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Best Times To Visit Dublin

The best time to visit Dublin is June through August when temperatures are warm (for Ireland anyway) and festivals fill the streets. This also constitutes the most expensive time to visit, with high hotel rates and airfare prices. It's also the most crowded time of year. If you're looking for a deal and fewer tourists, come in the winter (the low season) with your heaviest coat. Spring and fall offer a happy medium – moderate temperatures (again, for Ireland), crowds and prices.

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The Best Time to Visit Dublin

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Many visitors worry about the Irish rain, and hold off on planning trips until summer, but the best time to visit Dublin is actually in April or May when the spring weather arrives, but the crowds stay manageable, or in October before the truly cold temperatures return. Certain holidays, such as St. Patrick’s Day (March 17 th ) and the weeks leading up to Christmas (December 25 th ), are also great times to be in the Irish capital in order to experience a festive (if rainy) atmosphere.

While there is never a true dry season in Dublin, the summer months tend to have the warmest weather—as well as the crowds. Coming to Dublin between June and August becomes a tradeoff between (hopefully) more sunny days and the higher prices and long lines that come with the high season. However, you should be prepared with a jacket and warm layers regardless of when you visit Dublin because the city tends to stay temperate and cool throughout the year.

In order to make the most of any trip, here is your guide to the best times to visit Dublin.

Must-See Dublin Events 

Some of the best times to visit Dublin coincide with the city's most unique events. Since the 1990s, Dublin has been throwing a St. Patrick’s Festival to celebrate March 17th.   The festivities draw crowds of merry-makers and now stretch over the course of 4-5 days every year. Be sure to book hotels as far in advance as possible because accommodation will be at a premium. June 16th is also a beloved local holiday when literature lovers celebrate Bloomsday in honor of James Joyce. Finally, Christmastime brings a decidedly festive air to the Irish capital.

Prices During Peak Season in Dublin

Certain sights close during the winter season in Ireland's more rural corners, but there is no need to worry about major shutdowns in Dublin because the city keeps its tourist attractions open all year. The only thing that does change radically is the price of hotels and airfare, which skyrocket in the summer months. Avoid staying in the city in July and August in particular if you want to find a deal that better fits your budget.

After the holiday buzz of December, January in Dublin tends to be quiet and rainy. The first month of the year is one of the coldest and wettest times, making it the ideal moment to be inside somewhere listening to traditional music . On the plus side, hotel prices and flights tend to be cheapest at this time, so it can be one of the best times to visit if you are on a budget. While snow is very unlikely, this would be the time when temperatures are most likely to drop below freezing.

Events to check out:

  • Dates change a bit every year, but the  Temple Bar Tradfest  is usually held towards the end of January in Dublin and highlights live Irish music in some of the city’s historic buildings.

February remains one of the coldest times to visit Dublin, but the low temperatures (usually in the 40s) also mean smaller crowds. This could be one of the best times to see sights like the Book of Kells or St. Patrick’s Cathedral without waiting in any lines. Of course, there are always plenty of Dublin pubs to pop into if things get especially dreary outside.

  • Movie lovers can catch the Dublin International Film Festival which usually begins in late February and runs through early March.

It is impossible to talk about March in Dublin without referring to St. Patrick’s Day . March 17 th is a national holiday in Ireland and the biggest celebration of them all takes place in Dublin. While the cool, rainy month is otherwise fairly quiet, the crowds arrive for the festivities (and the pints).

  • The most Irish of all holidays, St. Patrick’s Day , occurs on March 17th. It is a major event in Dublin, where parades and events take place over five days during the St. Patrick’s festival.
  • Strike out for Howth to get a taste of the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival.

April is one of the best times to visit Dublin because the spring weather can bring some of the mildest days of the year, but the summer crowds are still weeks away. That being said, it can also be unpredictable, so be prepared for everything from pouring rain in the mornings to sunny afternoons. Have a rainy day back up plan, but also set aside some time to explore the parks in the city center to catch the first flowers popping up among the green lawns. 

  • Businesses will close on Easter Sunday, which sometimes falls in April. If this is the case, there will also be events to remember the  1916 Easter Rising . 

The month of May can be the ideal time to visit Dublin because the average temperature reaches into the 60s, which is positively balmy for the location. You might still need an umbrella on some days, but this is when you are most likely to catch the city on a sunny day with smaller crowds. 

  • Watch the impressive water sports on display at the Dublin Docklands Summer Festival.

June is when Irish high school students finish up their leaving cert (final pre-college exams), and other young people from around Europe flock to Dublin for English language classes. The post-school vibes add to the happy energy the entire city vibrates with as it sits on the cusp of summer. The mid-60s temperatures are some of the highest of the year, which attracts even more crowds to the capital. Be prepared for lines at major sights and steep hotel prices to go along with the relatively sunny days.

  • June 16 is Bloomsday – the day that Dublin celebrates James Joyce because the author’s famous book  Ulysses  is set on that very date.
  • Celebrate Dublin Pride in support of LGBTQ Ireland .

Prices stay high during July, which is a part of the peak tourist season in Dublin. If you don't mind the crowds, there is plenty to do, as the warmer weather brings some of the best outdoor events of the year to the parks around the city.

  • Rock out to the best international and Irish bands during a musical weekend at Longitude Festival.
  • Delight young imaginations at the Festival of Curiosity.

The warmest average temperatures in Dublin occur in August when thermometers reach up into the high 60s. That doesn’t mean you can leave your jacket at home because there are still summer storms to contend with. Plus, crowds. August is one of the most popular times to visit Dublin, and the huge numbers of visitors can put a damper on any trip, even when the weather is fine.

  • Dress up for a day at the races with the Dublin Horse Show .
  • Fire up the BBQ, and dig into the foodie event known as the Big Grill Festival .

Hotel prices tend to be highest in September as visitors flock to the city for festivals and one last trip before school starts up again. If you don't mind the added expense, it is a great time to come to Dublin because the autumn weather means warmer days and cool nights, with just a hint of fall in the air.

  • Catch unique performances at the Dublin Fringe Festival .

October is another excellent time to visit Dublin because the summer crowds disperse and high hotel prices fall back down to earth. The temperature stays in the high-50s on most days, but October is one of the rainiest months in Dublin. Luckily, the city is well used to the wet weather, so a little extra drizzle shouldn't rain on your travel parade. Pack waterproof gear and get out to enjoy Dublin without any tourist congestion.

  • Celebrate the Irish holiday of Halloween with the unique Bram Stoker Festival. The Dracula creator was a Dubliner by birth, so expect plenty of costumed vampires. Also, celebrate the past at the Dublin Festival of History

Cold weather sets in during November, driving most locals indoors. There is nothing wrong with a winter trip to Ireland, but plan your days inside at museums, galleries, and pubs accordingly. You can also take advantage of the lower prices to splurge on a hotel with a real fireplace to dry out and warm up after a day of exploring.

  • Find a new novel and attend talks by Irish writers at the Dublin Book Festival .

December in Dublin can bring a nip in the air, but there is also plenty of good cheer to warm your heart before the Christmas holiday. Lights decorate the streets, and pubs are full of locals catching up before the end of the year. The general good mood and lower prices (at least before the late December crunch), make it a great time to be in Dublin.

  • Ring in the New Year with Liffey Lights Midnight Moments and the other events that make up New Year’s Festival Dublin . 

Late spring or fall are the best times for visiting Dublin to balance out the crowds with good weather. Temperatures are chilly but not too cold, and you can enjoy Dublin without the hoards of tourists that arrive in summer.

Rain is a part of daily life in Dublin, so expect to come across some showers regardless of when you visit. However, the wettest months are usually winter, especially December and January.

Summer is by far the busiest time of year in Dublin, especially from mid-June to mid-September, so expect to pay premium rates at local hotels. St. Patrick's Day in March also brings in an influx of tourists, so plan ahead if you want to visit during the holiday.

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3 Days in Dublin Ireland: The Perfect Dublin Itinerary

Last updated: December 18, 2023 - Written by Jessica Norah 39 Comments

Dublin is Ireland’s capital and largest city, offering an endless number of museums, attractions, and entertainment options. We’ve put together a recommended Dublin itinerary to help you get the most out of your 3 days in Dublin. It includes all the main highlights of the city such as Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse, the Temple Bar neighborhood, and Christ Church Cathedral as well as a few lesser known sites.

We suggest using this Dublin itinerary as a starting point for planning your 3 days in Dublin, and you can edit it to create your own personalized itinerary that reflects your own needs and interests. In addition to the 3 day itinerary, we also provide tips on how to get around Dublin, a map of each day’s suggested attractions, tips on where to stay in Dublin, and how to save money during your 3 days in Dublin.

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Planning for 3 Days in Dublin

Before we share our suggested day-to-day itinerary, here is some essential planning information on getting to Dublin, getting around Dublin, tips for saving money, how to find accommodation, and further resources for planning and making the most of your 3 days in Dublin.

Getting to Dublin

Dublin is easy to reach by plane and can also be reached via a combination of ferry, train, bus, or car. Dublin has one major airport, Dublin Airport with flights coming in and out from around the world.

From the airport, you can get into the city via taxi, Uber, bus, Dublin Express shuttle transfer , rental car, or by booking a private transfer .

Given that Ireland is an island with no bridge or tunnel connections, you can’t obviously reach Dublin directly by train or car if you are starting your trip outside of Ireland or Northern Ireland. If you are arriving from the UK or continental Europe, you can drive or take a bus or train to a ferry port in the UK or France, and then take a ferry to reach Ireland.

Dublin Port is the most convenient port for those wishing to visit Dublin. Stena Line and Irish Ferries both have a number of ferry routes to Dublin. The ferries take both foot passengers and cars. You can also check out the rail and sail options if your trip to Dublin will involve both train and ferry crossings.

If you traveling by train or coach to Dublin, you can check rates for tickets and schedules for both buses and trains on sites like thetrainline .

NOTE . If you plan to rent a car, please check your rental agreement as bringing a car to or from Ireland may be against your car’s rental terms (particularly if you want to take it on any ferry crossings). For instance, even cars rented in Ireland or Northern Ireland can sometimes not be brought by ferry over to Scotland or England and vice versa.

How to Get Around Dublin

Central Dublin is fairly compact and is best explored by a combination of walking and public transportation. Cabs, Uber, and bike hires are also options.

We would not recommend driving in Dublin unless you are planning to stay on the outskirts of the city or visit places outside the city as driving and finding parking in central busy locations can be difficult and parking can be expensive. If you are driving to Dublin, we’d recommend parking your car when you arrive in the city and then use public transport until you leave the city center.

Dublin has a good public transportation network which includes public buses , trams , and rail services  (for going outside the city center or outside the city). We used the bus several times on our most recent trip and found it easy to use.

There are also a few hop-on hop-off (HOHO) buses in Dublin, such as the City Sightseeing Bus and the Big Bus Open-Top Tours . If you have a Dublin Pass , you’ll get a free one day sightseeing bus ticket .

If you plan to use these buses, we recommend doing this when you first arrive in Dublin to get a good overview of the city before you start exploring. We find these tours are great ways to get a good introduction to a new city although not as practical if you are trying to get from one place to another quickly.

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Best Time to Visit Dublin?

We love visiting Dublin at any time of year, and it really depends on your preferences. Dublin is a great year-round destination as most attractions are open year round in the city.

But we’d say spring, summer, or early autumn would be our recommended times of the year for a first time visit. Although winter is a great time to visit as well as it is less busy and you can enjoy the holidays, but it will also be darker and colder at that time of year. Halloween in October (believed to have originated in Ireland), Christmas in December, and St. Patrick’s Day in March are all accompanied by big celebrations and festivities in the city.

In terms of weather, you’ll have warmer days and more hours of sunlight in the summer. It may also rain less. However, whenever you visit, you will want to be prepared for rain so be sure to pack a rain jacket and/or umbrella. Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, and all that greenery takes plenty of watering, so rain is a possibility at any time of year!

Where to Stay in Dublin for 3 Days

There are a range of lodging options in Dublin to suit all budgets and travel styles, from hostels to apartments to B&B’s to luxury hotels . If you are looking for a comfortable good-value hotel, we’ve stayed at a number of mid-range hotels in the city like the Ireland-based  Maldron hotels . We would recommend booking lodging in or near the city center to make the most of your time in Dublin.

Our current favorite way to find the best price on hotels when traveling in the UK is Booking.com. We find they tend to have the widest choice of listings, good discounts if you use them regularly, and an excellent selection of properties from hotels to apartments. See their Dublin city center listings here  to get started.

If you’d prefer an apartment or room, then you might also want to check out Plum Guide . They usually have some lovely properties available. Another option is Vrbo , who have many listings in Dublin.

If you are not finding what you want on those sites, check out our guide to the best AirBnB alternatives for lots of other accommodation booking options for your trip.

How to Save Money in Dublin

As a capital city in Europe, Dublin is not a budget destination but it is also not the most expensive city either. Generally, you’ll find that the main costs are going to be food, entertainment, accommodation, and sightseeing.

There are loads of ways to save money. Budget accommodation include hostels, budget motels, and rooms in private homes. You can save money on food by cooking for yourself or getting take away. There are also lots of free or inexpensive things you can do from admiring the city’s architecture and city parks to having a pint in a pub to enjoying a free city concert.

There are a number of great free museums in Dublin which include the National Museum of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Hall, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Also keep an eye out for discount cards, coupons, and special deals to save money on tickets, tours, and meals.

Our favorite way to save money on sight-seeing in Dublin is to invest in a Dublin Pass which allows for free entry into over 35 of Dublin’s popular attractions (see full attraction list ). It also comes with a free hop-on, hop-off bus ticket and additional discounts on food, shopping, and tours. It also includes fast track entry to many of the included attractions.

We’ve used the Dublin Pass twice when visiting the city, and for a three day visit, the savings can really add up. You can read our review of the Dublin Pass to figure out if it is worth investing in for your trip and more about our experiences using it.

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Other Practicalities for Traveling to Dublin

Power:  Electricity in Dublin is of the 220v standard, and power outlets use the same three pin plug that you’ll find throughout the UK and British Isles. Travelers from most countries, including continental Europe and North America will need a travel plug adapter  like these or a universal adapter like this . Be sure to leave electronics that don’t support 220v at home or you’ll need to purchase a voltage converter .

Currency: Ireland (the Republic of Ireland) is in the Eurozone, so the currency is the Euro. You can get Euros from ATM’s, banks, and currency exchanges, although credit cards are of course widely accepted throughout the country. Note that if you plan to visit Northern Ireland, you’ll need to switch to GBP as the currency in the UK is pound sterling.

Internet:  Internet access is easy to find in the form of WiFi all around the city, as well as in the majority of hotels and coffee shops, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting online. You can also pick up local SIM cards if you have an unlocked phone. For more options on getting online when travelling, check out our  guide to getting online when travelling  to help you figure out the best options.

Water:  The water in Dublin (and Ireland) is perfectly safe to drink unless otherwise posted. If you don’t like the taste, bottled water is widely available.

Safety:  We’ve never had any problems with safety when visiting Dublin, just take basic precautions with your valuables and personal safety, and you should be fine.

Further Resources for Planning your Dublin Trip

For information on events, happenings, and more ideas for what to do in Dublin, take a look at the official Visit Dublin website . If your travels are taking you elsewhere in Ireland, check out the official Ireland tourism website and our recommended two week itinerary for the UK and Ireland which includes Dublin.

There are several great day trips you can take from Dublin. For instance we’ve done a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher . Day tours also visit Belfast and the Northern Ireland Coast which has fantastic attractions like the Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Museum, and the Dark Hedges .

If you are looking for a guidebook, you might want to get a copy of the Rick Steves’  Dublin Snapshot Guide  or latest Ireland guidebook . For a good street map to help you navigate Dublin’s city center, we personally love the laminated Streetwise maps by Michelin.

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3 Day Dublin Itinerary: How to Spend 3 Days in Dublin

Dublin has a large number of attractions, museums, shows, and potential things to do. This can be overwhelming for first time visitors so we’ve put together our suggested 3 day itinerary that takes in Dublin’s most popular attractions, museums, and neighborhoods. We’ve also tried to arrange them in a logical order so you spend less time traveling around the city and more time sightseeing.

Use this as a guide and starting point for planning your 3 days in Dublin, not as a definitive itinerary. This itinerary is pretty jam-packed and may be too packed for someone who wants to explore the city at a more leisurely pace. It also reflects some of the most popular highlights, but you’ll want to add or substitute places that reflect your own special interests. For example, it doesn’t include attractions like the Dublin Zoo, Avia Stadium, the botanical gardens, the wax museum, or trips out to Dalkey or Malahide Castle.

Be sure to check on admission days and hours for any must-see attractions before you set out as some attractions close for one day per week, or may be closed due to a special event or renovation. Many attractions have reduced winter hours and longer summer hours.

For all attractions with an admission fee, we’ve noted there is an entry fee by writing “(fee)” next to them. Note that since many people use the  Dublin Pass , the attractions that are included on the Dublin Pass (at the time of this writing) are starred (*) denoting that passholders receive free entry so they have “(fee*)” next to them. We do our best to provide the most updated information, but things change so you may want to double-check fees and check the latest list of attractions included by the Dublin Pass before your trip.

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Dublin Itinerary Day 1

For the first day of our suggested 3 day Dublin itinerary, we have you exploring the area south of the River Liffey in the western part of central Dublin. Today you’ll learn about Dublin’s medieval and Viking past, have a chance to visit the city’s two famous cathedrals, pay a visit to one of Ireland’s most famous prisons, and end your day of sightseeing with a pint of Ireland’s most famous brew!

Dublin Castle

We’re going to start with a visit to Dublin Castle (fee*). There has been a castle on this site since 1166, although most of the current complex dates from the 18th and 19th century and doesn’t look too much like a medieval castle anymore. However parts of the medieval castle still exist and the State Rooms of the castle are still used for official state engagements. Many famous figures have visited the castle including Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, and Dublin-born author Bram Stoker worked as a civil servant at the castle for several years before moving to London.

Visitors to Dublin Castle can see the excavation site of the Viking and medieval parts of the castle, the Gothic Chapel Royal, and the State Apartments. You can purchase a ticket for either a self-guided visit of the castle or guided tour. Dublin Pass holders can take a self-guided tour for free or upgrade to a guided tour for just £3 extra. Do bear in mind that access to Dublin Castle may be restricted due to government events or activities, so check the official website before your visit to avoid disappointment.

Within the Dublin Castle complex are also the Garda Museum (Irish Police museum) and the Chester Beatty Library museum. Both of these are free and worth visiting, especially the library museum, if you have time.

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Christ Church Cathedral

Dating back to 1028, Christ Church Cathedral (fee*) is Dublin’s oldest medieval cathedral and is found in the heart of what was once medieval Dublin. Although it dates back to medieval times, the Christ Church cathedral that exists today is a mix mainly of Gothic, Romanesque, and Victorian elements. It serves as the seat of the Church of Ireland (Anglican church) in Dublin. Fans of the Showtime TV show The Tudors  will likely find it recognizable as many of the cathedral scenes from the show were filmed on site here.

There is a lot to see at Christ Church cathedral. First there is the beautiful nave and main building, which contains the organ, the Musician’s Corner, and some tombs including the disputed tomb of Strongbow , a medieval Norman-Welsh earl and warlord. There’s also the crypt which is the largest cathedral crypt in the British Isles. The crypt contains a number of items of interest, including monuments, a mummified cat and rat that were found stuck in the organ pipe, and an extensive silver collection.

The cathedral’s choir is very well known throughout Ireland and those who enjoy choir music may want to make time to listen to the choir for evensong which is normally performed several evenings a week in the cathedral.

You can visit the cathedral as part of a self-guided tour, or join a guided tour (additional fee) that are offered on most days at set times (check website for times). You can purchase tickets in advance here .

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Next door to Christ Church Cathedral is Dublinia  (fee*), a fun family-friendly museum which tells the story of medieval and Viking Dublin. Along with the cathedral, this part of the city was at the center of medieval Dublin, although construction and city changes mean that not much else has survived from that time period.

At Dublinia, visitors can learn all about life in medieval Dublin on a self-guided visit, told through various mediums, which includes interactive exhibits. This being medieval times, there is naturally a large section dedicated to the Plague, or Black Death, which was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Dubliners. A part of the museum also covers how archaeologists have unearthed artifacts to help understand and bring the past to life. At the end of the visit, there is also the chance to climb the steps of the medieval St Michael’s Tower.

Most tours are self-guided; however, once per day, they do a guided tour in English of one of the sections of the museum with a costumed actor guide. These interactive tours are well worth taking, especially if you have children, and help bring a bit more life into the information. Check times before visiting if interested in the tour.

Dublinia and Christ Church Cathedral are next door and connected by the Synod hall and bridge. Both attractions are included for free with the Dublin Pass, but if you are not planning to buy a Dublin Pass but still want to visit both attractions, you can purchase a discounted combined ticket for both at the Dublina’s welcome desk.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

If you are interested in visiting another cathedral, you can also visit the nearby  St. Patrick’s Cathedral  (fee*). Dublin is unique for having not one, but two cathedrals and both date back to the medieval period. It is believed that St. Patrick’s Cathedral (fee*), founded in 1191, was initially intended to replace Christ Church but for whatever reason this did not happen and the two cathedrals have had to learn to co-exist together. Like Christ Church, it is part of the Anglican Church of Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the National Cathedral of the  Church of Ireland and its spire makes it the tallest church (but not cathedral) in Ireland and the largest. It is said that Saint Patrick used a well on this site to baptize people in Dublin approximately 1,500 years ago. The author of Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift , once served as dean of St. Patrick’s and is buried within the cathedral. It is an impressive cathedral and the church can be visited on a self-guided visit. An audio guide is available for an additional fee.

