Debating visiting Ireland in March and worried that it won’t be the right time to visit for your Irish adventure?
In the guide below, we’ll tell you everything you need to know (and what to expect) if you’re planning a visit to Ireland in March 2020.
Spring in Ireland can be a mixed bag. And we’ve experienced some mental weather (I’m talking about you, 2018!) in the past.
Below, you’ll find everything you need to decide whether or not it’s the right time to visit.
Would I visit Ireland in March: An honest answer
Yes, I absolutely would.
If you’ve spent any time browsing this site, you’ll know that I tend to travel around Ireland during two periods:
- January – April
- October – December
- Well, for one thing, it’s cheaper. Accommodation costs tend to be lower.
- There are also WAY fewer crowds about the place.
There’s a couple of trade-offs, however:
- The weather can be mental (more on this later)
- The days are shorter, which means you have less daylight to explore in
The Weather in Ireland in March: What it’s really like
The weather in Ireland in March can be very hit and miss.
And, as I mentioned earlier, like every month of the year in Ireland is incredibly unpredictable.
What is the weather like in Ireland in March?
It’d be easy for me to give you avg. temperatures and rainfall levels (what do they even mean…?!) but I think it’d be more useful for you if I told you what the weather here has been like over the past 2 years:
2019 wasn’t too bad
In 2019, we experienced two storms:
- Storm Freya brought heavy rainfall for Munster and Leinster (which turned to snow in places)
- Storm Gareth brought strong winds to the island in the middle of the month
2018 was.. 2018 was mental
The weather in March in Ireland in 2018 was NUTS.
In late February and early March of 2018, Ireland was hit with one of the most significant snowfalls of recent years.
Temperatures plummeted and we experienced widespread snowfall that pretty much (and I’m not exaggerating here) shut down the country.
Average Temperature in Ireland in March
The temperature starts to slowly climb in March (keep in mind that this can change – look at 2018 above!).
Average high temperatures can rise to a mild 10°C+, while the average lows tend to hover around 4.4°C (again, this can change drastically).
Towards the end of March, however, the temperatures usually rise to more comfortable levels. Expect temperatures to rise to around 15 degrees during the day.
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.
What season is March in Ireland?
March 1st officially marks the arrival of Spring in Ireland (March – May). This should signal the arrival of better, warmer weather, but as you can see above, the last couple of years have been pretty up and down weather-wise.
What to Wear in Ireland in March
I’ve had a few questions from people asking what to wear in Ireland in March in the past.
The crazy variation in temperatures mean that you’ll want to keep a sharp eye on weather predictions before packing to go.
March can bring pleasant, somewhat warm, breezy springlike days, but if northeast winds dominate, you’ll need to prepare for more bitter temperatures (and possibly even snow).
What to pack for Ireland in March
That old saying ‘Fail to plan, plan to fail’ applies doubly to the Irish weather and your choice of clothing.
If I’m travelling in Ireland during March or in any of the colder months, I wear layers.
I like to have enough light layers (long-sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, etc) that I can throw on if it’s cold and remove if it’s warm.
I’ll then pop a light waterproof jacket on top and I’m good to go.
- 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!)
Things to do in Ireland in March 2020
- Plan your trip around St. Patrick’s Day
- Step off-the-beaten-path and explore the Beara Peninsula
- Spin along the Causeway Coastal Route
- Visit the International Film Festival in Dublin
- Head on a road trip through Ireland’s Ancient East
- Eat your way around Galway
- Explore the Kilkenny countryside
Many people who travel to Ireland in March come to enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day.
Visitors travel from across the globe to come and experience the madness of March 17th and to learn more about Irish history and heritage.
Here are some other things to do in March (have a look at our guide to 100+ of the best (and most unique) places to see in Ireland) if you need more inspiration!
The International Film Festival
At the beginning of the month, Dublin hosts its world-famous International Film Festival.
It features the best in aspiring independent films for the world to experience, many for the first time.
Scenery by the bucket load
For those looking to get away from it all, Ireland is home to an abundance of beautiful and scenic national parks that feature awe-inspiring peaks, wide and spacious valleys, and the opportunity to experience Ireland’s tremendous diversity of flora and fauna.
Killarney National Park, for example, welcomes thousands of visitors every year.
The landscape of the park boasts beautiful mountains and sublime wetlands. Those who have an interest in wildlife may even spot an elusive red deer.
History and architecture
If history and medieval architecture pique your interest, you should pay a visit to Jerpoint Abbey.
Built in the 12th century, it serves as one of the last Romanesque style churches built before the advent of the Gothic style.
It also features a tomb sculpture which dates back between 300 and 500 years, as well as an imposing tower and cloister which date to the 15th century.
If you wish to experience other interesting historical sites, check out Dublin Castle and any number of other local attractions.
Loads of other things to explore
If you’re visiting Ireland in March and looking to explore all there is to do, visit our counties of Ireland section.
Here, you’ll be able to browse through thousands of incredible things to do and places to visit.
Wrapping it up: Should you bother visiting Ireland in March
Weigh up the pros and cons. Ireland in March 2020 could be mild and dry.
It could also bring snow, wind, and rain.
You really need to be happy enough to take the chance and embrace the weather, regardless of what it brings.
Have a question about planning a trip to Ireland? Give me a shout in the comments below!