Ireland in detail

When to go and weather

High Season (Jun–mid-Sep)

  • Weather at its best.
  • Accommodation rates at their highest (especially in August).
  • Tourist peak in Dublin, Kerry and southern and western coasts.

Shoulder (Easter–May, mid-Sep–Oct)

  • Weather often good: sun and rain in May, often-warm 'Indian summers' in September.
  • Summer crowds and accommodation rates drop off.

Low Season (Nov–Easter)

  • Reduced opening hours from October to Easter; some destinations close.
  • Cold and wet weather throughout the country; fog can reduce visibility.
  • Big city attractions operate as normal.