We are no strangers to plentiful supplies of rain here in Dublin despite the last few days of sunshine we have received (keep them coming like a good lad). I try not let weather conditions hold me back from doing certain activities, but when it’s pissing from the heavens it can dampen your plans(ever so literally).
A lot of us will find ourselves sitting in the pub to try ease the boredom but that in itself gets boring after a while. With that in mind I have complied a list of five unique things to do in Dublin when it rains, that isn’t alcohol related. Because you know there is a lot to be said for those sober back up plans. Here goes:
Did you know than an hour stint of hard-core roller disco burns around 365 calories? Not that we give a sh## about burning calories, but still impressive statistics all the same. This is a really fun way to void an evening of boredom. Rollering round with you mates to some cracking tunes is never a bad way to spend a rainy evening. Ready to get your skates on this weekend?
Where– Spin Activity Centre, Long Mile Road Dublin
Price– €10 which includes skates and protective equipment (for those unexpected wobbly moments)
The leprechaun Museum
If you fancy visiting possibly the most Irish infused museum in Dublin, the leprechaun museum is where it’s at. When I visited I was the only Irish on the tour, but I had lots of Americans pals to keep me company. While I will have to be completely honest and say it’s not the most fantastic museum you will set foot in, it is hilarious none the less.
The tour guide tells all these cracked stories about folklore and fairies, letting you fully immerse yourself in the myths and legends of Ireland. Us Irish are certainly a rare bunch and the Leprechaun Museum confirms that if nothing else.
Where– Jervis Street Dublin 1
The long hall at Trinity College
Ah Trinners, you really are a staple to the Irish culture. I had my first visit to the Long Hall library in Trinity a few weeks back and I was honestly amazed. The main chamber of the old library is 65m in length and filled to the brim with over 20,000 books. Could this be one of the world’s most impressive libraries? You will just have to find out for yourself. Of course don’t forget to have a sneak peek at the Book of Kells when you are there too!
Where– The library , Trinity College ,College Green, Dublin
Price-€14 for tour guide of Trinity grounds, entrance to the Library and book of Kells.
Hippetys Cafe Gallery, Temple Bar
I seem to be spending a lot of time in Temple bar lately, but I kind of love the touristic feel if I’m honest. Stepping into Temple bar makes me feel like I am travelling and god I need those feels on a regular basis. When it’s raining you can’t just be casually strolling the cobblestones of Temple bar, instead head to the funky interiors of Hippetys for tea and cakes ( no alcohol, remember)
Where– Fownes Street Upper, Temple Bar Dublin
The international Comedy Club
Nothing beats an evening at the International Comedy club. Even sober you are guaranteed to be laughing your head off at this standup comedy. Either way you will be laughing at or with the acts. Win Win all round. When I went Des Bishop’s brother was the MC ( Mostly laughed at him to be honest) and David Mc Savage from The Savage Eye was one of the acts. So really you never know who you might be giggling along with!
Where– The International Bar, Wicklow Street, Dublin.
Price– €5 for hours of laughter isn’t a bad bargain at all!
So there you have some ideal ways to spend a rainy day in Dublin without ever letting a sip of the good stuff past your lips. I plan on trying out laughter yoga and a very brave morning rave, Morning Gloryville soon. Any suggestions of cracktivites I should add to my list?