When to Go to County Cork

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When to Go to County Cork

The best times to visit County Cork are from mid-March to June and in September and October. July and August are the peak holiday periods. Roads are more crowded, prices are higher, and the best places are booked in advance. March can be chilly, with daily temperatures in the 40s and 50s. The average high in June is 18°C (65°F). May and June are the sunniest months, while May and September are the driest ones. From November to March, daylight hours are short, the weather is damp, and many places close.

Festivals and Events

Cork is known as Ireland's festival city. The oldest event is the Cork Film Festival (www.corkfilmfest.org), in the second week in November, and the biggest the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (www.guinnessjazzfestival.com), in late October. The West Cork Chamber Music Festival (www.westcorkmusic.ie) brings internationally renowned musicians to perform in the library of Bantry House for 10 days in late June. Kinsale's Gourmet Festival (www.kinsalerestaurants.com), a gourmand's delight, creates a party atmosphere all over town in early October.

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