7 things to do in Dublin on a miserable day

By Fiona Frawley

June 28, 2022 at 9:01am


Lovely weather we're having, isn't it?

As your distant auntie would say at a family function, "will we get any summer at all?"

Luckily we're Irish and are used to having contingency plans in place should the heavens decide to spontaneously open up. Trying to plan a cute date, a catch up with a pal or have a wander around on your own? Here are a few things to do around Dublin on a miserable day.

1. Have a rummage in the charity shops

Rainy days are the perfect opportunity to nab a few bargains. If you head to George's Street you've got Oxfam, SVP and Enable Ireland all in a row, so you can explore all three with minimal soakage in between. NCBI (formerly Age Action) on Camden Street is also an excellent shout, particularly if you're looking for home furnishings. So many gems to be found!

2. Take a trip to IMMA


You could spend hours exploring the free and ticketed exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Every piece is a potential conversation starter for an awkward first date - get your art critic hat on and have fun.

3. Have a browse through your local library

Probably one of the most peaceful ways to spend an afternoon. If you haven't had a library card since primary school, this is your sign to pop into your local branch and get your Matilda on. Flicking through the shelves and carefully selecting a story or two to get lost in for a few weeks is an excellent form of self-care imo, and these days the library has audiobooks, e-books and plenty more digital options if you're that way inclined.

4. Hit up the drive-in cinema


Cuddling up in the car in front of the big screen while it's lashing outside is an extremely cute and cosy experience. The film options at Retro Drive In are always class and they also have an excellent selection of movie snack options from Get Stuffed.

5. Arcade game day at Token

Prove your wizardry on the pinball machine and enjoy some delicious made-with-love fast food (vegan or otherwise). You'll forget all about the storm outside in no time.

6. Craft beers and vinyl at The Big Romance


Lay down your rain soaked burdens and while away a few hours in The Big Romance. Whether it's their weekly jazz night or a cosy listening party, the tunes are always immaculate, they've got an excellent beer and cocktail selection and they'll always make space for walk ins.

7. Go for a rainy day swim at the Forty Foot or Vico

Hear me out. As long as it's not a bad storm with treacherous conditions (always in our thoughts, Teresa Mannion), swimming in the sea while it's raining is actually pretty nice. I mean, not to state the obvious but you're wet already, and the water always feels a little warmer in the rain. Also if you like to avoid crowds, a rainy or grey day is the perfect time to get a dip in at the usually packed spots like the Vico or Forty Foot. Bring some cosy layers to wrap up in after and a flask of tea or whatever you're having yourself, you'll love it.

All you need now is a rainy day playlist to accompany you on your adventures and BAM, you're the main character in your very own indie film. Good luck and god speed.

Header image via Instagram/IMMA 


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