9 Things to do in Dublin when it’s Raining to Help Fend off Cabin Fever

things to do in dublin when it's raining

So, there’s a storm en route to Dublin this weekend and the thought of spending Saturday, after a long week in work, cooped-up at home is enough to send me up the wall.

I spent a chunk of time searching for things to do in Dublin when it’s raining and, to be fair, there’s load of stuff to do that doesn’t involve just perching yourself in a pub for the day.

So, with that in mind.

1 – Kilmainham Gaol for a bitta history

Our first stop of the day is Kilmainham Gaol.

Opened in 1796 as the new County Gaol for Dublin, Kilmainham is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours soaking up some rich Irish history.

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One of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, a tour at Kilmainham will give you an insight into an eighteenth-century gaol, where men, women, and children were held together, warders were cruel, and conditions were unhealthy.

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2 – Nip into the EPIC Museum for a gander

Dublin’s EPIC museum tells the moving and unforgettable stories of all those that have left the island of Ireland, and how they helped to influence and shape the world.

Interestingly enough, EPIC is the world’s only fully digital museum.

Visit to experience a breathtaking story via state-of-the-art interactive galleries, complete with touch screens, motion sensor quizzes and a feast of powerful audio and video that bring Irish history to life.

Watch characters from the past tell one-of-a-kind tales of adventure and perseverance, conflict, discovery, belief and community.

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3 – Take cover in the Long Room in Trinity College

While it’s piddling down, avoid damp socks by taking a wander through the Long Room in Trinity College.

Built between 1712 and 1732, the Long Room is home to 200,000+ books, one of which is one of the few remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

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You can check out the Book of Kells, marvel at the beautiful, winding staircase and gawk at a room that’s often compared to the library from the Harry Potter series.

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4 – Drop (no pun intended) into the GPO 1916 Tour

I did this tour recently and it’s ammmmmmazing.

The GPO 1916 tour is one of those things to do in Dublin when you’ve a good chunk of times on your hands.

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Walking into the tour is like stepping out onto a battlefield; from the minute the tour begins, you feel completely immersed in the action.

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The exhibition puts you right inside Dublin’s GPO during Easter Week in 1916 – well worth a visit.

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5 – Have a sip at the Jameson Distillery Bow St. Tour

The Jameson distillery has been in Dublin since way back in 1780.

For those of you that fancy embarking on this tour, you’ll be taken around the distillery by a guide that’ll give you a good dash of heritage and history.

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The tour includes stories, craic, a comparative whiskey tasting and a complimentary Jameson in the exact spot where it all began.

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6 – Catch some live music at the Cobblestone

if you do the Jameson tour, you’re a short stroll from a pub well know for its live music sessions.

The Cobblestone.

Kick back with a pint and soak up some atmosphere along with a healthy dose of live music.

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7 – Grab a bite to eat and immerse yourself in a play

Sometimes it’s just easier to sit back in a cosy-ass chair and watch a show as the wind and rain batter away outside.

If you fancy chilling, Dublin is home to several historic theaters that boast packed schedules throughout the year.

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Grab a bite to eat and spend the afternoon or evening staring at the action on stage.

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8 – Do a bit of climbing

Rain can be a killer for a lot of outdoor activities.

If you fancy doing something a bit more active while still staying dry, take a spin out to Awesome Walls Dublin – one of the largest indoor climbing centres in Europe.

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This place has over 2000 square metres of dedicated climbing surface, more than 1000 square meters of bouldering, 18m lead walls and 250 climbing routes.

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9 – Sink a pint at the Guinness Storehouse

You’ll find the Guinness Storehouse at heart of the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin.

Officially Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, the Guinness Storehouse tour takes visitors from the bottom of ‘the world’s largest pint glass’ and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive experiences.

At the top you’ll be treated to a pint with a view at the rooftop Gravity Bar.

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