Summer is officially over. And with the arrival of our dear shoulder season called autumn, you can bet that Dublin will soon be filled with dark gray clouds and rain! Despite the gloomy weather this season brings, there’s no reason for you to stay locked inside your hotel rooms or apartments if you happen to visit Dublin during this “wet” time of the year.

So I’d say, put on your raincoats and wellies – there’s a lot of great indoor tourist attractions you can pay a visit when in Dublin. Listed here are some of the best indoor sites Dublin has to offer not requiring a sunny day for you to enjoy!

Guinness Storehouse

Signage of the Guinness Storehouse. Photo via Flickr.
Signage of the Guinness Storehouse. Photo via Flickr.

Guinness is almost synonymous to Dublin. So even if you are not a beer drinker (like me), it pays to drop by the storehouse to learn a few things about this world-famous stout. Booking for the guided tour is a must and you can definitely appreciate a few things to know about the product such as its humble beginnings and the process involved to make this popular drink!

The tour will end with scenic views (provided it’s not a foggy day) and a free pint of Guinness on the covered rooftop bar of the storehouse. Note that minors will not get their pint (18 years and below) and will be given a glass of soft drink instead.

For more information such as opening hours and ticket prices, visit the Guinness Storehouse’ official website: https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/

National Gallery of Ireland

Galleries are a typical must-visit attraction when visiting a new place – and the National Gallery of Ireland is no exception! Especially on a rainy day, you can definitely appreciate a slow and leisure way to pass the time while looking at permanent and semi-permanent art exhibits on display. Marvel on some of the famous works of arts from Irish artists like Jack Butler Yeats or International talents like Picasso and Van Gogh.

Entrance to the gallery is free – so there is no reason for you to miss seeing the great works of art on display. Apart from the exhibits, the gallery also has seasonal events going on every month so it is highly recommended to check the official website so not to miss anything that you might fancy!

For more information about opening hours and events, visit the gallery’s official website: http://www.nationalgallery.ie/

Book of Kells

Inside the Old Library of the Trinity College where the Book of Kells is placed. Photo via Flickr.
Inside the Old Library of the Trinity College where the Book of Kells is placed. Photo via Flickr.

The Trinity College is another sought-after tourist spot that can offer you shelter from the chilly autumn rain. Apart from the science gallery and zoological museum, the 9th-century medieval book called the Book of Kells is a permanent exhibit inside. Travel back in time inside an Old Library depicting the architectural design way back in the 18th century. Rain or shine, the Book of Kells is a must-visit when in Dublin to have a personal encounter of Ireland’s most prized cultural possession!

The Book of Kells exhibit is available for viewing daily. Visit their official website for opening hour times and ticket prices: https://www.tcd.ie/visitors/book-of-kells/

The Little Museum of Dublin

The Little Museum of Dublin signage. Photo via Flickr.
The Little Museum of Dublin signage. Photo via Flickr.

Rising up as a crowd favorite from travel websites such as Tripadvisor and even hailed as the best museum experience by The Irish Times, The Little Museum of Dublin is not-so-little for you to miss. Unlike the traditional museums hosted in big and spacious grounds, it is very important to make a reservation ahead of time as the venue is only capable of accepting limited visitors per day. The interactive guided tour giving its visitors a glimpse of some of the key milestones that contribute to making Dublin as it is today is the main element making this place worth a visit – and I will not give any spoilers so you can experience it yourself (and be surprised, too!).

For more information on ticket prices, opening hours, and events, visit the Little Museum’s official website: http://www.littlemuseum.ie/.

Epic Ireland

Historical events will never occur if not for the people behind it – and that’s what Epic Ireland is all about. Apart from highlighting the milestones placing Ireland “on the map” that shaped it to become the country we all knew and love today – it also focuses on the key persons behind the breakthroughs. Just think of familiar names such as Grace Kelly, Dave Gallaher, and Andrew Jackson – and you will have an idea what this newly built interactive museum is all about.

Conveniently located inside the CHQ building (the old building beside the Oktoberfest venue), the high-tech visually appealing museum was created by Neville Isdell. The former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company for five years is the man we have to thank for bringing us another indoor site just  a stone’s throw away from Dublin’s city center!

For more information on ticket prices, opening hours, and events, visit Epic Ireland’s official website: http://epicirelandchq.com/

Archaeology Museum Dublin

Bog bodies
Yep, that’s a bog body’s hand. Photo via Facebook

If you are curious to know more about Ireland’s past going way back to 7000 BC, then the Archeology Museum Dublin is the place to visit. Think about fascinating exhibits of jewelry (I’ve never seen so much gold bling in my life!), potteries, glass, and the valuable artifacts used by the Vikings are just some of the amazing collection you will feast your eyes when visiting this museum. On top of these, be sure to check the exhibit of bog bodies. It might make you feel slightly squeamish knowing you will see preserved human remains face-to-face but for me – this exhibit is the main attraction of the museum!

Admission to the museum is free. So all that is left for you to do is to plan when you want to visit and be sure to check out announcements, opening hours, and events through the museum’s official website: http://www.museum.ie/Archaeology/Visit-the-Museum

Croke Park GAA Museum

Gaelic Football
Gaelic Football. Photo via Flickr.

The Irish are definitely proud of their heritage and everything local. And their love for sports is one of those! It is almost impossible not to strike a conversation with them (cabbie, locals while drinking in the pub) without bringing up sports much so if it’s their own such as hurling and Gaelic football.

While the present generation enjoys these things, they make sure this love for their own heritage gets passed on to the generations to come. The GAA Museum located in Croke Park is a huge site for everything related to GAA. Exhibits containing old team uniforms and publications relating to the GAA are just some of the things to look forward to when visiting.

For more information on ticket prices, opening hours, and events, visit GAA Museum’s official website: https://crokepark.ie/gaa-museum-tours/gaa-museum

Natural History Museum Dublin

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Roooarrr! A dinosaur’s skeleton on display inside the museum. Photo via Flickr.

The Dublin Zoo is another site to enjoy when in Dublin – provided the weather is nice and sunny! But in case it is raining when you visit, there is another “zoo” in the form of the Natural History Museum Dublin. Aptly called as the “dead zoo” by some, the Natural History Museum offers a great range of fossils and well-preserved skeletons of the various animals from the past that roamed not just Ireland but around the world, too.

Admission to the museum is free. So all that is left for you to do is to plan when you want to visit and be sure to check out announcements, opening hours, and events through the museum’s official website: http://www.museum.ie/Natural-History

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