Rainy Day Attractions in Ireland

By Jayne Leonard
20 Mar 2015

During your visit to Ireland you will quickly learn that the Irish love to discuss the weather! While we Buy your Tickets to the Ireland’s Top Attractions hereenjoy a moderate climate, the weather can be unpredictable so it’s best to come prepared. Just in case you do get caught in a shower, we have listed some of our weather-proof attractions for you to enjoy ...all of which can be booked here on TopAttractionsIreland.com



Trinity College - Old Library & Book of Kells Exhibition, Dublin 2

Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, and is famous for its graduates such as Swift, Goldsmith, Wilde and Beckett. It is home to the famous 9th Century Gospel – The Book of Kells and to the longest single-chamber library in the world. Open year round.

Dublinia - Dublin in Viking & Medieval Times, Dublin 8


This exciting interactive heritage attraction is located in what was the heart of medieval Dublin. There are three themed indoor exhibitions to enable you to experience Dublin city as it was in times past - 'Viking Dublin', 'Medieval Dublin' and ‘History Hunters’.  It’s great for kids too! Open year round.

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin 8

Ireland's number one visitor attraction provides an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous GUINNESS® brand and company.  Set over seven floors, you will get to understand the story of GUINNESS from its origins in Dublin to its growth as a global brand. Open year round.

Butlers Chocolate Experience, Clonshaugh, Dublin 17

Witness the magic and wonder of a real life chocolate factory! Enjoy tastings, learn about the origins of chocolate and its history through the ages, decorate your own chocolate souvenir and much more! Open year round.

The National Wax Museum PLUS, Dublin 2

An exciting interactive visitor attraction located in the heart of Dublin's city centre Temple Bar district. Housed over four floors, visitors will be brought on a journey through Irish cultural heritage; with exceptional life-like wax work characters; and an enchanting children's zone of discovery. Open year round. 

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin 8

One of Ireland's most popular attractions. This medieval gothic place of worship has been at the core of Irish life and history for over 800 years. Jonathan Swift, famous novelist and satirist, is buried here. Open year round.



CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Blackrock, Cork City

CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Stay dry at Cork's fun and exciting location to learn about the Universe with this award-winning exhibition. Explore hours of Earth and Space science video content; send an email to Space; explore the night sky in the state of the art planetarium; and much more. Open year round.



Aillwee Cave & Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Explore one of Ireland's ancient caves on a 35 minute guided walk through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall. Once the showers clear, you can also check out the on-site Birds of Prey Centre whiAillwee Cavech includes fabulous flying displays and the chance to interact with nature's top predators. Open year round.

Doolin Cave, Doolin, Co. Clare

One of Europe's most captivating cave attractions, Doolin Cave is home to the Great Stalactite - the longest free-hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere, which can be seen suspended like a chandelier from the cave ceiling! If the weather clears up by the time you have finished your tour, you can also walk the charming Farmland Nature Trail around the cave setting. Open February 21, 2014 to January 5, 2015.



House of Waterford Crystal, Waterford City

Witness the creation of Waterford Crystal stemware, giftware and masterpieces right before your very eyes on a unique and captivating factory tour that will enthral visitors of all ages. The House of Waterford Crystal is also home to the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world, some of which can be purchased in the retail shop. Open year round.

Medieval Museum Waterford

Medieval Museum Waterford, Waterford City

A tribute to Medieval Waterford, this museum allows visitors to discover what life was like in the city during that period. It also carefully preserves several medieval structures within its walls and is the only museum in Europe built upon National monuments. Open year round.

Bishop’s Palace, Waterford City

Rated the #3 attraction in Waterford on TripAdvisor.com, Bishop’s Palace is located beside the Medieval Museum Waterford and across from the House of Waterford Crystal. Experience authentic grand eighteenth century living with a guided re-enactor led tour and learn the history of Waterford from 1700 to 1970. Open year round.



King John's Castle Visitor Experience, Limerick City

King John's Castle

King John’s Castle is a medieval fortress with a fascinating history. Following a multi-million euro investment, this 13th century castle now features a new visitor centre with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions, 21st century touch-screen technology and 3D models. Open year round.

The Hunt Museum, Limerick City

The Hunt Museum exhibits one Europe’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic Period to the 20th Century. See works by Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Roderic O’Conor, Jack B. Yeats, Robert Fagan and Henry Moore. There’s plenty for kids to enjoy there too with an interactive treasure hunt and an ‘Animals in Art’ Gallery Trail. Open year round.



The National SEA LIFE Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Discover an amazing underwater world (without getting wet!) with everytNational Sealife Centrehing from starfish to tropical sharks, at the National SEA LIFE Centre on the Seafront in Bray. Dive in and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep; hold a crab or touch a starfish; and watch a feed show. It’s the perfect family day out and even has a kids’ soft play area. Open year round.

Wicklow's Historic Gaol, Wicklow Town

Meet some of Ireland’s most notorious characters at Wicklow’s Historic Gaol. Be transported back in time and enter one of the cruellest, most historically shameful places in Ireland, as actors in full regalia enthral you with dramatic and historic tales. Open year round.



Titanic Belfast, Belfast City

The world’s largest Titanic exhibition, Titanic Belfast is housed in an iconic six-storey building featuring nine interpretive and interactive galleries. Explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic as well as the city which made her. Open year rouTitanic Belfastnd.

Ulster Museum, Belfast City

As Northern Ireland's treasure house of the past and the present, the Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences. From Ireland to the South Pacific, from ancient relics to modern masterpieces, the museum offers something for everyone, from the simply curious to the enthusiast. Admission is Free. Open year round.



Arigna Mining Experience, Arigna, Co. Roscommon

Avoid the showers underground on this Mining Experience! You will be taken on a 45 minute underground tour of the mines, with an ex-miner as your guide. Authentic lighting and sound effects throughout the mine add to the reality of the experience. Open year round.


Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre

Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Immerse yourself in the history and magic that lies inside the walls of this19th century bonded warehouse, where the Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey making tradition began. Enjoy a guided tour and a complimentary glass of this famous Irish whiskey. Open year round.




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