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Best time of year to visit Ireland

There are about ten words in Irish to describe the weather, and they are all about rain. The only difference is temperature and wind direction. January–February are the chilliest and wettest months, and lots of rural sights and accommodation facilities are closed, but it's when the prices are lowest, and no crowds should bother you. March is the greenest month, but not in the countryside—it's all about St. Patrick's Day, so prepare for the joy and the crowds! April to May and September to October are the best time to visit Ireland; the weather is nice, and prices are moderate. Spring is a perfect time to watch puffins and cute lambs. The days are sunnier, warmer and less crowded with relatively low rates. Warm yet rainy summer is adorable for the trip, when unforgettable Irish landscapes, covered with Sea Pinks, are at their best; but dizzying prices from June to August are unavoidable. September through October crowds thin out, and it is a great time to hike the Burren or Connemara.

19 THINGS TO DO IN IRELAND (MAY 24 - JUNE 02)

Watching Puffins

Watching Puffins

April–early August • nature

Set off for your birdwatching journey across Ireland to spot puffins on the coast

Hiking the Burren

Hiking the Burren

April–October • activity

Enjoy a scenic stroll along the Burren's most spectacular places and take on Ireland's hiking challenge

Hurling

Hurling

February–September  • event

Check out traditional Gaelic ball-sport at the football pitch but with a hockey stick in hands

The Church Bar

The Church Bar

all year round • activity

The most unusual bar in the Irish capital

Gaelic Football

Gaelic Football

February–September • activity

Play football in Gaelic way—try the same game but with far different system of rules

Connemara at Best

Connemara at Best

March–May | September–November • nature

Spend your spring & autumn days close to ​nature at Connemara's spectacular landscapes

Vee Pass Rhododendrons

Vee Pass Rhododendrons

mid-May–mid-June • nature

The Vee is famous all over Ireland for its panoramic views, particularly thanks to blooming rhododendrons

Hiking

Hiking

April–October • activity

From coast to mountains, Dublin area has some impressive trails

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

April–September • nature

Enjoy the height from the most scenic point of Ireland

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

all year round • activity

Explore the secrets of the most famous Irish beer

Conor Pass

Conor Pass

all year round • activity

Buckle up for Ireland's highest mountain pass with breathtaking views

Risso's Dolphins

Risso's Dolphins

March–May • nature

Get off the shore to observe one of the largest deep-water dolphins in the world

Kayaking

Kayaking

April–October • activity

One of the most pleasant activities in the Irish capital

Sea Pinks Blooming Season

Sea Pinks Blooming Season

May–September • nature

Visit the Dingle Peninsula when Sea Pinks flower and it might become your most colourful Ireland's experience

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

June–August • activity

If you long for a relax​ed and sightful sea kayaking experience without rapid current and swells, enjoy it during summertime!

Fuchsia Flower

Fuchsia Flower

late May–early August • nature

Tiny red and purple flowers that cover the island's valleys throughout summer months

Wakedock

Wakedock

April–October • activity

Wakeboarding in Grand Canal Dock is one of the best sports that Dublin's summer has to offer!

Vantastival

Vantastival

May 29–31, 2020 • event

A unique family-friendly music festival with campervan parking

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

March–January • nature

A top experience for nature enthusiasts in Ireland

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Loughcrew Equinox

Loughcrew Equinox

March 20–March 21 | September 21–September 22 • event

The ancient tombs of Loughcrew are aligned perfectly with equinox sunrise​ and have been a sacred place for Gaelic culture, especially during this occasion

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

March 14–17, 2020 • event

Get a taste of Ireland at one of the world's greatest national holidays

Lambing Season

Lambing Season

February–April  • nature

Head to Ireland for the cutest experience of seeing woolly sheep babies

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

September–March • nature

Ireland has a good geographical position to view aurora borealis

Laytown Beach Races

Laytown Beach Races

September 01, 2020 • event

Check out the only officially approved beach horse race in Europe!

Ballinasloe Horse Fair

Ballinasloe Horse Fair

October 04–11, 2020 • event

This is one of the largest and oldest horse festivals in Europe

Castlepalooza

Castlepalooza

August 03–05, 2018 • event

An independent music party in a beautiful historical venue

Longitude Festival

Longitude Festival

July 03–05, 2020 • event

Dublin's biggest outdoor music event with hip-hop and R&B vibes

Forbidden Fruit Festival

Forbidden Fruit Festival

June 01–03, 2019 • event

Music, art, fashion and good vibes in the center of Dublin

Electric Picnic

Electric Picnic

September 04–06, 2020 • event

One of the best medium-sized music festivals in Europe

Bloomsday Festival

Bloomsday Festival

June 11–15, 2019 • event

All Ulysses fans should at least once spend June 16th in Dublin

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

August 11–18, 2019 • event

The competition celebrating traditional Irish music and culture

Dublin Horse Show

Dublin Horse Show

July 15–19, 2020 • event

A prestigious equestrian competition with some of the richest prizes in the world

Halloween (Samhain)

Halloween (Samhain)

late October–early November • event

Why Ireland is the best place to celebrate Halloween

Surfing the Perfect Wave

Surfing the Perfect Wave

September–October • activity

Unwrap your sense of adventure in Ireland's surfing destinations

Loganberries

Loganberries

July • activity

Another sweet reason to visit Ireland are loganberries at the end of summer

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

August 30–September 29, 2019 • event

Fed up with Tinder? Try Europe’s biggest singles festival with lots of country music and booze

Time for Colcannon

Time for Colcannon

September–March  • food

Prepare your appetite for Ireland's tastiest traditional dish!

Common Dolphin

Common Dolphin

August–December • nature

Enjoy adorable, playfull dolphins on your sea journey

Irish Bog Snorkelling Championship

Irish Bog Snorkelling Championship

August 25, 2019 • event

Dive into childhood with the muddiest race on Earth

Six Nations

Six Nations

February 01, 2020 | February 08, 2020 | March 07, 2020 • event

Watch legendary Six Nation rugby matches at the Dublin's Aviva Stadium

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

November 15–December 22, 2019 • event

Immerse yourself in a festive atmosphere and check out traditional Irish gifts

Malahide Castle Concerts

Malahide Castle Concerts

June 14–16, 2019 • event

Great lineups in a spectacular location

KBC Dublin Marathon

KBC Dublin Marathon

October 27, 2019 • event

Feel high with the views of the ancient city while participating in this amazing running event

Sea Sessions

Sea Sessions

June 19–21, 2020 • event

Ireland's premier music, surfing, and camping gathering

Galway Oyster Festival

Galway Oyster Festival

September 25–27, 2020 • event

See some Irish craic while indulging in famous Galway Bay oysters

Blackberries

Blackberries

August–September • food

Get a taste of Ireland's most favourite blackberries and seasonal desserts with them

Primrose Blooming Season

Primrose Blooming Season

February–March • nature

Meet the begining of spring with hundreds of tiny primroses