5 Reasons to Visit Dublin This Winter
It’s not really that cold in Dublin in the winter. The temperature rarely dips down to anything you could classify as extreme and it rains all year long anyways, so that shouldn’t stop you! There’s a lot to look forward to in the winter in Dublin. The best part is that the off-season brings less tourists and great deals.
If you’re not yet convinced here are five great reasons to visit Dublin this winter:
1. Avoid the crowds at tourist attractions
Most of Dublin’s popular tourist attractions are indoors and can be enjoyed regardless of the weather conditions. They are in fact open all year long, and while the summer can have long queues of people, the off-season allows you to avoid the crowds altogether. Winter is an excellent time to visit some of the best attractions in the city: Kilmainham Gaol, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, the Guinness Storehouse, the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology (free!) and the amazing Science Gallery at Trinity College.
2. Go ice skating
Is there any better way to celebrate the winter season than ice skating? We think not. Ice skating season is exclusive to the colder months and Dublin does not disappoint. So lace up a pair of skates, hit the ice, have fun and make new friends. Check out these cool ice skating rinks around Dublin.
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3. Embrace your inner child and play games
If you have some mad gaming skills that you don’t get to show off as often as you’d like, visiting Dublin this winter will be a dream come true for you! There are multiple venues around the city to dust off those gaming skills and reintroduce them to the world. Head to Dr. Quirkey’s on O’Connell Street for innovative new games and old-school favorites. Fancy a pint while strategizing over a board game or a Mario Kart battle? Check out the Square Ball Sports Bar for the ultimate gaming experience inside a pub.
4. Listen to live music
Ireland and music go together like fish and chips. Ireland is the only country in the world with a musical instrument as it’s national emblem: the Irish harp. So naturally, there’s a massive music scene in Dublin with sounds ranging from traditional Irish music to more contemporary music. Live music in a cozy Irish pub is an unbeatable experience. Visit Dublin this December and you’ll quicky discover it’s what winter is all about. In a city with almost 1000 pubs, choosing where to go isn’t an easy task. The Cobblestone in Smithfield has traditional Irish music sessions every night; Whelan’s, located in a nightclub/pub mecca south of the river on Wexford Street, plays a variety of music genres seven nights a week; two trendy bars, The Secret Bar / Bar with No Name (look for a snail sign) in Dublin’s Creative Quarter and The Workman’s Club in Temple Bar have chilled, homey atmospheres with excellent live music; and if live rock music is more your jam, check out Fibber Magee’s just off O’Connell Street.
5. Go to a pantomime
Did you know Christmastime in Ireland is synonymous with pantomimes? Probably not. The Pantomime is an Irish Christmas institution for all ages. Everyone’s favorite fairy tales come to life in musical comedy stage productions. And the Irish people go mad for this! Every winter, Dublin always has a phenomenal line-up of pantomime productions. This year check out Little Red Riding Hood Pantomime at the Gaiety Theatre, Freezin’ the Panto at the Olympia Theatre, or Jack & the Beanstalk at The Helix.