The cold is no excuse: Things you can do during the winter in Dublin

How to beat the cold winter in Dublin by doing entertaining and interesting activities at this time of year.
Winter in Dublin is hated and feared by many, especially by those who are accustomed to living in warmer places and who think that winter is synonymous with boredom and that the only option is to stay at home without plans.
But, on the contrary, the Irish capital has much to offer its new residents, at all times of the year, starting with the magical winter landscapes that you can find everywhere, like those taken from movies.
So, if you‘ve just arrived to Dublin this winter and you think this will be an obstacle to get to know the city, you’re wrong, because this can be a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Irish culture and traditions.
Here, we suggest some options:

1. Dare to try some typical Irish dishes

This is a great idea, because in addition to discovering local cuisine, you can feel the warmth of people in a cozy restaurant in the city.
The first thing we Dublin’s suggest is the famous and succulent Irish breakfast. The ingredients are bacon, fried eggs, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, beans with tomato sauce, toast, and sausages, all usually accompanied by a cup of tea.


Irish Breakfast
Irish Breakfast

If this is not enough to warm up, we also suggest you try Irish coffee, which is a traditional irish winter defence mechanism. This consists of a mixture of Irish whiskey, brown sugar and coffee covered by two centimeters of cream.
The food options don’t stop there. For lunch, why not try a tasty Irish stew, a meat stew with potatoes, onions, carrots and herbs or a delicious Irish seafood chowder. And of course, we can’t fail to mention the famous fish and chips, which you’ll find at any chipper in the country. In Dublín, the best chippers are the ones run by Italians.

2.  Festivals, Music and Art

Dublin is a city rich in music and throughout the year there are countless important festivals and concerts. One of these is celebrated in winter, the TradFest, a festival of traditional and folk music of Ireland which last for five days, which has a very distinctive approach: its venues go from churches to the Town Hall itself. Without a doubt, an event that you can’t afford to miss at this time of year. Also, if you like concerts, Dublin is a city blessed by them, because great artists and bands from all over the world appear in the city throughout the year.


3. Landscapes of Ireland that are transformed during the winter

If you prefer to enjoy the adventure outdoors no matter the cold, there are many options close to Dublin that you will love, you only need cold weather clothes.
For example, if you like hiking, the Dublin Mountains is perfect to practice this activity, from there, you can not only appreciate the stunning views of nature around you, but also a beautiful panoramic view of Dublin. Near them you will also find the Wicklow Mountains, which are an excellent option for the same activity or for riding a bicycle.

Wicklow Montains

Along the coast of Dublin, there is Howth that will captivate you with its beautiful cliffs and delicious sea food.
Bray, like Howth, is a coastal town, with one of the best panoramic views, which gives you two options for hiking, one route is along Bray Head and the other Greystones.
Other options for lovers of this sport, are Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire, where there are several nearby mountain routes, such as Two Rocks, Three Rocks and Tibradden Mountains that will give you views that are worth seeing of north Dublin and south Wicklow mountains.

4.- Marvel at Dublin’s museums and galleries

If you want to get away from the cold as much as possible, then maybe these indoor activities will interest you. The cultural offering of Dublin is very diverse and interesting, from free museums, art galleries, theaters, etc., which allow you to avoid the cold in a different way.
Among the most visited museums, you will find:

The National Museum of Ireland-Archeology.

Free Admission

  • Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm
    • Sunday & Monday 1pm- 5pm
    • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

The National Gallery of Ireland

11am – 5.30pm

Tuesday – Saturday
9.15am – 5.30pm

9.15am – 8.30pm
11am – 5.30pm

Collins Barracks, National Museum of Ireland-Decorative Arts & History.

Opening times
Sunday/Monday: 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday : 10am – 5pm
Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday

The National Museum of Ireland-Natural History

Opening times
Sunday/Monday: 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday : 10am – 5pm
Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday:
11.30am – 5.30pm*
Saturday: 10.00am – 5.30pm*
Sunday: 12noon – 5.30pm*
Bank Holiday Monday: 12noon – 5.30pm*
*Last admission to any individual exhibition gallery is 5.15pm

-The National Wax Museum.

Opening Hours
10am –10pm
Monday to Sunday
Last admission 9.00pm

The Science Gallery (Trinity College).

Opening hours for
Exhibition 11:00 – 19:00
Café 08:00 – 18:00
Shop 09:00 – 19:00

-Number Twenty-Nine, ESB’s Georgian House Museum.

-Kilmainham Gaol Museum (1916 History).
-Dublinia, Experience Viking and Medieval Dublin
-The Old Library and the Book of Kells (Trinity College).

And of course, the list goes on, you will be surprised at the great amount of culture that this country has and that it delivers, mostly, for free.

5. A visit to the distilleries and Guinness Storehouse

In the capital there are three famous distilleries in operation, Jameson Distillery, Teeling Whiskey Distillery and Pearse Lyons Distillery, which also offer tours for visitors. An interesting experience without a doubt, from tastings, to walks through the old factories.

Guinness Storehouse also offers an educational and fun experience to its visitors, where you can easily spend three hours touring the seven floors of entertainment. They also teach you how to serve a pint of perfect Guinness and of course the tour finish with a pint at the Gravity Bar where you can enjoy a panoramic 360-degree view of the city.

6. Irish Pubs: beer, whiskey and live music.

As you already know, Ireland is well known for its pubs, beer, whiskey and music. The old fashion style of its pubs will captivate you, as well as the kindness, joy and friendship of the Irish. All these elements will make a warm and enjoyable experience to deal with the cold times of the year.
In the Temple Bar area there are several legendary pubs, but there are also scattered throughout the city. Also, try for more inspiration.


7. Enjoy a movie evening for € 5.

For lovers of the big screen, we have an economical and entertaining option to spend the rainy days. The Savoy cinema has two super deals during the week.
The first is on Tuesdays after 6 pm, where the online ticket for students costs only € 5.5 and the second, on Thursdays where your online ticket will also cost only € 5.5, all day.

So, you know, winter in Dublin does not have to be boring and monotonous, it’s up to you to enjoy it, because there are many different options and of course they are an ideal way to learn about the culture and traditions of this beautiful country.


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