Ireland’s first shopping mall and one of the oldest in Europe!
Pub (but not just any pub)
There’s nothing more Irish than going to the pub, so why not take the opportunity and visit a special pub? The Brazen Head, for example, is Ireland’s oldest pub, with over 800 years of history. Anyone looking for a quieter place should check out the Library Bar, located on the second floor of the Central Hotel, which is a mix a library with a café, with large wooden armchairs and a very charming atmosphere. Another different place is the Mary’s Bar & Hardware which, as the name suggests, is a bar inside a hardware store.
If you’re just passing through Dublin and want to make the most of your time getting to know the city without getting wet, hop on one of the tourist buses like the Big Bus, City Sightseeing and DoDublin. All work daily, rain or shine. The tour is guided and passes through the main sights of the capital, and you can go up and down as many times as you like until your ticket is valid. Those looking for a different experience can board the Ghostbus, a night bus that provides a macabre and terrifying experience, complete with scares and a stop at the cemetery.