The Best Time To Visit Dublin

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 28, 2019

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When is the Best Time to Visit Dublin?

The best time to visit Dublin is June through August, when the skies are sunniest and average high temperatures are in the upper teens. (Though rain is always a possibility in Dublin.) Prices will be higher and lines will be longer in the summer. For good weather, manageable crowds, and lower prices, visit in April, May, or mid-September through mid-October.

The O’Connell Bridge in Dublin, Ireland. Summer is the best time to visit Dublin.

  • Best Time to Visit Dublin for Good Weather: The weather will be warmest in the summer in Dublin, with July seeing the least amount of precipitation of the season, making it the best month for limited rain. It’s unlikely to feel hot – temperatures are mild compared to most major cities, typically in the upper teens and occasionally reaching the low 20s. The peak of summer is a great time for hiking in the mountains, spending time on the beaches, and enjoying lively festivals. The days are quite long, with nearly 17 hours of daylight on July 1, making it easy to take in more outdoor attractions.
  • Best Time for Sightseeing: The best time for sightseeing in Dublin is when temperatures are comfortable, but lines aren’t as long and crowds not as thick as summer, generally the month of May or from mid-September to about mid-October. As rain can occur at any time in Ireland, be prepared by bringing a waterproof jacket and umbrella for those inevitable showers.
  • Best Time to Visit Dublin for Shopping: For those who want to enjoy bargain shopping on Dublin’s famous shopping streets like O’Connell and Grafton, the biggest sales come just after Christmas. In recent years they’ve begun as early as December 26, St. Stephen’s Day, when items are discounted as much as 60% off, and run through early January. The best selection will be available the morning of December 26.
  • Best Time to Visit for Festivals: Summer is the best time to visit Dublin to enjoy festivals; there’s something for everyone, with festivals like Body & Soul, LGTBQ Pride, and the Lobster Festival. The second-best time is mid-March for the St. Patrick’s Festival, the world’s biggest, which brings nearly a half-million people to the city center.
  • Best Time to View Dublin from the Guinness Storehouse: One of the top things to do in Dublin is to take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. The grand finale is a free Guinness and one of the best views of the city from the top-floor Gravity Bar, which offers a 360-degree view across Dublin and beyond. Of course, you won’t be able to see much in the rain, which is why the very best time to head up for the view is in July or September. Arrive as soon as it opens in the morning to capture photos without countless tourists getting in your shot.

Dublin Travel Seasons

  • High Season (June through August, St. Patrick’s Day): The high season primarily coincides with the summer months, which bring the warmest weather of the year to Dublin, though it’s unlikely to be too hot – and long summer days make it easier to squeeze in more sights and attractions. With the majority of tourists arriving in summer, prepare for longer lines, thicker crowds, and the highest accommodation and airfare costs of the year. The week around St. Patrick’s Day attracts lots of Irish and foreign visitors to Dublin (making it nearly as busy as the summer months), resulting in higher costs at this time as well.
  • Shoulder Season (April and May, mid-September through mid-October): The shoulder seasons of late spring and early autumn can be an ideal time to visit Dublin. Temperatures are usually comfortable, and the sun makes plenty of appearances in between rain showers. Prices and crowds are not at their highest, and most activities and attractions will be open.
  • Low Season (Mid-October through March, except around St. Patrick’s Day): Low season is the least expensive time to visit Dublin, and a great time to avoid crowds. It’s ideal for those who don’t mind missing out on some outdoor activities and want to enjoy a more authentic experience, as bed-and-breakfast hosts typically have more time to spend with their guests. While some activities won’t be available due to the weather, there are plenty of things to do indoors, like exploring museums and listening to live music in cozy, fire-warmed pubs.

