With a mild climate year-round, any time can be a good time to visit Dublin. Summer sees the highest number of visitors, when schools are on break and the weather is at its warmest.
Although winter can be chilly and gloomy with shorter days, it's a great time for discounted prices and fewer crowds. The spring and fall bring many festivals, competitive prices, and pleasant weather.
- high season: June to August
- low season: mid-November to February
- shoulder season: September to mid-November, March to May
Dublin experiences a mild, temperate climate. Summer can be warm, with average highs ranging from 60 to 70 degrees. Spring and fall see averages of 49 degrees, while winter temperatures drop to between 37 and 47 degrees. Rain can occur anytime of the year, but snow is rare.
Summer is the busiest time for Dublin, but festivals throughout the year attract crowds as well, including St. Patrick's Day and Feis Ceoil in March, and the Failte Ireland Dublin Horse Show in August.
Most hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year, except for the holiday season in December. Many hotels may also close for New Year's Eve. Establishments are not legally allowed to sell liquor on Good Friday or Christmas Day.
When to Save
The least expensive time to visit Dublin is from September through May, when you will find discounts on airfare, hotels, and packages. Summer tends to be the most expensive time.
Information provided by Tourism Ireland.