When is the best time to visit Ireland? This is one of the most common questions we encounter from travelers going to Ireland.
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When Is The Best Time To Visit Ireland?
Personally, we love visiting Ireland before the start of the Summer or around Fall, just before the start of winter.
Summer season might be sound ideal but in reality, Ireland tends to get really crowded during summer, and aside from it, the cost is also higher for hotels and other things. And the winter is a bit cold for our liking.
Although when it comes to the best time of visiting a country, we believe it’s all about personal preference. Some people might enjoy the summer but other people prefer the quiet time of winter.
Visiting Ireland in summer might be ideal weather-wise but it can also be more expensive while winter might be limiting but it’s also cheaper.
So it’s a matter of preference when it comes to the best time to visit Ireland. So read on our monthly travel guides to check which month might be best for you to visit Ireland.
Ireland in January
Ireland in January can also be a good idea. This usually green state gets another color, as snow covers some of its parts especially in hills, mountains, and forested areas. It is an off-peak season in Ireland but it doesn’t mean there won’t be enough things to see and enjoy.
Dome of Ireland’s parks are especially beautiful during winter, plus there are events that are quite interesting. If you’ll be spending a post-holiday vacation in Ireland, there are just a few things to take note of to make your stay worthwhile.
- Weather in Ireland for January
- What to wear in Ireland for January
- Where should you stay in Ireland for January
- Things to do in Ireland in January
- Travel tips for Ireland in January
Ireland in February
Ireland in February means late winter. Despite it being the month when there’s a feast celebrating the incoming spring, days are still shorter and the temperature still requires layers of clothing.
February is also among the off-peak seasons in Ireland, with few tourists coming in. However, this doesn’t mean that there are also fewer things to see and enjoy. There may be fewer hotels that are open but you also get a good deal on accommodations and tours. A February trip seems daunting especially for a first time visitor,
Ireland’s diverse landscapes are breathtaking during winter, a definite must-see, and experience. If you’re in Ireland in February, here are a few recommendations on things to do as well as tips to make the most of your stay.
- Weather in Ireland for February
- What to wear in Ireland for February
- Where should you stay in Ireland for February
- Things to do in Ireland in February
- Travel tips for Ireland in February
Ireland in March
Ireland in March is among the best times of the year to visit. With winter gone and the days getting longer again, visitors will have more time to see and explore the emerald state’s vibrant cities and lush countrysides.
It sure gets crowded as Ireland’s national feast day approaches, but there’s so much to see and do here that you wouldn’t mind the hustle. Be sure to plan ahead to make the most of your trip. Here are some recommendations and useful tips for Ireland in March.
- Weather in Ireland for March
- What to wear in Ireland for March
- Where should you stay in Ireland for March
- Things to do in Ireland in March
- Travel tips for Ireland in March
Ireland in April
With the onset of spring in Ireland, days are warmer and longer and there’s not as much rain anymore to get in the way of your plans.
Everything is in full bloom in April, and skies are blue instead of grey. It’s one of the best months to be in Ireland your days are sure to be packed with activities and places to visit.
To fully enjoy Ireland in April, here are some helpful reminders and recommendations.
- Weather in Ireland for April
- What to wear in Ireland for April
- Where should you stay in Ireland for April
- Things to do in Ireland in April
- Travel tips for April in Ireland
Ireland in May
Ireland in May is late spring, and also one of the best months to visit as there are less chances of rain. This is one of the best times for outdoor activities like biking, hiking, and road trips where you can see Ireland’s top attractions at its best.
Be sure to still be mindful of forecasts though, as Ireland weather is notoriously fickle. Here are a few things to take note of when visiting Ireland in May to make the most of your trip.
- Weather in Ireland for May
- What to wear in Ireland for May
- Where should you stay in Ireland for May
- Things to do in Ireland in May
- Travel tips for May in Ireland
Ireland in June
Ireland in June is a good idea. With less rain and wind, you will be rewarded with better weather but with less crowd than July or August which are both the summer peak months.