You can buy tickets for St. Patrick’s Cathedral here .

Interested in seeing more of Dublin’s Churches?  There are loads of churches you can visit in Dublin. If you are surprised like we were that both of the cathedrals in Dublin are part of the minority Christian faith of Ireland (Anglican), this is because both cathedrals changed from Roman Catholic to the Anglican Church of Ireland following the Protestant Reformation. If you are looking for the main Roman Catholic church in Dublin, you might want to visit St. Mary’s Church which is the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. Also if you enjoy church crypts, you might to visit St. Michan’s parish church , an Anglican church with an interesting crypt that is open on most days for public tours.

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Kilmainham Gaol

We’re coming towards the end of the first day of our three day Dublin itinerary. Our next attraction is a little further out of the city, but worth the trek if you have the time.  Kilmainham Gaol  (fee) is a former 18th century prison which is today run as a museum by Ireland’s Office of Public Works.

Kilmainham Gaol opened  in 1796 and closed in 1924. During this period it housed convicts convicted of crimes ranging from stealing food to murder. In the early 19th century, about 4,000 prisoners were transported to Australia. In the early 20th century, it was mainly used to house rebels and military prisoners, and the leaders of the 1916 rebellion were notably held here and executed. Film fans may recognize this as the filming location for the prison that Michael Caine is held in the original Italian Job movie .

Kilmainham Gaol can only be toured as part of a guided visit, with tickets sold for specific times of the day. Tickets are usually available for walk-ins, however this is a very popular attraction and we recommend buying your ticket in advance online to avoid disappointment.

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Guinness Storehouse

Our final stop on the first day of our three days in Dublin is Dublin’s most popular visitor attraction—the Guinness Storehouse  (fee*). We think this is an absolute must for most people when visiting Dublin! It is interesting even if you are not a big fan of Guinness or even beer.

The Guinness Storehouse is on the site of St James’s Gate Brewery. This is where Ireland’s legendary drink, Guinness, has been brewed since 1759. It’s quite the success story, with over 50 million barrels of Guinness being produced annually at St. James Gate brewery. The Guinness Storehouse itself is a huge seven storey visitor attraction arranged around a central atrium. The Storehouse was built in 1904 and used for fermentation until 1988, but is no longer part of the active brewery.

The tour, which is self-guided, goes across all seven floors, and you’ll learn a bit of everything including the  founder Albert Guinness’ story,  how Guinness is made, and how the brand’s iconic advertising has changed from the 18th century to now. Once you’ve learnt everything you can about Guinness, the tour culminates at the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor. Here you’ll get to sample a pint of the good stuff (included with your ticket), and admire a spectacular view of the city. Not a bad way to end your first day in Dublin, we think you’ll agree.

This is one of the most popular attractions in Dublin so we recommend that you  buy your tickets online , which will save you money compared to buying them on-site and you also have access to the fast track queue. You also get free entry and access to the fast track queue with the Dublin Pass.

Want more Guinness? After the Guinness Storehouse closes, you might want to make your way to the Open Gate Brewery  at St. James Gate to try some of the latest Guinness beers as well as experimental batches. It is a bar which is located within the Guinness active experimental brewery facility and is currently only open to the public on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. To visit, you must reserve a spot in advance online and you must be 18 years or older to enter.

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Dublin Itinerary Day 2

On the second day of your 3 days in Dublin, we suggest visiting more of Dublin’s classic sites,  seeing one of Ireland’s top cultural treasures, taking a break in the city’s most popular green space, visiting one or more of its free museums, and watching sunset over the River Liffey. Then after dinner, we recommend heading out to experience some of Dublin’s nightlife in the famous Temple Bar neighborhood. Today’s itinerary has you exploring the eastern area of central Dublin south of the River Liffey.

Trinity College and the Long Room

Trinity College  Dublin, officially the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin, is the only college of the University of Dublin. It was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592 and is widely regarded as the finest university in the country. The college has a rich history and is an impressive place to wander around and visit.

One of the most popular attractions in Trinity College is the Old Library (fee), also known as the Long Room. This dates from the 18th century, and houses over 200,000 books which are kept across two  floors. The library is over 200 ft long, and is a sight you have to see when you visit Dublin! When you visit Trinity Library, you can also see a section of the Book of Kells . This 9th century decorated copy of the four gospels is the world’s most famous medieval manuscript and is regarded as Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure.

Entry to both the Book of Kells and the Long Room are included in the same ticket, which you can buy directly from the Trinity College Dublin website , or in person when you arrive. You can also take a walking tour which includes the Book of Kells as well as Dublin Castle.

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Molly Malone Statue

No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to one of the city’s most famous inhabitants —Molly Malone. Or at least, her statue. Molly Malone, as you are likely aware, is a fictional character who features in one of Ireland’s most well-known songs , which tells the story of a fishmonger plying her wares in Dublin. As you can probably tell from the photo below, many tourists like to touch her statue, particularly her breasts, and unfortunately this has caused some of the bronze to be worn off.

The statue of Molly Malone was historically located on Grafton Street, but due to construction work on Grafton Street at the time of writing, she can currently be found just outside the Irish tourist information office on Suffolk Street.

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Grafton Street

On your walk from the Molly Malone statue to the next site, the Little Museum of Dublin, we recommend walking along Grafton Street. This is one of the best known streets in Dublin and one of the city’s main shopping streets. It’s a lively place with lots of stores, restaurants, cafés, and street buskers (street performers). The majority of the street is pedestrian-only making it a friendly place for walkers and tourists.

Little Museum of Dublin

If you are interested in life in Dublin through the 20th century and up to the present day, then you should consider a visit to the Little Museum of Dublin (fee*). This museum of the people will take you on a journey through life in 20th century Dublin. It has over 5,000 artifacts on display across three floors, including a room devoted to Ireland’s most famous musical exports: the rock band U2.

It’s worth noting that the Little Museum of Dublin, as the name suggests, is a relatively small museum. As a result, visitor numbers are carefully managed, and the main exhibition has to be seen as part of a guided tour which lasts about an hour and begins at the top of every hour. Slots on these tours can fill up quickly at busier times of year, so to avoid disappointment we would recommend booking in advance, which you can do here . If you don’t want to do the tour, the temporary exhibitions can be seen on a self-guided visit.

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St. Stephen’s Green

Once a marshy common grazing area, St. Stephen’s Green is one of the Dublin’s most popular green spaces and a nice place to take a short break from sightseeing. It includes trees, a lake, a playground, a number of labeled plants (including some in Braille), fountains, statues, and memorials. This city center park is located just across from the Little Dublin Museum.

Those who enjoy gardens and green spaces might want to also visit the nearby Iveagh Gardens , a Victorian era garden featuring a rose garden, cascades, and yew maze. The garden is free to visit.

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Dublin’s Free Art Museums & History Museums

We recommend using the afternoon for time to visit a museum or two. Dublin offers a number of free museums which include three locations of the National Museum of Ireland, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. You can’t visit all of these museums so I’d based your choice on your interests, time, and location.

In terms of today’s itinerary the nearest museums to St. Stephen’s Green (10 to 20 minute walk) are the National Gallery of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, and Dublin City Hall. But you can adjust the itinerary to fit as needed.

All the museums mentioned offer free general entry at the time of writing. Temporary and special exhibitions usually require a ticket and fee, and these are normally free for those with Dublin Passes.

History & Science Lovers:

  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology – This museum tells the history of Ireland through archaeology, presenting a wide range of objects from metalwork to weapons to religious objects to  preserved Iron Age “bog bodies”. Includes objects from Ireland as well as those found in other parts of the world.
  • National Museum of Ireland – Natural History – This museum houses a large collection (around 2 million specimens) of zoological and geological artifacts and exhibits collected from around the world.
  • National Museum of Decorative Arts & History – A museum that will appeal to both art and history lovers. It is filled with decorative arts, jewelry, furniture, costumes, weapons, Asian art, & history exhibits.
  • Dublin City Hall  exhibition – An interesting exhibit that tells the story of the city of Dublin from the first Viking invasion to the fights for Irish independence to modern Dublin. Notable artifacts on display during our visit included the Seal of Dublin City, the Great Mace of Dublin, The Sword of the City, and one of the original Proclamations from the 1916 Easter Rising. Note the City Hall suspended its entry fee in 2016 and was still free when we visited last in 2017 but the entry fee may be reinstated in the future (free for Dublin Pass holders).

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Art Lovers:

  • National Gallery of Ireland  – This is Ireland’s national collection of Irish & European art, including works by Burton, Turner, Monet, and Caravaggio. This would be my choice if I was only going to visit one art museum in Dublin (although modern art lovers would probably prefer one of the other museums).
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art – Ireland’s largest collection of modern and contemporary art by both Irish and international artists located in a 17th century hospital building arranged around a large central courtyard. A good bet for modern art lovers.
  • Hugh Lane Art Gallery – A contemporary and modern art museum housed in a 18th century former home that includes the Francis Bacon studio. Founded in 1908, it is believed to be the first public gallery of modern art in the world.

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Sunset over the River Liffey & Ha’Penny Bridge

We’re coming to the end of the second day of our three day Dublin itinerary, and what better way to finish off than by watching the sun set over the River Liffey, which runs right through the center of the city. If the weather is good, we can highly recommend taking a moment to enjoy the sunset view of Dublin. Most of the city center bridges along the River Liffey will offer you a good view. The most famous bridge is the Ha’Penny Bridge , a cast iron pedestrian bridge built in 1816.

You might also want to take a boat tour of the river during your trip to Dublin. If you are interested in taking a boat tour of the River Liffey or exploring the beautiful Dublin Bay (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), there are a number of boat tour options in Dublin, including dinner cruises. Just be sure to book in advance.

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Temple Bar District

If you are not too tired and want to experience some of the Dublin nightlife, we recommend exploring the popular Temple Bar District. It is a good place discover the “craic”, the all-encompassing Irish word for having a good time. This is the party capital of Dublin, and if you’re seeking out pints of Guinness, live music, and lots of the aforementioned “craic”, this is definitely the place to come.

Yes, the prices are higher than everywhere else in town, and it’s also going to be full of tourists. But there are plenty of locals out here too, and you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time.

The most visited bar is The Temple Bar , but there are loads of bars in this area to grab a pint and many also offer food. A few others to consider are The Palace Bar , a traditional Victorian-era pub, The Brazen Head which is believed to be Ireland’s oldest pub dating back to 1198, and Buskers which offers a more contemporary bar atmosphere with modern cocktails.

If you prefer, you can also take an evening pub crawl tour with a guide, like this one . This can be a fun way to experience some new venues and meet different people from around the world.

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Dublin Itinerary Day 3

On the final day of our Dublin itinerary, we recommend crossing the river to explore the area of central Dublin north of the River Liffey. In the morning, we recommend learning a bit more about Dublin’s history by visiting a few of the recommend museums to learn about Ireland’s emigration history, the 1916 Easter Uprising, and Dublin’s rich literary history. It is a busy morning/afternoon if you want to visit them all so if you want a more relaxed day, I’d choose the attractions that are of most interest rather than trying to visit them all. Then later in the afternoon we recommend sampling some Irish whiskey and then going out for a night of traditional Irish food, drink, and entertainment. 

Jeanie Johnston Tallship & Famine Experience

The Jeanie Johnston tallship (fee*) is a remake of the original Jeanie Johnston, a three-masted sailing ship that was originally built in Quebec, Canada, in 1847. It was one of the so-called “famine ships”, which was used to transport emigrants between Ireland and North America. During the Great Famine in Ireland from 1845 to 1849, about one million people died in the country and a million more people left Ireland to seek a new life, primarily to the United States, the UK, Canada, and Australia. Liverpool was a particularly popular city for emigrants and it is estimated that today about three-quarters of the population has Irish roots.

Today you can take a guided tour of this replica ship built in the 1980’s, and learn about life on board for both the emigrants and crew. The Jeanie Johnston made 16 voyages carrying emigrants across the Atlantic to North America, and she was particularly noteworthy as she didn’t lose a single passenger or crew member on any of her voyages. It can be quite a moving experience, particularly if you had family who would have undertaken a similar voyage. On our tour, one of our fellow tour participants became quite emotional when he revealed that his ancestors had actually sailed on one of the original famine ships from Ireland.

Visits are given as part of a guided tour which lasts about 50 minutes. Be sure to check on tour times before you visit.

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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Ireland has experienced a number of periods of mass emigration, not just during the Great Famine, and many Irish people continue to emigrate. If you want to learn more about the Irish emigration experience, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum  (fee*) is a museum that tells the story of Irish emigration around the world. I reland is a country that has had its fair share of troubled times and this has led to an estimated 9 to 10 million people having emigrated since 1700! 

Through a self-guided interactive experience, the museum guides you through the personal stories of many people who have emigrated and their journeys. You’ll learn what caused them to emigrate, what that process was like, and what their new lives were like in their new home country. If you’ve ever visited Ellis Island in New York and learnt about immigration into the USA, this is a great counterpart to that experience. We both enjoyed the museum, and learned a great deal.

The museum is located in the CHQ building which is also home to several restaurants and cafes if you are looking for a convenient coffee, meal, or snack after your visit.

You can buy your entry ticket in advance online here .

Trying to find out more about your own Irish heritage? If you are specifically trying to find out more about your own Irish heritage, you might want to stop in at the Irish Family History Centre afterwards (located near the EPIC gift shop) to look up genealogy information. You can also book a private consultation with a on-site genealogist for more assistance.

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GPO Witness History Exhibition

If you’re interested in learning a little bit more about 20th century history in Ireland, particularly the 1916 Easter Rising , a visit to the GPO Witness History Museum  (fee*) should be high on your list. This is found in Dublin’s General Post Office (GPO) on O’Connell Street, a beautiful Georgian building built in 1814 and one of Ireland’s most famous buildings.

In the self-guided exhibition you’ll learn all about the events of the 1916 Easter Rising as well as the events leading up to the uprising and the subsequent effects. On Easter Monday 1916, a group of Irish republican rebels who wanted Irish independence from Great Britain stormed the GPO and seized control of the building. This forced occupation lead to a bloody 6 day affair, which lead to the death of over 450 people which included civilians, British military officers, police, and rebels. The exhibition uses direct witness accounts, documents, and interactive exhibits to tell the story. There’s also a memorial to those who were killed in the rebellion, including an outdoor sculpture for the children killed.

It’s an informative and interesting experience, and definitely worth a visit for those interested in this period of Irish history. There is also a cafe on the ground floor, and we enjoyed coffee and pastries here after our visit.

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Dublin Writers Museum

Time for some literary themed attractions. Ireland is famous as being a nation of storytellers and Dublin is a UNESCO designated City of Literature. One of the best places to learn about the literary heritage of Dublin is at the Dublin Writers Museum (fee).

This museum has displays dedicated to some of the most notable writers in Irish history, including James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and William Yeats to name but a few. It is housed in a beautiful 18th century mansion on Parnell Square, and is next door to the present-day Irish Writers Union.

For anyone with an interest in writing and Ireland’s literary heritage, this is definitely a museum not to be missed. Visits are self-guided and tickets can be purchased on-site.

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James Joyce Centre

If you want to learn more about Irish writers, you might want to seek out information on specific writers. One of the most famous Dublin born writers is James Joyce who wrote the 20th century classic Ulysses ( free on Kindle ), and the James Joyce Centre (fee) is dedicated to the author and his writings.

Here you can learn all about both the life of James Joyce, as well as his famous novel, told via film and exhibits. The museum also has the front door from No. 7 Eccles Street on display, which readers of Ulysses will know as being the home of protagonist Leopold Bloom.

Other Dublin Literary Spots? If you are looking for more literary spots consider visiting the  National Print Museum , doing a  Dublin Literary Pub Crawl , seeing some of Dublin’s beautiful libraries (Trinity’s Long Room, Marsh’s Library, Chester Beatty Library), or browsing for books at some of Dublin’s many popular book shops. The birthplace museum of George Bernard Shaw (33 Synge Street) was closed several years ago but there are hopes that it will re-open. But even if closed, you can see the plaque outside as well as many others literature related plaques in Dublin such as the one on Bram Stoker’s birthplace at 15 Marino Crescent (private home) and the plaque at Oscar Wilde’s childhood home at Number 1 Merrion Square (owned by the American College Dublin).

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Jameson Distillery

Time to learn about (and drink!) another famous Irish beverage: whiskey! One of the most well-known Irish whiskeys is Jameson’s Whiskey, which you can learn about and sample at the Jameson Distillery on Bow St.

This is a fully guided tour through the former Jameson Distillery at which you’re going to learn all about the history of Ireland’s most famous whiskey, which was distilled at this site from 1780 until 1971. The tour is a lot of fun, and you get to try Jameson’s whiskey, as well as compare its flavor to other leading whiskeys to see if you can tell the difference. At the end of the tour you also get a whiskey to enjoy at the bar at your leisure.

Tours can be booked online , which is the best option to avoid disappointment as this is a popular attraction. Although you can also buy tickets and book a tour on arrival. Holders of the Dublin Pass have a free tour included .

Want more Irish Whiskey? If you are interested in Irish whiskey, there are several other whiskey experiences and tours you can take in Dublin in addition or as an alternative to the Jameson Distillery tour. If you are interested in visiting an active whiskey distillery, you might try the distillery tour and tasting at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery  (fee*) which opened in 2015 and is the first new distillery in Dublin in 125 years. A free Teeling distillery tour and tasting is available for Dublin Pass holders. Other Irish whiskey experience options include the Irish Whiskey Museum Experience  (fee) and taking a whiskey tasting tour  (fee) with a local around Dublin’s pubs. Book any of the whiskey experiences or tours in advance if you can as they are all popular.

Not interested in Whiskey? If whiskey is not of interest, I’d skip this visit. You can spend more time at the prior attractions or alternatively consider sitting down to relax for an afternoon tea or a coffee nearby, visiting Dublin Zoo  (fee*) within Phoenix Park, visiting the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland (fee*), or exploring one of the city’s many free museums (see Day 2 list).

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Traditional Irish Night Out

Ok, we’re coming to the end of our three days in Dublin! How about going out with a bang, and celebrating all that is fun in Dublin, with a night of Irish food, drink, and some traditional Irish entertainment?

There are a number of locations offering various types of traditional Irish evening entertainment whether you just want to find a pub with some live music or you want to go to an entertainment show. We’ve attended the  Traditional Irish Night show at Dublin’s Belvedere Hotel and you can read about our experience . We also heard good things about Taylor’s Irish Night , although this is located a little south of the city center. Other options include the Irish House Party  dinner and show, a dinner cruise on a canal barge , or an evening pub crawl with traditional Irish music.

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Save Money in Dublin with the Dublin Pass

We think a great way to save money is on sightseeing with discount passes and cards. Our recommended way to save money on sight-seeing in Dublin is to invest in a Dublin Pass .

We’ve used these on a couple of occasions when visiting the city, and for a 3 day trip that includes visiting a number of attractions, the savings can really add up. You can read our Dublin Pass review for more information.

As noted before, the Dublin Pass is popular among travelers to Dublin and one we recommend for active sightseers to the city. We wanted to give you an example of the cost savings over 3 days in Dublin if you have a Dublin Pass.

The following is based on the above itinerary for 2 adults:

if you used the sightseeing bus and visited all of the main attractions listed on the suggested 3 day Dublin itinerary included in the Dublin Pass, it would cost you €198.5 at normal adult admission prices (April 2023 prices). A 3-day Dublin pass currently costs €109. This means you would save €89.5 per person or €179.00 for 2 adults!

Obviously you might not want to visit all the sites listed, but you can see from the above that even if you visited fewer sites, you would still save money with the pass if you plan to visit a number of attractions in Dublin.

The pass can also save you time by allowing you to skip the ticket lines and join fast-track lanes at many sites. Definitely a discount pass worth checking out before your trip to Dublin.

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Walking Tours of Dublin

If you’d like to take a guided walking tour of Dublin, which can be a great way to learn about the city from an expert guide, then there are a few options to choose from. Different walking tours focus on different subjects, with some being more broad, whilst others might narrow down on a specific subject. Here are a few to give you some ideas of what is available.

  • This full day tour of Dublin with one of our favourite walking tour companies, Take Walks, includes Trinity College, the Book of Kells, the Guinness Brewery, Dublin Castle, and a whisky distillery.
  • This personalizable private walking tour with a local can be adjusted to meet your interests and availability
  • This 2.5 hour guided bike tour lets you cover many of the highlights of the city
  • This 1.5 hour guided walking tour focuses on the spooky history of Dublin, from ghosts to cults!
  • This 2-3 hour walking tour covers the main highlights of the city as well as a few hidden gems. A good general introduction to the city.
  • This 3.5 hour food tour will have you sampling many of the city’s famous dishes and drinks
  • This 3 hour food tour with Devour Tours (we love their food tours!) has you sampling some of the best of the Dublin food scene

As you can see, there are plenty of tour options to choose from!

