Why Visit Dublin
Ireland travel isn't complete without a visit to the capital, where new and old intermingle seamlessly and the locals all want to know your name. Dublin is Ireland's biggest hub, and therefore home to diverse food, art, and music. Classic Irish staples like pubs and historic sites, however, will always be their meat and potatoes.
When to Visit Dublin
Like most of Europe, Dublin comes alive in summer. St. Patrick's Day makes mid-March an equally popular time to visit. Both have clear advantages, although airfare gouges might be enough to deter you from both. Shoulder seasons are fall and late-spring, which make for fair prices and moderate crowds.
Dublin's location at the edge of the Irish Sea makes it stormy year-round, with cold winters and mild summers. Temperatures can be unpredictable, but hover around 60 degrees Fahrenheit in summer and around freezing in winter. Snow is rare, so the city's famed parks and outdoor monuments are popular all year.