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

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

Thinking about travelling to Ireland in July but unsure if it’s the right decision? You’ve landed in the right place!

If you’re looking for long, warmish days and the lively buzz that engulfs towns and villages during the summer months, July is one of the best times to visit Ireland!

Now, like the other summer months, it comes with several pros and cons, especially for those of you looking to visit Ireland on a budget.

In the guide below, you’ll find everything from things to do in Ireland in July to what to expect from the weather, based on previous years. Dive on in!

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

things to do in Ireland in July

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Although a visiting Ireland in July is fairly straightforward, there are some 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

The weather in Ireland in July tends to be good, but there are exceptions. We had a heatwave in 2021 but July the previous year was cool and wet. The average high temperature in Ireland in July can rise to 19°C while the lows hover around 12°C.

2. Daylight hours

From the beginning of the month, the sun rises at 05:01 and sets at 21:56. These long days make planning an Ireland itinerary relatively easy, as there’s plenty of daylight hours to get around in.

3. Book hotels in advance

Summer in Ireland is peak season for foreign and domestic tourists, so it’s well worth planning your trip to Ireland early and booking accommodation in advance, as demand is at it’s highest.

4. Countless things to do

Long days and (usually) warm weather provides the perfect conditions for exploring. There’s endless things to do in Ireland in July for you to choose from.

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 July in Ireland

Glendalough summer walks

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I’ve been living in Ireland for 31 years and I have, although unintentionally, spent a good chunk of every July here.

These are the pros and cons based on my own experience (I’ll go into what the weather’s like in the next section).

The pros 

  • Weather: The average high temperature in Ireland in July can rise to 19°C while the lows hover around 12°C (more on this below)
  • Long days: The sun rises at 05:01 and sets at 21:56
  • Festivals: There are several festivals in Ireland taking place during July
  • Summer buzz: Long, warm days tends to bring tourists and atmosphere to many towns, villages and cities

The cons

  • Prices: Summer is peak season in Ireland, which means accommodation and flight prices are at their peak
  • Crowds: Peak season draws the crowds, especially at tourist hot-spots, like Killarney and the Dingle Peninsula

What to expect from the weather in Ireland in July

weather in Ireland in July

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The weather in Ireland in July tends to be good, however, there have been exceptions (see 2020 below).

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

July 2021

  • The weather in Ireland in July 2021 was hot and sunny with numerous heatwaves
  • The number of days where rain fell ranged from 9 days (Phoenix Park in Dublin) to 17 days (several parts of the country)
  • The average temperature for the month was 16.2 °C

July 2020

  • The weather in Ireland in July 2020 was cool and wet
  • Rainfall was above average and the number of day where rain fell ranged from 11 (at Roche’s Point in Cork) to 22 (in parts of Donegal)
  • The average temperature for the month was 15.3 °C

Average temperature in Ireland in July

Beenoskee in Kerry

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The average high temperature in Ireland in July can rise to 19°C while the lows usually hover around 12°C.

In a nutshell, July tends to be a beautiful time of the year to be in Ireland, with warm, long days a plentiful.

Those from colder climates should find the temperature in Ireland in July pleasant, while those from warmer climates should find July in Ireland to be mild.

The average temperature in previous years

  • 2021: 16.2 °C
  • 2020: 15.3 °C 
  • 2019: 15.4 °C

Things to do in Ireland in July

geokaun mountain and cliffs

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One of the reasons that Ireland in July is so popular is due to the weather and the long days. This combination makes it a perfect month for exploring, and you’ll find heaps of things to do in Ireland in July below.

If you’re on the hunt for things to do in Ireland in July, dive 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. Take a well planned road trip

average temperature in Ireland in July

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Although long days provide the perfect opportunity for an action-packed road trip, you need to make sure you’ve mapped out your route properly, to make the most of your time.

If you’re in need of a ready-made itinerary to follow, nip into our 5 days in Ireland or our 7 days in Ireland guides.

2. Beaches, beaches and more beaches

Portstewart beach

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I’d argue that many of the beaches in Ireland are some of the best in Europe – if not the world!

If you’re exploring the coastal counties, you’re rarely too far from a sandy stretch where you can dip your toes.

3. Hikes and walks

Burrow Beach

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Now, if you don’t fancy hiking on your trip to Ireland, don’t worry! The island is home to a fine mix of hard and handy walks.

There are endless walking trails in Ireland, from massive mountains to stunning coastal strolls. Find walks in the county you’re visiting right here.

4. Off-the-beaten-path

Gleniff Horseshoe drive

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Many looking for things to do in Ireland in July flock to the same places over and over, like the Giants Causeway and the Dingle Peninsula.

However, there’s plenty of hidden gems that pack a punch just as mighty. See our guide to the best places to visit in Ireland for off-the-beaten-path places to explore.

5. Visiting Dublin in July

dublin in july

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There’s endless things to do in Dublin in July. If the weather’s good, try one of the walks in Dublin.

If the weathers bad, there’s plenty of things to do in Dublin in July when it’s raining! See our 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 July

Ha'penny Bridge dublin

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Packing for July in Ireland can cause some people to stress, if the many emails that we’ve received over the years is anything to go by.

However, it’s nice and straightforward – pack layers and bring a light waterproof jacket and something to wear at night, if it gets cool.

The essentials

  • Sun cream
  • Shorts and/or light trousers/jeans for walking around
  • T-shirts for the warm days
  • A light waterproof jacket often comes in handy
  • If you plan on fine dining, bring light formal wear
  • Causal clothes for going out in the evening (pubs in Ireland are fairly casual)
  • All the chargers and plugs you need for your gadgets

FAQs about spending July in Ireland

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Does it rain in July in Ireland?’ to ‘What is there to do?’.

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 July a good time to go to Ireland?

Yes. The days are long (sun rises at 05:01 and sets at 21:56) and they tend to be warm (average high temperature in Ireland in July can rise to 19°C).

What can I expect from the weather in Ireland in July?

Recently, we’ve had both heatwaves in July and cold, wet weather. However, July in Ireland tends to have average highs of 19°C and lows of  12°C.

Are there many things to do in Ireland in July?

There’s endless things to do in Ireland in July, from festivals and hikes to museums, castles and more. The long days are perfect for exploring.

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