Ireland is famous for its unpredictable weather, and with winter approaching, rainy days can become more often in the country. If you are visiting Dublin and happen to experience a genuinely Irish weather day, with light rain that can last for a few hours, don’t worry, there’s still plenty to see and do! Here’s a guide to the best things to do in the Irish Capital even if the sky is crying:
START WITH GOOD COFFEE & FOOD: WE HAVE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS
One of the best things to do on a rainy day in Dublin is to keep yourself inside and warm, and there’s no better way to do it than cozying up in a charming coffee shop. Luckily, the Irish capital has many options to choose from when you want to have a calm morning hiding from the weather. Located just beside our hostel, Gardiner House, you can find the One Society (1 lower Gardiner street, Mountjoy, Dublin) coffee shop with an amazing brunch menu, any Canbe guests get 10% off on the bill when showing the key-card or the booking's confirmation e-mail.
If you want to try something more traditional, Bewley's (78-79, Grafton Street, Dublin) cafe is one of Dublin’s oldest shops, located at Grafton Street, has been serving cups of coffee since 1840. Visitors can go for a full meal (brunch or lunch) sitting in, or just get a coffee and pastry to take away. The inside of the shop is so beautifully done that you will be immediately transported to the 1800s, when it all started for the company.
If you are looking for more places to have brunch in Dublin, you can click here for our complete guide to the best spots in the city.
VISIT A LOCAL BREWER FOR TOUR & PIZZA
Beer & pizza can make even the greyest days a bit more joyful. There’s no better place to go for this combo in Dublin than the Rascals Brewing Company. There you will find a wide range of freshly brewed beers, as well as an authentic woodfired pizza. The space is super cool with lots of indoor seating areas. Visitors can also take a tour around the brewer with prices going from 9 to 20 euros, depending on the chosen option. This amazing space is located at Goldenbridge Estate, Tyrconnell Rd, Inchicore, Dublin,and all Canbe guests get 10% off on the pub bill when showing the key-card or the booking's confirmation e-mail.
MANY MUSEUMS IN DUBLIN ARE FREE: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT
Dublin has more than 40 museums spread around the city, with many of them being free to visit. If you want to learn more about Irish history and modern art head to the Irish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, where you will find a mix of old and new that makes this one of the most interesting places in the city. The National Gallery of Ireland is another place that you cannot miss, where not only the works on the walls will amaze you, but also the beautifully decorated rooms. The Hugh Lane Gallery is Ireland’s first known public gallery, founded in 1908, and includes permanent and changing exhibitions all year round, being a perfect place to spend a few hours on a rainy day.
VISIT SOME OF DUBLIN’S BEST BOOKSHOPS
Dublin has many independent bookshops that are worth your visit, with old and new books for all tastes. To keep yourself warm and dry during a wet day, go for a book hunt, choosing your next read in one of the city’s best bookshops. Some worth trying are The Winding Stair, Books Upstairs, Hodges Figgis, and The Last Bookshop. If you are enjoying your time in Ireland, why not start to explore a bit more of the local culture by reading some famous Irish authors, such as Oscar Wild and James Joyce?
ENJOY A PINT IN ONE OF THE MANY PUBS AROUND DUBLIN’S CITY CENTER
All Canbe accommodations in Dublin are located very close to the city center and its main attractions. So when staying with us, you don’t have to walk much to find a perfect pint of Guinness - the local treasure. Here are some nice bars located in the City Center that are worth visiting when you are trying to escape the rain (and are not a tourist trap!!): The Stags Head, Keohes and The Duke, on the Southside, and Toners, The Cobblestone and Walsh’s on the Northside.
Now you have a complete guide to the best things to do on a rainy in Dublin. If you need any extra information when planning your trip to the city, you can get in contact with us at any time. See you soon :)