Ireland in April has, like most months, pros and cons, as I’ve learned over the last 33 years spent here.
April is regarded by some as one of the best times to visit Ireland, but it can also be a gamble.
The weather in Ireland in April brings average lows of 4°C/39°F and average highs of 13°C/55°F and it can be cool and wet.
However, there’s plenty of things to do in Ireland in April and, for the most part, it’s a great month to explore a chunk of our little island.
Some quick need-to-knows before visiting Ireland in April
Although a visiting Ireland in April is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.
Below, you’ll find info on the weather in Ireland in April along with some handy info.
1. The weather
April is spring in Ireland, which means the weather tends to be better. In fact, the last 4 Aprils here have been pretty good, with lots of mild and dry weather.
2. Average temperatures
The average temperature in Ireland in April sees average lows of 4°C/39°F and average highs of 13°C/55°F.
3. The days are longer
The sun rises at 06:23 and sets at 20:00 from mid-April, which gives you loads of time to work with when planning out your Ireland itinerary.
4. Keep an eye out for when Easter falls
Irish schools are given 2 weeks of holidays around Easter each year. The result of this is that accommodation prices can sky rocket and some of the more popular family hotels in Ireland can book out.
5. Festivals and events
Very few festivals in Ireland run during April. However, the likes of the Galway Theatre Festival and the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast are worth checking out. There’s plenty of other things to do in Ireland in April, as you’ll see below.
Fast facts: The pros and cons of April in Ireland
We’ve found that for many people planning a trip to Ireland, having a clear, quick overview of the pros and cons of spending April in Ireland helps, so I’ll list them below.
I’ve spent 32 years in Ireland, and I’ve never missed an April (not intentionally…), so these pros and cons are based on first hand experience.
- Prices: If you’re visiting Ireland on a budget, it’ll be cheaper to fly now than in the summer months
- Long days: The days are getting longer (mid-April: sun rises at 06:23 and sets at 20:00)
- Weather: As you’ll see below, the weather tends to be nice and mild in April
- Easter holidays: Schools get 2 weeks off around Easter, which can drive up the cost of accommodation in places
- Festivals: April is very quiet festival wise (see our Irish festivals calendar or our Irish music festivals guide for more)
The weather in Ireland in April in different parts of the country
The weather in Ireland in April can vary quite a bit. Below, we’ll provide you with an insight into the weather in Kerry, Belfast, Galway and Dublin in April.
Note: The rainfall figures and the average temperatures have been taken from the Irish Meteorological Service and the UK Met Office to ensure accuracy:
The weather in Dublin in April tends to be cool and wet. The long-term average temperature in Dublin in April is 8.1°C/46.58°F. The long-term average rainfall level for Dublin in April is 54.1 millimetres.
The weather in Belfast in April is, on average, very similar to Dublin. The average temperature in Belfast in April is 7.6°C/45.68°F. Average rainfall levels sit at 60.35 millimetres.
The weather in the west of Ireland in April tends to be pretty wet and wild. The long-term average temperature in Galway in April is 8.6°C/47.48°F. The long-term average rainfall level for Galway in April is 72.0 millimetres.
The weather in Kerry in April tends to be mild and wet. The long-term average temperature in Kerry in April is 9.3°C/48.74°F. The long-term average rainfall level for Kerry in April is 96.7 millimetres.
Things to do in Ireland in April
There’s a never-ending number of things to do in Ireland in April, regardless of what the weather is like.
If you’re on the hunt for things to do in Ireland in April, hop into our counties in Ireland section – it’s packed with the best places to visit in every county! Here are a handful of suggestions to get you started:
1. Set off on a well planned road trip
As the days in April are nice and long, you’ve plenty of daylight hours to explore to your heart’s content. However, make sure to plan out your route in advance, to save hassle when you arrive.
Last year, we published the world’s largest collection of Irish road trip itineraries – each of which is detailed and there’s options to pick everything from your fitness level to how you’ll get around.
2. Have back-up plans
One of the better tips for visiting Ireland is to have good back-up plans ready.
As I’ve mentioned, the weather in Ireland in April can be unpredictable, so it’s handy to have some indoor attractions near where you’re visiting on-hand, just in case.
If you hop into our counties of Ireland hub, you’ll find things to do in every county, from hikes and walks to unique attractions and more.
3. Spend dry days exploring on foot
Ireland’s a joy to wander around, and you’re rarely too far from a well-trodden track or trail, with something on offer for every fitness level.
4. And wet evenings in a traditional pub
If you visit when the weathers bad, and you’ve had your fill of indoor attractions, Ireland’s pubs scene is worth sampling, and there are heaps of pubs in Ireland to choose from.
However, not all are equal. When you can, try and opt for the more traditional pubs, as these tend to have the most character.
5. Visiting Dublin in April
If the weathers poor, there’s plenty of things to do in Dublin in April when it’s raining, from castles and great food to museums and more.
What to pack / what to wear in Ireland in April
Although we’ve a detailed guide on what to wear in April in Ireland, I’ll give you the need-to-knows.
The best advice is to pack smart and cover all bases. If you’re visiting on a city break and you plan on visiting swanky restaurants, you’ll want to bring some formalwear with you.
If you’re here to go on the lash (Irish slang for a drinking session), you’ll only need casual gear. Pubs are generally pretty relaxed about dress codes.
- A waterproof jacket
- Hiking boots (or shoes) if you’re planning an active trip
- Layers that you can put on or take off (long sleeve t-shirts, shirts, hoodies etc.)
- Waterproof trousers/pants if you’re planning outdoor adventures
- An umbrella (you can pick one up here)
Wondering if a different month in Ireland would suit you more?
Picking when to visit Ireland isn’t easy, and there’s an awful lot to consider, so it’s well worth spending some time comparing what it’s like in Ireland during the other months, when you have a second:
- Ireland in January
- Ireland in February
- Ireland in March
- Ireland in May
- Ireland in June
- Ireland in July
- Ireland in August
- Ireland in September
- Ireland in October
- Ireland in November
- Ireland in December
FAQs about spending April in Ireland
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What are the best things to do in Dublin in April?’ to ‘Does it snow?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
Is April a good time to go to Ireland?
Yes! The days are longer (sun rises at 06:23 and sets at 20:00 from mid-April) and the weather tends to be dry and mild – perfect for exploring!
What is the weather in Ireland in April like?
The weather in Ireland in April tends to be mild and dry. Ireland gets average lows of 4°C/39°F and average highs of 13°C/55°F in April.
Are there many things to do in Ireland in April?
Thanks to the weather, there’s lots of things to do in Ireland in April, from boat tours and hikes to scenic drives, castles, great food and more.
Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years 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.