During winter, Ireland turns colder, wetter, and darker. But don’t let that put you off visiting Ireland in winter.

Many people avoid travelling to the Emerald Isle during this time of year, but it can be a surprisingly pleasant time to visit due to lower numbers of visitors, making the best tourist attractions in Ireland and other famous Irish landmarks calmer, more enjoyable places to visit.

When is winter in Ireland? December, January, and February are the winter months in Ireland, and although daylight hours are shorter than summer, you can still pack things in. The average winter temperature in Ireland is around 7-8˚C (44-46˚F) and daylight hours average 8. You just need to plan your days to maximise the light and remember your winter woolies.

As mentioned, with fewer crowds than in summer, the best places to visit in Ireland in winter are all the popular attractions and sites, including the Cliffs of Moher. Many sites remain open during the months of winter in Ireland, only closing for Christmas Day, St Stephens’ Day and New Year’s Day.

Spending Christmas in Ireland or some time during the month of December can also be a great time to be on the Emerald Isle. With preparations for Christmas underway at the beginning of December, many towns and villages are brought to life with their Christmas light displays, and town Christmas trees.

Whether you are a local looking at options for winter breaks in Ireland or are a visitor who is looking for the best things to do in Ireland in winter, you’ll find plenty of ideas here.

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