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Best time to Visit Dublin, Ireland

Friday, April 1st, 2011

The city of Dublin is Ireland’s capital and largest city and is also one of the leading vacation destinations in all of Europe.  Ptolemy, the famous astronomer and cartographer of ancient Greece, was the first person to ever make a reference to inhabitants in the Dublin area.  The evidence dates back to 140 AD and the settlement was referred to in Ptolemy’s writing as Eblana Civitas”.  Dublin is also referred to as the “Town of the Hurdled Ford” by many of the locals.


As with most holiday and vacation destinations in the British Isles, Dublin’s allure is mailny attributed to its history and culture.  Not to mention the cuisine and drink.  The official founding date of the city is 988 AD despite the fact that there had already been a settlement there for over 8 centuries.  The area was originally settled by Celtic tribes even though 2nd century Vikings invaded the area and settled in with the tribes.

One of the first questions we are always asked about the city is “when is the best time to visit Dublin?” Remember that the Atlantic side of the British Isles are subject to the moderating effects of the ocean and Gulf Streams colliding so the climate in Dublin is milder than in other areas of the isles.  Additionally, and contrary to popular opinion or what you may have been told, it is not that rainy in Dublin.

It does snow in winter, but this is a rare occurrence.  Most of Dublin’s winter precipitation falls in the form of chilly hail and rain.  However, you will find the summers to be extremely mild in nature with an average maximum daily temperature of only 66° F (19° C) in the month of July.  This is much cooler than the coldest of the cities found in the US.  Don’t plan on many hot summertime activities.  Overall, this side of Ireland would be considered cooler and drier than the western areas of the island.

It is well known that the the best times of the year to visit Ireland in general are the months of May through September.  This is because the days are longer and warmer.  However, where the city of Dublin is concerned, your best bet are the months of July and August because this is when the city’s temperatures average the warmest.  Be prepared for major crowds because of this.

Our recommendation is either May to June or the month of September.  Despite the cooler weather and the chance of more precipitation, if you don’t like being in huge crowds no matter where you go, then these are the months to visit Dublin.  Surprisingly, one other suggestion is to consider a St. Patrick’s Day holiday or vacation in March.  Just bundle up and be prepared for a lot of cold and wet weather.

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Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

7 responses to “Best time to Visit Dublin, Ireland”

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  1. Paul Reynolds says via Facebook:
    April 1st, 2011 at 19:10 You might be interested to know that there is a tourism initiative in Dublin, if you sign up to the website than a local will bring you for a pint of beer or a cup of tea when you arrive!

  2. Roberta McCurrie says via Facebook:
    April 1st, 2011 at 20:49

    Guinness is the correct spelling though!

  3. says via Facebook:
    April 2nd, 2011 at 10:58

    Missed an “s”, thanks for pointing that out! :)

  4. Laura Teresa Estall says via Facebook:
    April 4th, 2011 at 14:41

    I did!! and loooved it :-)

  5. Kate says:
    April 5th, 2011 at 10:34

    Seriously??? Dublin is not in the British Isles, get your facts straight…..

  6. Rahul says:
    April 5th, 2011 at 11:51

    @Kate, ~ Maybe you need to check Dublin is the capital of Ireland!!

  7. cane says:
    June 14th, 2013 at 00:44

    Dublin one of the most popular capital cities to visit in Europe, it has many attractions. Many bars and clubs and is a regular favorite destination.

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