Debating visiting Ireland in March but unsure of whether it’s the best time to visit Ireland? You’ve landed in the right spot!
Although March wouldn’t be my first choice for when to visit, this month has a fair bit going for it.
There’s endless things to do in Ireland in March and, although the weather can be fairly unpredictable (we had crazy snow here in March 2018!), it’s a good aul month for explorin’.
In the guide below, you’ll find info on everything from the weather in Ireland in March to handy info to know before you book. Dive on in!
Some quick need-to-knows before visiting Ireland in March
Although a visiting Ireland in March is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable. Here are some speedy chunks of info to give you a quick sense of what to expect from this month.
1. The weather
The weather in Ireland in March can be very unpredictable – in the past, we’ve had heavy snowfall, balmy weather and intense rainfall. However, pack and plan your trip accordingly and you’ll be ready for anything.
2. The days are longer
The sun rises between 07:12 (start of month) and 06:13 (end of month) and sets at 18:17 (start of month) and 18:49 (end of month). This makes mapping out your Ireland itinerary a little easier, as you’ve a nice bit of daylight to play with.
3. It’s the ‘Shoulder-Season’
March marks the beginning of spring in Ireland. It’s also the beginning of the ‘Shoulder-Season’, which is the period of time between the off-peak and peak seasons. While accommodation prices won’t be as low as January and February, they won’t be near peak-season just yet.
4. St Patrick’s Day
While there’s an almost endless number of things to do in Ireland in March, it’s St Patrick’s Day that tends to draw the crowds. You’ll find various festivals in Ireland on and in the lead up to ‘Paddy’s Day’ in many towns and villages in Ireland.
5. Make an informed decision
Picking when to visit Ireland is tricky, there’s no two ways about it. It’s 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 April
- Ireland in May
- Ireland in June
- Ireland in July
- Ireland in August
- Ireland in September
- Ireland in October
- Ireland in November
- Ireland in December
The pros and cons of spending March in Ireland
The most common query that we get from people planning a trip to Ireland revolves around the pros and cons of visiting in X, Y or Z month.
For many, the weather in Ireland can play a big part in the overall success of their trip. Below, you’ll find a handful pros and cons of visiting Ireland in March:
- Prices: If you’re visiting Ireland on a budget, March tends to be the last month of reduced prices (the Easter break in April sees prices shoot up with demand)
- Weather: March brings with it the start of spring which, for the most part (not always…), results in better weather
- Longer days: The sun rises between 07:12 (start of month) and 06:13 (end of month) and sets at 18:17 (start of month) and 18:49 (end of month)
- Crowds: Ireland’s usually busy attractions will less crowded (the likes of the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry will always draw the crowds, though)
- Weather: Yep, the weather is an advantage and a disadvantage, as you’ll see in our weather section below
- Flights: Flight prices in March tend to be pricer than the previous two months
What to expect from the weather in Ireland in March
The weather in Ireland in March has been very changeable over the last five years, with everything from snow storms and heavy rainfall to scorching weather hitting the island.
Here’s what the weathers been like in recent years. Note: this data comes from MET Eireann, Ireland’s Meteorological Service
- The weather in Ireland in March 2021 was nice and mild
- We had an average temperature of 7.7 °C
- It rained between 11 (parts of Wexford) and 25 (Belmullet in Mayo) days of the month
- There was a brief cold spell towards the end of the month with some wintery showers
- The weather in Ireland in March 2020 was wet, windy and wild
- Rainfall was below average in most places, with rain recorded for 13 days to 24 days of the month (Newport in Mayo)
- The average temperature for the month was 6.6 °C
- Storm Jorge, which hit at the end of February, brought strong gusts at the start of the month
Average temperature in Ireland in March
The average temperature in Ireland in March can rise to a mild 10°C+, while the average lows tend to hover around 4.4°C (again, keep in mind that this can change drastically).
Those from colder temperate climates will find the weather in Ireland in early March fairly easy to handle. Those who come from more tropical regions may find Ireland’s March climate quite cold.
Towards the end of March in Ireland, however, the temperatures usually rise to more comfortable levels.
The average temperature in previous years
- 2021: 7.7 °C
- 2020: 6.6 °C
- 2019: 6.8 °C
Things to do in Ireland in March
This month starts the ‘Shoulder-Season’, which is the period of time between the peak-season and the off-season. Translation: there’s endless things to do in Ireland in March
If you’re in search of things to do in Ireland in March, jump into our counties in Ireland section – it’s wedged with the best places to visit in every county! Here are a handful of suggestions to get you going:
1. Set off on a well planned road trip
So, while the days are longer in March, you’ll still need a well mapped out road trip route to make the most of the time you have.
2. Have back-up plans on stand-by
Although March marks the beginning of spring in Ireland, the weather can still be unpredictable, so it’s worth being aware of indoor attractions near where you’re visiting, just in case.
If you hop into our counties of Ireland hub, you’ll find guides to each county. Each section is packed with both indoor and outdoor attractions.
3. Spend dry days hiking and walking
If you like to explore on foot, you’re in for a treat – there’s endless walks in Ireland, with a mix of hard and handy trails to tackle, depending on your fitness levels.
Hikes can range from 30 minutes to 8 hours+, so you’ll need to plan accordingly. Find walks in the county you’re visiting right here.
4. And wet nights in a cosy pub
It’s hard to beat a wet and windy night spent in one of the many traditional pubs in Ireland, like the one above (Kavanagh’s in Dublin).
When you can, try and opt for the more traditional/old schools pubs, as these ones tend to have the most charm and character.
5. Visiting Dublin in March
There’s loads things to do in Dublin in March. If the weather’s good, head off on one of the many walks in Dublin.
If the weathers crap, there’s plenty of things to do in Dublin in March when it’s pouring down, from castles and incredible food to quirky 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 March
We’ve had a lot questions in the past from people asking what to wear in Ireland in March. The sometimes crazy variation in temperatures mean that you’ll want to keep a sharp eye on weather predictions before packing to go.
March can bring warm and breezy spring days, but if northeast winds dominate, you’ll need to prepare for more bitter temperatures (and possibly even snow). Pack light layers (long-sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, etc) that you can throw on if it’s cold and remove if it’s warm, along with a water-proof jacket.
- Hiking boots (or shoes)
- A waterproof jacket
- An umbrella
- Waterproof trousers/pants if you’re planning on doing walking/hiking
- A warm hat, scarf, and gloves
- Plenty of warm socks (there’s nothing worse than walking around in damp socks!)
FAQs about spending March 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 March?’ to ‘Does it snow in Ireland in March?’.
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 March a good month for Ireland?
Yes. The days are longer (the sun rises from 06:13 and sets from 18:17) and the weather tends to be mild, with average temperatures of 10°C.
Are there many things to do in Ireland in March?
Thanks to the longer days, you’ve plenty of time to explore, with everything from hikes and museums to castle, scenic drives, incredible restaurants and more awaiting your arrival.
Is the weather in Ireland in March terrible?
Yes and no, as is the case with every month in Ireland. In March, we’ve seen snow, wind and hail, however it does tend to be much milder (see weather section above).
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