When to go to Dublin: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Martí Micolau

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Dublin is a city that is always worth a visit, whether it's for a few days or a few weeks. When traveling, of course, you always hope not to find cold and rain, a rather common situation in the Irish capital: in fact, Ireland is characterized by a rather rainy climate, and even if this does not detract from the charm of Dublin, being able to visit the city on beautiful sunny days is certainly preferable.
Therefore, when to go to Dublin? Let's find out together, taking a look at its climate.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Dublin: the cheapest period
  3. Dublin in Spring
  4. Dublin in Summer
  5. Dublin in Autumn
  6. Dublin in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: from the end of May to the beginning of September, with a preference for July and August. March for the feast of St. Patrick (March 17).
  • Period to avoid: winter is very cold, wet and cloudy, with occasional wind storms. Snowfalls are not frequent but rains are. But at Christmas it is beautiful.

Dublin's climate is oceanic, cool and humid all year round. The average temperature varies between 5 ° C in January and February, and 15 ° C-20 ° C in July and August. Precipitation amounts to approximately 750 millimeters per year.
Dublin, in fact, despite being a city where the rains are quite frequent, even if they are usually not abundant, is located in the least rainy part of the island. Rains in Dublin are frequent all year round, especially in the winter and summer months.
The ideal time to visit the city is certainly the one that runs from mid-May to mid-September.

When to go to Dublin: the cheapest period

Dublin is quite an expensive city, to save a bit on travel, our advice is to travel in November, or in the winter (January, February), when prices tend to drop.
August, and the summer months in general, are considered high season.

Dublin in Spring

From March to May, temperatures in the city gradually begin to rise, and Atlantic disturbances become less intense than in the winter months. Visiting the city in good weather undoubtedly allows you to enjoy more of its green spaces, such as the Phoenix Park.
Not to be missed during this period is undoubtedly St. Patrick's Day, on March 17; or, for lovers of dance and theater, an unmissable appointment is the one with the Dublin Dance Festival, which takes place in May (from 2 to 20 May).

Dublin in Summer

The Dublin summer is cool and humid, with always quite frequent rains. The heat is definitely a rare event, the maximum temperature usually is around 20 ° C.
During this period you can take advantage of it for pleasant walks in the Docks area, or you can take beautiful excursions outside the city, towards the coast, to breathe a bit of a maritime atmosphere. Don't miss Bloomsday on June 16th, day to commemorate the events of Joyce's Ulysses, with various cultural activities throughout the city.

Dublin in Autumn

Autumn in Dublin is rather gray and cloudy, however October can be a good time to visit the city: temperatures are still mild, and days are less rainy than summer ones.
To enjoy the magnificent autumn colors, which are at their best in Dublin, you can take a nice walk in the Botanic Garden and along the Grand Canal.
In addition, autumn is also the period of festivals: between September and October, Dublin hosts many festivals, including the Dublin Fashion Festival (from 5 to 8 September); the Dublin Fringe Festival (from 5 to 22 September), as well as Oktoberfest (from 19 September to 6 October).

Dublin in Winter

Winter in Dublin is quite mild, although the sky is often cloudy and rains are also frequent, as in the rest of the year. Snowfalls are quite rare, as are cold spells that do not last long.
Even in winter, the city manages to give its best: if you travel in December, you can admire the Dublin Docklands Christmas Market, the Christmas market where about eighty stands offer gastronomic and Christmas products.
With the cold and the rain, you can then take the opportunity to visit one of the city's many museums, to relax in a pub, or enjoy a morning at the Guinness Storehouse.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: winter in Dublin is cold, our advice is to dress in layers, wearing lighter sweaters and sweaters. Don't forget a hooded raincoat, which is essential on fairly frequent rainy days.
  • In summer: Dublin summer is cool, so even in this period the advice is to dress in layers, preferring lighter sweaters (a jacket is always recommended).
  • In autumn and spring: the essentials are always the raincoat with hood (not too heavy), and sweaters to combine with lighter shirts.

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