Some great reasons to visit Dublin this winter!

Winter is coming! Well, winter is nearly here to be honest. It is certainly time to wrap up warm – but fear not, Ireland is still very much it’s old magical self in winter as well! Here are just some reasons to visit Dublin this winter:

Enjoy the nature

Due to our climate, it is nor really cold in winter! And it doesn’t snow all that often (few days a year in Dublin, if you are lucky). We also tend to have lovely clear winter mornings, perfect for brisk walks in the nature or more daring wintry hikes! Nothing like a Phoenix Park, Wicklow or Howth hike to blow off the cobwebs! Make sure to wrap up warm for a hike and warm up with Irish Coffee after it! You can do these with public transport as well!

Traditional Irish Food

Good, hearty, traditional Irish food is made for winter! There is nothing quite like a bowl of seafood chowder or Irish stew to warm you inside and out! Best consumed from one of the farmers market or in front of the fireplace in the cosy pubs.

Cities keep the party going

The atmosphere in our cities is electric during winter. Dublin’s Grafton Street lights up with all things festive, while the New Year’s Festival rocks across the city for three action-packed days. Make sure to check out Christmas Markets in Dublin, or pop to Belfast for the Christmas Market in Belfast’s City Hall.

New Year’s Pub Crawl

Pub crawl happens every night, but there is special New Year’s Eve one as well! Enjoy all the great things about pub crawl (free drinks, games, craic) but also get VIP entry into a night club (which on New Year’s Eve is really hard to get!). No ques, no lines, just great fun! Book at reception 🙂

Embrace the snow

There are some spots on the island that simply transform during winter. Take the white-capped Mourne Mountains in County Down, where author C.S. Lewis was inspired to create Narnia; or Mayo’s Croagh Patrick, that glistens so magically when snow finally settles on its scree-covered peaks. Further south, the rugged landscape of Cork’s Beara Peninsula is only embellished by the howling winds and crashing waves that whip along its incredible coastline.


In pubs, party never stops! Enjoy cosy drinks by the fire in traditional pubs, check out new bands in pubs or galleries, laugh out loud at different comedy nights, grab some mulled wine and play board games to your heart’s content. Pubs are the beating heart of Dublin in winter. Want to take your fun up a notch? Go for dog races!

Go for a dare

Feeling really brave? Dive into the chilly waters of Sandycove’s Forty Foot. This legendary bathing spot is popular all year round – particularly on Christmas Day when locals flock there for a pre-turkey dinner dip.


Luckily, most of the museums in Dublin are completely free of charge so you can escape the cold at the same time as enjoying the culture. Go for National Museum, National Gallery and Chester Beatty Library or duck into unmissable book of Kells in Trinity College. It will take you few fun filled hours to see whole of Guinness Storehouse, and you will be rewarded by great view and a pint on the end!

Enjoy the lights

Dublin is covered by twinkly Christmas lights – enjoy them while popping in and out of shops while looking for presents or chasing sales.


If you have never been to panto, you absolutely have to go! Gaiety theater is known for it’s Panto shows so make sure to check it out when in Dublin!

All this are just some of the great reasons to visit Dublin this winter… Dublin is truly a year round destination and if you feel like missing the crowds and getting good culture fix, this is actually the best time to visit! Just make sure to wrap up warm (but don’t forget your sunglasses either!). See you soon in Barnacles Temple Bar Hostel!

P.S. We have 3 for 2 deal until end of January so you can enjoy more of Dublin for less!



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