What to wear in Ireland: a packing list for all seasons

Planning to visit the Ireland but aren’t sure what to bring? Check out our seasonal packing guide to the Emerald Isle for all the info you’ll need for your trip on what to wear in Ireland.

What to wear in Ireland: a packing List for all seasons.

So you’ve made the correct decision and decided to visit Ireland. Well done. Next up, you’re probably wondering what to pack or looking for a printable packing list. Look no further. We’ve got you covered for all you’ll need on your trip to the Emerald isle – whatever the season.

Defined by the experts as having a ‘temperate oceanic climate’, Ireland avoids the extreme temperatures and weather conditions that many tourist destinations are plagued with. And while you’re probably guaranteed the driest and warmest Irish weather in summer, there’s really no such thing as a bad time of year to visit us.

Summer time in Bray, Co. Westmeath. Shorts and t-shrits are the best things to wear.
Summer time in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Shorts and t-shrits are the best things to wear.

Summer is without doubt the most popular time to visit Ireland, with the countryside shining with golden gorse bush and temperatures reaching their height in July and August. Take advantage of all the tourist season has to offer, with a huge range of festivals and other events to discover.

But what to wear in Ireland during the summer months? We recommend going full swing and packing shorts and T-shirts. While the average temperature isn’t sweltering (somewhere between 16-20 degrees Celsius), heat waves have been on the rise in recent years. If you’ve got pale skin and freckles, make sure to pack your high factor sun-cream.

If you’re coming in summer, you might be planning to soak up the sun on some of the best beaches Ireland has to offer, such as the beautiful Curracloe in Co. Wexford or the blue flagged north coast. Surrounded by the ocean, we’re renowned for our water sports such as surfing or kayaking. If this sounds up your street, pack your swimming/diving gear too.

What to wear in Ireland in spring and autumn – embrace the rainfall

The Wicklow Mountains are a beautiful place to visit in the autumn time in Ireland.
The Wicklow Mountains. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

The transitional seasons are a great option if you want to avoid the coldest of the Irish weather, while also getting cheaper deals.

Ireland may be known as the Emerald Isle due to its abundance of fertile greenery, but in autumn the entire country bursts into golds and russets. Wicklow Mountains National Park really is a sight to behold in October. And, as the birthplace of Halloween, there’s really no better place to celebrate around October 31st.

In spring, the Irish hedgerows come alive with bursts of colour. Whimsical pink blossom trees and flowers of all colours abound, and there’s a real feeling of magic in the air around this time.

The perfect set of clothing for visiting Ireland in the autumn months.
The perfect set of clothing for visiting Ireland in the autumn months.

While spring and autumn remain beautiful times of the year here, don’t be fooled. You’ll want to invest in a good raincoat as you explore the changing scenery. Bringing an umbrella might also be wise, preferably one that can cope with some wind. If you’re staying in a rural area, wellies might be a good option too, to make sure you can withstand the mud.

Temperatures at these times will average out at low double figures, so for the temperate spring and autumn days, sweaters and light jackets are a good shout.

What to wear in Ireland in winter – time for layers

The Christmas Market at City Hall in Belfast's city centre.
Belfast’s Christmas market.

We know what you’re thinking – who in their right mind would want to visit Ireland in the winter?

But think twice about crossing this off your list before you feast your eyes on the majestic sight of wild deer in a snow dusted Killarney National Park, or soak up the festive atmosphere of the Christmas markets in Dublin and Belfast.

And, honestly, there’s nothing cosier than sitting by the fire in an authentic Irish pub enjoying trad music and a pint. Plus you’ll get to take advantage of the cheapest hotel and travel prices.

If you’re wondering what to wear in Ireland in winter, it goes without saying you’ll need layers this time of year. Thermals are a great option if you want to explore the multitude of hiking options Ireland has to offer. Bring waterproof walking boots with a good grip too.

Thinking of what to wear in Ireland during winter? Hat, scarves and gloves are your best option.
The most suitable set of clothes for visiting Ireland in the winter.

Even if it’s a city break you’re after, we still recommend you keep cosy and pack scarves, gloves, and woolly hats for exploring the twinkling streets of Dublin’s city centre. The scenery may be beautiful even in the depths of winter, but while we don’t typically get tons of snow here for long, the chill in the air can have a bite. So pack your suitcase accordingly!

Whatever the season, Ireland has something to offer all who are lucky enough to visit its shores. But it’s always good to be prepared and pack what you need to ensure things run as smooth as possible. Enjoy your trip!

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