Dublin is no stranger toÂ bad weather so (as a home-grown Dubliner) knowing the best places to avoid those pesky wet days is key to living in this city. Â I’ll let you in on the best ones if you’re nice.
MuseumsÂ If youâ€™re here in Dublin as a Tourist then you gotta get the main sights outta the way and also soak in some Irish history and culture. Museums owned by the Irish government are all free and are a perfect hiding place Â from the weather.Â Kilmainham Gaol; Now a museum, Kilmainham was of great importance to Irish history. Many leaders of the Irish rebellion were interned and some executed here. It was also the setting for the prison scenes in 1969 film, The Italian Job. The National Museum of Ireland;Â There are three departments of the National in Dublin, The Archaeology department of Kildare Street, The Decorative Arts and History in the Collins Barracks, and Natural History Museum in Merrion Street. The Irish Museum of Modern Art is host to great artist exhibitions. It currently holds a collection of Eileen Gray works that the Irish Times call ‘Superb’ and ‘Eye-opening’.
ToursÂ You canâ€™t say you’ve been to Dublin and not do the some of the most popular Tours we have, so here is the most booked and well reviewed by some of our guests: Guinness Storehouse;Â Be taught how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness in the birthplace of the national drink. The Old Jameson’s Distillery; be guided around the nowÂ defunctÂ distilleryÂ and learn about the art of Irish whiskey, complete with Whiskey tasting and all the brown stuff you can afford to take home with you.Â Viking Splash Tour;Â A tour round Dublin in an amphibious vehicle which is ironically very dry.
CafÃ©sÂ Taking a break from sight-seeing but itâ€™s too early for a pint, then youâ€™ll want to stop off for a re-energising coffee. Â My top picks:Â Twisted Pepper, Calzone CafÃ©, Taste CafÃ©, Lemon Jelly (on the Millennium Walkway), Le Petit Parisien, Starbucks (on College Green) and Cornucopia.
Beer-gardensÂ I personally love a good beer-garden (as a smoker I detest standing in rainy doorways trying to have a smoke) so here, in my opinion, is some of Dublin’s finest beer-gardens to keep you sheltered as you enjoy a real Irish Guinness:Â The Longstone Pub, The Living Room, Oâ€™Neillâ€™s, The Mercantile, Cassidyâ€™s, Oâ€™Donoghueâ€™s and The Grand Social.
PS Failing all thatÂ we have noÂ lock outÂ at Isaacs, so you can just chill in the common rooms Â – just flirt with us and keep us happy!!