BEST TIME TO VISIT IRELAND: MONTH-BY-MONTH GUIDE

A country bursting with eye-catching natural beauty, a rich history and a great number of ancient buildings and castles to accompany it, is a dream tourist destination for many people. According to Frommer’s Guide in 2011, Ireland was the ‘Favorite holiday destination in the world’ and Lonely Planet also listed it as the ‘world’s friendliest country’. All of these are very well-deserved accolades and it is further confirmed by the fact that tourism in Ireland is one of the biggest contributors to the country’s economy, with the number of tourists visiting the country in 2017 exceeding 9.0 million, which is about 1.8 times the population of Ireland. But what is it that attracts so many visitors annually to the country, you may ask?

Well, since 80% of the Island of Ireland is covered by the Republic of Ireland, there is a large breathtakingly beautiful coastline with seaside villages and resorts and towns on the shoreline, the most famous ones being in Munster. Then there are certain most visited cities such as Dublin, which, due to the Dublin Airport, the busiest airport in Ireland, is the first stop that tourists make, once in the country. Ireland was declared, by UNESCO, as the City of Literature because the famous writers James Joyce and Samuel Beckett were from here, Dublin is a favorite for literature buffs.

 Then there is Cork on the southern coast of Ireland, housing some of the most famous buildings from the 1800s such as the cathedrals of St Mary and St Anne as well as the St Barre’s Cathedral. If you do plan to visit this enchanting country, you should make sure that the time of the year you pick is ideal, especially for outdoor activities and sightseeing, otherwise, your whole trip can be stumped over by an unexpected rain shower or other climatic shortcomings. Luckily for you, we have compiled a detailed list of a month by month travel guide, based on the weather so you can avoid such an inconvenience.

January

January in Ireland is considered as one of the coldest months with the average temperature ranging between 7°C and 3°C while the daily average temperature reaches almost 5°C during this month. Ireland, in most of its parts, experiences 70mm of rainfall over a 24-day period during this month. The days are short and cold with sun shining for only about 1.6 hours each day. If you are in the city of Dublin, one must-see destination here is the iconic Trinity College. This historic campus is Ireland’s oldest university and established in 1592.

February

In Ireland, the winters are long, cold, wet, and cloudy at this time of the year. The average daily temperature reaches around 5°C with the high during the day being 7°C and low being 3°C. The sun shines almost 2.6 hours each day, and the precipitation during this month is mainly in the form of snow and rain which totals almost 60mm over a 22 day period. If you are a history buff, the Kilmainham Gaol is a really cool place for you to visit- in an account of the rich history, it is associated with.

March

The temperature of Ireland warms up a bit during this month. The average daily temperatures reach almost 7°C while the highest and lowest being 10°C and 4°C. The sun shines over Ireland for a total of 3.5 hours each day during this month, making the day a bit longer than in the previous months. Precipitation is mainly in the form of rainfall which totals 70mm during this month over a span of 24c days. Grand Canal Dock is a beautifully renovated part of Dublin, which is a perfect vacationing spot for the explorer. The place has beautifully constructed modern apartments, leafy open plazas, trendy bars and eateries, and the Grand Canal Theatre.

April

With the spring season entering during this month, the grass becomes greener, the flowers are blooming and the country is starting to warm up a little. The average daily temperature is around 8°C, with highs and lows of 11°C and 5°C. The sun shines almost 5.4 hours a day for the entire month, making the days longer. The rainfalls have an average of 50 mm during this month, which is spread over a course of 22 days. Located just off the Dame Street in Dublin, the Dublin Castle is a major Irish government complex, conference center, and tourist attraction, famous as the seat of the British government’s administration in Ireland up until 1922.

May

With the country dipped in full spring, the temperatures have started to rise. The average daily temperature reaches around 11°C with the highs and lows being 15°C and 7°C. The sun shines long and hot for about 6.3 hours each day, while it rains almost 20 days during the month for about 50mm in total. A tranquil place to go fishing, or just sit down, relax and enjoy the great views, a visit to the Coliemore Harbour is a great way to relax and take in deep breaths of fresh air.