And that’s the end of our 3 day Dublin itinerary! Hopefully this Dublin guide and itinerary has given you a good idea for what you can do with 72 hours in Dublin.

Our Dublin itinerary gives you day-by-day suggestions on how to spend 3 days in Dublin Ireland. Our Dublin itinerary includes all the main highlights of the city such as Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse as well as a few lesser known sites. We also provide tips on how to get around Dublin, a map of each day’s suggested attractions, tips on where to stay in Dublin, and how to save money during your 3 days in Dublin. #Dublin #DublinItinerary #Ireland #travel

What would you do with 3 days in Dublin? Have you been do Dublin? If so, what were your favorite things to do? If you are planning a trip to Dublin, feel free to reach out with any questions as you plan your trip. Just type any comments or questions in the Comments section below and we’ll be happy to answer them.

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Alex Post author

October 2, 2023 at 10:16 am

I am currently planing on visiting Dublin for the first time and this is exactly what I needed! Great descriptions of the many places to visit and plenty of options. I will definitely use your Google Maps itinerary and adapt it to my personal preferences.

Thanks a lot!

Jessica & Laurence Norah Post author

October 2, 2023 at 6:24 pm

So glad you are finding our Dublin itinerary suggestions helpful in planning your upcoming trip. Yes, we try to give a lot of suggestions so people can tailor an itinerary to their own interests, budget, and speed. If you have any questions as you plan your trip to Dublin just shout!

Best, Jessica

Tony Post author

August 20, 2023 at 9:16 pm

G’day guys, from the land Aus,

Great Blog and really insightful information on Dublin.

We are in the early stages of planning an extensive trip Sep/Oct 2024, with intentions of touring Ireland/Scotland primarily, and then spending some in London.

We are looking at spending around 14 days touring each location(Ireland/Scotland), which seems to be the recommended duration. We have looked at Touring companies and they can become quite expensive. We are looking to self drive, organise our own accommodation etc. giving us flexibility in what we see and where we go.

Thus, do you have any suggested itineraries for both Ireland and Scotland. Any advice would be extremely helpful

We have read your Blog London Itinerary: 6 Days in London which will suit what we are looking for from London.

Many Thanks Tony

August 23, 2023 at 12:35 pm

Glad you enjoyed our blogs on Dublin and London, you should be able to put together your own personalized itinerary based on those posts. Also I would consider if the city passes would be worth it for your trip, if spending 6 days in London I would definitely recommend it there.

So if you were considering a touring company, I would recommend taking a look at Rabbie’s, they are an Edinburgh based company and lead tours all over the UK and Ireland. You can see their Ireland tours here and their Scotland tours here . They offer a big range of tour options, from short day trips to longer (10-14 day) trips.

What I might recommend if you like the idea of tours but also want some independence is to consider something like basing yourself in places and taking tours from there. You can easily independently tours places like Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, etc. and many places you can easily get to via train (or bus or ferry). Then for seeing more countryside, islands, and smaller places, most can be reached via tours (such as day tours or longer 2-5 night tours) from the larger cities. That would give you a nice mix of tours and independent travel without needing to worry about driving and there would be less to plan/book, and might be a happy medium between booking a tour and planning everything yourself.

Happy to help you plan an itinerary but would need to know an idea of the sort of places you definitely want to go, activities you like to do, budget, hobbies, general plan of travel (starting/ending point), etc. A couple who loves castles, museums, & shopping is going to want a very different itinerary who someone who is focused on golf, whisky distillery tours, birdwatching, and beaches.

You can see our Scotland content across our two blogs and here . We don’t have nearly as much Ireland content but you can see what we have here and here . We have guides on all the major cities in Scotland as well as Dublin and Belfast and day trip ideas for lots of places and that should give you a good idea of the kinds of places you are likely going to want to visit. But of course we have been to many places we haven’t written about, especially in Scotland, where we’ve traveled pretty extensively over the 5 years we lived there. The other thing that might help you have an idea of what kind of places you want to visit is the Rabbie’s tours (and other tours) as they often cover the highlights and things travelers are most interested in seeing.

Are you planning to fly between Ireland and Scotland, and then train from Edinburgh to London?

Anyway, hope that helps get you started, and happy to help with more questions and an itinerary as you get further into your planning!

Leonie Cornell Post author

October 17, 2021 at 7:35 am

Hi. I love your 3 day itinerary. We aim to be in Dublin for 4 nights and so 3 and a bit days. Love HOHO buses, and so will probably do the Dublin pass. We then have an 11 day tour booked ( or it will be once we organise.) This tour was meant to be in 2020, and so our dream is already 3 years old. We are in our late sixties, so a little reluctant to hurry around. But really interested in Guinness storehouse, the Gaol, EPIC and I might want to to see Trinity college again ( had a half day in Dublin in 2013 as part of a whistle stop tour of UK and Ireland) Your advice is timely and very recent so gives me a lot of hope. Do you know how early you need to book things like the Guinness storehouse? I am worried that using the pass we will only be able to book once we arrive and pick up the pass and may miss out.

October 17, 2021 at 2:06 pm

I am happy to hear that you are working on rebooking your trip to Ireland! And glad that you are enjoying our Dublin itinerary and yes, I think if you are planning 3-4 days in Dublin, you’ll probably save money with a Dublin Pass as long a you plan to visit several of the attractions which it is sounds like you plan to do.

Our itinerary is pretty busy, so I think since you want a more leisurely visit, I’d do less than what we suggest each day so you are not in a huge rush. It should help you choose the places and attractions that are of the most interest to you. You can also stretch out these attractions over an extra day or two as well if you do want to do/see a lot.

If you get the Dublin Pass, depending on the number of days you have in Dublin, I’d make sure you do all the things included on the Pass on consecutive days. So if you have 4 days total and a 3 day Pass, you might use the first day to sightsee and visit any places that are free or not included on the pass (e.g., the Gaol, Trinity College) and then do the rest on the other three days (HOHO bus, EPIC, Guinness Storehouse, museums, Saint Patrick’s, etc.) to make the most of your pass.

Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed things quite a bit in terms of the Dublin Pass. The Dublin Pass is now an online only product, so you can order it at home. As of 2021, there’s no longer a physical pass to pick up. Instead, the pass is a QR code that you can show on your smartphone, or you can print it out at home before you travel. We recommend having it both on your phone and to print the QR code as well as back-up (just in case there is an issue with your phone, such as it runs out of battery, etc.).

When you buy the pass, you will be sent the pass code (a number), your QR code, and instructions. You can then use this to book any attractions that require reservations, you’ll just need to put in your Dublin Pass details. There’s a list of those you can see here , along with instructions on how to book.

Most attractions did not require reservations before the pandemic, but a number of attractions to require reservations now so it is good to pre-book attractions at least a couple of days before you plan to visit. Some attractions also have more limited hours and opening times so I’d recommend checking on all the places you plan to visit to ensure they are open and to see if they require reservations. For the Guinness Storehouse, they recommend booking at least 24 hours in advance, but we’d suggest booking as soon as you have your pass and know your exact dates.

Using your pass number to book does not activate the pass. The pass only activates the first time an attraction scans the code. So you can start making reservations for attractions as you soon as you purchase your passes.

Hope that helps and just let us know if you have any further questions.

Wishing you a great trip to Dublin! Jessica

October 17, 2021 at 4:07 pm

thank you Jessica. That solves many of my questions. I have used a city pass before, so I should have realised the activation only happens at the first attraction. But I can book attractions ahead without paying upfront, so that is good. We hope to spend 3 weeks all up in Ireland and including Northern Ireland, so getting excited now. regards

October 19, 2021 at 5:41 am

Happy to help!

Yes, so you do have to purchase the Dublin Pass upfront to book attractions, of course, but you can do that before you leave for your trip (as soon as you make the purchase). But you don’t have to pay for the individual attractions that are included with the pass to make the bookings, you just need to give them your pass information to secure the bookings.

3 weeks is a great amount of time to spend in Ireland and Northern Ireland – so much to see and do and wishing you a wonderful trip!

Jenny Post author

July 26, 2020 at 3:11 pm

Hi! How much woul it take to travel to Dublin, Ireland?..I am from Phils. I am looking forward for an answer. Thanks?

July 27, 2020 at 10:48 am

It really depends on what you plan to do, where you plan to stay, and how long you plan to stay in Dublin. You can stay on a lower budget if you want to stay say in a hostel, eat at lower priced eateries or cook your own food, take public transit, and buy an attraction pass to save money on attraction fees.

I’d check out prices to get to Ireland, lodging you are interested in, and attractions you really want to visit to get an idea of how much your trip may cost. Once you are a bit further in your planning and know what you want to do and can tell me more about your budget, I would be happy to help you decide if your budget is reasonable or not for what you want to do.

Just note that now, as in most countries, there are travel restrictions for anyone traveling to Ireland from overseas. Travelers from most countries are currently are subject to a 14 day quarantine on arrival.

Janet Hindman Post author

November 2, 2019 at 7:44 am

This is very helpful. Some girlfriends and I are planning a trip to Ireland. We plan on staying in Dublin and doing a few day trips out but primarily just staying in the Dublin area. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information.

November 2, 2019 at 8:08 am

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and glad you found our information helpful!

Yes, there is plenty to do and if you have more than 3 days in Dublin there you can take your time and explore at a more leisurely pace. We give lots of suggestions in our itinerary and those suggestions can be spread out over several days. If you plan to visit several attractions (especially higher priced ones like Guinness Storehouse), you might want to consider the Dublin Pass to save money.

Also plenty of day trips you can take from Dublin to nearby places when you want a break from the city! Just let us know if you have any questions.

November 2, 2019 at 8:48 am

Thanks. Yes we are planning on about an 8-9 day stay

Borislava Apostolova Post author

April 26, 2019 at 6:45 am

Very helpfull and usefull!!!Thank you!

April 27, 2019 at 10:33 am

Glad you found our Dublin itinerary helpful! Best, Jessica

Patty O'Brien Post author

January 17, 2019 at 11:08 am

Your article is very helpful. I will be visiting in February for 6 1/2 days- along with my daughter and her friend (18 year old). I have printed out the map and 3 day itinerary. We are just doing one big day trip up to Belfast and Giant’s Causeway and I booked a day/time for the Goal. Other than that we are just going to wing it.

[in October 2017 I took the two of them to Ireland and we did the Southwest – Lahinch to Dingle to Kerry to Tipperary – back up to Ennis – and they loved it – driving was frightful for me – but fun. This time I want to relax and soak it all up. no driving!]

January 17, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Great, glad to hear that you are planning another trip to Ireland, sounds like you had such a great experience back in 2017. There is plenty to do and see in Dublin and surrounds without a car. Laurence also recently wrote a Dublin Pass review which may be useful in saving money since you will be in the city for several days.

We also have a post on things to do in Belfast and a guide to highlights of the Causeway Coastal Route that may be of interest for your day trip to Northern Ireland.

Have a wonderful trip! Jessica

Frances Scheele Post author

January 16, 2019 at 10:27 am

this information seems to fit the bill for me. I will be 80, still active, and do not want to play mountain goat and climb mountains or explore very large castles. I do use tours as they provide transportation for me. I would also like information on seeing Belfast and Waterford. these are the cities that interest me the most and I know I would be able to see. thanks for all that you can provide. Fran Scheele

January 16, 2019 at 11:52 am

Glad you are finding our Dublin itinerary helpful for planning your time in Dublin. You can reach both Belfast and Waterford easily by train from Dublin, or you can join a guided tour from Dublin.

We have a guide to the top things to do in Belfast as well as a suggested 2 day itinerary that you can check out.

If you’d like to do a day tour to Belfast or 2 day tour, we’d check out these options on GetyourGuide and Viator . Some also visit other destinations in Northern Ireland like the Giant’s Causeway, Castle Ward, and the St. Patricks Centre.

We don’t have any posts on Waterford Ireland although we did get some Waterford crystal when we were last in Ireland 😉 You can get to Waterford by train on your own or you can take a guided day tour from Dublin, such as this one (by train) or this one (by coach) .

Hope that helps, and let us know if you have further questions. Wishing you a wonderful trip to Ireland.

Bill Post author

January 7, 2019 at 5:17 pm

Thank you so much for this! It is so helpful in our planning! I can’t seem to find your write up for the day trip to the cliffs of Moher. I’d love to learn how you chose to do that.

January 7, 2019 at 5:44 pm

Hi Bill, Glad you are finding our Dublin itinerary helpful! Oh, yes, I mention a day trip to the Cliff of Moher but didn’t include the link as it is on our other travel blog (Finding the Universe) and you can read about the day trip here . I will also add it to the article. Just let us know if you have any other questions. Best, Jessica

sally sullivan Post author

July 21, 2018 at 10:19 am

Hello, We love visiting Dublin Ireland and this post lists some of our favourite places! We also made time to go on a wonderful pub tour in the wicklow mountains with Rural Pub Tours. Its a small group tour which enables you to see unique pubs that would otherwise be difficult to get to. Shane is the owner and driver and he is so much fun. If you decide to check it out, you won’t be sorry!

July 22, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Hi Sally, Glad you enjoyed our Dublin itinerary and thanks for the pub tour tip! Maybe we’ll check it out the next time we are in Dublin and want to do something outside the city. Best, Jessica

Rob+Ann Post author

May 4, 2018 at 11:02 am

This is an awesome itinerary! Although, we could be entirely happy just stumbling around Dublin for a few days. It’s such a great city, at once charming and exciting, historic and modern. What we didn’t do – but will next time – is invest in the Dublin Pass! Besides the savings, we find the passes often get us to go places we might otherwise pass by. Pinning this one for later – Thanks guys!

May 6, 2018 at 12:38 am

Hi Rob & Ann, Yes, we definitely agree about the passes. We find that city passes like the Dublin Pass often encourage us to stop by museums or attractions we probably would not have visited otherwise because of the entry fees. Hope you get back to Dublin soon! Best, Jessica

andrew Post author

May 2, 2018 at 1:07 am

Amazing, Dublin is a must visit the place, from the beautiful historical monuments to museums, picturesque landscapes to the trendy flea market. Visiting Dublin is a treasure, I have been there and fall in love with the astonishing city.

May 2, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Hi Andrew, Thanks for taking the time to comment – yes we love Dublin too 😉 We haven’t been to the flea market there, perhaps on our next trip if it is happening! Best, Jessica

Jessica Post author

May 1, 2018 at 6:38 am

What a treasure trove of incredible information! I visited Dublin a few years back, but would love to go again. I especially loved the experience at the Guinness Storehouse! I pinned this for my next trip there, thanks!

May 1, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Hi Jessica, Yes, the Guinness Storehouse is definitely a crowd pleaser and they seem to keep just adding new parts to it 😉 Glad you enjoyed our Dublin itinerary and hope you get a chance to return to Dublin to see more! Best, Jessica

Anna Post author

May 1, 2018 at 1:40 am

Hopefully, I´ll get a chance to visit Dublin any time soon. You’ve put together such a great itinerary! I love cities where you can walk a lot! The Old Library in the Trinity College has been on my travel bucket list for a while! I get super excited every time I see that many books

May 1, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Hi Anna, If you love books and literature, you’ll probably really love Dublin as it some great literary spots. If you like libraries, there is obviously the beautiful Trinity College Long Room but you would probably also like Marsh’s Library and Chester Beatty Library. There are also a few good literature related museums as well as some great book shops 😉 Hope you get a chance to visit Dublin soon! Jessica

Nath. Post author

April 30, 2018 at 7:09 am

Thanks for creating this great guide to Dublin Jessica and Laurence :).

I also recommend going to see a play (often with fantastic actors) at the Abbey Theatre or at the Gate Theatre. Temple bar can be fun but drinking there is expensive.

A couple of good pubs with live Irish music: O’Donoghues Bar or The Cobblestone. Two great traditional pubs: The Brazen Head or Mulligan’s.

My first impression on discovering Dublin: grey buildings, grey sea, grey sky. But don’t let that put you off, Dublin is an old city with a young population and lots on offer.

You’ll leave with a warm fuzzy feeling.

April 30, 2018 at 7:25 am

Hi Nath, Glad you enjoyed our Dublin itinerary and thanks so much for those great recommendations! We’ve been to The Brazen Head but not the other pubs you recommend, only so many pubs you can visit each time 😉 We’d love to see a play or other performance in Dublin at one of the theatres – and will try to do that on our next trip.

Oh, yes, the weather can have such a major factor in first impression when traveling. We had OK weather in Dublin on our last trip but I remember my very first visit to London (similar experiences in Edinburgh and Aberdeen) – it was cold, raining, hailing, and windy! Not a good first impression but seeing it in the sunlight the next day and exploring some of the attractions helped change that 😉

Anda Post author

April 29, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Great guide for visiting Dublin. A lot of useful information in it, like always. It’s good to know what the Dublin pass covers. I didn’t realize you would need to a voltage converter in Ireland.

April 30, 2018 at 2:45 am

Hi Anda, Yes, Dublin has a lot to offer and the Dublin Pass can be a good investment if you plan to visit a number of the covered attractions. We’ll probably use it again on our next trip to Dublin as there are still several sites we haven’t visited that are included on the Pass.

Yes, like all of Europe (and most of the world), Ireland uses 220v but some countries (particularly the USA) do not and the USA uses 110v. You don’t want to plug a 110v applicance into a 220v outlet or vice versa without a converter. You could damage the device and/or the electrical system (I’ve accidentally ruined a handheld water heater and flat iron this way over the years). Now the good news is that most newer electronics are dual voltage these days meaning that work with both 110v and 220v (e.g., laptops, tablets, phones) but most other things (e.g., curling irons, flat irons, hair dryers, DVD players, some phone chargers) are not. It should be labeled on the device or in the manufacturer’s book. We buy dual voltage appliances or have two of things (e.g., flat irons) for the things we travel with a lot.

Anisa Post author

April 29, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Wow such a comprehensive list of attractions in Dublin, one of my favorite cities. I have been a few times but did not know about some of the museums you mentioned. I will have to check them out on my next trip.

April 30, 2018 at 2:37 am

Hi Anisa, Glad you enjoyed our post, and glad we could mentioned a few additional places to visit on your next trip to Dublin! Best, Jessica

Lolo Post author

April 29, 2018 at 12:16 pm

I am a full on believer now of these city passes! They definitely save a lot of money, especially when transportation is included! I just said to my husband a few minutes ago, we should look into other city passes! I think this was a sign haha

Hi Lolo, Yes, we often use discount city or region passes, as they save us a lot of money since we go to so many places. Although you do have to watch out as some are not the best deals especially if you are not visiting a ton of attractions. But I’ve used them in the USA, Europe, Korea, etc. and have found them a really good way to save money without skipping places we want to visit. The Dublin Pass is one we’d definitely recommend as it is easy to save money if you plan to visit several more pricey attractions! Best, Jessica

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The Best Time to Visit Dublin (by a local)

If you are planning a visit to the Irish capital and wondering “when is the best time to visit Dublin ?”, then this post is for you.

As a Dubliner, I’m going to help you decide when to visit Dublin by giving you a guide to the city in each season to make that decision easier.

Now for me, there are a few times of year that I prefer returning home and visiting our families.

There are also certain times of the year I avoid going into the city centre, and I’ll share those with you and why.

Best Time to Go to Dublin – Things to consider

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Weather can be a big deciding factor when people book their trips to Ireland. Despite its location, Ireland has a milder climate and warmer weather than countries on the same latitude. This is all thanks to the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean, although climate change is starting to have an impact.

Ireland and Dublin’s weather is dominated by an abundance of rainfall and a lack of real temperature extremes. That said, the weather can feel very different depending on when you visit.

A picture of O'Connell Bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland

When it comes to deciding the best times to visit Dublin, there are a few things to consider.

Budget – Dublin is an expensive city, there is no getting away from it. So, if you are trying to visit Ireland on a budget , then when planning a trip to Dublin, when you go needs careful consideration. Winter is the cheapest time to visit as there are fewer crowds but there is a trade-off which I discuss further on.

What are you going for – Your reason for visiting Dublin, Ireland can also be a factor in when you decide to make that trip. If you are on a tight schedule, or only have a few days and want to cram in as much sightseeing as possible in the longest of days, summer is the best time to do it. But, if you are visiting for more than a few days, you can take things slower and visit outside of the busy summer months.

Do you want to avoid the crowds – If you want to avoid crowds at Dublin’s popular tourist attractions, then visiting Dublin during the summer is not advisable. The same can be said for March around the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. There are a lot fewer visitors in winter but also fewer daylight hours and colder, wetter weather.

Weather – Deciding the best time to go to Dublin can simply come down to the weather. As mentioned, while Ireland has milder weather for its latitude than expected, winters can be cold and wet and summer is generally warm but with the potential to be wet as well. So, if the weather is your deciding factor, the best months to visit Dublin are going to be summer, the busy months.

Best time to visit Dublin – Month-by-month guide to Dublin weather

The best time to travel to Dublin comes down to a few factors as already mentioned but many visitors base their trip around the weather. To help you narrow things down for yourself, here is a month-by-month guide to the weather in Dublin.

