When is the Best Time to Visit Ireland?

Best time to visit Ireland

With so much to experience in Ireland, any month is a good time to visit the Emerald Isle! Depending on your interests, you may determine there is a certain month that fits your travel needs more than another. Read about the lure of each season and see when is the best time to visit Ireland.


Best time to visit Ireland

Autumn has the most relaxed atmosphere with less hustle and bustle. This is the perfect season to take a stroll around a nation park to watch the vibrant green foliage turns to rich golds, purples and reds. There will be less people lining up to kiss the Blarney Stone and you’ll have your pick of the best cafes and traditional music performances.


Ireland winter temperature averages are in the upper 40Fs, so bring a good pair of shoes and a warm jacket. With the cooler weather, a lot of local pubs host campfires to keep you warm and add to the ambiance. Towards the end of winter, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated. They host a major parade with marching bands in Dublin and festivals and events are spread all over the country.


Best time to visit Ireland

The Irish greenery really comes to life in the spring. Picture landscapes bursting with colors and stunning sweeping vistas as far as the eye can see. There are plenty of festivals art and literature festivals that take part in during this time of year. Check out the Cuirt International Festival of Literature in April or the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in May.


Best time to visit Ireland

Because the island is located at such a high latitude, visiting Ireland during the summer you will get to experience many extra hours of sunlight. Take advantage of all the 18 hours of daylight and spend some time at one of the many equestrian festivals held all over the country. The temperature usually doesn’t get above 70F, even in the warmest months of July and August

Ireland is one of the top travel destinations every year and it’s easy to see why the island is so magnetic for travels. Sights like the Cliffs of Moher and the Long Room at Trinity College are just as breathtaking no matter what time of year you visit Ireland. Just ask CIE Tours. They have been connecting travelers to the beauty and culture of Ireland for 85 years.

Comment below with your favorite Ireland season and when you think is the best time to visit Ireland.


  1. I was taking an airplane ride from Newark, NJ to Lima, Peru. My husband was born in Lima. He goes every year from the end of Dec. to the end of May (he has frequent respiratory infections here in NJ, so Lima seemed a good choice for him). Anyway this man I met asked where my husband and I were going to travel to next. When I told him Ireland, he said, “Oh, go in Sept. It rains less.” We took him up on his word and went in Sept. And we loved it. And the weather. We had 2 days of sprinkling rain, so not bad at all. It was our first trip to Ireland. We are going back again this year — in Sept., and we expect to have a lovely, lively time. Oh, and we’re 71 and 72 years old.

    1. What a great story! We hope you and your husband have another amazing trip to Ireland in September. Thanks for sharing and we appreciate you reading!

  2. Hey Jen! Thanx for your post. This year I spent July and August in Ireland. It was good enough in July, but then rainy August came and i prefer milder weather with no crowds around. The last month of two turned into total dissapointment and i cursed the day i chose exactly summertime for my trip. Only after my trip i discovered a bunch of good forums and sites to become aware of some ins and outs. Conclusion: never travel happy-go-lucky 🙂

    1. Thanks for reading! So great to you got to visit and explore the beautiful country of Ireland for 2 months! Thanks for the great tips, happy travels.

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