What to Do in Dublin in February

Updated: 1 diciembre 2023

This post contains our top 10 list of fun things to do this February in Dublin, updated for 2024.

It includes free entertainment, after-dark activities, family-friendly things to do, concerts, festivals, and tours.


TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY

Below are our favorite 10 events and activities to do this February in Dublin.

For more ideas, take a look at our post about things to do in Dublin at any time of year!

For tips and information, take a look at some of our other popular posts: 


1. Attend a Concert

Dublin is a city that loves music. Great artists and bands are playing year-round, and February is no exception. 

Concerts

Music and Dance

Music-Related Tours

Behind the Scenes Tour

If you're looking for more fun ways to spend an evening, check out our post on things to do at night.


2. Visit the Guinness Storehouse

Guinness is one of the most famous brand names in all of Ireland, and its home storehouse and factory is in Dublin.

They’re also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city!

It is easy to grab a ticket for a self-guided tour to walk through the storehouse and learn how the beer is made.

Once you’ve made it to the end, their Gravity Bar has beautiful views of Dublin in all directions, and enjoy a free pint of Guinness (or a soft drink).

If whiskey is what you prefer, though, don't forget you can also take a Jameson Distillery tour (with a tasting)!

Note: This attraction is listed on multiple Dublin city passes.

For more family-friendly activities or things to do after dark, check out our full posts.


3. Take a Sightseeing Tour

February is still deep in the chilly and slow season for Dublin tourism, which means it's the perfect time to take some of the more popular tours.

You can take advantage of hop-on-hop-off bus tours to take you directly to the popular spots, with commentary as you go.

If you have the whole family with you, this is also a great time of year to get a bit spooky with the Ghostbus tour.

If you want to get out on a nice day, you can find plenty of pay-what-you-like walking tours running every day in February.

Or keep to your own schedule with a self-guided tour that can be completed at any time of day. 

These tours are all great for kids, as well! If you're looking for more family-friendly fun, check out our full post.


4. See Game of Thrones Filming Locations

Many scenes from Game of Thrones were shot in and around Dublin, so there are a lot of tour companies that offer outings to some of the more notable filming locations.

Here are a few of the best Game of Thrones tour options:

If you're looking for even more options, check this list of Game of Thrones filming location tours in Dublin.


5.  Save Money With an Attraction Discount Pass

If you’re planning on visiting a lot of popular attractions while you’re in Dublin, you could save some money with a Dublin city pass.

The biggest pass offered in this city is an all-inclusive pass, which includes entry to the most popular attractions in Dublin.

There is also a travel pass, which makes utilizing public transportation easy and includes some other perks.

Here are some of the best locations and tours included with a Dublin tourist pass:

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Distillery Tours
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Croke Park Tour
  • Dublin Castle
  • Dublin Zoo

To see how much money a pass could save you, please read our post covering Dublin tourist passes.


6. Attend the Dublin Racing Festival

Whether you're already a fan of horse racing or want to learn more about the sport, you should check out the Dublin Racing Festival from February 3rd and 4th, 2024.

The festival includes races with the biggest names for both horses and jockeys, of course. Before and after the races, there will also be plenty of food vendors to explore and live music to enjoy.

The festival is held at Leopardstown Racecourse in Dublin.


7. Go on a Pub Crawl

Since the weather is likely to be somewhat cold in February, you might want to consider getting a drink at one of the local pubs to warm you up.

If you're unfamiliar with the pubs in the area, the best way to learn all about them is to go on a Dublin pub crawl.

Here are a few options you might enjoy:

For even more opportunities, check out this list of Dublin pub crawls.


8. Celebrate Valentine's Day

If you're visiting Dublin with a partner during Valentine's Day or the weekend leading up to it, you might want to think about taking your loved one out for a fun and romantic activity!

Here are a few great ideas for fun things to do with a loved one for Valentine's Day:

Don't forget that most restaurants will have reservations filled up weeks before the holiday, so you'll want to book your table well ahead of time.


9. Attend a Film Fest

The annual Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) brings more than 130 films, both Irish and international, to their audience.

One can find comedy, drama, romance, animation, documentaries, horror, and more, along with filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, and special events.

Events take place at The Digital Hub on Thomas Street

The festival runs from February 22nd - March 2nd. More information can be found here.


10. See a Play or Musical

Dublin is home to excellent theatre productions that are both modern and traditional, depending on where you look.

A play, musical, or dance is performed somewhere in the city on a weekly basis.

A few theatres you might check out are:

  • Abbey Theatre | Ireland's National Theatre, this was home to premiers of works by some of Ireland's best-known playwrights
  • Gate Theatre | a big player in Irish theatre history that has a focus on classic and contemporary plays
  • Gaity Theatre | dating back to the 1800s, this theatre attracts top-tier musicals, plays, comedy shows, and more
  • Liberty Hall Theatre | known for modern plays written by both Irish and international playwrights
  • Olympia Theatre | dating back to the 1800s, this theatre has plays, comedy shows, concerts, and more

For even more things to do at night, read our post Things to do at Night in Dublin.


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: diciembre 1st, 2023
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