January – Typically, January is the coldest month of the year. Dublin weather in January has average highs of 8°C that are offset with average lows of 2°C. Days are short, and rain is common, with occasional snow on higher ground. The chilly winds can make the temperatures outside feel colder than it is, and with that chill can come ice so take care if driving around Dublin early in the day. Winter coats are a must.

February – Dublin in February is cold, and often windy with the most probability of storms. Despite the cold, February is one of the driest months of the year. Temperatures are similar to January, so don’t pack away that winter coat!

March – With the arrival of spring comes slightly warmer temperatures, although only by a degree or two.  Days are starting to become longer and you might be treated to a few hours of sunshine if the clouds aren’t in the sky. Temperatures in Dublin in March have highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. It is not unheard of for there to be snow on the coldest days of March. In fact, in the last few years, there has been heavy snowfall in the city. So, if you are visiting Dublin in March, make sure to pack waterproofs, warm clothes and hats and gloves. Just-in-case.

A picture of snow fall outside the Four Courts buildings along the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland

April – With the clocks having gone forward at the end of March, Dublin in April sees days that are starting to stretch, temperatures are becoming warmer, with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Rain is still common but to a lesser degree than the winter months. With longer days and warmer weather, April is the start of the best time of year to visit Dublin.

May – Dublin weather in May sees fine, sunny days with average daily temperatures now heading to highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C. May is probably the best month to visit Dublin due to these factors and low numbers of tourists. That said, while the days are sunnier and longer, there is always the chance of rain in Dublin so don’t forget the umbrella and rain jacket.

June – Dublin weather in June is warm and sunny and the weather continues to improve with highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C. You’ll be treated to no less than 17 hours of daylight, with the longest day of the year occurring during this month, and the brightness lingering until around 10pm. Although June is one of the driest months of the year when it comes to rain, you cannot be guaranteed not to see some, so keep a light rain jacket or umbrella handy. Be aware that with the warm weather and long days comes the influx of tourists to Dublin.

A picture of the sun shining over the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland

July – The best time of the year to visit Dublin for warm weather is July, the hottest month of the year with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. The temperature of the sea is at its warmest and you should pack some sunscreen if you are planning on venturing outside for any length of time. The UV factor of the sun is at its strongest during July and you can easily get burnt. As always, you cannot be guaranteed not to see rain but as one of the driest months of the year, hopefully, you’ll be lucky. The weather in July is often perfect for festivals, visiting parks and enjoy outdoor activities. This also makes it one of the busiest months of the year for tourists in Dublin.

August – Despite being one of the warmest months of the year, Dublin in August can be pretty wet. However, it generally doesn’t last long and is often just a summer shower before becoming sunny and warm again. Temperatures are often the same as July and it is a pleasant month to visit the city. However, if you plan to visit Dublin, Ireland during August, be prepared for lots of tourists, both foreign and home-grown.

September – Dublin weather in September can see a slight dip in temperatures with average high temperatures of 17°C and lows of 9°C, yet still a good amount of daylight hours for sightseeing. There is often more sun than rain in September making it a very pleasant month to visit the Irish capital, especially towards the latter half of the month when visitor numbers decrease drastically compared to the previous summer months.  

October – Dublin in October starts to have a change in weather. Cooler air makes an appearance with highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C. Autumn leaves start to change colour and begin to fall and, while rain is almost guaranteed, it can be one of the best months to visit Dublin to avoid the crowds so long as you wrap up warm and go prepared with a raincoat.

A picture of the Grand Canal in autumn near Mespil Road in Dublin, one of the best times of year to visit Dublin

November – The last month of autumn sees it turning colder and frosty with temperature highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C. Both sunshine hours and daylight hours reduce and outdoor activities and attractions can make way for more indoor things to do. With the clocks having turned back at the end of October, Dublin in November has days that are noticeably shorter ahead of the start of winter.

December – Dublin weather in December is often the wettest of the year with high temperatures of 8°C and low temperatures of 3°C. That said it is not unheard of for temperatures to dip below freezing and snow can occur too. The days are the shortest of the year, with darkness creeping in just after 4pm. And sunshine hours are greatly reduced during December in Dublin as well. If you are driving in the city in the early morning, take care as fog and ice can often occur. It is more advisable to forget driving and instead opt for public transport by bus, train or tram instead.

So, if you are trying to decide when to visit Dublin and weather is a consideration, go prepared with a raincoat and umbrella, and either be prepared with layers for Dublin in winter or crowds in summer.

Choosing the best time to go to Dublin

Choosing the best time to go to Dublin could depend on the purpose of your visit and whether you want to indulge in something such good weather, sightseeing, shopping or even festivals. This section might help make your decision easier.

When is the best time to go to Dublin – Public Holidays Guide

Before you make a decision on when to plan your Dublin visit, you need to be aware of the public holidays in Ireland. This is for several reasons.

Although March is at the start of spring, with cold days, it is also one of the busiest and most expensive times to visit Ireland thanks to the national holiday in honour of the patron saint of Ireland. St Patrick’s Day, on the 17 th of March, is celebrated in Dublin by a festival that takes place in the days leading up to the 17 th .

As a result, both flights and accommodation can be hugely expensive due to the large numbers of expats and visiting tourists descending on the city to experience one of the biggest days on the Irish calendar. Although I have been in Dublin during this time, I avoid going into the city centre to avoid the crowds.

A picture of a headband on a woman's head with two green leprechaun hats on it for celebrating St Patrick's Day in Ireland

Other busy weekends in the city include the May Day weekend, June bank holiday weekend and of course leading up to Christmas. Here is a list of the public holidays in the Republic of Ireland.

  • January 1 st – New Year’s Day
  • First Monday in February – Imbolc/St Brigid’s Day (unless February 1st falls on a Friday in which case the bank holiday will fall on a Friday)
  • March 17 th – St Patrick’s Day
  • Good Friday/Easter Monday (generally late March or early April)
  • First Monday in May (May Day)
  • First Monday in June
  • First Monday in August
  • Last Monday in October
  • December 25 th – Christmas Day
  • December 26 th – St Stephens Day

Note: Good Friday is not a bank holiday in Ireland but most schools and businesses close that day.

Best season to visit Dublin

Tourist seasons play a big role in deciding the best time to travel to Ireland.

Peak or High season in Dublin runs during the summer months of June to August. The days leading up to St Patrick’s Day on March 17th is also the peak of the tourist season in Dublin. This time in March and the summer months are the busiest months with a huge influx of visitors. Except for March, summer is warm and mostly dry with days of brightness and sunny spells lasting around 15 hours, perfect for fitting in lots of sightseeing into your Dublin itinerary . But, and this is a big but, these are the most expensive times to visit the Irish capital with hotels in demand, higher flights costs and lots of queues at the popular tourist attractions.  

As already mentioned the week around St Patrick’s Day is also busy with visitors from around the globe descending on the capital to enjoy the festivities and to take part in the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in the city centre. And if Ireland happens to be playing a home game in the Six Nations rugby championship during that same period, you can add visiting rugby fans into the mix.

The Shoulder season in Dublin is from April to May and mid-September to mid-October. This can be one of the best times to visit Dublin. In April and May, the days are getting warmer and brighter, while after mid-September, the summer crowds have left after kids return to school. With fewer crowds comes lower costs for hotels and accommodation and lower flight prices. So, if you are looking to visit Ireland on a budget, the shoulder season (or low season, see below) are the best times to visit Dublin and Ireland as a whole. If Easter falls in April, this is my preferred time of year to visit Dublin and Ireland.

The Low season in Dublin is mid-October to early March (before St Patrick’s Day). With this time of the year representing the coldest and wettest months, there are few tourists around. Reduced daylight hours means less time for sightseeing and so fewer crowds. But, if you plan your time right, you can enjoy the city during a quieter period, coupled with lower accommodation costs and perhaps a steal on your flight costs. Just pack accordingly with layers, waterproofs and a good winter jacket. However, just before and around Christmas you can find prices increasing with people returning to Ireland to spend Christmas with family.  

A Christmas sign in Irish hung over a street in Ireland

What is the best time to visit Dublin for good weather?

If good weather is a must for your Dublin trip, then the summer months are the best ones to plan your trip for. While the days are noticeably warmer compared to the winter, you could see rain and you must be prepared for a packed city.

All attractions are open during summer and there are generally lots of activities on offer for tourists visiting from June to August. Summer can also be the best time to visit Dublin for festivals, particularly outdoor ones.

However, along with visiting tourists, you could find the city busy with both Irish holiday makers and Dubliners themselves on a day out with the kids. Irish schools finish in June, secondary at the start and primary at the end, and they don’t return until the end of August. So bear this in mind.

If you want to avoid the cold and take a chance at missing the worst of the rain, then summer is the time to visit Dublin. But, if you don’t mind the cold or a bit of rain take advantage of the less expensive and less crowded low or shoulder season months.

What is the best time of year to visit Dublin for sightseeing?

If you are planning on doing a lot of sightseeing during your visit to Dublin, then the low or shoulder seasons are the best time to go. The crowds are less than those found during the summer months meaning queues and waiting times are vastly reduced. That said you might be limited in how much you can do in a day by the daylight hours, so keep this in mind.

Winter sees on average 8 hours of daylight but the shoulder season has between 11 and 16 hours of daylight, depending on the month (see the table). If you are only visiting Dublin for a short period, perhaps a weekend, and want to do as much as possible, then the summer months enjoy 16.5 hours of daylight per day, making them ideal for cramming it all in.

A picture of Christ Church Cathedral, one of the best things to visit in Dublin

When is the best time for festivals in Dublin?

If you are interested in enjoying a festival while you are in Dublin, here is a handy list of the best festivals in Dublin, month-by-month. Some of the best take place in the city in March and during summer, but unfortunately, they go hand-in-hand with the most expensive times to visit Dublin.

January – The Temple Bar Tradfest usually occurs towards the end of January, while the Chinese New Year may occur at the end of January or the beginning of February.

February – Chinese New Year festival (if it doesn’t occur in January) and the Dublin International Film Festival take place this month. Although not a festival as such, the Six Nations Rugby Championship usually starts in February.

March – The St Patrick’s Day festival is a five-day festival leading up to the 17 th of March, which is St Patrick’s Day, culminating in a parade through the centre of Dublin City. The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival also takes place this month. If Easter Sunday falls in March you will also find commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising taking place in the city. The Dublin ComiCon is also held in March.

April – The 1916 Easter rising commemorations take place this month if Easter Sunday is in April. There is also a book festival which takes place in the city this month called One City One Book.

May – The Dublin Docklands Summer Festival usually commences this month and is joined by the Dublin Dance Festival and the Dublin International Literature Festival.

June – This is a busy month for festivals with the biggest being the day honouring James Joyce, Bloomsday on the 16 th of June. As well as this literary-inspired day, Dublin Pride is in June as well as a Taste of Dublin.

Two rainbow pictures from a gay pride parade stuck into the ponytail of a blonde lady

July – Another busy summer month for festivals, July sees the Festival of Curiosity, the City Spectacular and the Longitude Music Festival come to the city. You could also enjoy the Dun Laoghaire Regatta this month. The city also sees the PhotoIreland Festival being held in the city.

August – During August, the Dublin Horse Show is in town along with the Big Grill Festival (a BBQ festival). The Dalkey Lobster Festival is also held this month.

September – The Dublin Fringe Festival is in town during September along with the Dublin Theatre Festival and Culture Night. And although it is not a festival, the All-Irish GAA championships take place in the city this month, bringing a festival-like atmosphere to the city.

October – The crowds have gone but not the festivals. This month everyone gears up for Halloween along with the Bram Stoker Festival, the Dublin City Marathon and the Dublin Festival of History.

November – A quieter month, November welcomes the Dublin Book Festival.

December – Be advised that December the 8 th is the traditional shopping day in Dublin for the rural population, so it will get busy. As for festivals, the biggest of the year after the St Patrick’s Day celebrations is, of course, on New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s Eve Festival lights up the city with the Midnight Moments fireworks spectacular. After St Patrick’s Day, this is one of the best Irish festivals .

If retail therapy is your thing, then the best time to visit Dublin to shop till you drop is just after Christmas, into early January. The January sales are when you are bound to bag a bargain and some of the Sales start on St Stephen’s Day, the 26 th of December.

So, when is the best time to visit Dublin?

I hope this guide has helped you decide when the best time for you to visit Dublin is.

There is no true dry season in Dublin but if warmth is a necessity, then summer is the time to go.

If you don’t mind wrapping up well and want to keep costs down, winter is the best time to visit the city to avoid the crowds.

Whatever time of the year you visit Dublin, you are sure to have an amazing time in the city.

Read more about visiting Dublin:

  • Top 10 Dublin Attractions
  • How to Get around Dublin by Bus, Tram, Train, on Foot, and More
  • Best Time to Visit Dublin
  • 3-Day Dublin Itinerary
  • One Day Dublin Itinerary
  • Best Free Museums and Galleries in Dublin
  • Unique Things to Do in Dublin
  • Best Free Things to Do in Dublin
  • Best non-Tourist Pubs to Visit in Dublin
  • Best Cliffs of Moher Tours from Dublin
  • Best Whiskey Tours of Dublin
  • Best Food Tours of Dublin
  • Best Walking Tours of Dublin
  • The Two Fascinating Capitals of Ireland: Dublin and Belfast

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An insider guide to the best time to visit Dublin and what to expect in each season.

Dublin is a great destination for a city break all year round, however, different seasons make for a very different experience.

Perched on the Irish Coast, Dublin has long, wet and dark winters, good for museum visits and nights at the pub, but glorious bright and mostly dry summers, wonderful for sightseeing and day trips.

Which one is best depends entirely on your taste and what you hope to get from your city trip to Dublin (if you can, come more than once and experience it all!) but if you can only come once, then this guide will help you pick the best time.

I have been living in Dublin for almost 15 years and, based on weather patterns and my own experience, this is what you can expect when visiting Dublin in each season.

I hope it will help you plan your trip to Ireland at best !

Table of Contents

Dublin in winter

Dublin has a long dark winter, spanning the month of December, January and Feb (the Irish calendar is slightly different from others)

Overall, these are pretty miserable months in Dublin: the temperature is cold, the rain is frequent and daylight scarce.

Temperatures usually range between 2 and 9 degrees C/ 35-48F

Once you are in the heart of winter, it gets dark at about 4.30 pm, also crippling your opportunities for sightseeing.

However, now all is bad about winter in Dublin and there are a few cool things to look forward to.

December in Dublin

December is a fun month to be in Dublin.

Christmas in Dublin is a wonderful extravaganza of lights, cribs and carol singers and exploring the city at this time is a delight.

The best things to do in Dublin in December are a mix of sightseeing of Dublin must-see , shopping and enjoying the city interiors that, at this time, dress up so much many will make you believe you are on a Christmas movie set!

Dublin in January

January is not a great month to visit Dublin, the low after the holiday hitting the city quite hard.

However, it can be good for a certain type of visitors and even great if you love traditional Irish music.

If you are interested in visiting museums, indulging in afternoon tea or nights at the pub, Dublin’s low season is a great choice.

Also, January in Dublin is a bit of a treat for music lovers as this is the time when the Irish Trad Festival takes place, filling Temple Bar area and the city with live music events.

Dublin in February

Maybe surprisingly, February in Dublin is quite nice.

At this time, the winter starts to lose its grip and blossoms start returning to the city.

February is still cold in Dublin and can get some bitter days but it is the time when daylight gets longer and sightseeing can be great

This is a good time for museums but, on a dry day, can also be a wonderful month for short day trips such as a hop to Glendalough or Howth .

A note about storms in Ireland. The last few years have seen many storms battering Ireland in the winter. They are a recent phenomenon brought by climate change and come at different strengths: the vast majority of the times they can be overall ignored in the city but occasionally they can be dangerous and trigger a weather warning. If you are staying in town this is unlike to impact your plans much but it can cause delays at the airport and would be a problem on day trips. Alway keep an eye on Met Eireann (the Irish weathr service) for up-to-date weather warnings.

Dublin in spring

Spring in Dublin is in March, April and May and it is a wonderful time to visit Dublin and Ireland in general.

Temperatures usually range between 3-16C/37.4-60F.

March is usually still cold and wet but the weather tends to steadily improve and May in particular usually gets wonderful bright days.

The spring has some festivities and days of notice that you need to consider when planning your trip.

Dublin in March

The most noticeable festivities in spring in Dublin are at Patrick’s Day and Easter.

St Patrick day is on the 17th of March and celebrates the Saint patron of Ireland with a national holiday and parades across the country.

I will be honest, being in Dublin on St Patrick’s day is a mixed blessing . On one hand, the atmosphere of the festivities is fun and cool (everyone loves Patrick’s Day) but it is also a time when Dublin gets awfully crowded and there is a lot of drinking going on. Learn more about visiting Ireland in March here .

I personally avoid the city center on this day but I am notoriously crowd-averse and many love the buzz so really, it is a personal decision.

If you don’t like crowds but still want to experience St Patrick’s in Ireland, I recommend going outside of Dublin to Wicklow , which is a smaller town with a much more manageable parade

Dublin in April

Easter is celebrated in Dublin and can be a lovely time to be in the city.

Tourism is in full swing at this time but the Easter weekend can affect services such as the bus network .

This is also a busy time for tourism in Dublin and hotel prices are high: advance planning is highly recommended.

Dublin in May

May is my favourite months to travel to Ireland and a great time of the year for both a visit to Dublin and the surrounding countryside.

At this time, you can visit all Dublin’s must-see sites, enjoy the city parks and also venture out of town: May is wonderful for short day trips out of Dublin !

If you are in Dublin in May, I recommend you visit some of the city’s parks such as St Stephens’ Green or St Anne’s and also spend an afternoon at the beautiful Botanical Gardens.

Summer in Dublin

June July and August are summer and probably the best time to visit Dublin in terms of weather.

In June through August, the weather tends to be mild and the days long and bright, perfect for sightseeing.

While hardly ever hot, this is the time when Dubliners wear their summer clothes and flock to the many outdoor terraces and parks in the city – summer is glorious and lifts the mood of the city which, at this time, shows its most pleasant personality.

Temperatures usually range between 9-20C/48-68F.

The only downside to visiting Dublin in summer is the crowds: this is high season for tourism and you must book hotels in advance and you will genuinely be stuck for a spot!

The summers months are also an expensive time to visit: hotels and airfare reach top prices and places sell out fast.

Budget in advance and tweak your dates as much as possible for the best deals

Summer sees a few bank holiday weekends (aka: Mondays off) and this means locals travel around Ireland as well as tourists. Book months in advance and be prepared for higher costs if traveling at this time.

Dublin in June

June is a lovely time to visit Dublin and a month with something special: Bloomsday, on the 16th of June!

Bloomsday is an annual festival celebrating the Ulysses by James Joyce (set in Dublin on the 16th of June 1904) and it is a great day to be in the city.

Many events take place around town, with music and fairs and many locals dress up evoking Joycean times and the atmosphere of the Ulysses.

This is an easy day to enjoy also if you are not familiar with the Ulysses and a very accessible one for the whole family.

Dublin in July

July is the heart of the summer in Dublin and a great time to visit the city except for the crowds.

I highly recommend you book your accommodation early if coming at this time and consider staying in areas a little outside of the center if you want evenings at a more relaxed pace.

A good list of family hotels and areas to stay in Dublin is here .

Dublin in August

Like July, August is a summer month in Dublin and usually sees pleasant weather.

This is a very busy time for tourism and advance booking of hotels is paramount.

An important date in August in Dublin is the August Bank holiday weekend, the first of the month.

This is a long weekend for locals so everything is twice as busy and hotels twice as expensive. Plan accordingly.

Fall in Dublin

Autumn comes to Dublin in September October and November

This is a surprisingly good time to visit Dublin and one not many tourists know about so I highly recommend you come in the fall if you can to see a lesser crowded, more authentic and beautiful side of the city.

The weather gets consistently colder as we get close to winter and rain is possible but often Dublin gets sunny bright days at this time and wonderful foliage.

This is a wonderful time to visit the city and take short day trips just outside.

Dublin in September

September is the month when the Dublin summer ends and the transition towards colder days happens very fast.

If coming to Dublin in September, you can expect some chilly days but overall, you should still get decent weather.

Tourism is limited at this time and especially the start of the month, when you still have the end of summer over the city, it can be a wonderful time to visit.

Dublin in October

Autumn is also the time for one of Ireland most important festivities, Halloween

Halloween originated in Ireland: houses and shops take out Halloween decorations and the city organizes several events to mark the occasion.

This is a fun time to visit Dublin and especially fun if you are in Dublin with kids , who can partake in many of the events (not all, some area really scary and for grown-ups only!).

Dublin in November

November is dark and wet in Dublin but it does see the beginning of Christmas, and its extravaganza of lights.

Shops and streets starting to flaunt beautiful decorations as early as the first week of the month and this makes the dire weather more bearable.

This is a great time to visit Dublin if you want to shop, visit museums or spend evenings in pubs or cozy hotels but it is not a great time at all if you are hoping to also visit the countryside.

Do wait for spring or at least February for that!

I hope you enjoyed this guide and it helped you decide the best time to visit Dublin for you. Safe travels!

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Plan Your Visit to Dublin: When is the Best Time to Go?