June

 This is the peak of the summer season here in Ireland. The average daily temperatures reach almost 14°C during the month with the highs and lows being 17°C and 10°C during the night time. The sun shines longer, for about 6.2 hours each day, over Ireland and most of its parts. The rainfall increases in volume during this month, totaling 70mm over 21 days of June. Powerscourt Estate, House & Gardens is located in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland, and is a large country estate noted for its house and landscaped gardens, and occupying a total area of approximately 19 hectares is very beautiful and a must-see.

July

Ireland in July experiences warm weather with an average temperature of approximately 16°C and highs and lows averaging around 19°C and 12°C. Sun shines bright at this time of the year, totaling 5.6 hours a day. Tourism is at its peak during this month. The rain falls an average of approximately 50mm, spread across 23 days of the month. A public park located between Clonmel Street and Upper Hatch Street, near the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Iveagh Gardens is a declared National Historic Property and a lovely place to visit while in the city.

August

This is the last summer month for Ireland as the city experiences an average temperature of almost 16°C during this month. The high side of the temperature reaches almost 19°C during the day time while the nights drop to almost 12°C. The sun shines for about 5.2 hours each day, making the days short and less warm again. Precipitation is in the form of rainfall, totaling 80mm, which is spread over a course of 23 days. One of Dublin’s most sought after attractions, the unique Viking Splash Tours offers a thrilling ride around the main sights of Dublin City – by land and water.

September

This is the start of the Fall season for Ireland. The temperatures start to drop gradually over the course of this month. The average daily temperature is around 14°C with the highs and lows being 17°C and 9°C. The days are much shorter than the nights, because the sun shines almost 4.2 hours each day, over Ireland. The average precipitation in the form of rainfall totals 60mm spread over 21 days. If you visit Dublin and do not take a ride on the Open Top Bus, you’ve definitely missed the part that’s the most fun!

October

This is the peak of the Fall season. The average daily temperature reaches around 11°C with the day time reaching almost 13°C and nights being 8°C cold. The sun shines only for about 3 hours each day during this month, while the rainfall has increased to 80mm, spread over a 24-day time period. The National History Museum is famous for its Victorian cabinet style and is well-known to house one of the world’s finest and fullest collections still to be seen today and is a must-see while in Ireland.

November

 The average daily temperature reaches around 8°C as the winter season has begun. The high temperature during the day time is roughly around 10°C while it reaches 5°C during the night time. The sun shines almost 2.1 hours each day, which means that the days are really short and the working hours have decreased. Precipitation is in the form of snow and rainfall, which totals almost 60mm, spread over 24 days of the month. Phoenix Park is a lovely place to go relax with your family, and have a beautiful sunny day outdoors.

December

With the peak of the winter season, the average daily temperature reaches around 7°C while the highs and lows reach around 8°C and 5°C. There is almost no sunshine for the day. However, one can expect only 1.4 hours of daily sunshine on an average. The precipitation is in the form of rainfall, totaling 80mm, spread over 23 days of the month. Grafton Street is Dublin’s colorful neighborhood area, which has a fabulous twist of many different shops which makes it definitely worth a visit.

CONCLUSION – BEST TIME TO VISIT IRELAND:

To reiterate what the above-mentioned article stated, the best time to visit Ireland is from April through June or September and October, that is, either side of the summer season. The reason for that is not just the pleasant weather that can allow you ample opportunities to explore the serene beauty of the country and wander through the picturesque landscape, but also because if you plan to be in the city, the prices of accommodation, travel and recreational activities are cheaper, since this is not the peak tourist season.

The sightseeing spots are also relatively crowded free so you can further enjoy the beauty of the country without the annoyance of being surrounded by large crowds. However, if you do find yourself there in the winter months, then you can take advantage of the fact that both the countryside and cities would be quiet and hence, perfect for exploring.

To conclude, Ireland is a must travel destination, the beauty of which can only be done justice to if you visit it yourself. So, plan your next holiday, keeping our above-mentioned pointers in mind, and get ready for one of the best holidays of your life.

If you are keen to learn more about this beautiful country and its weather, and also to learn more about tourist activities, don’t hesitate to stop by on this German website, which will tell you even more about Ireland.

 

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