FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VISITING IRELAND IN APRIL
If you’re keen to travel to Ireland in April, read on for our expert advice on what it’s like to visit at this time of year. We’re here to answer your most commonly asked questions so you can plan for any future tours to Ireland in April.
What are the best things to do in Ireland in April?
The ideal Irish holiday consists of exploring the cities as well as the countryside, to take in the culture, history and beauty of the Emerald Isle.
You can visit many of Ireland’s top attractions throughout the year. In spring though, sites will be quieter and you’ll be able to enjoy the mild weather and long daylight hours. It’s also a good time of year for outdoor activities such as hiking.
Here are the 10 best things to do in Ireland in April:
Take the wheel for a scenic road trip along the west coast
Admire the blooming natural scenery
Go hiking in the rugged hills and along high sea cliffs
Discover prehistoric and Stone Age monuments
Sail to one or more of the west coast islands
Explore picturesque, ancient ruins and castles
Learn about Ireland’s early Christian and Celtic history
Sit in a typical pub to listen to live music
Get a taste of Ireland with delicious local food and brew
Visit the buzzing cities, charming towns and fishing villages
What are the most popular events in Ireland in April?
There are many events taking place in Ireland in April, some of which you might want to go along to during your tour.
The most popular events in April are:
The Irish Grand National
The Pan Celtic Festival
The World Irish Dancing Championships
Come a little earlier in March to experience the famous St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Or visit Ireland in May for even more festivities, including the traditional music Fleadh Nua festival and the country’s most famous road race, the North West 200.
What are the best places to visit in Ireland in April?
April is a great month to travel to Ireland and visit its towns, historic sites and natural highlights. More so, you’ll enjoy good daylight hours and fair weather, ideal conditions for exploring.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Ireland in April:
What is the weather in Ireland like in April?
When travelling to Ireland in spring, you can expect varied but pleasant weather. Some days it might rain, while others can be really sunny. Generally though, there can be highs of 15°C (59°F) and lows of 5°C (41°F).
What are April temperatures in Ireland?
The average temperature is around 8°C (46°F) in April. You might experience some lovely warm, sunny days in Ireland at this time, but the weather can still be changeable.
What to wear in Ireland in April?
When you pack for Ireland, keep in mind that the weather can be both mild and cool in April. For that reason, we recommend layers. That way you can remove or add clothes depending on the day’s weather.
Make sure to bring some lightweight and warm under layers as well as a rain jacket, hat and scarf.
Here is a list of packing essentials for your Ireland tour in April:
Lightweight layers, including t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and shorts
Warm jumper or fleece
Jeans or warm trousers
Waterproof jacket or shell layers
Scarf, hat and gloves
Sun hat or cap
What are the daylight hours in April in Ireland?
In April, the daylight hours are growing longer as we slowly approach the summer solstice. This means you’ll enjoy plenty of daytime brightness to explore Ireland to your heart’s content. You can expect 11 to 15 hours of daylight per day in April.
Daylight hours differ based on the time of the month you visit. In Dublin, the sun rises at 7 AM and sets at 8PM in early April. By the end of the month, it grows longer with daylight hours between 5:50 AM and 8:50 PM.
How to travel in Ireland in April?
The best way to explore Ireland at your own pace is on a scenic self-drive itinerary. All our tours combine the best of the fun cities and beautiful Irish countryside.
Good to know: All of Nordic Visitor’s Ireland self-drive tour packages can be tailored by our regional experts. They can add extra nights at select locations or modify the driving routes if you have any particular attractions in mind. Just ask!
Road trip around Ireland
Take the wheel in Ireland and you’ll have the freedom to pull the car over at any attractions or breathtaking views. We recommend at least 6 to 8 days to make the most of a road trip around the island.
All our tours set off from Dublin and include the top attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, and Blarney Castle.
Here’s an example of a one-week Ireland road trip itinerary:
Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin.
Day 2 – Pick up your rental car and drive to the west coast. Spend the night in Galway.
Day 3 – Explore Connemara or the Aran Islands. Overnight in Galway.
Day 4 – See the Cliffs of Moher. Overnight in Killarney.
Day 5 – Tour the Ring of Kerry. Overnight in Killarney
Day 6 – Visit historic sites and drop off your rental car. Spend your last night in Dublin.
Day 7 – Depart from Dublin Airport.
The best part? You won’t have to worry about where you’re going or sleeping, because your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will plan your trip and sort all the details before you arrive.
We reserve your accommodation, rent a car for your trip, and can book activities to fill your days with more adventures. You’ll also have access to our 24/7 helpline should you need to call us at any point.
Want to stay for a longer period of time?
If you want to slow down the pace and take in more Irish attractions, we highly recommend extending your self-drive tour to at least 10 days.
With our flexible itineraries, it’s easy to start planning your tour! Pick the amount of time you want to stay in Dublin and then choose how long you want to spend driving around the island.
The possibilities are endless when visiting Ireland. With 10 days or longer, you could visit in more depth. Follow the Wild Atlantic Way route or pop into Northern Ireland for a complete tour of the island.
Or would you prefer to spend more time in one city than another? Add another town to your trip or specific day tours? Just ask your Nordic Visitor travel consultant for advice.
Are you interested in exploring Scotland too?
Combine a tour of Ireland with a road trip around Scotland for an epic Celtic itinerary. We recommend a minimum of 10 days for this, so you can have enough time to get a taste of both countries.
Spend the first 4 to 10 days driving around the rugged Highlands and islands of Scotland. Then follow that up with another road trip around Ireland to take in all the jaw-dropping coastal landscapes and historic landmarks.
As tour operators specialising in both these fantastic destinations, we can offer tailor-made itineraries that combine the best of both.
Scotland is a great destination to complement a tour to Ireland. Their cultures and history are so closely linked and you’ll be able to meet the locals and get immersed in both.
Did you know? Scotland small group tours are available if you want to leave the driving to someone else. You could also book a private tour of Scotland to travel with your own group of friends or family and a dedicated private guide.
We don’t offer these in Ireland just yet, but our regional travel experts are working on it!
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