Dublin, the vibrant capital of Ireland, is a must-visit destination for any intrepid traveler. But when is the best time to visit Dublin to experience its full charm? This comprehensive guide will delve into the factors to consider when planning your trip to the Emerald Isle, from weather and crowds to events and activities. As a travel expert and blogger, I’ve covered you with insider tips and the most accurate information to make your Dublin adventure one for the books.

Weather Considerations

When planning a trip to Dublin, the weather is one of the most important factors to consider. Ireland’s climate is characterized by mild temperatures and frequent rainfall throughout the year. However, each season brings its own unique charm and advantages, making Dublin a year-round destination. In this section, we will explore the weather patterns of each season and help you determine which time of year best suits your travel preferences.

Spring (March-May)

Spring is an ideal time to visit Dublin, as the weather is mild and pleasant. Expect daytime temperatures ranging from 50 to 60°F (10 to 15°C) and occasional light rain showers. As flowers bloom and days grow longer, the city’s parks and gardens come alive, making it perfect for leisurely strolls and outdoor activities.

Summer (June-August)

Summertime in Dublin brings warmer temperatures, averaging 60 to 70°F (15 to 20°C) and more sunshine. While this is a popular time to visit, it can also be quite crowded, so make sure to book accommodations and tours well in advance. Bonus: enjoy the city’s vibrant pub scene with outdoor seating and live music.

Autumn (September-November)

Autumn brings cooler temperatures, ranging from 50 to 60°F (10 to 15°C), and the beautiful changing colors of foliage. This season offers a more relaxed atmosphere as tourist crowds dissipate, making exploring popular attractions at your leisure easier.

Winter (December-February)

Dublin’s winter months see temperatures drop to 40 to 50°F (4 to 10°C) with a higher chance of rain. However, it’s worth noting that these temperatures can still be warmer than you might experience during winter in many North European or North American cities. If you’re not bothered by the cold and wet weather, you can enjoy a quieter Dublin experience with fewer tourists and lower accommodation prices. Embrace the season by visiting cozy pubs and exploring museums and galleries leisurely.

Popular Events and Festivals

Dublin boasts a lively calendar of events and festivals, offering something for everyone. Whether you’re a culture enthusiast, a sports fan, or simply looking to immerse yourself in the Irish spirit, timing your visit to coincide with one of these events can enhance your Dublin experience. This section will highlight some of the most popular events and festivals you won’t want to miss during your trip to the Irish capital.

St. Patrick’s Day (March)

Dublin is the heart of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, with a week-long festival featuring parades, live music, and cultural events. Visiting during this time guarantees a lively atmosphere and a true taste of Irish culture.

Bloomsday (June)

A literary celebration of James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, Bloomsday sees Dubliners and visitors alike dressing in Edwardian attire and following in the footsteps of the novel’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom. Participate in readings, performances, and pub crawls for a unique cultural experience.

Dublin Fringe Festival (September)

The Dublin Fringe Festival showcases cutting-edge theater, dance, and music performances in various venues across the city. This two-week event is perfect for art lovers and those seeking an offbeat experience.

Dublin International Film Festival (February)

Cinephiles will enjoy the Dublin International Film Festival, featuring premieres, documentaries, and short films from both Irish and international filmmakers. This ten-day event also includes Q&A sessions and masterclasses with industry professionals.

The best time to visit Dublin ultimately depends on your preferences and priorities. Spring and autumn offer a balance of pleasant weather and moderate tourist crowds, while summer provides the warmest temperatures and a lively atmosphere. Winter can be a budget-friendly option if you don’t mind the cold and rain. Dublin’s rich history, culture, and charm will ensure an unforgettable experience regardless of when you choose to visit. We hope to see you in Dublin!

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Tips for first-time visitors to Dublin

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With its walkable streets, compact city centre and abundance of things to see and do, Dublin is an ideal getaway destination. But when you visit any city for the first time, it can be a bit overwhelming.

That’s where this guide comes in. While it’s good to allow for spontaneity, some forward thinking is always useful, whether you’re plotting your route from the airport or working out which restaurants you want to book.

If you’re planning your first visit to Dublin and want to ensure you’re making the absolute most out of your time, this handy ‘cheat sheet’ has all the information you need...

Best time to visit

Dublin isn’t a city of extreme temperatures , so there’s no bad time to visit. From May to September, the weather is warmer and there’s plenty happening in the city, from outdoor gigs to special events. In spring and autumn, the city’s parks are at their most picturesque, and the mild weather makes exploring easy and pleasant.

It’s generally colder between November and February, but both the city and the attractions are a little quieter. It’s also the cheapest time for hotel accommodation. Winter in Dublin is particularly charming, and the city does Christmas in style, with festive lights and elaborate shop window displays.

Before you go

It’s best to have a loose idea of what you want to see and do ahead of arriving in Dublin, as some activities and accommodations need to be booked further in advance than others. This timeline will help you get organised…

  • Three months before: Now’s the time to book your hotel accommodation (especially in summer), as well as any major live gigs you want to attend. If you want to eat in the city’s Michelin starred restaurants , you’ll need to book now.
  • Up to three weeks before: If you’re visiting in low season you can book your accommodation now, alongside any theatre tickets , or weekend reservations to the city’s most popular restaurants as well as tickets to timed entry attractions like Kilmainham Gaol .
  • A week before: Make any weekday restaurant reservations and book your guided tours, or tickets for the bigger tourist attractions like the Guinness Storehouse , the Book of Kells or distillery tours .

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All entry points to Dublin are close to the city, so getting into town is generally quick and simple…

  • By Air: Dublin Airport is 10km from the city centre. Taxis (around €30) take 30 – 45 minutes. Aircoach buses run to the city centre, Ballsbridge, Leopardstown and some southern suburbs as far as Greystones in Wicklow between 5:55am and 1.25am (€10/every 15 minutes). Dublin Express buses run along the River Liffey to Heuston station between 4am and 12:35am (€8, every 30-60 minutes). Dublin Bus Nos 16 and 41 also serve the city centre (€3.30); the 41 runs 24 hours a day. All bus journeys takes around 45 minutes to get to the city.
  • By Ferry: Buses run from the port to the city centre between 7am and 7pm, or 6pm on Sundays (€2, hourly) and take 20 minutes. The Luas Red Line is over the road at The Point, with trams serving the city centre, Smithfield and Heuston rail station.
  • By Train : Dublin has two intercity train stations, Connolly and Heuston, both of which are on the Luas Red Line and served by numerous Dublin Bus routes. 
  • By Bus : The main bus depot is Busáras, close to Connolly Station. This is the arrival point for all Bus Éireann services. Private coach companies generally stop along the quays.

The River Liffey divides the city into the Northside and the Southside, with the city centre straddling the two. Though the centre of Dublin is fairly small, the broader city is made up of a series of villages , from the central neighbourhoods like Portobello and the Docklands, to the coastal districts of Sandymount and Clontarf. To the north, you’ll find two of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, Stoneybatter and Smithfield , with cool coffee shops and gastropubs. In the south, the suburbs of Rathmines and Ranelagh are great for café hopping, brunch and people watching in the Georgian squares.

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It’s also worth noting that the city is divided into numbered postal districts, from 1 to 24. All even numbered districts are south of the Liffey and odd-numbered ones are to the north. So Dublin 1 is the area around and including O’Connell St, while Grafton Street and the south city centre are in Dublin 2. The sole exception is Dublin 8, which extends from the Liberties to north of the river and includes part of the area around the Phoenix Park.

Where to stay

Whether you’re looking to save your pennies in a hostel or splash out on a luxury stay, there’s a wide range of accommodation to fit the bill in Dublin. The majority of the budget accommodation is found around Temple Bar and on Gardiner Street, near Connolly Station, with the mid-range and luxury hotels generally in the vicinity of Stephen’s Green and the surrounding streets. When choosing a place to stay, don’t discount the neighbourhoods outside of the city centre – you can find great hotels in places like Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and the Liberties , which are easy to reach on foot or by bus, DART and Luas. There are also more traditional B&Bs in the northern suburb of Drumcondra, for a dose of old school charm.

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Where to eat

There’s a vibrant food scene in Dublin, from quick and tasty budget eats to multi Michelin starred restaurants . In the city centre, there are a wide range of places to eat, like pubs serving traditional Irish food, cafés for light meals, brasserie style restaurants and a huge variety of authentic international cuisines. Walk around Capel Street and you’ll find casual Asian restaurants where you can get an excellent meal for under €10, from Korean fried chicken to Vietnamese pho or bánh mì. The Liberties and Portobello are regarded as foodie hotspots, with popular brunch cafés and neighbourhood style bistros. Stoneybatter has some great ramen and Italian restaurants.

Wherever you eat, it’s best to book restaurants in advance, particularly at weekends. However it’s always worth trying your luck at the last minute – keep an eye on restaurant social media accounts to snag a cancelled table at the eleventh hour. Or phone them directly, as online reservation systems aren’t always kept up to date. There are plenty of restaurants that serve food all day, though some do close between lunch and dinner. One thing worth noting is that dinner service generally starts at around 5pm and runs until 10pm.

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Famous pubs

Dublin is well known for its pubs , and there are certainly plenty to choose from. The following are some of the best known pubs in the city...

  • The Temple Bar : One of the most photographed pubs in Dublin, with live music every day.

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  • The Brazen Head : The oldest pub in Dublin, dating back to 1198.
  • Toners : A traditional pub with a beer garden, this was an old haunt of WB Yeats.
  • Kehoes: Over 200 years old, this is a popular Dublin watering hole with a charming living room upstairs and outdoor seats that are always filled on sunny days.
  • Mulligans: Originally an unlicensed ‘shebeen’, this is one of the oldest pubs around and a favourite among Dublin writers.  
  • The Cobblestone : With trad sessions every day and talented musicians at the forefront, this is one of the best spots for traditional music in Dublin. 

As well as historic bars and pubs for traditional music , there are plenty of cocktail joints and wine bars around the city. There are also numerous distilleries and places to enjoy a good local whiskey .

Getting around

Dublin is a fairly compact city, and easy to navigate on foot – you definitely don’t need a car. Unless you’re visiting some of the attractions outside of the city centre (like the Phoenix Park , Guinness Storehouse or Kilmainham Gaol ) you can generally walk wherever you need to go. If you plan on exploring a little further afield, there are four main public transport options:

  • Dublin Bus : The bus network covers the city and the suburbs, and most services run from 5am to midnight, with a Nitelink service running until 4am on Friday and Saturday nights. Eight bus routes run 24 hours a day , including the 41 that serves Dublin Airport. If using a Leap card (see below) then tell the driver your destination when you board and tap your card – you don’t need to tap out at the end. Otherwise, you’ll need the exact change to buy a ticket.
  • DART : Dublin Area Rapid Transit trains serve the city centre and the coastline. You can buy tickets at every station, or use a Leap card to travel.
  • Luas : There are two lines of Dublin’s tram service. The red line runs from east to west through the Northside of the city, and the green line runs north to south. You can buy a ticket at the station or use a Leap card, but you must tap on and off at the machines.

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  • DublinBikes : Dublin’s bike sharing scheme allows you to rent a bike at any of the 115 stations around the city, from 5:00am to 12:30am (One/three day ticket €3.50/€5 – first 30 minutes free, then from 50c an hour)
  • Taxi: You can hail a taxi on the street, but it’s easier to use the Free Now app, where you can instantly book a licensed taxi. An alternative is Uber , though it’s not as commonly used in Dublin.

Tipping in restaurants is not expected, but it is customary to add 10% to the bill for good service, or up to 20% if you see fit. You don’t need to tip when buying drinks in a pub or bar, but if someone buys you a drink you’re expected to buy one back – that’s known as a ‘round’.

There are plenty of bike lanes in Dublin, so cycling is a viable way to get around the city. Get an account with DublinBikes and you can use it as a cheap mode of transport, as the first 30 minutes of a journey are always free.

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If you really want to fit in with the locals, carry a tote bag around with you. There is a levy for plastic bags (though some provide paper ones), so they’re handy for any groceries or souvenirs you might buy. 

Discount cards

If you’re planning to visit multiple attractions, or will be using public transport, there are discount cards available that will save you money…

  • GoCity All-Inclusive Pass (1-5 days, €69 – €115): This provides unlimited entry to top attractions in Dublin and beyond.
  • DoDublin Days Out Card (€55): This gives you a 25% discount on entry to six attractions in Dublin.
  • Leap Card : The prepaid travel card for all public transport in Dublin. Available in most shops, you pay a €5 refundable deposit and top it up with any amount you choose. All you have to do is tap it on the sensor when you board a bus. If travelling on the DART or Luas you will have to tap at the platform when you get on and once more when you get off. The Leap Visitor Card (1/3/7 days, €8/€16/€32) grants unlimited travel on Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and Commuter Rail. It can be purchased in the city and at Dublin Airport, or ordered online and delivered to your home in advance of your trip.
  • DoDublin Freedom Ticket : (72 hours, €48): This 72-hour travel pass combines all the benefits of the Leap Visitor Card with a 48 hour hop-on hop-off tour. 

There are several hop on, hop off buses that stop at all the major tourist attractions and also offer discounts and walking tours.

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Accessible Dublin

Dublin is very accessible – in 2019, it was voted the most wheelchair-accessible city in Europe by the Alpharooms Travel Blog. All the major museums and attractions are accessible, and there are plenty of adapted hotel rooms throughout the city. On the TFI website , you plan your route on public transport via accessible stations. If you have an invisible disability, you can get a “Please Offer Me a Seat” badge from bus and rail stations within Dublin.

LGBTQ+ Dublin

There’s a vibrant LGBTQ+ scene in the city, from long running gay bars and club nights to sea swimming clubs and hiking groups. The Dublin Pride Festival is held over a five day period during Pride Month in June and includes a huge parade through the city, as well as community events and celebrations. The LGBTQ+ film festival GAZE takes place once a year, and the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival runs in May, featuring talent from Ireland and around the world.

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  • Dublin is a very walkable city, but make sure you wear comfortable shoes so you can stay on your feet all day.
  • A lot of the city’s top restaurants offer a lunch menu that’s much cheaper than dinner, and daytime reservations are usually easier to get than dinner bookings. Some restaurants also offer an ‘early bird’ menu, with a discounted meal available for the earlier sitting, e.g. 5pm – 6:30pm.
  • If you’re using a regular Leap card, rather than the Visitor Card, the TFI 90 Minute Fare applies to journeys made by Dublin Bus, Luas and most Dart trains. Any journey less than 90 minutes (including transfer times) costs €2.

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The Best Time to Visit Ireland

Most travelers to Ireland will most likely land in Dublin first, and for many of them, it’s where they will spend the majority of their time.

But when is the best time to visit Dublin? Read on to find out more.


Of course, there are other places to see in Ireland too , so remaining in Dublin isn’t always a necessity.

However, if your heart is set on visiting Ireland's capital city, don't let anyone stop you.


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Dublin in a Nutshell

Dublin is an energetic city that is full of charm and a place that I'm sure you will want to return to again and again.

There is a  lot to see and do any time of year in Dublin, plus Ireland’s climate is fairly temperate, albeit changeable, so there are no extreme changes in weather to contend with.

Summer, fall, winter, and spring each bring something different to the city.

It really depends on what you’re looking for. This will determine the best time to visit Dublin.

If you want to avoid the tourist season – and the crowds – come during what is known as “the shoulder season,” which is during the spring (April and May) or in the fall (September and October).

The weather is still mild enough at this time of year.


In fact, it can be surprisingly warm as heatwaves are known to occur in Ireland at either the beginning or at the end of the summer season.

Summer in Dublin (June-August)

Average Temperature: The average temperature in Dublin during the months of June, July, and August are between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius, which is between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit.


At times, it can be much warmer than that, especially if Ireland experiences a hot spell. August tends to be wetter than the other summer months, so be sure to bring a jacket and an umbrella.

Popular activities for tourists: cycling , kayaking , walking , eating, and drinking in pubs.


As I write this, the hit “Summer in Dublin” by Irish rock band Bagatelle comes to mind.

They never got the international recognition they deserved, but they are still an excellent group and that song is probably their most popular one.


If you don’t mind the crowds, Dublin is a fun place to be during the summer months.

There is a lot of action around the Temple Bar section of the city, which is where Dublin’s trendiest pubs are located.

The revelers you’ll find in this area of Dublin tend to spill out on the streets with pints in hand as traditional musicians play inside.

Some of the most popular pubs in this area of town include:


The Temple Bar (aka Flannery’s) – possibly the most photographed pub in Ireland and has been a fixture in the city since the 1840s. This bar is also known for stocking a huge selection of Irish whiskey . The Old Storehouse – designed in the typical Victorian fashion that you’ll see in other older pubs across central Dublin.


You’ll get great food at the Storehouse, in addition to plenty of the “Black Stuff” (also known as Guinness).

Entertainment starts at 3 p.m. every day and includes traditional musicians as well as Irish dance performances.

The Long Hall Pub isn’t technically in Temple Bar, but it is very close. Located on Great St. George’s Street, it is a true Victorian classic.


When you visit, look out for the ornate carvings in the woodwork behind the bar and the elegant chandeliers overhead, among other fine architectural details.

The Vintage Cocktail Club (known locally as “VCC”) is one of those trendy pubs in Dublin that you should visit. Inspired by 1920s Prohibition, the place looks like a typical speakeasy complete with art deco-style details. Be sure to reserve a seat on OpenTable before you go as it’s a popular spot with tourists and locals. Lots of great cocktails to choose from, along with finger food.

If you're looking for more low-key yet authentic Irish traditional music in city, I recommend you go to McNeill's on Capel Street, which hosts sessions on Wednesdays through Saturdays.  The Cobblestone also has great music every night, as does O'Donoghues on Merrion Row from 8 p.m. every night.

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This time of year is perfect for guided walking tours as the days stretch on forever during the summer months (sunset is close to 11 p.m. at the height of the summer).

You can also cycle in Dublin.

The city has over 120 miles of cycle routes, part of its ever-expanding bike scheme . In addition, there are over 100 bike stations throughout the city with credit card kiosks nearby. The public bicycle rental scheme has operated in the city since 2009.

If you'd rather take a tour, Lazy Bike Tours is a fun way to see Dublin by electric bike and is highly ranked on TripAdvisor.

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Read More:   Discover Dublin's Top 10 Tours

Fall in Dublin (September-November)

Average Temperature: The average temperature in Dublin during the months of September, October, and November is about 14 to 18 degrees Celsius, which is between 57 and 62 degrees Fahrenheit. Expect crisp, fall-like days in Dublin during this time.

Popular activities for tourists: cycling, walking, and museum visits.

The fall months are a great time to visit Dublin.

Not only is it quieter from a tourism perspective, but the lines to some of the city’s most popular attractions are also shorter.

sign Book of Kells

Some of those popular attractions include Trinity College , a short walk from the city center.

Walk in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift, and Bram Stoker, who all studied at the oldest college on the island of Ireland.

building Guinness storehouse

Stop off at other popular attractions like Dublin Castle , the EPIC The Emigration Museum , and The Guinness Storehouse .

Fall is festival season in Dublin. Here are some of the festivals you can enjoy if you’re visiting Dublin at this time of year.


The Dublin Fringe Festival

If you’re interested in discovering the best in Ireland's arts scene, be sure to check out the Dublin Fringe Festival , which normally takes place in September.

The festival is the ideal platform for new and emerging Irish and international contemporary performing arts companies.

Culture Night


Culture Night is an annual celebration of the arts in Ireland.

Free events place in locations across the country on the third Friday in September each year.

Late openings at museums and other cultural venues throughout Dublin and other cities in Ireland are par for the course.


Dublin Festival of History

If you’re a lover of history, you’ll want to visit Dublin during the annual Dublin Festival of History .

The festival includes over 140 history lectures, walks, exhibitions, films, and more. All events are free, but you must book in advance.

Be sure to check out its series of podcasts .

Dublin Theatre Festival


This is Europe’s oldest theater festival featuring emerging and established artists in the areas of theater, ballet, and opera.


If you're visiting Dublin in the fall, how about an evening of whiskey and cheese pairing at the Irish Whiskey Museum , a port-tasting dinner at The Porterhouse Temple Bar , or the chance to participate in a food trail in collaboration with some of Dublin’s best restaurants?

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Did you know that Bram Stoker, the author of the Gothic horror novel “Dracula,” was born in Dublin?


To celebrate his legacy, his work and his impact on literature and popular culture, the City of Dublin pulls out all the stops during its Bram Stoker Festival .

Be prepared for lots of horror-filled fun!

Ireland is the place to be at Halloween . After all, it’s where the holiday first began.

While there are certainly Halloween-inspired events going on throughout the city, you may want to venture outside of Dublin to experience Halloween in a big way.


Dubbed the “biggest and scariest Halloween festival in Ireland, the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival is a month-long festival that takes place in October and November.

You can find ways to get there from Dublin on the Spirits of Meath website.

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Christmas Markets, mid-November through Christmas Eve

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If you’re in Dublin in late November, you’ll see the city center awash in Christmas decorations and colorful lighting .

Walk along Dublin’s streets at this time of year and you can’t miss the many buskers belting out holiday tunes.


Christmas markets were once confined to mainland Europe, but in recent years, they have become really popular in Ireland, too. And Dublin is no exception.

