The best activities for a rainy day in the Boyne Valley

The best activities for a rainy day in the Boyne Valley

Date: 12/01/2022

If there is one thing you can’t guarantee on your trip to Ireland, it’s the weather. Its why our beautiful Country is so green, why our rivers are ever flowing and why our produce is so tasty! But your plans don’t have to be ruined by adverse weather conditions- especially in the Boyne Valley. Winter, spring, summer or Autumn, there are plenty of activities for a rainy day in the Boyne Valley- here is a list of our top ones.

Visit one of our Distilleries

Listoke Distillery
The Boyne Valley is home to a veritable bounty of passionate farmers, food and drink producers. Our land is rich in all the ingredients you need to create the perfect drink and our distilleries are the perfect place to visit and explore on a rainy day. Check out our blog post here on all the distilleries to visit in the region including Slane Distillery, Listoke Distillery and Gin school and Boann Distillery

Enjoy an afternoon at the Boyne Currach Centre

Boyne Currach
Located in the world heritage site of Brú na Boinne, sitting alongside the river Boyne, the Boyne Currach Centre is a place where visitors can experience various boat building projects and explore skills of the past, associated with the tradition of skin boat making. Weave a basket, carve a Celtic spiral, or help to weave a currach frame for next year’s fleet. Sit by an open fire in the Boyne Currach cottage; learn a tune on the fiddle or the tin whistle, or a set dance or an old Irish song. 

Take a trip with a Boyne Valley tour guide

Boyne Valley Tours
The best person to find all the great places to go when the weather is bad! They will even take you there. Why not take a trip with one of our many Boyne Valley tour guides around the region? Talk to Michael in Boyne Valley Tours, Derek in Custom Irish Tours, Edel in Love Irish Tours, Sean and his team at My Ireland Family Heritage tours and Ian at Royal Historical Tours. Find a list of all of our tour organisers and guides here.

Discover our culture at a Boyne Valley Museum

Culture at a Boyne Valley Museum
The perfect activity for any weather in the Boyne Valley. There are many great museums to explore and discover including Drogheda Museum, Droichead Arts Centre, the Francis Ledwidge Museum in Slane, Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, Moynalty Steam Thresing Museum, the Solstice Arts Centre and Toradh Gallery in Ashbourne. Be sure to check out their latest exhibitions and opening times before you travel.

Frolic with the kids at Funtasia

Enjoy bowling and arcade games, fairground rides, their play area, sky climb and twin zip line, Ellies ice cream and mint café and lots more on your rainy day in the Boyne Valley at Funtasia.  Be sure to check their opening times before you travel. Funtasia theme parks are located in Drogheda and Bettystown.

Retail therapy on a rainy day

Kilkenny Shop
Discover all our amazing shops and studios on your next visit to the Boyne Valley. Pick up the perfect gift or treat yourself to a memento from your time here. Pop by the Kilkenny Shop at Trim Castle Hotel, Pats Art Studio in Slane, Sage and Stone outside Duleek, or the Skylight Gallery in Drogheda. For a list of our amazing craft producers in the Boyne Valley visit our website here

Improve your cooking skills at Lismullin Cookery School

Lismullin Cookery School
Awaken the chef inside you with a class at Lismullin Cookery School near Tara in County Meath. Book a family cook day or a bespoke cookery class. Learn to cook like a professional chef and be proud of your skills. 

Take a trip to Loughcrew Megalithic Centre
If it’s too wet to climb the hill at Loughcrew then why not pay a visit to the Megalithic Centre while you are here. At Loughcrew Megalithic centre visitors will find Nelly’s Kitchen Café, Maggie Heaney’s Cottage and Benny’s Workshop. Maggie Heaney’s Cottage is a 1700’s heritage museum located in the courtyard of the centre. Here visitors can get a feel for what life was like in a traditional Irish cottage. Inside the visitor will get to see antique furniture from times gone by, an audio visual from a past inhabitant explaining life growing up in this cottage and information about the Loughcrew Cairns and the legend of the Cailleach (Witch). 

Enjoy a swim at one of our Swimming pools
Boyne Valley swimming pools
The perfect way to get active and spend some time swimming when the weather is not playing ball outside. Public swimming pools can be found in Trim, Navan, Drogheda and Kells. Find out more on our website here

Relax with Red River Yoga
Red River Yoga
Red River Yoga offer regular yoga, meditation and Bars Classes as well as weekend yoga and meditation retreats, recovery programmes and therapeutic relaxation classes. Relax in the beautiful surroundings of Swynnerton Lodge overlooking the river Boyne just outside Navan. The perfect activity on a rainy day.


Indulge with a Spa Break in the Boyne Valley
Boyne Valley spas
Spoil yourself when on your holiday in the Boyne Valley and book into one of our many spas for some rest and relaxation. It doesn’t matter what the weather outside is doing when you are enjoying some downtime. Check into the Bathhouse Spa in Bellinter House, The Spa Rooms at the Headfort Arms Hotel, The Seoid Spa at Dunboyne Castle Hotel, or the River Spa at Knightsbrook Hotel. Check out our blog post here on Spa breaks in the Boyne Valley for more. 

Visit Slane Castle
Slane Castle
Take a guided historical tour of Slane Castle which will give you an opportunity to learn about the Conyngham Family, the history of the building and all about the concerts that have been held at the venue over the years. The tour duration is 45mins and is a perfect activity to keep you out of the rain. 


You really are spoiled for choice with activities in the Boyne Valley rain, hail or shine. To help plan your visit why not check out our recent blog post on planning your vacation to the Boyne Valley in 2022. See you soon!

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