Dublin Weather by Month

  • Dublin Weather in January: January is one of the coldest and wettest months of the year in Dublin. While snow isn’t common, it is possible, with temperatures likely to dip below freezing at times. The average low is 3°C, while the high is just 7°C. The city experiences about 63mm of precipitation over 24 days, grey skies can be expected most of the time. It’s a good idea to pack a travel umbrella anytime you plan to visit Ireland, but this time of year you’ll also want to warm coat and a lighter rain jacket for layering, along with sweaters, wool socks, waterproof boots, gloves, and scarves. Plan for shorter days this month too – on New Year’s Day sunrise is at 8:40 a.m. and sunset at 4:16 p.m. (Average Max Temperature: 7°C. Average Precipitation: 63mm.)
  • Dublin Weather in February: February is much like January, with more cold, wet, and windy weather, and temperatures remaining about the same on average. It won’t be quite as wet as the previous month, however, with average rainfall at just over 46mm. As day length increases, by late February there are several more hours of daylight for enjoying outdoor sights, and better odds of seeing some sunshine. (Average Max Temperature: 7°C. Average Precipitation: 46mm.)
  • Dublin Weather in March: March is typically characterized by cool, rainy weather (with an average of 52mm of precipitation), things are definitely warming up and there’s a good chance for sunshine in between the clouds. The average high increases three degrees to 10°C, and the low has creeped up slightly to 4°C. Pack warm winter clothing keeping the rain in mind, along with some lighter items for nicer days. (Average Max Temperature: 10°C. Average Precipitation: 52mm.)
  • Dublin Weather in April: April can be unpredictable, but visitors can look forward to the sun peeking out more often, over lush green landscapes and colorful flowers. It will still feel a bit chilly, although temperatures are increasing; the average high is now at 11°C and the low at 5°C. Pack clothing for cool weather along with some items for warmer days, as well as that portable umbrella for the occasional rain shower. There is plenty of daylight now for taking in the sights, with sunrise at about 6 a.m. and sunset around 9 p.m. by the end of the month. (Average Max Temperature: 11°C. Average Precipitation: 50mm.)
  • Dublin in May: May is typically one of the best months to visit Dublin, with wonderfully long days and an average high temperature of 15°C. There are over 16 ½ hours of daylight now, with sunrise at 5:05 a.m. and sunset at 9:41 p.m. on May 31. You’ll still need that umbrella, with slightly more precipitation now than in April (57mm falling on average over 20 days), but sunshine is almost always right around the corner. Bring a mix of clothing for both warmer and cooler days, like a jacket and sweaters along with short-sleeve shirts. (Average Max Temperature: 15°C. Average Precipitation: 57mm.)
  • Dublin Weather in June: With the official arrival of summer, conditions warm quite a bit and days are the longest of the year. On Summer Solstice, June 21, there will be more than 17 hours of daylight: from 4:56 a.m. to 9:56 p.m. The average high temperature has climbed to 17°C and the low is well above freezing at 10°C. While there will be many nice, warm days, rain is also common, with 60mm falling over 21 days in June. As this month typically enjoys both cool and sunny days, it also calls for a mix of appropriate clothing. (Average Max Temperature: 17°C. Average Precipitation: 60mm.)
  • Dublin Weather in July: Some of the Dublin’s warmest weather is enjoyed in July, with high temperatures averaging 19°C – though there are very few days, if any, that would be considered “bathing suit weather” in Dublin (or anywhere in Ireland). Layering is still advised now, as is a travel umbrella for inevitable bursts of rain. This is one of the city’s drier months as well, with precipitation dropping back down to 50mm on average; you’ll likely be wearing sunglasses more often than a rain jacket. (Average Max Temperature: 19°C. Average Precipitation: 50mm.)
  • Dublin Weather in August: The rain increases again in August, averaging 80mm of precipitation over 23 days. The average high temperature remains at 19°C, but a rain jacket is still necessary, as occasional summer storms can be expected. Pack as you would for July, including a mix of clothing and a travel umbrella, and plan for slightly shorter days. By August 31, daylight decreases significantly from its June peak, with sunrise at 6:32 a.m. and sunset at 8:17 p.m. (Average Max Temperature: 19°C. Average Precipitation: 80mm.)
  • Dublin Weather in September: September is another great month to be in Dublin, with relatively warm temperatures during the day and cool nights, usually with just a hint of fall in the air. There is often more sunshine now, with precipitation decreasing again down to 56mm on average. It’s all about layers, so pack a few lightweight items along with clothing made with heavier material like wool, along with a travel umbrella. Stylish boots are almost always popular in Dublin but opt for leather rather than suede due to the dampness. (Average Max Temperature: 17°C. Average Precipitation: 56mm.)