If you’re in Dublin during this period, the most popular one is the Christmas market that takes place at Dublin Castle .

Keep an eye on the castle website for details on this year's event.

Dublin in the Winter (December-February)

Average Temperature: The average temperature in Dublin during the months of December, January, and February hover around 4 to 6 degrees Celsius, which is between 39 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Ireland rarely gets a lot of snow. In fact, if temperatures do drop below freezing, it’s more of a problem with icy roads than anything.

So, if you are driving, be cautious. Be sure, also, to wear several layers as the dampness can make it seem a lot colder than it really is.

Popular activities for tourists: holiday shopping, museum visits, and bar hopping.

While Dublin isn’t exactly on everyone’s radar in the winter months, there is some merit to traveling there during this time.

Fares are a lot cheaper and accommodation is also less costly.

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Given the really short days in Ireland during the winter months, it’s a good idea while in Dublin to check out the city’s free museums .

After you’re done visiting the many indoor attractions around the city, be sure to seek out Dublin’s coziest pubs.

Here are two recommendations:

Slattery's Bar on Capel Street is one of those bars that oozes Dublin's heritage.

It’s also a place that is cozy enough for a pint or two while you soak up the history that is on its walls. It is known for having the best traditional Irish breakfast in Dublin.

The Library Bar, which is part of the Central Hotel on Exchequer Street has an open fire, ideal for those long winter evenings when you’re just longing for a bite to eat and a drink to wash it down.

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The bar has brunch, lunch, and dinner menus. If you’re in between museum visits, the soup of the day and brown bread are priced at an affordable €6.

If it’s a traditional Irish music session you’re after to while away the long winter evenings, some of the pubs that will satisfy include The Celt on Talbot Street, where there’s traditional music seven nights a week.

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If you are traveling with a group of 30 or more, enjoy a special 3-course dinner and show for €49. If not, simply order a pint, sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

The Confession Box on Marlborough Street is as good as it gets when it comes to traditional Dublin pubs.

Its name comes from the fact that during the Irish War of Independence, soldiers were asked to confess their sins to the resident priest! You’ll find trad sessions at the weekends in this Dublin pub.

O'Donoghue's is where The Dubliners and Christy Moore made their mark on Dublin’s music scene.

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You’ll find traditional Irish music sessions seven nights a week at this popular watering hole.

Sit back, enjoy a Guinness, and a toe-tapping session. Be sure to take a look at the many photos of Ireland’s musical talent on the walls.

If you are still in Ireland close to Christmas, be sure to check out Carols by Candlelight , the annual holiday event at Christ Church Cathedral.


Musicians and singers dressed in period costumes perform classics like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and more in a setting that is illuminated by candles.

Spring in Dublin (March-May)

Average Temperature : While springtime weather in Dublin is still considered chilly, the promise of longer days provides some hope from the winter darkness.

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Temperatures hover between 8 and 12 degrees Celsius, which is between 46 and 53 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to bring a jacket and dress in layers.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration is vastly different from what you may be familiar with here in the U.S.

Floats, colorful costumes, and dyed hair are just some of what you can expect from this fun parade.

It is always held on March 17 th in the city center.

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Rather than celebrate for one day, Dublin pulls out all the stops and hosts a five-day schedule of events for everyone to enjoy, including the above-mentioned parade.

Events include guided walks, food fairs, musical performances, and more.

April and May are great times to visit Dublin. The weather is getting warmer and more and more people are venturing outdoors.

Why not check out some of Dublin’s prettiest public parks? Here are some to consider:

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Phoenix Park – this is the largest enclosed public park in Europe. It is about a 1 ½ mile walk from O’Connell Street.

Originally a royal hunting park during the 1660s, the park was opened to the public in 1747.

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It is now home to Áras an Uachtaráin , the residence of the president of Ireland, as well as Dublin Zoo and the Victorian People’s Flower Gardens, which is free to visit.

Walk around the park and enjoy the many fallow deer that inhabit it.

Phoenix Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round. It is free to visit as is Áras an Uachtaráin.

St. Stephen’s Green – until the mid-17 th century, St. Stephen’s Green was nothing more than a marshy common used for sheep and cattle grazing, public executions, and witch burnings.

Today, it is a place of refuge for Dubliners and tourists alike seeking some quiet time from the hustle and bustle of the city.

You’ll see a number of statues and memorials to various historical figures, including a bronze bust of the Irish revolutionary heroine Countess Markievicz in this beautiful city center park, which got its name from St. Stephen's Church and leper hospital, which existed in the area in the 13th century.

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Iveagh Gardens – these beautiful Victorian gardens are beside the National Concert Hall and are a popular spot during the spring and summer months.

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The gardens are open all year round. They are free to visit.

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The Best Time to Visit Dublin, Ireland for Weather, Safety, & Tourism

The best times to visit Dublin for ideal weather are

June 18th to September 9th

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Weather in dublin.

Average temperatures in Dublin vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 15th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above . If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Dublin, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 67.5°F (19.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 52.2°F (11.2°C) at night.

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Dublin temperatures (celsius), “feels-like” temperatures.

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

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Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

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If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Dublin are March, April, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid April. For example, on the week of April 16th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid November with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of November 12th.

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Dublin has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is May (71.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (83.6%).

Wind in Dublin is usually moderate . The windiest month is January, followed by December and November. January’s average wind speed of around 13 knots (15 MPH or 24.1 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid January where average top sustained speeds reach 21.6 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

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Is it safe to travel to dublin.

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Ireland; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories . This advisory was last updated on Nov 28, 2023.

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Dublin, Ireland is January, followed by July and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Dublin in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

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Most popular months to visit, overall dublin travel experience by season, spring (march through may).

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 62.5°F (16.9°C) and 48.4°F (9.1°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 7 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Dublin, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 63.4°F (17.4°C) and 46.7°F (8.2°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 7 to 9 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Dublin to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 48.5°F (9.2°C) and 45.1°F (7.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 10 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

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Dublin Travel Guide: Vacation and Trip Ideas

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Dublin is a city brimming with history, from centuries-old cathedrals to stately manors that line the winding streets. Institutions like Dublin Castle, the National Gallery of Ireland, and St. Patrick's Cathedral have long drawn tourists looking to catch a glimpse of the city's rich history, while places like Trinity College highlight Dublin's literary past — after all, there's a reason the city is called 'the land of saints and scholars.'

Spirits lovers will find themselves right at home amongst favorite spots like the Guinness Storehouse, the Jameson Distillery, and the Teeling Distillery. And Irish cuisine, once considered a bit of an oxymoron, is on full display in Dublin. The city is now home to five Michelin-starred restaurants, plus an array of international restaurants that highlight the diversity of the city.

So whether it's history, architecture, or literature that piques your interest, or you're most focused on food and spirits, there's plenty to keep you busy on your next trip to Dublin. Here, our favorite spots in 'The Pale.'

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Winter weather in Dublin is less than ideal, with temperatures averaging in the 30s and 40s Fahrenheit. But the city offers a number of festivals that make up for the chilly weather. There's the New Year's Festival which takes place for three days at the start of each year, the Dublin International Film Festival every February, and a five-day-long St. Patrick's Day Festival in March.

St. Patrick's Day in Dublin is more so celebrated by travelers than locals. However, you'll still find quite the crowd congregating around the city's Temple Bar neighborhood indulging in the revelry. Locals view the day as more of a reflective occasion to celebrate relationships, family, and faith.

As the weather starts to get a bit nicer, travel to the city starts to pick up significantly, but that also means that prices tend to increase. In late spring and summer there are a host of festivals to keep anyone busy, including the International Literature Festival in May, Bloomsday (a celebration of author James Joyce) and Pride in June, and the Festival of Curiosity in July.

The autumn months are particularly beautiful as leaves start to change color throughout the city and its many parks. Every September, there's the Dublin Fringe Festival and the Taste of Dublin — great for foodies. And each November, celebrated authors come to the city for the annual Dublin Book Festival .

Things to Know

Currency: Euro

Current Exchange Rate

Language: English is the predominant language but signage is also in Gaelic.

Calling Code: +353

Electricity: Standard voltage in Ireland is 230v, which is within the 110-240v range most U.S. electronics use. However, you'll still need an adapter as the country uses a large "G" electrical outlet with three square prongs.

How to Get Around

Getting around Dublin and the surrounding area is incredibly easy. The DART train connects the city to the quaint villages and towns that dot the countryside and waterfront. The light rail and bus system can get you anywhere around town, and there are even bicycles for rent for a more leisurely experience. Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland and offers direct flights that connect Dublin to cities all over Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

Trains: The DART is the city's commuter train that connects Dublin to surrounding cities and towns. The city's light rail system, the Luas , has two lines that service 67 stations around the city. The Green line runs north to south, and the red line east to west. Travelers can purchase tickets at any of the stops.

Buses: The Dublin Bus has 120 routes and 18 night routes that connect the entire city. The fare is dependent on distance traveled and tickets can be purchased at stations and on the bus. Travelers can also purchase the Leap Card, a prepaid card that saves 24% on travel, and they can be purchased at any number of locations around the city.

Taxis: Taxis are available all over Dublin and are fast and efficient, if only a bit expensive. City Cabs (01 872 7272) and Taxi 7 (01 460 0000) are two highly rated companies that service the city. Uber is also available throughout Dublin.

Best Hotels

The westbury.

Address: Balfe St, Dublin 2, Ireland Phone: +353 1 679 1122 Website

The five-star boutique hotel in Dublin's Temple Bar neighborhood blends contemporary designs with neutral colors to offer a relaxing retreat, while still being in the heart of the city. The hotel has 205 rooms and suites, a central location close to a handful of historic attractions, and a world-class cocktail bar: The Sidecar.

The Merrion Hotel

Address: Merrion St Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland Phone: +353 1 603 0600 Website

Housed in a collection of four Georgian townhomes, The Merrion Hotel offers a five-star experience with an on-site spa, pool, and gym, plus the two-Michelin-star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. There's also The Cellar Bar, The Garden Room, and No. 23 Cocktail Bar, for those looking for a quick bite or fine cocktail. The hotel offers 142 rooms and suites, many of which overlook the meticulously manicured gardens.

The Shelbourne, Autograph Collection

Address: 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ireland Phone: +353 1 663 4500 Website

Just across from St. Stephen's Green, The Shelbourne is a luxury hotel that oozes history. The nearly 200-year-old property seamlessly blends historic design with modern amenities and has played host to a number of celebrities, from John F. Kennedy to Princess Grace. Guests can enjoy cocktails or bites from any of the six venues at the hotel and the on-site spa offers a range of wellness amenities perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring.

The Marker Hotel

Address: Grand Canal Square, Dublin Docklands, Dublin, D02 CK38, Ireland Phone: +353 1 687 5100 Website

Situated on Grand Canal Square in the city's newly emerging cultural and business district, The Marker Hotel offers a luxury stay with loads of modern amenities. The hotel's 187 rooms and suites sport bright and stylish design with pops of color accenting contemporary furnishings. Guests can partake in rooftop yoga sessions, grab a bite or drink from any of the hotel's three eateries and bars, or unwind at the on-site spa.

The Westin Dublin

Address: College Green, Westmoreland St, Dublin, D02 HR67, Ireland Phone: +353 1 645 1000 Website

Within Dublin's Temple Bar neighborhood, The Westin Dublin offers an opulent stay in an historic building loaded with modern conveniences. The 191 rooms and suites all sport classic Irish décor and offer a signature Westin Heavenly Bed, designed for optimal sleep. The hotel is centrally located to much of what the city has to offer, overlooking Trinity College and just down the block from the many shops and boutiques that line Grafton Street.

Best Restaurants

Glover's alley.

Address: 128 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, D02 HE18, Ireland Phone: +353 1 244 0733 Website

This fine-dining restaurant led by chef Andy McFadden dishes up elegant fare with ingredients sourced by some of Ireland's top farmers. Overlooking St. Stephen's Green, Glover's Alley blends contemporary décor with imaginative dishes to offer a truly unique culinary experience. Reservations recommended.

Fade Street Social

Address: 6 Fade St, Dublin 2, Ireland Phone: +353 1 604 0066 Website

Fade Street Social offers a range of phenomenal and incredibly unique dishes — think: duck egg with pickled anchovy and glazed pork belly — that are all craveworthy. The restaurant is centrally located, just steps from Dublin Castle. There's also a rooftop terrace with wood-fired dishes and cocktails on offer, plus some of the best views around.

Chapter One

Address: 18-19 Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin 1, D01 T3V8, Ireland Phone: +353 1 873 2266 Website

Chapter One is a Michelin-starred restaurant in the Phibsborough neighborhood, serving up dishes that combine international recipes with creative and innovative techniques. Housed in an 18th-century mansion, along with the Dublin Writers Museum, the restaurant blends history with contemporary design. Reservations recommended.

Ananda Restaurant

Address: Sandyford Rd, Dundrum, Dublin, D16 VK54, Ireland Phone: +353 1 296 0099 Website

Located about a 30-minute drive south from the city center, Ananda is a culinary hot spot that's worth the trek. The restaurant serves contemporary Indian fare and is open for dinner service Tuesdays through Saturdays, and for both lunch and dinner on Sundays. Reservations recommended.

The Pig's Ear

Address: 4 Nassau St, Dublin, D02 YX74, Ireland Phone: +353 1 670 3865 Website

The Pig's Ear is a local favorite, offering unique takes on traditional Irish dishes. The restaurant offers a four-course set menu, mainly using ingredients specific to Ireland, and is open for dinner service from Wednesday through Saturday. Reservations recommended.

Things to Do

Guinness storehouse factory.

Address: St. James's Gate, Dublin 8, D08 VF8H, Ireland Phone: +353 1 408 4800 Website

Pretty much anyone coming to Dublin has the Guinness Storehouse on their list of places to visit — and for good reason. It's not only geared toward beer lovers (though that is a main draw), but also history fanatics, offering plenty of information on the building and the surrounding neighborhood throughout the years. Learn to pour the perfect pint or just enjoy hearing of the building's 250-year history, either way, it's a great place to visit for anyone heading to Dublin.

Teeling Distillery

Address: 13-17 Newmarket, The Liberties, Dublin 8, D08 KD91, Ireland Phone: +353 1 531 0888 Website

While the Jameson Storehouse is most often visited by tourists (and is surely a place worth checking out), the Teeling Distillery is less than a 10-minute drive away and offers a less-crowded experience. The distillery has more than 230 international whiskey awards and is a favorite among whiskey aficionados. Guests can tour the facilities or partake in a whiskey tasting for the full experience.

Dublin Castle

Address: Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland Phone: +353 1 645 8800 Website

Once the seat of the British government's administration in Ireland, Dublin Castle now welcomes world travelers interested in learning about the history of the country. The 13th-century building is situated right in the heart of the city, with easy transport to pretty much anywhere you need to go. Visitors can opt for a guided tour of the castle or visit for any number of their regular events or exhibitions.

Trinity College Library

Address: College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland Phone: +353 1 896 1000 Website

You might think that a visit to a college library wouldn't be top of mind during your Irish vacation, but Trinity College Library isn't like anything you've seen before. The 400-year-old building houses over seven million books, but the architecture is just as impressive — resembling something out of a Harry Potter movie.

St. Stephen's Green

Address: St Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ireland

This bucolic park is situated right in the center of town and offers a quiet retreat after a long day of exploring, or at least a respite before you continue on. Take in the views of the stately Georgian mansions that line the park or stroll along the central pond to watch for swans. On the surrounding streets, you'll find upscale boutiques and shops, plenty of restaurants, and a few landmarks.

National Botanic Gardens

Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9, D09 VY63, Ireland Phone: +353 1 804 0300 Website

The National Botanic Gardens are about a 10-minute drive north of the city center but feels worlds away. At nearly 20 hectares, you could easily spend an entire day strolling through the beautifully landscaped gardens.

National Museum of Ireland—Natural History

Address: Merrion St Upper, Dublin 2, D02 F627, Ireland Phone: +353 1 677 7444 Website

There are three National Museum of Ireland locations, each with their specific focus — including archaeology and decorative arts and history — but the Natural History museum is a favorite. The museum hosts a number of events, and showcases a range of 10,000 unique exhibits.

Best Shopping

Clerys quarter.

Address: 27 O'Connell Street Lower, North City, Dublin, Ireland Phone: +353 1 618 1300 Website

The famed department store dating back to 1853 is being fully reimagined with a more contemporary feel. Situated on O'Connell Street and just a block from the Liffey River, Clerys Quarter will offer a hotel, rooftop bar, and plenty of shops and eateries to keep you busy all day.

Temple Bar Markets

Address: Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland Website

The Temple Bar Markets are open every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. right in the heart of the city. Visitors can find plenty of handmade goods and bites, making for a great place to stop to pick up some souvenirs.

George's Street Arcade

Address: South Great George's Street, Dublin, Ireland Website

George's Street Arcade is filled with shops, galleries, and eateries and has been serving the community since 1881. Visitors can stroll the halls to check out any of the 32 shops or grab a bite to eat at one of the 10 restaurants on-site.

Powerscourt Townhouse Centre

Address: 59 William St S, Dublin 2, D02 HF95, Ireland Website

This upscale shopping center is housed in an 18th-century mansion and perfectly showcases the architectural heritage that is so prevalent in Dublin. Visitors can shop or dine at any of the over 40 boutiques and restaurants throughout the complex.

Brown Thomas

Address: 88-95 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, D02 VF65, Ireland Phone: +353 1 605 6666 Website

Brown Thomas is an upscale department store that's been serving the residents of Dublin for nearly 200 years. Those looking for the best in fashion will find just what they're looking for here, as some of the world's top design labels can be found at Brown Thomas, including Gucci, Hugo Boss, and Ralph Lauren, among many others.

Neighborhoods to Know

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Temple Bar : Temple Bar is the heart of the action in Dublin, located in the city center on the south bank of the Liffey River. The cobbled streets are lined with historic buildings, filled with boutique shops, cafés, pubs, hotels, and hostels. If you're looking for a place to catch live music, this area is it. Throughout the week, many of the pubs invite local musicians to rile up the crowds as they enjoy a pint or two. A favorite spot amongst visitors is the neighborhood's namesake Temple Bar pub, which dates back nearly 200 years.

St. Stephen's Green : Centered around its namesake park, St. Stephen's Green is one of the priciest areas in the city and is characterized by stately Georgian architecture. Just a short stroll away, you'll find some of Dublin's best shopping on Grafton Street with dozens of luxury retailers. On the south side of the park, you'll find the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), which highlights the country's vast storytelling history.

Christchurch : Christchurch is centrally located to a number of Dublin's best attractions, including the 1,000-year-old Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, and the Guinness Storehouse. In addition, travelers will find plenty of great restaurants and pubs on the surrounding streets.

Rathmines : Situated just outside of the city center of Dublin, Rathmines is an upscale neighborhood with great bars, boutique shops, and eateries. The nearby Ranelagh neighborhood has a similar feel, and both can be easily reached by taxi.

Portobello : Portobello is a city-suburb located just south of St. Patrick's Cathedral and is known for its beautiful scenery and quaint Georgian homes. The area is filled with great shops, restaurants, and boutiques, making it the perfect stop for souvenir shopping. Portobello Road runs along the canal and is a great place to take a leisurely stroll after a long day of exploring.

Compared to other European cities, Dublin has a relatively mild climate. Winters are on the cooler side but temperatures don't often drop below freezing and the summer months are very comfortable. The city gets a fair amount of rain, averaging some level of precipitation around 191 days out of the year.

Average temperatures are listed below in Fahrenheit.

January 37-47 February 36-47 March 38-51 April 40-55 May 45-59 June 49-64 July 53-67 August 52-66 September 49-62 October 45-57 November 40-51 December 38-48

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12 of the best things to do in Dublin

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Musicians performing at The Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland.

From distillery tours and pub hopping to art galleries and ancient books, there's lots to keep you busy in Dublin © Yohan LB / 500px

Ireland’s capital and largest city by far, Dublin is one of those places that you either get straight away or spend a lifetime trying to figure out. It’s not the prettiest city, but Dubliners will remind you that pretty things are as easy to like as they are to forget…before showing you the showstopper Georgian bits to prove that Dublin has a fine line in sophisticated elegance.

There’s a collection of museums as fine as you’ll find in any European capital and one of the world’s most beautiful university campuses. There’s incredible food and a collection of authentic pubs that have spawned imitators from Miami to Mongolia.

There’s whiskey and old prisons, ancient books and beautiful monuments. In Dublin, you’ll find something that will tickle your fancy. And when you’re done, there’s always the world’s greatest beer, brewed right here for the last 300 years.  

Whether it’s your first visit to Dublin or your 20th, this is a city that keeps on giving. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Spend some time in a traditional Dublin pub

In all likelihood, you don’t need us to tell you that the pub is a quintessential Dublin experience , but here we are. It’s where you’ll meet Dubliners at their convivial, easy-going best and get a sense of what makes this city tick. There are few Dublin institutions so fawned over and written about as the traditional pub – probably because so many of the city’s best-known writers were regulars in them.

In Ulysses , Leopold Bloom muses that 'a good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub,' to which the only logical answer is that it can be done…by going into everyone you see. Given that there are around 800 of them spread about the city it’s probably not the wisest thing to do if liver function is important to you, but there are a bunch of them that will make your Dublin stay all the more memorable. One of my favorites is  John Mulligan of Poolbeg Street, which was also a favorite of Leopold Bloom’s creator, James Joyce.  

