Ireland In April 2020: Advice From A Local (Weather, What To Pack + More)

Everything you need to know about planning a trip to Ireland in April

Rosses Point sligo
Photo by Alison Crummy via Failte Ireland

Howaya! So, you’re visiting Ireland in April. The flights are booked. So is the accommodation. But you’re worried.

Worried that the weather in Ireland in April will be terrible.

And that you won’t get the chance to see enough, due to shorter days and some attractions being closed. 

Don’t be worrying. In this guide, we’ll be telling you absolutely everything you need to know (and what to expect) if you’re planning a visit to Ireland in April 2020.

Expect no fluff or bullshit – just honest advice from a local.

What you’ll get from reading this guide

  • Honest no-BS advice on what it’s like here in April 
  • A guide to the weather 
  • What to wear
  • What to pack for Ireland in April

Visiting Ireland in 2020? Make sure to dive into our detailed guide to planning the perfect Ireland trip itinerary.

visiting Ireland in April
Photo by Caspar Diederik (@storytravelers) via Tourism Ireland

Would I visit Ireland in April: An honest answer

So, I’ve gone on a couple of trips around Ireland in April over the years; on two occasions, the weather was terrible. On one, it was insanely good.

Translation: it’s a gamble.

While April still isn’t an ideal month weather-wise, it’s officially spring in Ireland, so it tends to be an awful lot better than the previous winter months.

Here are some pros and cons of visiting Ireland in April.

The pros

  • Flights to Ireland in April should be cheaper than the summer and autumn months
  • You’ll be able to find deals on accommodation if you shop around (this doesn’t apply to the major cities like Dublin – you’ll always pay an arm and a leg there)
  • The days are getting longer (mid-April: sun rises at 06:23 and sets at 20:00)

The cons

  • The only real con for visiting in April is the weather
  • That being said, the weather in April can be OK… so it’s a gamble. See the weather section below for more info
Weather in Ireland in April 2020
Photo by Valerie O’Sullivan via Failte Ireland

The Weather in Ireland in April 2020

The weather in Ireland in April tends to be pretty good. Rather than give you average temps and rain levels, let’s look at what the last two Aprils have been like.

Note: All of this info comes from MET Eireann – Ireland’s National Weather Service, so it’s 100% accurate.

2019: Above average temperatures + rainfall for most counties

We had a pretty good April in Ireland in 2019:

  • The average temperature for the month was 8°C
  • Near normal levels of rainfall were experienced (it was wettest in the South of Ireland)
  • Nearly all monthly mean temperatures were above the average for April
  • There was spells of rain and showers (some wintry ones), with hail and thunder at times

2018 was the hottest April in 15 years

Yes, you read that correctly. Although it was still cold and wet at times.

  • The average temperature for the month was 8.1°C
  • Kerry had its wettest April since back in 1940 and Dublin experienced its sunniest April day in nearly 64 years
  • Temperatures rose to 20°C in parts of the country at one stage during the month (note: this is freak weather)

Average Temperature in Ireland in April

Average high temperatures in April can rise to a mild 13°C, while the average lows tend to hover at around 4°C. 

As it edges closer to May and summer starts to prepare to sink its teeth in, temperatures will begin to rise noticeably. 

Those from colder temperate climates will find the weather in Ireland in early April pretty easy to handle.

Those who come from more tropical corners of the world may find Ireland’s April climate quite cold.

lough erne taxi
Photo by Gardiner Mitchell via Tourism Ireland

What to Wear in Ireland in April

I get a fair few questions from people asking what to wear in Ireland in April. People tend to be a little unsure about whether or not it’s going to be baltic, or if they’ll be lucky and get some warm weather.

My advice is generally 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 shirt or a polo t-shirt with jeans is generally fine. If you’re planning on hiking, bring your outdoor gear and dress for the weather.

What to pack for Ireland in April

Whenever I’m travelling around Ireland in Spring, or at any time of the year (aside from summer), really, I pack light layers.

