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Best time to visit Northern Ireland

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The best time to visit Northern Ireland is April-June

Based on all the essential things any traveller needs to know about visiting Northern Ireland such as the cost of travel, weather, peak travel seasons and many more, April-June is the best time of year to go.

The very hottest temperatures in Belfast, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Northern Ireland, tend to reach around 19℃ (66℉) in the height of summer. In the colder months such as January, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of 3℃ (37℉). Temperatures often differ in other areas of Northern Ireland though so you can find out more information about this below.

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Northern Ireland when the days are longest, you should visit in June. The wet season in Northern Ireland usually falls during the months surrounding November each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

To learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to go to Northern Ireland, keep reading below. Plus, you’ll find tools to help you get the best deals on travel and hotels too!

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

May

Most daylight

June

Northern Ireland seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Northern Ireland is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Northern Ireland

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
BelfastMay-June
7℃
3℃
7℃
3℃
9℃
3℃
11℃
5℃
13℃
7℃
16℃
10℃
17℃
11℃
17℃
11℃
15℃
10℃
13℃
8℃
9℃
6℃
7℃
4℃
DonegalMay-June
7℃
3℃
7℃
3℃
8℃
3℃
11℃
5℃
13℃
7℃
15℃
9℃
16℃
11℃
16℃
11℃
15℃
10℃
12℃
8℃
9℃
5℃
7℃
4℃
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Top FAQs

Northern Ireland is in Europe.
You can check out the full list of awesome destinations and hidden gems to explore in Northern Ireland here.
The warmest month of the year in Belfast, one of the most popular places to visit in Northern Ireland, is July.
The driest month of the year in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is usually around May each year.

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