Trinity College, Dublin

2. Walk the cobbles of Trinity College

Since its foundation in 1592,  Trinity College has become one of the world’s most famous universities; it's the alma mater of Swift, Wilde and Beckett; it's where you'll find the most beautiful library in the whole country and the home of the world’s most famous illuminated Gospel, the Book of Kells. The library’s 200,000 books have been removed as part of a landmark restoration project, but the consolation prize is an enhanced digital experience that tells the story of the Book of Kells in dramatic, impressive detail. Trinity’s 16 hectares are an oasis of aesthetic elegance, its cobbled quadrangles lined with handsome neoclassical buildings that lend an air of magisterial calm to the campus, evident as soon as you walk through Front Arch.

Local tip: If you’re visiting during the summer – ie outside of term time – you can stay in student accommodation for a fraction of the cost of a hotel on the other side of the walls. See visittrinity.ie .

3. Peruse modern art and messy studios at the Dublin City Gallery – the Hugh Lane

Hanging on the walls of a magnificent Georgian pile is arguably the city’s finest collection of modern and contemporary art, which runs the gamut from impressionist masterpieces (Degas, Monet, Manet et al) to Irish artists such as Dorothy Cross and Sean Scully as well as a collection of stained-glass windows by Harry Clarke. The  Dublin City Gallery (aka the Hugh Lane, after its founder)’s most visited installation, however, is Dublin-born Francis Bacon’s actual London studio, brought over piece by piece and painstakingly reassembled in all its glorious mess – you can't step inside it but you can observe exactly how the artist lived and worked, down to the minute details.

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Entrance to the Irish Whiskey Museum, Dublin

4. Dive into Dublin’s distilleries

Did you know that Dublin was once the epicenter of the global whiskey industry? The industry went kaput throughout the 20th century, but it’s slowly making a major resurgence, not least in the Liberties, once known as the Golden Triangle for the number of distilleries in operation there. Today, there are four:  Teeling Distillery, the first new producer in the city for 125 years;  Pearse Lyons Distillery , in an old church; the Dublin Liberties Distillery in a 400-year-old former mill and tannery; and the return of  Roe & Co, which was once the world’s largest producer of whiskey, inside the old Guinness Power Station. On the other side of the Liffey, the old  Jameson Distillery is now one of the city’s most popular attractions, while if you want to do some pretty serious tastings, there’s the  Irish Whiskey Museum near Trinity College.

5. Explore the exquisite collection at the Chester Beatty

Alfred Chester Beatty was a mining magnate with exceedingly good taste, and the fruit of his aesthetic sensibility is gathered in this remarkable museum. Books, manuscripts and scrolls were his particular love, and his collection includes the world's second-oldest biblical fragment and a collection of Qurans from the 9th to the 19th centuries that is considered among the best example of illuminated Islamic texts in the world. Other treasures include ancient Egyptian texts on papyrus, intricately designed little medicine boxes and perhaps the finest selection of Chinese jade books on the planet. Keep an eye on the calendar of events – it regularly runs qigong workshops on the rooftop garden, as well as sound baths and meditation sessions.

6. Drink a Guinness where it’s made

You didn’t think we’d ignore arguably the world’s most famous brewery and the number one tourist attraction in the city, did you? Guinness is more than a beer, and you’ll get a pretty good sense of how much more it is during a visit to the seven-story  Guinness Storehouse . Along the way you’ll learn how the beer is made (there are a couple of add-on, hands-on experiences to really deepen that knowledge), the role of the company in Dublin’s fortunes and how it became the global brand it is today.  The top floor is an atrium bar, where you put the theory to the test and drink a pint; just below it is an excellent spot for lunch.

Local tip: The Guinness in the atrium bar is excellent, but the best Guinness comes with atmosphere; you’ll find the best of it in a traditional bar (see above).

Empty interior of Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

7. Go to prison to uncover Ireland’s struggles

Ireland’s struggle for independence was a bloody and tempestuous journey, and this forbidding prison on the western edge of the city played a role in it for nearly 150 years, as the forced temporary home of many a rebel and revolutionary. Unoccupied since 1924, Kilmainham Gaol is now a museum with an enthralling exhibit on the history of Irish nationalism. The guided tour of its grim cells and corridors is highly memorable and it finishes in the yard where the leaders of the failed 1916 Easter Rising were executed.

Planning tip: Book your tickets online to avoid being disappointed by sold-out tours; also best to book for an early morning tour as you’ll be waiting for less time.

8. Learn the history of Dublin…from Dubliners

With a collection donated entirely by the general public, the award-winning  Little Museum of Dublin on St Stephen’s Green is a surprising blockbuster. The memorabilia is quirky enough – it includes a lectern used by JFK during his visit in 1963 and the fateful letter given to the Irish delegation during the negotiations that ended Ireland ’s War of Independence in 1921 (and whose inherent contradictions led indirectly to the Civil War the next year) – but it’s a brilliant way of getting a potted history of the city. There’s even a whole floor dedicated to U2. Visits are by guided tour only, but they’re great fun.  

Planning tip: The museum runs great tours beyond its walls, including a daily walking tour of St Stephen's Green, as well as a themed weekly tour telling the story of Ireland's influential women.

Dinosaur bones and taxidermied animals on display inside the National Museum of Ireland.

9. Immerse yourself in culture at the National Museum of Ireland

Ireland’s most important cultural institution is the National Museum of Ireland, which has four branches nationwide – three of which are in Dublin. The  National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology on Kildare Street is the most significant, with an extraordinary collection of Celtic and early Christian gold as well as the macabre ‘bog bodies’ – four Iron Age figures in various states of preservation. On the other side of the Liffey, just off the quays, is the  Decorative Arts & History branch , housed in a beautiful 18th century barracks. On Merrion Square is the  Natural History Museum , affectionately known as the ‘Dead Zoo.’  

10. Eat your fill and go back for more in Dublin’s dining scene

The choice of restaurants in Dublin has never been better. Every cuisine and every trend – from doughnuts on the run to kale with absolutely everything – is catered for, as the city seeks to satisfy the discerning taste buds of its diners. From Neapolitan style pizza at  Sano to Michelin-starred feasts at  Chapter One , you’ll find something for every mood and budget. One of the more popular trends in 2024 was for KFC – no, not that kind, but Korean Fried Chicken – with a bunch of authentic spots opening up all over town. One of my favorites is White Rabbit on Capel St, not-so-hidden in the back of a Korean grocery store.  

Planning tip: It can be pretty tough to get a table at the trendiest spots in town, so book well in advance – two weeks if possible, but months if you’re looking for a Michelin-starred meal.

Fishing boats docked in Howth Harbour, Dublin

11. Get thee to Howth

Dublin is on the sea, and some of the city’s loveliest neighbourhoods are standalone villages worth exploring, not least the fishing village of Howth, at the end of the DART train line to the north. The village itself is gorgeous, built around a busy pier and packed with restaurants serving the freshest of fresh catch, but the real treat is the Howth Cliff Path Walk, a 6km (3.7 mile) loop that takes you over the  headland for gorgeous views over the grassy slopes to the sea. If you want to do a proper hike, there are longer routes that lead to the Baily Lighthouse and back over rough, mountainous terrain.

Local tip: On weekends and bank holidays, the  Howth Market sells a huge selection of organic produce and baked goods as well as handicrafts.

Navigate like a local with these tips for getting around .

12. Time travel at Marsh’s Library

OK, so the Book of Kells and the Old Library are way more famous, and way more visited, but that makes Marsh’s Library – on a side street by St Patrick’s Cathedral , all the more worthwhile. The magnificently preserved scholars' library founded by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh in 1701 has barely changed a jot since then: atop its ancient stairs are beautiful dark-oak bookcases filled with 25,000 books from the 16th century to the early 18th century, as well as maps, manuscripts (including one in Latin dating from 1400) and a collection of incunabula (books printed before 1500).

Local tip: When you walk from the first hall into the second, strike up a conversation with the resident librarians. They can tell you their personal theories (or experiences) of the resident ghost and show you the spines of the books bearing bullet holes from the 1916 Easter Rising.

This article was first published Apr 18, 2018 and updated Apr 10, 2024.

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The Best Time to Visit Dublin 2024: the Ultimate Guide

Best time to visit Dublin

When you're attempting to work out when the best time to go to Dublin is, or even what's the best month to visit Ireland, because of the weather, good luck. To get a rough idea of future forecasts, you could study Irish farmer's almanacs from the last ten years before you go or, if to be more up to date, scroll through online weather reports until your fingers go numb.

Whatever information you come across might help you make a guesstimate and that's about it. As far as considering the Irish weather as a factor in planning your visit to Dublin, forget it. Ireland isn't a country of peat and bogs because it's as arid as the Sahara desert. The best thing to do when you're planning to visit Dublin is to forget about the weather, it's pretty much always the same anyway and concentrate on other influencing factors instead.

If you haven't visited Dublin before and are going to be staying in budget accommodation, there's a strange Irish phenomenon you should be aware of before you go. The key to your room will probably fit every other room in the hotel. 

That’s really nothing much to worry about so long as you put a chair against the door before you go to sleep. But considering that fact, you might want to leave your bags and precious personal belongings at a Bounce luggage storage facility in Dublin where they'll be safe in a luggage locker that’s security tagged and to which you have the unique key.

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When Is The Best Time To Visit Dublin?

Summer in dublin.

The summer months of June, July, and August are one of the busiest times in the city. Shorter daylight hours are a distant memory and the warmer weather has arrived, sort of. What's classed as warm weather in Ireland doesn't always equate with what warm weather is in other parts of the world. If the average temperature rises above 52°F that's an Irish heatwave. Rainy days are fewer though, but there will still be some unless you have the luck of the Irish in choosing the right dates for your stay.

There are no bank holidays until the beginning of August so locals are at work rather than clogging the city's streets and main attractions. If they're not at work, they've taken their holidays and left the city far behind which means fewer crowds when you go shopping in Dublin. The added bonus about visiting Dublin in summer is you won't need so many thick outdoor clothes so your luggage will be lighter.

Why Go To Dublin In June?

June is the ideal time for getting your hiking boots and taking a trek along the Dublin stretch of the Wicklow Way . It's neither too hot, too cold nor too wet and the longer daylight hours means you won't get caught in the dark on your way back. It's the perfect month to explore on foot and discover for yourself the natural beauty of the verdant Irish landscape.

Why Go To Dublin In July

July is one of the summer months when you're able to sit outside a pub while having a beer and escape the continuous traditional music. Rather than sit inside a warm pub you can get a breath of fresh air without your pint freezing over. Will you encounter rain? Possibly on occasion, but you'll experience mostly good weather which is ideal for taking boating trips down the Liffey.

Why Go To Dublin In August?

August is the month when everyone breaks out in a sweat during summer activities. It's one of Ireland's other strange phenomena as the local temperatures really don't inspire perspiring. If it's going to be warm in Dublin then it'll happen in August so if you can't stand the cold this is when you should go.

When is the best time to go to Dublin

Why To Not Go To Dublin In Summer

Summertime is the busiest time in Dublin. Many attractions and heritage sites are crowded with visitors. If you want the room to breathe while visiting Ireland, wait until the winter season starts. At least many tourists will leave Dublin in July to head to Galway for the Galway International Arts Festival in July.

Average High Temperatures in Summer In Dublin

June – 65°F (18°C) July- 68°F (20°C) August - 68°F (20°C)

Average Low Temperatures in Summer In Dublin

June – 48°F (9°C) July- 52°F (11°C) August - 52°F (11°C)

Fall In Dublin

Fall in Dublin is the season to wrap up warm and take brisk walks alongside the River Liffey then wander at warp speed down Grafton Street until you reach St Stephens Park. Fall is one of the prettiest times of the year in Dublin. The ivy growing on the historic sites has changed color and the leaves on the trees in the parks have turned to glowing shades of russet and gold. If you're thinking of doing a walking tour of Dublin, fall is a good time to do it as the exercise will help prevent the onset of hypothermia.

The beauty of the Irish capital in fall may well have you waxing as lyrical as the famous Irish poet, James Joyce. If it doesn't and the chill in the air sets you shivering rather than making you poetic, you can always read framed Joyce quotes on the wall of a pub while sipping a warming Jamesons whiskey to stave off the cold.

Fall is when the longer daylight hours start to diminish and the nights draw in exceptionally quickly. It might not be quite winter season yet, but it's noticeable that it's on its way. By the time October and November come around, you'll need to consider wearing two pairs of socks, donning thermal underwear beneath your clothes or going for the very fashionable, two-layer look. Yes, it does leave you feeling a little like the Michelin man, but at least you'll be warm.

When to visit Dublin, Ireland

Why Go To Dublin In September, October, or November?

There are fewer tourists, accommodation is cheaper, you'll have a quieter vacation, and it's cold enough not to make you feel guilty for sitting in a nice warm pub all afternoon. You'll get to taste the local brew and find out about the local culture.

Why To Not Go To Dublin In The Fall

Apart from the pubs which open for longer hours, everything closes early and many of the main attractions are either reducing their hours or shutting down for the off-peak season. By November it's starting to be far too chilly to be able to enjoy outdoor activities unless you're used to frigid temperatures.

Average High Temperatures in Fall In Dublin

September – 63°F (17°C) October- 57°F (14°C) November - 50°F (10°C)

Average Low Temperatures in Fall In Dublin

September – 48°F (9°C) October- 45°F (7°C) November - 39°F (4°C)

Visiting Dublin in the winter

Winter In Dublin

Say winter in Dublin out loud and it has quite a romantic ring to it. In truth, it's when winter casts its cold-hearted cloak over the city, the temperatures drop and the short daylight hours make you forget what daytime even looks like.

If you want to know the difference between quieter holidays and solitary holidays, go to Dublin in January or February. You won't see hardly a soul on the streets as the biggest crowds will be huddled in the pub hoping to generate some communal warmth.

Things do get brighter in Dublin in December when the Christmas illuminations are switched on, which is great as it saves you having to use a flashlight to find your way home from the pub in the dark.

Winter in Dublin is the ideal time to acquire a deeper knowledge of traditional Irish music when you visit Ireland. In fact, that's something you won't have much choice about as pretty much all of the city's drinking holes have live music. If you don't like fiddles, penny whistles, and bodhráns it might be a good idea to invest in some ear muffs. They'll block out some of the sounds and keep your ears warm at the same time. Why Go To Dublin In December, January February?

During the winter the Irish hospitality knows no bounds. Let's face it, the pub landlords will be only too happy to see you. Go in the winter months and you'll be guaranteed a quieter holiday.

Why To Not Go To Dublin In Winter

The weather isn't convenient for outdoor activities. It isn't, in fact, for anything other than tasting each and every Irish whiskey on display behind the bar of whichever pub you find yourself in.

Average High Temperatures in Winter In Dublin

December– 48°F (9°C) January- 46°F (8°C) February - 46°F (8°C)

Average Low Temperatures in Winter In Dublin

December– 37°F (3°C) January- 35°F (2°C) February - 35°F (2°C)

The best time to travel to Dublin

Spring In Dublin

Spring in Dublin is when you'll hear the mating call of leprechauns emanating from every corner of the city. Okay, so that might not be quite true, but it is a time of the year when Dubliners have a spring in their step, no pun intended, because the long cold Irish winter has finally started to do a disappearing act. Daylight hours have started to get longer so darkness hasn't fallen on the city by 4:30 in the afternoon which is enough to cheer anyone up and guarantee you get a dose of that warm Irish hospitality wherever you go.

While the sun may have decided to put in an appearance in the skies over Dublin and shed some light on the city, the glowing globe doesn't deliver any warmth until around the end of May. That means if you're planning on visiting Dublin during the springtime months of March, April, and May, you'll need plenty of warm clothing. The definition of plenty on that point should be understood to mean a suitcase full if not two. 

Why Go To Dublin In March?

One of the best reasons to go to Dublin in March is to spend St Patrick’s Day in the true Irish style. St Patrick's Day is a national holiday in Ireland and a no holds barred non-stop party in Dublin on the 17th of the month that takes over the entire city from morning to night. Grafton Street is about the only road that's not closed for the big St Patrick's day parade so if you're looking for a quiet spot away from the mayhem that's the one to head for. While March is the off-season, you can expect extortionate hotel prices close to the date of the saintly celebration.

Why Go To Dublin In April?

April in Dublin can have two distinct faces depending on when the Easter bank holiday falls on the calendar. If you're planning on traveling with kids, Easter is a great time to take them to Dublin. There are endless special activities organized throughout the national holiday such as egg hunts, sports, and workshops.

The best time to visit Dublin, Ireland

Why Go To Dublin In May?

May is a great month to go to Dublin because May is one of the least rainy months of the year. It's a time when you can actually explore the city on foot and see all the famous sights without running the risk of getting drenched every time you poke your head outside. Do you need a better reason than that?

Why To Not Go To Dublin In Spring

The country is still waking up from a long winter sleep and the warmer weather has yet to arrive.

Average High Temperatures in Spring In Dublin

March – 50°F (10°C) April - 56°F (13°C) May - 59°F (15°C)

Average Low Temperatures in Spring In Dublin

March – 37°F (3°C) April - 39°F (4°C) May - 43°F (6°C)

After reading through this article about when is the best time to go to Dublin you may well have come to the conclusion that the months of spring and summer are the ones to aim for. Your conclusion would be one hundred percent correct. If you can't go during that time span, no worries, just make sure you have enough baggage allowance for all the clothes you'll need or, and this is one of those money-saving tips, buy extra clothes when you get there. It'll likely work out cheaper than paying excess baggage fees.

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The Best Time to Visit Ireland (Pros + Cons of Each Month)

By Author Keith O'Hara

Posted on Last updated: April 26, 2024

The Best Time to Visit Ireland (Pros + Cons of Each Month)

There is no single best time of year to visit Ireland, and I’m saying that having lived here for 35 years.

‘Best’ is dependant on  you . For example , if you want to visit when the weather in Ireland is likely to be good. ‘Best’ will be summer.

Below, you’ll find the pros and cons for each month to help you decide the best time to visit Ireland based on your likes and dislikes .

But first, a quick overview:

  • Summer (Jun, Jul + Aug): Warmest months. Crowd/flight prices are at peak
  • Winter (Dec, Jan + Feb): Coldest months. Crowd/flight prices are lower
  • Autumn (Sept, Oct + Nov): Days long in Sept + Oct. Short + wintery in Nov
  • Spring (Mar, Apr + May): Tends to be rainy in Mar + Apr. Summery in May

The best time to visit Ireland

best time of year to visit ireland

If you take 20 seconds to look at the illustration above, you’ll get a quick insight into the months in Ireland and what to expect from each.

Below, you’ll find an overview of each month with info on average temperatures, festivals, what to wear in Ireland during that month along with  travel tips for Ireland .

january in Ireland

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Ireland in January can be very hit and miss. The average temperature in January is 7°C/44.6°F with average lows of 3°C/37.4°F.

January is the best month to visit Ireland if you are working with a tight budget and you are willing to take a gamble with the weather.

  • Prices : If you’re visiting Ireland on a budget , flights and accommodation are cheaper
  • Crowds : The popular attractions in Ireland will be quieter, as this is off-season


  • The weather : The days tend to be cold, wet, and windy
  • Daylight : The sun rises from 08:29 and sets from 16:38
  • Closed attractions : Some seasonal attractions will be closed

february in Ireland

Visiting Ireland in February can also be risky weather wise, with average highs of 8°C/46.4°F and average lows of 2°C/35.6°F.

Spring is still far from the horizon and the days are short and chilly. In the past, we’ve had heavy snow fall, flooding and stormy weather in February.

February is the best time of year to go to Ireland if you have a limited budget and you aren’t too phased by potentially poor weather conditions.

  • Prices : February is off-season in Ireland, so flights and accommodation are cheaper
  • Crowds : Ireland’s usually busy attractions will be quieter (the Guinness Storehouse and Giants Causeway will always draw crowds, though)
  • Weather : Similar to January – cold, wet and windy
  • Daylight : The sun rises at 07:40 and sets at 17:37
  • Seasonal attractions : Some seasonal attractions will remain closed

march in Ireland

Many people want to visit Ireland in March to attend a St. Patrick’s Day festival or to soak up the buzz surrounding March 17th.

March marks the arrival of spring in Ireland. In years past, we’ve had heatwaves in March and stormy weather. 

March is the best time to go to Ireland if you have a sizable budget and want to experience St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Spring has sprung, the days are longer and the weather isn’t as cold as the previous months.

  • Weather : March marks the start of spring. There are average highs of 10°C/50°F and average lows of 4°C/39.2°F
  • Long ish days : The sun rises at 07:12 and sets at 18:17
  • Prices : The period around March 17th sees prices skyrocket. The end of the month (Easter) can be pricey, also
  • Weather : The weather can be very changeable. Over the last five years, we’ve had snow storms, heavy rainfall and scorching weather
  • St. Patrick’s Day crowds : Crowds are at their peak (it’s for this reason that, for many, March won’t be the best time to visit Dublin )

April in Ireland

in April, the weather has picked up, the days are longer and there are average highs of 13°C/55°F and average lows of 4°C/39.2°F.