  • Dublin Weather in October: While Dublin temperatures drop significantly in October (the average high is 13°C) and rainfall increases to 76mm on average, autumn can be a great time to visit Dublin. There are usually some wonderful sunny days with fresh, crisp air and vibrant fall colors. Pack some waterproof gear and look forward to enjoying the sights without having to battle the crowds. By late October, it will be important to plan itineraries for shorter days, with the sun rising at 7:21 a.m. and setting at 4:55 p.m. (Average Max Temperature: 13°C. Average Precipitation: 76mm.)
  • Dublin Weather in November: By November, seriously chilly weather has arrived, with the high temperature now averaging 10°C and the low at 5°C. Winter is fast approaching, so packing heavier, cold-appropriate attire is a must, especially during the second half of the month, including scarves, gloves, and a warm hat. As with any other month in Dublin, a travel umbrella is a good idea – and with about 70mm of rainfall over 24 days, it makes sense to bring some waterproof attire as well. (Average Max Temperature: 10ºC. Average Precipitation: 70mm.)
  • Dublin Weather in December: Winter begins during one of the coldest months in Dublin. The average high dips a couple of degrees to 8°C, while the low remains at 5°C, so snow is a relatively rare occurrence. It will be quite cold and damp (with wind making it feel even chillier) and precipitation increases to 80mm over 23 days in December; bundling up is a must. This month sees the year’s shortest day on Winter Solstice, with just 7 ½ hours of daylight, so plan itineraries accordingly. (Average Max Temperature: 8ºC. Average Precipitation: 80mm.)

Dublin Events and Festivals

Dublin in January

  • New Year’s Day – January 1 is a national holiday in Dublin and all of Ireland. The capital city hosts a three-day New Year’s Festival that begins on December 31, featuring live concerts and a parade on the holiday itself. Many locals enjoy the day off work to rest and recover from the previous night’s festivities.
  • Temple Bar Tradfest – Ireland’s largest traditional music festival is held yearly in the nation’s capital, over five days in late January (January 22-26, 2020). Irish and international folk and traditional artists are featured, in venues that include everything from Dublin Castle to historic churches and City Hall.
  • Dublin Chinese New Year Festival – The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival takes place over two weeks starting in January or February. It includes performances, films, music, talks, arts and crafts, and all sorts of family-friendly events focused on Chinese culture.

Dublin in February

  • Scene + Heard Festival – This annual performing arts festival begins in mid-February and runs for two weeks, showcasing some of the best comedy, music, and theater from around the country.
  • Valentine’s Day – Valentine’s Day, February 14, is celebrated in Dublin and throughout the country, with couples exchanging gifts and cards, and many restaurants offering special romantic dinners.
  • Dublin International Film Festival – Taking place over two weeks in late February (February 20 through March 3, 2019) this is the biggest celebration of Irish and international feature films. It also brings special workshops and red carpet events, along with meet-and-greets.

Dublin in March

  • Dublin ComicCon – Held over a weekend in early March (March 9-10 in 2019), Dublin ComicCon brings international cosplayers, comic creators, industry pros, artists, and fans together for workshops, panels, demos, interactive activities, talks, and more.
  • Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair – This fabulous three-day food and drink event is hosted at the Dublin Convention Centre each year in mid-March (March 14-16, 2019), bringing foodies and craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy over 400 craft beers, spirits and ciders, artisan eats, and live music.
  • Saint Patrick’s Day – The biggest Saint Patrick’s Day celebration in the world takes place in Dublin for five days around the official holiday, March 17. In 2019, the festival will be held March 14-18. It includes a massive parade, street performances, lots of food and drink, carnival rides, Irish bands, and musicians from across the globe. Expect closures on the holiday itself, with many businesses closed.

