As the winter months continue, it can be tempting to stay indoors and hibernate until spring. But if you're in Dublin in January, or if you're a local looking for something to do, there are plenty of ways to embrace the colder weather and have a great time. Whether you're a visitor looking to explore all that the city has to offer or a local looking for a change of scenery, there are endless options for shaking off the winter blues and making the most of the season. We've put together a list of our top picks for things to do in the city during the winter. So grab your coat, bundle up, and get ready to have some fun.
Check out our top recommendations for things to do in Dublin this winter.
Take a stroll through the Dublin Mountains.
While the weather may not be beach-friendly, the Dublin Mountains offer a stunning winter landscape for a refreshing hike. The views from the peaks are breath-taking, and the crisp, cold air will do you good. Plus, if you time it right, you might even spot some snow!
Explore the city's cosy cafes and pubs.
Dublin is known for its vibrant café and pub culture, and there's no better time to indulge in it than during the colder months. Whether you're looking for a place to warm up with a hot coffee or a spot to cosy up with a pint of Guinness, you'll find plenty of options in the city centre. We recommend stopping by KC Peaches for a warm drink and a tasty pastry – we've got a cosy area and plenty of seating to help you relax and unwind.
Visit a museum or gallery.
Dublin is home to a wealth of cultural institutions, and the colder weather is the perfect excuse to spend a few hours exploring. The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), the National Gallery of Ireland and the Chester Beatty Library are four must-see institutions.
The Hugh Lane Gallery is an art museum that houses an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. It features works by renowned 20th century artists such as Francis Bacon, Jack B. Yeats, and Paul Henry, as well as a large collection of Irish artists including James Joyce. The gallery also hosts temporary exhibitions, educational programs, and has a research library open to the public. The most famous work in the gallery is Francis Bacon's "Portrait of George Dyer Talking. The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is dedicated to contemporary art, it has a diverse collection of contemporary art from Irish and international artists,
with a particular emphasis on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum also offers temporary exhibitions, talks, tours, and workshops.
The National Gallery of Ireland is home to a wide range of Irish and European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, from the 14th century to the present day. It's a great place to see works by some of the most famous artists in history, such as Vermeer, Monet and Caravaggio.
The Chester Beatty Library is a museum and library that houses the collection of American mining engineer, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). The collection includes books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, and decorative arts from Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, dating from 2700 BC to the present day. The Library is also renowned for its beautiful gardens, which are open to visitors.
All of these museums offer a great way to spend a cold winter day, learn something new, and admire some of the most beautiful and important artworks in the world.
Experience Dublin's Traditional Music Scene:
Dublin is famous for its traditional music scene, and there's no better place to experience it than in a cosy pub. Head to one of the city's many pubs that offer live Irish music, such as The Cobblestone, O 'Donoghue's and The Brazen Head. Each of these pubs has a unique atmosphere and offers a great selection of music, from traditional Irish folk to contemporary Celtic rock. It's a great way to warm up after a cold day out and about and immerse in the city's culture and history.
Take the Dark walking tour by Unearthed Tours.
If you're looking for a unique and chilling experience in Dublin, check out the Dark Dublin Tour from Unearthed Tours. This tour delves into the city's macabre history, uncovering tales of murder, torture, grave robbing, cannibalism, and other unsavoury practices. The tour starts at Dublin Castle, where you will uncover the brutal past behind the castle's nickname as the Devil's Half Acre. The knowledgeable tour guides will take you on a journey through the city's dark past and present it in an engaging and informative way. It's a tour that will give you a whole new perspective on the city.
No matter what you choose to do, Dublin has plenty of options for making the most of the winter season. Whether you're a local or a visitor, we hope you'll stop by KC Peaches and say hello – we'd love to be a part of your winter adventures in Dublin.