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Whether it’s for a cross-country road trip, festivals or to see nature, we’ve done the research and uncovered the best months to visit the country so the weather conditions are ideal, the crowds are few and the holiday deals are rife.
March-May and September-November
Spring and fall are the ideal seasons to go to Ireland as they’re a happy medium of slightly cool weather without being in the peak tourist season.
During these months, there’s a greater chance of scoring a deal on airfare, car rentals and accommodation.
Summer, June-August, is Ireland’s peak tourist season with plenty of crowds and the highest prices. Temperatures are the warmest ranging from 9-18°C, rural B & Bs and restaurants are open and the country is busy with festivals.
Fall, September-November, brings milder temperatures of 9-16°C with fewer crowds and lower prices, though still bears some action with festivals. You’re bound to have some rain but showers typically move on quickly.
If you’re travelling during winter, December-February, remember to bring a thick jacket as temperatures hover around freezing. Winter also experiences the most rainfall and the least amount of crowds, so you can score a deal if you’re willing to sacrifice on weather. Be careful if you’re planning to travel countryside as many rural B&Bs and restaurants close over winter.
Spring, March-May, is warm by Irish standards with temperatures reaching highs of 12°C. This season brings spells of sunshine and few crowds, with the exception of St Patrick’s Day. Showers are notorious, but generally don’t last long.
Best time to visit Ireland, weather wise: Summer has the warmest weather and the least amount of rainfall.
Cheapest time to visit Ireland: Winter is low-season in Ireland and is the best time to find a deal on flights, car rentals and accommodation.
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