Dublin in April

  • Dublin Tech Summit – Held for two days in early April (April 10-11 in 2019), DTS has grown to become one of the largest tech conferences in Europe, bringing some of the most influential tech brands and leaders to the city for networking, knowledge sharing, and more.
  • Easter – On Easter Sunday, there are various celebrations held to commemorate the 1916 Easter Uprising throughout Ireland, with some of the biggest found in Dublin. Good Friday and Easter Monday are national holidays, which means banks and post offices will be closed, along with some businesses. In 2019, Easter Weekend is from Friday, April 19 through Monday, April 22.
  • Gin Experience – The ultimate event for gin enthusiasts, the Gin Experience is held over two days in mid-April, April 12-13 in 2019. It offers the chance to sample gins of all kids, enjoy unique gin and food pairings, take a forage lesson, attend a masterclass, and taste gin cocktails from some of the top bars and restaurants in Ireland.

Dublin in May

  • May Day – The first Monday in May (May 6 in 2019) is May Day, a national worker’s holiday that brings a number of closures, including banks and post offices. Most restaurants, pubs and stores will be open. In Dublin there are demonstrations, celebrations and a Labor Day parade.
  • Dublin Dance Festival – Held during the first half of May (May 1-19, 2019), this festival brings both international choreographers and dance companies and emerging and established Irish talent to the city to share contemporary dance performances.
  • Dublin International Literature Festival – Taking place over 10 days in the second half of May (May 17 to May 26 in 2019), this festival features international and local literary talent, including renowned writers like Neil Gaiman and other well-known names. There are master classes, literary walking tours, street theater, workshops, town hall discussions, and more.

Dublin in June

  • June Bank Holiday – The first Monday in June is Ireland’s June Bank Holiday, June 3 in 2019. Many businesses and all government offices, banks and schools will be closed, although stores and restaurants are generally open. This is a time for taking advantage of the usually warmer weather by enjoying outdoor activities, including picnics and camping.
  • Taste of Dublin – For four days in mid-June (June 13-16 in 2019), the Taste of Dublin offers lots of eating, drinking and entertainment in Iveagh Gardens.
  • Bloomsday – This mid-June event honors James Joyce and is named for the central character in Ulysses, Leopold Bloom. It’s celebrated with food mentioned in the book, visiting locations featured in the book, and wearing fashions from the period. Events include everything from pub crawls, theater, and workshops to music, readings, lectures, and walking tours. Held on June 11 to 16 in 2019.
  • Body & Soul Festival – This three-day wellness festival will be hosted over June 21-23 in 2019. It features live music, spiritual workshops, and pop-up spas in the lush grounds of Ballinlough Castle in nearby Westmeath, with buses available for transport from Dublin.
  • Dublin LGBTQ Pride – This annual event is held over 10 days during the second half of June, and includes all sorts of festive parties and events, with the highlight being a massive parade that takes place on the final day. June 20-29, 2019.

Dublin in July

  • Longitude Festival – Held for three days in early July (July 5-7 in 2019), this festival features some of the hottest international bands and DJs. In Marlay Park, located just south of the city.
  • Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta – This event features four days of open-sea racing by international and Irish teams. Located on Dublin Bay, with plenty of entertainment, food, and family-friendly events along the water. July 11-14, 2019.
  • City Spectacular – This is Ireland’s biggest free festival, held annually for three days in Merrion Square; July 12-14, 2019. It showcases the best in international street performers, free activities for the whole family, delicious street food from across the globe, and some of the top living statue artists in the world.
  • The Festival of Curiosity – This four-day festival is like a science museum that’s spread throughout the city. Combining imagination with technology, it’s an immersive experience that includes performance art, theater, and pop-up installations during the day, and ,le rides, tours to hidden places and pub crawls after dark. Held at various venues through Dublin, July 18 to 21 in 2019.

