What is the best time of year to visit Dublin?

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Dublin is a must-see city for many of the Ireland’s ten million visitors who arrive on our shores every year.

And no wonder, the capital was named as one of Europe’s top five cities for culture in 2019.

There are countless attractions and areas of interest including the Guinness Storehouse, the National Museum of Ireland, Glasnevin Cemetery, Kilmainham Gaol, the Aviva Stadium, Trinity College and many more.

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There is something for everyone – and that is before you even venture into the city’s restaurants and bars to enjoy the nightlife.

So what is the best time of year to visit Dublin?

It is a good question and one that was posted on popular website Quora. It received several answers, here are some of the best.

Ava Martin had some great advice, including a word of warning to people thinking about a summer visit.

She said: “The best time to visit Dublin is April or May when the spring season arrives. October is also a good time to visit Ireland it’s the time before it gets really cold here. The crowds usually is manageable at this time and you will love the atmosphere.

“St. Patrick’s Day which is on 17th March and the time leading to Christmas are also great times to visit Dublin and experience the festive season.

“Summer months are dry and the crowd during this time is more. Some people may prefer coming here during June to August, but it is the time of the year when the prices are very high and the places are overcrowded.”

John Dean provided a compelling counter argument in favour of visiting Dublin during the summer months.

He said: “Summertime can be the best time to visit Ireland with the least amount of rainfall. June, July, and August are considered warm for the Irish, ranging from 15°C to 19°C.

“Tourists can enjoy sightseeing, local festivals, seafood, boat tours, wildlife excursions, and even cliff climbing.

“For shopaholics, summer and just before and after the winter holiday season are the best time for shopping spree time. Some summer sales begin in June, but they really pick up in the months of July and August. “

Nicolas Mondada said: “The Irish capital is a seasonal city that changes character throughout the year, and a visitor’s experience will change with it.

“Visiting Dublin in winter will see you enjoying open fireplaces in cosy pubs, while a trip to Dublin in summer is an outdoor adventurer’s dream.

“The change from summer to fall is more marked in Dublin than almost anywhere else, as the colour palette of the city goes from emerald to all manner of reds, yellows, oranges and browns.

Eleonora added: “Ireland is famous for endless rains all year round, it even inspired some poetry.

“Jokes aside, June to August is the best time to visit Dublin as it’s warmer, there is a higher chance to catch some sunshine, there are lots of outdoor festivals, and more activities like kayaking and wake-boarding on offer.

“If you are more into museums and food, then you should come during the other seasons as there are less busy. And fans of Irish culture and celebrations should head to Dublin in March to witness the green-green St. Patrick’s Day.”

Take a look at our list of things to do in Dublin.


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