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Whether you’re tripping to Ireland for a cross-country road trip, festivals or to see nature, we’ve uncovered the best months to visit the country so the weather conditions are ideal, the crowds are few and the deals are rife.
Mid-April to May, and September to October
Spring and fall are the ideal seasons to go to Ireland, as they’re a happy medium of slightly cool weather and tourist crowds are few.
During these months, there’s a greater chance of scoring a deal on airfare, car rentals and accommodation due to lower demand.
June to August is Ireland’s peak tourist season, with plenty of crowds and the highest prices. The average temperature hovers around 65°F, rural B&Bs and restaurants are open and the country is busy with festivals.
The fall season in September and October brings milder temperatures of 48-60°F with fewer crowds and lower prices, but still sees its fair share of festivals. You’re bound to have some rain, but showers typically move on quickly.
If you’re traveling during winter, December to February, remember to bring a thick jacket as temperatures might drop to freezing. Winter also experiences the most rainfall and the fewest crowds, so you can score a deal if you’re willing to sacrifice on weather — though some might say the shorter days and darker atmosphere feels cozy. Be careful if you’re planning to travel through the countryside as some rural B&Bs and restaurants close over winter.
Spring from mid-April to May, is warm by Irish standards with temperatures in the mid-50s°F. This season brings spells of sunshine and fewer crowds, plus fuchsia blooms through the valleys as the island comes alive. Showers are notorious, but generally are short-lived.
Best time to visit Ireland, weather-wise: Summer has the warmest weather and the least amount of rainfall. Days are longest overall, with 16 hours of daylight on average in July — compare that to about 7 1/2 in December.
To choose the best time to visit Ireland, first decide whether you’re hoping for long sunny days or cozy winter nights — we promise, there’ll be brews and pubs aplenty regardless. Next, find the cheapest passage across the Atlantic by scouring our best flights to Ireland.
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