Dublin in August

  • August Bank Holiday – Ireland’s August Bank Holiday falls on the first Monday of the month (August 5 in 2019), with schools and most businesses closed. During this weekend there are multiple cultural and sporting events, like horse racing, art exhibitions, local fairs, and arts festivals.
  • Dublin Horse Show – For five days in early August, this event showcases world-class horses and includes a popular Ladies’ Day (which brings high fashion) as well as the thrilling Aga Khan Cup. August 7-11, 2019.
  • Dalkey Lobster Festival – All things lobster on Castle Street in Dublin for three days, August 24 to 26 in 2019.

Dublin in September

  • Dublin Fringe Festival – This curated arts festival takes place for 16 days every year (September 7-22 in 2019), showcasing Irish and international participants with a focus on new and emerging artists. It includes live music, live art, dance, visual art, and theater.
  • Culture Night – For one night only in mid-September (September 20 in 2019), more than 200 museums, art galleries, theaters, libraries and other venues throughout Dublin offer special workshops and tours to inspire cultural appreciation.
  • Dublin Theater Festival – Beginning in late September each year, the Dublin Theater Festival presents new works and classic plays, along with international productions created by famous artists and emerging voices. September 26 to October 13, 2019.

Dublin in October

  • DublinTown Food and Drink Festival – For a week in mid-October (October 15-21, 2019), this festival offers a wide range of food and drink in the city center, with talks and lessons, cocktail and cooking classes, special talks, and featured festival menus from some of Dublin’s top restaurants.
  • Bram Stoker Festival – Over four days in late October, Dublin celebrates all things gothic at this festival that is named to honor the author of the novel Dracula. There will be theatrical performances and ghost tours along with special themed cocktails. October 25-28 in 2019.
  • Dublin Marathon – Held the last Sunday in October (October 27 in 2019), this annual marathon brings more than 20,000 runners from across Ireland and the world.
  • October Bank Holiday – The last Monday in October is a bank holiday, with post offices, banks and other businesses closed. October 28 in 2019.
  • Halloween – Ireland celebrates Halloween with trick-or-treating and lots of parties, including many that are hosted by pubs throughout Dublin. The city also hosts a Halloween parade celebrating Celtic heritage with music and dance. It includes lots of spooky monsters and floats, along with dancers, musicians, actors, puppets, and spectators marching through the streets in their Halloween attire, and is considered one of the most colorful parades in all of Ireland. A fireworks display marks the end of the huge celebration.

Dublin in November

  • Whiskey Live – For two days in November (November 22-23 in 2019), this conference is the premier whiskey tasting event in Ireland. It includes more than 60 exhibitors that all offer whiskey samples, bringing the opportunity to taste your favorite brands from Ireland and around the world, and meet the faces that make them.

Dublin in December

  • Carols by Candlelight – This late December holiday event features the Mozart Festival Chorus and Orchestra, musicians and singers that don period costumes of 18th-century Dublin while singing Christmas classics like “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Hosted at the National Concert Hall, the building is made even more magnificent illuminated with candles.
  • Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day – Christmas Day (December 25) and St. Stephens Day (December 26, also known as Boxing Day) – are both Irish national holidays. On Christmas, post offices, banks, and nearly all businesses are closed, though there are usually a few pubs and restaurants open. Families attend holiday church services and formal Christmas dinners. On St. Stephen’s Day banks, post offices and many other businesses will be closed but most pubs and stores are open, although they may open later and close earlier than usual.
  • New Year’s Eve – The Irish like to party, and some of the biggest and most elaborate festivities for ringing in the New Year can be found in Dublin. A Luminosity Show brings 3D animation across the facades of some of the city’s most historic buildings at 5 p.m. and a fabulous lantern-roofed parade is especially enchanting, winding its way from St. Stephen’s Green to Dublin Castle. There is also a Countdown Concert followed by the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment where music is performed to a spectacular choreography of lights and laser beams. Alternatively, the Christ Church cathedral brings Dubliners to gather at midnight for the ringing of the cathedral’s carillon of 19 bells, an especially atmospheric way to see in the New Year.

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