Our Verdict: Late Spring/Early Fall (April/May & September/October)
One of the hardest parts about planning a trip abroad is deciding when to go. When it comes to Ireland there are certain times of the year that may be more appealing to visit during than others. However, like all things, it depends on what you are looking for in your trip! So why did we choose spring/fall?
Planning a trip for the late spring and early fall portions of the year are generally cheaper than booking for the busy summer season. Travelers can find much better deals on flights and accommodations when planning for the so called ‘shoulder’ season trips. However, in terms of cost, winter takes the cake when looking at what time of year is truly the most budget friendly.
We won’t sugar coat it, the weather in Ireland is temperamental at worst, and pleasantly surprising at best. Late spring and early fall weather can be summed up in one word: Mild. It’s a bit cooler than the peak summer season, but not as brisk as the winter winds become. The weather accompanies an added perk of having a bit more daylight than winter provides, but not as much as the height of summer. It’s important to pack accordingly to prepare for the weather. Ireland gets lots of rain, but as locals will remind you, sunshine is always just around the corner. Check out our blog post on Weather in Ireland.
With the summer being a popular time for people to take a vacation combined with more ideal weather in Ireland, this causes the majority of attractions to be busy and crowded. Many of Ireland’s popular attractions close or have limited hours from November through March. Fall and Spring give you the best of both worlds, open attractions, but ones that aren’t packed wall to wall with other tourists!
Even though we’ve laid out the reasons why we think either late spring and early fall is the best time to visit Ireland, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider other times. We can think of plenty of advantages that come from visiting all year round that may appeal to your unique travel desires.
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