Start planning your summer trip to Ireland
With rolling green hills and a warm welcomes all round, summer in Ireland is the perfect time to visit this beguiling country. Enjoy Dublin and Cork's thrilling historic sites, or visit the magical Irish countryside. The Emerald Isle suits active travelers looking for adventure or history, whether it's coastal bike rides, or city breaks where you can get to know the locals.
Why should I visit Ireland in summer?
Ireland's best experiences are outdoors, and summer offers the best weather to discover them. Whether you choose the popular routes, or explore off the beaten track, Ireland in summer is an unforgettable experience. Rent a car to see the breadth of the nation’s charming counties, and take bracing walks among Ireland’s best natural hot spots.
Best things to do in Ireland in summer
From historic gardens to ancient castles, Ireland's towns and cities are steeped in a unique culture and heritage that's known all over the world. Read on for the best experiences in summer in Ireland, from popular landmarks to little-known highlights.
See medieval architecture in Dublin
Dublin Castle is a must-see landmark. Built in the 13th century, it tells the city's story through the ages. In Dublin's historic center, walk among winding cobbled lanes and stop at a pub for a hearty lunch and pint of Guinness. Phoenix Park is a huge urban green area where you can often spot deer roaming in the summer.
Visit traditional Cork's best sights
Known for its strong identity, Cork is famous for its City Gaol, a former prison that is now a fascinating museum just a short walk from the city center. Elizabeth Fort is another magnificent attraction to visit in warm weather, offering towering views across Cork and beyond.
Take a coastal road trip
Ireland's southeast has some of the best landscapes in the country, with towering cliffs overlooking beautiful beaches, and stunning green countryside further inland. Head to Waterford and stop for boxty, a special Irish pancake, or indulge in some fresh seafood. Walk along the harbor here and admire historic architecture, before continuing to Lismore to see the formidable St Carthage’s Cathedral.
Shop in Limerick's Irish markets
For food and drink, Limerick is hard to bear thanks to its famous Milk Market and Potato Market, both open on the weekends. Stop here to buy delicious local produce and gifts for friends back home, and to soak up the city’s friendly vibes. Don’t miss a stroll along the River Shannon to see sights like the medieval King John's Castle.
Take it easy in quiet Tralee
Tralee is a pretty, tranquil town sitting within County Kerry's rolling hills. Admire the Town Park's rose bushes before stopping for a picnic, and be sure to stop in at Siamsa Tíre. The local arts venue often has traditional Irish music and dance performances. Also explore the Kerry County Museum for an overview of this area's fascinating history.
What’s the weather like in Ireland in summer?
Summer in Ireland is largely warm, and is the driest time of year, though rain is still fairly frequent. Expect temperatures around 70ºF in Dublin during high summer. Bring sunscreen for days spent walking between the outdoor attractions, and for long walks in the countryside and along the coast.