June is one of the best months to travel to Ireland. Because it’s the start of the summer season, the weather is better and more attractions are open.
June is also considered the driest month in the south of the country. So if you are looking to do more outdoorsy stuff, June is one of the best months to visit Ireland. Check out our guides below to see why June is one of the best months to go to Ireland.
- Weather in Ireland for June
- What to wear in Ireland for June
- Where should you stay in Ireland for June
- Things to do in Ireland in June
- Travel tips for June in Ireland
Ireland in July
July in Ireland is the middle of summer, a peak tourist season as most of the country’s best sights are enjoyed more under sunny skies and longer daylight hours.
If you’re going in July and you want to enjoy the sights despite the crowds, it’s best to plan ahead and know what to expect to make the most of your trip. Here’s a quick guide to visiting Ireland in July to help make your visit more memorable.
- Weather in Ireland for July
- What to wear in Ireland for July
- Where should you stay in Ireland for July
- Things to do in Ireland in July
- Travel tips for July in Ireland
Ireland in August
August is the last summer month in Ireland and as the autumn season approaches, the already fickle Irish weather becomes even more unpredictable as the average amount of rainfall over a greater number of days go up.
August is still among the months with the most visits, and with longer daylight, there’s an opportunity to enjoy more sights and make the most of your trip.
If you’re going to Ireland in August, here‘s some info about the weather, a few suggestions on the best sights you need to visit as well as tips for you to enjoy your stay.
- Weather in Ireland for August
- What to wear in Ireland for August
- Where should you stay in Ireland for August
- Things to do in Ireland in August
- Travel tips for August in Ireland
Ireland in September
September starts the Fall season and it’s considered temperate weather. That means September is one of the best months to visit Ireland. The weather is not that cold and there will be less crowd which is ideal.
Check out guides below to help you prepare for your next trip to Ireland in September.
- Weather in Ireland for September
- What to wear in Ireland for September
- Where should you stay in Ireland for September
- Things to do in Ireland in September
- Travel tips for September in Ireland
Ireland in October
October is among the best months to visit Ireland, despite its unpredictable weather. It is quite mesmerizing to witness how the emerald state turns into the stunning colors of autumn.
A lot of interesting events and festivals also happen during this month and all of them showcases diverse and just a little quirky culture.
Ireland in October is a bit colder as winter approaches bit most attractions are still accessible and open for visits.
- Weather in Ireland for October
- What to wear in Ireland for October
- Where should you stay in Ireland for October
- Things to do in Ireland in October
- Travel tips for October in Ireland
Ireland in November
Ireland in November can be as fun as the summer season. As long as you know where to go, what to pack, and what to do, your dream vacation in Ireland during the fall season can be amazing as any season.
So should you travel to Ireland in November? I’d say yes. The weather is not that cold and there will be less crowd which is ideal.
Check out our travel guide for November to help you prepare for your trip to Ireland.
- Weather in Ireland for November
- What to wear in Ireland for November
- Where should you stay in Ireland for November
- Things to do in Ireland in November
- Travel tips for November in Ireland
Ireland in December
Ireland in December can be daunting but it can be as fun as the summer season. As long as you know where to go, what to pack, and what to do, your dream vacation in Ireland in the winter season can be amazing as any season.
So should you travel to Ireland in December? I’d say yes. There will be less crowd and it will be cheaper. So, if you don’t know where to start yet, this travel guide for December should be able to help you.
- Weather in Ireland for December
- What to wear in Ireland for December
- Where should you stay in Ireland for December
- Things to do in Ireland in December
- Travel tips for December in Ireland
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Hi, I’m Christine – a full-time traveler and career woman. Although I’m from the Philippines, my location independent career took me to over 40 countries for the past 8 years. I also lived in 3 continents – from the Caribbean, South East Asia to Africa. But despite living in several countries, my love for Ireland remains the same. A country that had been a part of my life since I was 14 because of my love for Irish music and bands. Ireland Travel Guides was born because of this passion and hopefully, in some little ways, this website will be able to help you on your next trip to Ireland.
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