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Ireland In April 2022/23: Advice From A Local (Weather, What To Pack + More)

Ireland In April 2022/23: Advice From A Local (Weather, What To Pack + More)

Mulling over visiting Ireland in April but unsure of what to expect? You’ve landed in the right spot!

April is regarded as many as the best time to visit Ireland, but it can also be a gamble when it comes to weather, as you’ll discover in a moment.

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.

In the guide below, you’ll find info on everything from the weather in Ireland in April to things to know before you book. Dive on in!

Some quick need-to-knows before visiting Ireland in April

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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 during this month along with some handy info.

1. The weather

So, 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. More on this below.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. There’s plenty to do

The combination of the improved weather and the long days means that there’s plenty of things to do in Ireland in April, especially for those of you looking to explore on foot. More on this below.

5. Make an informed decision

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:

The pros and cons of spending April in Ireland

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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.

The advantages

  • 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

The disadvantages

  • 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)

What to expect from the weather in Ireland in April

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The weather in Ireland in April tends to be pretty good. In fact, the last time that we had a particularly wet April was in 2018, and even then it still managed to be the hottest April in 15 years!

Here’s what the weathers been like during previous years. Note: this data comes from MET Eireann, Ireland’s Meteorological Service

April 2021

  • The weather in Ireland in April 2021 was very dry, cool and sunny
  • The number of days where rain fell ranged from 8 days (at Johnstown Castle) to 17 days (in Belmullet)
  • The highest average temperature was 9.1 °C while the lowest was 5.6 °C)

April 2020

  • The weather in Ireland in April 2020 was dry, mild and sunny
  • The number of days where rain fell ranged from 7  (at Oak Park in Carlow) to 13 days (at Malin Head)
  • The highest average monthly temperature was 11.1°C while the low was 8.5°C

Average temperature in Ireland in April

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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 while those from tropical corners of the world may find Ireland in April quite cold.

The average temperature in previous years

  • 2021: 9.1 °C
  • 2020: 9.3 °C
  • 2019: 10.2 °C

Things to do in Ireland in April

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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

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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.

The handiest way to do this is to follow a mapped out route, like our 5 days in Ireland or our 7 days in Ireland guides (you can change the days if you’re visiting for less time).

2. Have back-up plans

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As I’ve mentioned, the weather in Ireland 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

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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.

There are endless hikes in Ireland, from long and tricky to short and handy. Find walks in the county you’re visiting right here.

4. And wet evenings in a traditional pub

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Photo left: Via Tom Kennedy’s on FB. Right: The Irish Road Trip

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

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There’s countless things to do in Dublin in April. If the weather’s good, set off on one of the many walks in Dublin.

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. See out 2 days in Dublin and 24 hours in Dublin guides for an easy-to-follow itinerary.

What to pack / what to wear in Ireland in February

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We 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.

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.

The essentials

  • 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)

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!

Is the weather in Ireland in April good or bad?

The weather in Ireland in April tends to be mild and dry. Average high temperatures can rise to a mild 13°C, while the average lows tend to hover at around 4°C.

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.

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Daleen

Thursday 10th of March 2022

Thanks Keith - a month to go and I will be in Ireland. Can not wait to experience the beauty of the country, the food and the people.

Tim Harvey

Thursday 13th of February 2020

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.

Keith

Friday 14th of February 2020

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

Kevin Williams

Thursday 30th of January 2020

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

Alison Kreiser

Sunday 19th of January 2020

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.

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