The only issue with April, aside for the potential for bad weather, is that schools get two weeks off, which results in a shortage of accommodation in some places.

April is best time of year to visit Ireland if you’re working within a budget (after Easter) but want plenty of daylight hours to explore the island.

  • Flights : The cost of a trip to Ireland is much less in April, thanks to lower flight prices
  • Long days : The sun rises at 06:23 and sets at 20:00
  • Weather : The weather can to be nice and mild
  • Easter holidays : Schools get 2 weeks off around Easter, which can drive up the cost of accommodation
  • Weather : The weather  can  also be terrible (see our April weather guide )

May in Ireland

Along with September and October, May is the best time to visit Ireland. This is the shoulder season and the weather is mild, the days are long and both prices and tourist numbers are yet to skyrocket.

I.e. the weather is mild, the days are nice and long and we’ve haven’t yet reached the summer holidays, so places aren’t too busy (see our guide to Ireland in May for more).

  • Weather : The weather in May can  be good, with mean temperatures ranging between 9.0°C/48.2°F and 13.0°C/55.4°F
  • Long days : The sun rises at 05:17 and sets at 21:26
  • Summer buzz : Long, mild days and the incoming summer tends to bring a lively atmosphere to many towns and villages
  • Festivals : This is when they really start kicking off (see our Irish festivals calendar)
  • Weather : Yep – it’s a pro and  a con – the weather in May can also be awful (it was last year!)
  • Prices : Accommodation and flights will be near peak level price-wise
  • Crowds : Better weather and long days means more people tourists

Ireland in June

June in Ireland marks the arrival of summer, bringing with it warm and often dry weather and average highs of 18°C/64.4°F and lows of 11.6°C/52.88°F.

This is peak season in every sense – tourist numbers jump as do the price of flights and hotels.

June is regarded as the best time to travel to Ireland by many visiting tourists as the weather tends to be good, temperatures are mild and there’s plenty of daylight hours.

  • Weather : Weather tends to be dry and warm with highs of 18°C/64.4°F and lows of 11.6°C/52.88°F
  • Long days : The sun rises at 05:03 and sets at 21:42
  • Festivals : Numerous music festivals in Ireland  take place during June
  • Prices : Demand is at its highest, so you can expect to spend more for flights and hotels
  • Crowds : As June is peak season in Ireland, expect places to be more crowded

July in Ireland

July is the best time to go to Ireland if you’re looking for good weather. Although it’s not guaranteed, it’s more likely to be fine in July than during many other months.

Personally, I head away for one week in Ireland every mid-July and, for the most part, we always get decent weather (see our guide to Ireland in July for more info).

  • Weather : We get average highs of 19°C/66.2°F and lows of 12°C/53.6°F
  • Long days : The sun rises at 05:01 and sets at 21:56
  • Summer buzz : Long, balmy days tend to bring tourists and a lively atmosphere to many towns, villages and cities
  • Prices : Summer is peak season, so you’ll be paying more for hotels, B&Bs and Airbnbs
  • Crowds : As the schools are out for the summer, expect more crowds travelling around the island, especially to the likes of Killarney and the Dingle Peninsula

August in Ireland

August boasts long days, warm weather and plenty to see and do (see our counties hub for endless places to visit).

As was the case with July, there’s several pros and cons for visiting Ireland in August , many of which revolve around the demand for accommodation and crowds.

August is the best time to go to Ireland if peak prices and crowds don’t bother you. The trade off is mild weather, long days and a busy festival calendar.

  • Weather : It’s usually good with highs of 18°C/64.4°F and lows of 11°C/51.8°F
  • Long days : You’ll have 16 lovely hours of daylight to wander
  • Summer buzz : Again, the summer months bring a buzzy atmosphere to many towns
  • Prices : Yep – prices are still at peak levels
  • Crowds : The likes of the Dingle Peninsula , the Inishowen Peninsula , the Ring of Kerry and other tourist hot-spots will be very busy

September in Ireland

Ireland in September is when the shift from a busy summer season takes place. Tourist numbers drop and the kids go back to school.

This is Ireland’s shoulder season (the season between peak season and the off season) and it’s a great time to explore.

September, along with May and October, is the best time to visit Ireland as prices drop, the days are long, the weather is mild and there’s less crowds.

  • Crowds : As kids have gone back to school, there’s less crowds
  • The weather : The average high temperature tends to hover between 13°C/55.4°F and 16°C/60.8°F
  • Flights : Flights should be a little cheaper as this is the shoulder season
  • Long days : The days are starting to shorten, but the sun still rises early at 06:33 and sets at 20:15
  • Weather : Yep, a pro and a con. The weather, as always, is unpredictable. With that being said, we’ve had some great Septembers recently

October in Ireland

October in Ireland is Autumn and you’ll find many places blanketed in orange leaves and the weather is cool and crisp.

Ireland experiences average highs of 13°C/55°F and average lows of 6°C/42°F during October

October, along with May and September, is the best time to go to Ireland thanks to lower flight and hotel prices, relatively long days and its often dry days with cool temperatures.

  • Weather: We often get Octobers that are sunny, crisp and dry
  • Crowds: Ireland’s usually busy attractions will be less crowded as we’re no longer in peak-season
  • Prices: Accommodation in the more off-the-beaten-track locations will be cheaper (you won’t notice a huge difference in the hot-spots)
  • Prices: You should find that flights are cheaper than in peak-season
  • Shorter days : By mid-October, the sun won’t rise until 08:00 and it sets at 18:40
  • Weather : The weather in Ireland in October is unpredictable (see our October weather guide )
  • Mid-term : Schools break in Ireland at Halloween for a week and hotel prices jump

Ireland in November

Visiting Ireland in November comes with its pros and cons. On the plus side, many towns and villages come alive with Christmas markets from mid-month.

On the con side, it’s winter , so the weather can be all over the place. November tends to be cool and crisp with an average temperature in Ireland in November between 12°C/53.6°F and 9.5°C/49.1°F.

November is the best time to travel to Ireland for a city break. Many cities (Galway, Dublin, Cork and Belfast) holding Christmas markets.

  • Crowds : You’ll encounter fewer crowds at the usually busy attractions (although places with Christmas markets will be busy)
  • Prices : Accommodation in the more off-the-beaten-track towns in Ireland will be more affordable
  • Flights : Should be cheaper as we’ll be in the depths of the off-season
  • Short days : The sun doesn’t rise until 07:23 and it sets early at 16:53
  • Seasonal attractions : Some seasonal attractions in Ireland’s quieter villages in towns will be closed
  • Weather : The weather could  be wintery. We’ve had mild, stormy and freezing cold Novembers in the past few years

ireland in December

December marks the arrival of Christmas in Ireland and you’ll find most towns and villages alight with fairy lights.

The average temperature for Ireland in December tends to be similar to November, coming in at around 5°C/41°F, but this can vary.

December is the best time to visit Ireland if you’re happy to chance the weather and you want to experience Christmas markets, cosy pubs with big open fires and less crowds.

  • Festive buzz : Most towns and villages in Ireland will be decked out in Christmas lights
  • Crowds : You’ll encounter fewer crowds at the usually busy attractions
  • Prices : Accommodation in the more off-the-beaten-track towns and villages will be cheaper
  • Flights : Flights can be pricey with people flying home for Christmas
  • Short days : Sun rises at 08:16 and sets around 16:10
  • Weather : The weather in December has been mild for several years, but there’s also a good chance of rain and strong winds

The best time to go to Ireland climate wise

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For most, the best months to visit Ireland will be the ones where the weather is at its best. For those planning a trip to Ireland on a budget, it’ll likely be the off-season months.

Below, I’ll give you an overview of the climate in Ireland by month in some of the tourist hot-spots, like Killarney. This data comes from Met Eireann , the Irish Meteorological Service.

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Summer (June, July and August)

Autumn (september, october and november), winter (december, january and february), spring (march, april and may).

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Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 35 years and has spent most of the last 10 creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries . Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.

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Monday 8th of March 2021

Hi! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful tips! My husband and I are planning to bring our adult daughters (24 and 29) to visit at the end is September. We are very excited! Should we stay in Dublin and then take our guided tours from there? We will have 9-10 days. Thank you! Janine

Thursday 27th of February 2020

We just booked a trip to southern Ireland for November. I am very excited. Can you recommend some must do's while we are there?

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

If you hop into our guide to the counties of Ireland you'll find heaps of things to do!

Thursday 30th of January 2020

Hi Keith Thankyou for the great read. My daughter and I are wanting to travel to Ireland for Xmas from Australia. As it will be cold n rainy which doesn’t really bother us, but worried we mighten get to see a lot of attractions would many be closed? Cheers Toni ?

Saturday 1st of February 2020

If you pop in the name of the attraction into Google and visit the official site you should get an idea of whether or not they'll be open or close when you're visiting.

Everywhere will be closed on Christmas Day with many places also staying closed on December 26th, but that can change from attraction to attraction.

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Enjoy the unending delights and year-round charm of Dublin as you stroll through the cobbled streets, rest by the Iveagh Garden and waterfall, and soak up the historic scenic spots. Typically, the best time to visit Dublin is during the summer months of June, July and August. During this time, the temperature is relatively warm, with inevitable rain, and festivals in Dublin fill the streets. However, it is also the most pricey time to visit, with high hotel and flight prices. It can be fairly crowded, so steer clear of these months if crowds aren’t your thing. Whatever the weather, there are plenty of things to do in Dublin, from ancient, gothic castles to live music and art. If you’re looking for a deal and fewer tourists, bundle up in your best warm coat and head to Dublin in November, December or January. The winter season is the cheapest time to travel to Ireland. Autumn and Spring offer a happy medium, moderate temperatures, crowds and prices, and beautiful seasonal foliage. Ireland’s temperature by month fluctuates, so it’s best to be ready for anything; rain or shine. Regardless of the best time to visit Dublin, Ireland’s capital is a vibrant city with fairytales, folklore, political revolutions, poetry and great pubs to be explored.


The best events in Dublin occur in the summer months. The city’s festivals span music, literature, film, theatre, food and dance and are dotted around the city’s streets, parks and unique spaces. If you name it, Dublin probably has a festival for it. Music lovers will be spoiled for choice with live music options across the melodic city; from street buskers to small gigs in pubs to big open-air festivals. Forbidden Fruit , set in the scenic grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, takes place every June and exhibits some of the best upcoming artists. In July, Longitude evolves over three beautiful days in Marlay Park and features world-renowned musicians and weekend camping. Trinity College holds a series of small concerts, with upcoming bands and artists in the leafy retreat of the city centre. September is considered one of the cheapest times to travel to Ireland, and the capital during the month is not short of great festivals. The Grand Canal provides the setting for Canalaphonic, a charming get-together celebrating the best of local Dublin artists. The summer months, especially July and August, correlate with significantly higher airfares than the flights available in off-peak seasons and winter.


Autumn is a great season in Dublin; the summer crowds have thinned out, many days are fresh and sunny and the nights begin to draw in, meaning cosy fires, experiencing the hearty Irish cuisine and folk music in pubs. Dublin in October kicks off with Oktoberfest. The German festival is really popular in the city and makes its way to Dublin in the form of great Bavarian beer and delicious German food. The month also hosts Ireland’s biggest architecture festival, the Dublin Theatre Festival and the annual Bram Stoker festival at the end of October - the perfect place to don your vampire cape for the Halloween weekend. Events in Dublin in November are a little quieter and the weather is a little colder, but there is still lots going on. As one of the top things to do in Dublin , a visitor walking tour around Trinity College is not to be missed. Trinity College Library is the largest library in Ireland, home to a colossal amount of old books and fused with history. Part of its magic comes from the fact it is home to the Book of Kells; the 1000-year-old manuscript of the Gospels of the New Testament. Enjoy the crimson-tinged trees as you wander around the stunning campus.


Dublin in December is chilly, and winters can be rainy, grey or snowy, so make sure to pack a waterproof warm winter coat, hat, scarf and gloves. Visitors can usually get pretty good deals on hotels and airfare over winter. Head to Mulligan’s for a pint of Guinness; the perfect antidote to chattering teeth and goosebumps. The Mulligan family opened their first Dublin pub in 1782, and despite the establishments changing of hands in the 1930s, Mulligan’s is still known for having the best beer in town. It’s a genuine, quirky, vintage bar, with memorabilia from the nearby Theatre Royal which burned down in 1880, including an autographed photograph of Judy Garland, covering the walls. A Dublin pub is a must-see , so be sure to speak to a local for the best Irish hidden gems. If that’s not your cup of tea, head to the iconic St Patrick's Cathedral - Ireland's largest church. The cathedral is steeped in history and was built between 1191 and 1270 on the site of an earlier church that had stood since the fifth century. Under twinkling Christmas lights, the cathedral is a winter treat not to be missed.


Dublin has an abundance of beautiful, scenic parks with natural views and peaceful surroundings. During the spring months, the city’s green spots are perfect for picnics, hanging out with friends and enjoying the growth of the days. If you’re visiting Ireland in March, head to the Iveagh Gardens and Waterfall. Sometimes referred to as Dublin’s secret park, the gardens are located close to Stephen’s Green and are a sublime secret sanctuary, away from the hustle and bustle of the daily Dublin life. The park is home to rustic grottos, fountains, woodlands and rooteries. A five-minute walk away and you will be spoilt for choice with an array of cafés and sandwich bars in the foodie haven of Camden Street. Spring holds the most famous Irish festival; St Patrick’s Day. It’s the highlight of Ireland’s social calendar; bringing the whole island to life in an explosion of parades, music and green celebrations. It’s one of the more costly times to travel, but worth it if you love to party. The weather in Dublin in April is unpredictable. But with spring starting to show its bright, sunny face during this time of the year, the city warms up and lush green and bright, pretty colours start making their presence known. The average temperature during this time of the year in Dublin is about 8 degrees Celsius, so it’s still good to pack a coat.

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March-May during Spring is the best time to visit Dublin. The Irish rain is famous around the world, and most tourists plan their trips trying to avoid it. But since the city sees rain almost all-year-round, it is well equipped to handle it. The crowd is under control, the weather is pleasant, and the hotel prices are yet to rise, making the months of March, April and May the ideal months to travel to this part of the world. The museums and parks have fewer crowds and a lot of time can be spent studying the cultural history of the place. Besides, March is also the month that brings with it the famous St.Patrick’s celebrations, thus making it all the more viable a month for paying a visit to this city in Ireland. Dublin experiences frigid winters from November to February. This is the time when all outdoor activities are put to a hold, making it the worst time to visit this city. Most of the local population nooks up indoors and there isn’t any specific activity in the city during these months.

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Editor Picks: 5 of the Best Dublin Walking Tours

With old cobbled lanes, colourful shop fronts and historical buildings, Dublin is a great place to explore on foot – here is our pick of walking tours of the city.

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Dublin is the kind of city that is full of surprises – walk cobbled streets, past colourful shop fronts and old timewarp pubs, and just soak up the atmosphere of the Irish capital. Obviously, with Dublin being fairly compact compared to other European metropolises, a walking tour makes perfect sense, taking you at slow speed through the city so that you don’t miss a thing. There are plenty of excellent, affordable walking tours in Dublin to take – here is our pick of five of the best. 

Dublin: Highlights and Hidden Gems Walking Tour

If you are new to Dublin, this is the tour you should sign up for. Featuring the main sights and some hidden secret spots, it’s a great overview of life in the Irish capital. That doesn’t mean it’s dull however, the professional, local guide whipping up some great stories about life past and present, from the Vikings to Georgian boulevards to writers, rebels and rock stars. Once you’ve had your fill of history, you may be hungry for some of Dublin’s culinary highlights – the guide can also give you advice and tips on where to eat for the rest of your trip. The tour is two hours long and is good value. From €23.00.

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Dublin: Mythology and Folklore Walking Tour

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Now for something a little different. This tour delves into the myths and legends of Dublin, exploring the characters and stories that have shaped the city and Ireland as a whole. The guide is an expert in Irish folklore and knows how to brings these takes to life, explaining about everything from mythical creatures such as the banshee and púca, and telling stories about rebellions, grave robbing and revolutions. Over the two hours you’ll also get to explore Dublin away from the tourist trail, with a visit to some of the city’s lesser-known locations. Another recommended and affordable tour. From €23.00.

2-Hour Historical Walking Tour from Dublin

One of the first things worth noting about this excellent tour is the price – it’s one of the cheapest walking tours in the capital and worth every penny. The reviews speak for themselves – it has almost always five-star feedback. Unlike lesser tours, the history postgraduate guides really know their stuff, explaining everything from the English conquest to Brexit, with the kind of stories and insight that you won’t hear everywhere. The meeting point is Trinity College and the tour finishes at Dublin Castle. This is a great experience for both history buffs and anyone who wants to better understand the history of Dublin and Ireland. From €19.00.

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Dublin: Foodie Walking Tour with Local Guide

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Dublin is very much a foodie destination, with everything from decent fish and chips to exclusive Michelin-starred restaurants. This tour is about getting to know the best local cuisine in the Irish capital, as well as some history of the city thrown in as you go. You’ll visit true local spots – avoiding the usual tourists traps – stopping off for five dishes along the way. Be sure to make sure you turn up to this tour hungry. Included in this three-hour activity is the tour guide – but food and drinks are extra. From €27.50.

Walking Tour Along Dublin’s River Liffey Bridges

If you’re not really the kind of person who wants a straightforward walking tour, this guided stroll takes a different spin. The focus, loosely, is on the River Liffey bridges, which span not over the river but hundreds of years, coming in all shapes and sizes. As you walk you’ll also pass some of the city’s major landmarks, from the Guinness Brewery to Christchurch Cathedral to the Custom House, with the guide happy to explain their significance too. This is a really informative and unique way to see Dublin, away from the crowds of the city centre, and as it is a private tour you can ask lots of questions and hear about what you are interested in. Ben, the guide, is friendly and knowledgeable. From €47.06.

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Another day, another nightmare travel tale... and this time it's Ronan Keating who has fallen victim.

The 47-year-old, who cryptically sparked concern for his wife Storm in recent times, had been due to return to Dublin from London on Monday.

However, the Boyzone star, who was supposed to perform at Russell Crowe's gig, arrived at the airport only to discover his flight had been cancelled due to a 'technical problem'.

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Sharing his travel woes with his followers, Ronan said: 'I was supposed to be in Dublin joining my good friend Russell Crowe on stage performing at the Gaiety Theatre, but my flight just got cancelled.

'[There was a] technical problem with the plane- it happens! I am gutted, but you've got to think other things are at play here so take it on the chin.'

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Despite not being able to make it to the show, Ronan revealed his determination to get to Donegal on Tuesday for the launch of Muff Liquor's visitor experience.

The 47-year-old is an investor in the Donegal-based brand alongside Russell, Ed Sheeran, and comedian Jimmy Carr.

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'We're all supposed to be up in Donegal, in Muff tomorrow, and we will be there,' Ronan promised. 'I will get there, somehow I will get to Muff in the morning for the launch of our visitor experience, but sadly [I won't be] in Dublin tonight.

'Back home for me, at least I'll get into my own bed and kiss my babies goodnight, live to fight another day and have a drink,' he said of his children Cooper and Coco.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Ronan Keating and Storm Keating attend the Breitling Knightsbridge launch party and 140th anniversary celebration on June 27, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images for Breitling)

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Established by entrepreneur Laura Bonner in 2017, its star-studded list of investors has helped her grow and develop her brand that started with a portfolio of potato-based vodka and gin and now boasts a special peated Irish whiskey too.

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Per Business Plus , the exclusively Irish liquors will start to be sold across the US this October.

It's believed a company founded by the celebrity investors as well as celebrity agent Noel Kelly invested €750,000 in Muff Liquor last year, with represents a 30 percent stake in the business. That's certainly something to write home about!

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    Many visitors find spring and fall the best time of year to go to Dublin. The prices have dropped some from the high season, the weather is cooler but mild, and the city isn't filled with tourists. Spring and fall are also festival season in Dublin, so there will always be a lot to keep you busy in and around the city.

  23. What would be the best time of day to visit...

    1. Vote. I would imagine the best time to get there to avoid the crowds would be first thing in the morning. We went on Tuesday 25th July at 11.45am and it was not that busy while we were there. The gravity bar was full but we still managed to get a seat up there. A really good tour and a great pint at the end!!! over a year ago.

  24. Editor Picks: 5 of the Best Dublin Walking Tours

    Over the two hours you'll also get to explore Dublin away from the tourist trail, with a visit to some of the city's lesser-known locations. Another recommended and affordable tour. From €23.00. Book at Getyourguide.com. 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour from Dublin

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    Head over to Dublin and experience one of the best cities in the world. Don't miss out on the top attractions and events in Dublin. Dublin has pumping nightlife at Temple Bar, is the home of Guinness at its famous storehouse and has the world renowned Trinity College. Plus, there's fun for all the family too.

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    1702 reviews and 4827 photos of GUINNESS STOREHOUSE "Any trip to Dublin isnt complete without a visit to the guinness storehouse. For a tiny £10 you can explore over 7 floors of guinness history and education. Set out of the city there is a great sightseeing bus that will drop you outside the door the queues can be long but they go down very quickly and its worth the wait.

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