Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. Undeniably one of the most historically rich cities in Europe, Dublin has produced some of the greatest literary figures in the English language, and it's one of only four UNESCO Cities of Literature in the World. Dublin is known for being a lively, charming city filled with charismatically and humorously pessimistic Dubliners. Before traveling to this unforgettable city, you want to make sure you've decided on the best time to visit Dublin.
While many people are prone to saying that you don't travel to Dublin for the weather, the climate might actually be quite pleasant, depending on your preferences. Dublin never gets hot enough for good sunbathing weather, but the climate changes little throughout the year, meaning the city never gets too hot or too cold. Summer temperatures tends to hover in the mid-60s, which makes it cooler than many cities that get too hot to comfortably participate in outdoor activities like walking tours or hiking, and although the temperature can drop into the 30s and 40s in winter, it rarely snows.
Like any city, there are benefits and drawbacks to traveling to Dublin, so finding the best time of year to visit Dublin really comes down to personal inclinations. Summers have the warmest weather, but they draw in the largest crowds and have the highest prices for hotels and airfare. In Dublin, "warm" weather really is warm, not hot, and summer is great for spending time outside and getting to know the city because the days will rarely be uncomfortable. July is the perfect time to take a weekend trip to Galway, one of the best places to visit in Europe in July. Traveling from November to February gives you the opportunity to see Dublin at rock bottom prices; there is so little tourism in the off season that hotels and airlines are impelled to drop their prices. Although you'll need to wrap up in a heavy coat, there are many warm, welcoming places to pull your Dublin rental car over and seek refuge in winter, such as the city's famous libraries, literary museums, and--of course--the vibrant pubs. Remember that Dublin is at a much higher latitude than people generally realize; in summer the days will be very long, and in winter they'll be very short, so keep that in mind when you make your plans.
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. March brings, of course, the largest and most famous celebration of the year: Saint Patrick's Day in Dublin. The day boasts a huge parade, lots of live music, pub hopping, and a spirit of joy and revelry. If you're in Europe in March, check out our list of the best European cities to visit in March to plan more unforgettable trips!
All year round, the rain and sun come and go in Dublin. However, there is so much to do in Dublin, from chatting with its amiable citizens to learning about its fascinating history, that whatever the weather, you'll never get bored in this city. If you're nervous about driving on the "other" side of the road, read all about driving in the UK to calm your nerves before you leave. In addition, our helpful Ireland Travel Guide is full of helpful advice that any traveler to Ireland is sure to find useful. After you decide what the best time to visit Dublin is for you, get ready to have endless fun, rain or shine!