By layers, I mean t-shirts, hoodies, pull-overs and that kind of thing. The reason for this is that when it gets cold, I can throw some layers on and when it gets too hot, I can take them off.

Essentials

  • A waterproof jacket
  • Hiking boots (or shoes) if you’re planning an active trip
  • An umbrella (you can pick one up here)
  • Waterproof trousers/pants if you’re planning outdoor adventureS
guide to visiting Ireland in April
Photo by Tourism Ireland

Things to do in Ireland in April 2020

  1. Visit the West Waterford Festival of Food (17th-19th April)
  2. Eat your way around the Galway Food Festival (19th-22nd April)
  3. Spend a dry morning hiking in Glendalough
  4. And a wet evening tucked away by the fire in a cosy pub
  5. Hop in the care and spin along a chunk of the Wild Atlantic Way
  6. Spend a weekend exploring one of Ireland’s cities 
  7. Or kick back in rural town or village for a break from the crowds

So, you’re visiting in April and you’re wondering what to do to fill your time here.

There’s no end to what you could add to your Ireland itinerary for April. Here’s a handful of suggestions to get you going.

Head off on a road trip

There are hundreds of different road trip variations that you can head off on during your visit to Ireland.

The only factor that comes into play is how much time you’re here for. We’ve built this site on detailed guides to exploring Ireland.

Here are some are most popular ones for you to use to plan your trip:

Step off the beaten track

Many tourists that visit Ireland never stray past the old reliables, like the Cliffs of Moher, which is a shame, as there’s so much more to Ireland.

If you’re visiting Ireland in April 2020 and you’re looking to discover some hidden gems, here’s a handful of suggestions:

Make time for post-adventure pints

There is an almost endless number of brilliant pubs in Ireland (here’s a guide to 30+ of the best).

There’s nothing like stepping into a cosy pub on a cool evening after spending a day walking or hiking. Throw in a fine pint and some buzzy live music and you’re laughing.

Now, if you’re visiting Ireland and you don’t drink, don’t worry. 

I chat to tourists visiting Ireland for the first time quite a bit, and it never fails to amaze me how many ask if it’s OK to go to a trad session in a pub and not drink.

You can absolutely visit a pub and not drink. Now, if you’re there to listen to music, you should buy something, but it doesn’t have to be a triple Jameson on the rocks.

Every Irish pub serves non-alcoholic drinks (like Coke).

Inishmore glamping guide
Photo by Chris Hill via Failte Ireland

Wrapping it up: Should you bother visiting Ireland in April 2020?

Bes time to visit cliffs of moher
Photo by Chris Hill

I’d have no reservations in recommending April as a month to visit Ireland.

The one thing that I’ll mention again, however, is that the weather in Ireland is mental. It can go from dry and sunny one minute to freezing cold and lashing rain the next.

If you do visit in April, make sure you’re well-prepared clothes-wise.

Once you’ve some decent gear with you, you’ll be grand.

Howaya! Thanks for visiting the Irish road trip! This site exists to inspire and guide you on an Irish adventure that’ll give birth to a lifetime of memories (sounds very arsey altogether, I know!) You'll find everything from things to do in Ireland to where to stay in Ireland (unique and unusual places) if you have a nosey around!

4 COMMENTS

  1. Can’t thank you enough for the information! Looking forward to our trip this April. Mental weather and all! Especially excited to get off the beaten path and steep in some culture.

  2. Thanks for the info. We are looking forward to our visit in April. Sounds as though the shorts may have to stay in the bag during the trip. They may get an airing as i come from NZ where our spring is similar and we wear shorts most of the year

  3. Great insight into Ireland in April. Looking forward to our trip and hoping for sane weather at the end of April. All great points and tips to make for a memorable visit.

    • Thanks Tim!

      Have a great trip! If you’re in search of things to do in Ireland in April during your visit, you’ll find loads of stuff here.

      Cheers,

      Keith

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