What is the best time of year to visit Ireland 2019?

If you’re planning on booking a holiday to Ireland in 2019, it can be difficult to decide on what time of year will best for you to visit. We’re going to give you some factors to consider before you book the flights and hopefully help you make your mind up.

Weather

The weather in Ireland is always as it’s known for, raining. As Ireland has a mostly wet climate, it never gets too hot or too warm. Usually, it gets as cold as 2 degrees Celsius (35 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter but the daytime is usually higher than that, so as far as winters go it’s not too bad! Now if you’re looking for a sun holiday, DON’T GO TO IRELAND but if you’re hoping for it to be a little warmer than usual, June or July is usually when it’s the warmest. Ireland’s weather is pretty unpredictable so just be ready for everything! Regardless of the time of year, you need a rain jacket but the weather itself definitely isn’t as extreme as other countries so it’s like a perfect medium.

Sightseeing

If you’re looking to see the beautiful sights of Ireland you should visit in the Summer (June-August). At other times of the year, opening hours might get shortened or places may only open at the weekends or on certain days. When you’re planning your trip, make sure to look into the opening times of places so you don’t get there to realise that everywhere you wanted to go is closed. Of course, if you can’t go during these times it’s not a problem because Ireland has so many beautiful natural sights, you can visit them all year round for free whenever you want such as The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, The Giants Causeway etc. Also, keep in mind of public holidays that can lead to closures (which can be found here https://publicholidays.ie/2019-dates/ )

Tours

Tours run all year long but there is a much wider selection of types and times you can go when you visit in the Summertime, so if you plan on using these tours instead of renting a car you should consider visiting during the summer.

Budget

If you have a tight budget  June-August isn’t the best option as, like everywhere, things can be more expensive in the summer everything is in higher demand. You will pay more for flights/boats, accommodation and sometimes even entry tickets to some locations so this is also something to consider. If you’d rather use your money more efficiently (I mean, who wouldn’t?) then I’d suggest going between January – May or September – November.

Events

If you plan on seeing some Irish Music Festivals or other cultural events in 2019, you will more than likely have to visit between May-September as this is when the majority of events happen. If you’re going to see one particular event, it’s best to get in contact with that event or look at their social media’s to get exact dates on the event. We will be doing a full 2019 event calendar closer to the end of this year so keep an eye out for that coming soon!

There’s pro’s and con’s to going at any time of the year but if you’re trying to make the most out of the trip and you have the time, I would suggest going during the summer!

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