Ireland in October - good time to go?

Apr 30th, 2014, 08:14 AM
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Ireland in October - good time to go?

Hello fellow travelers! We are considering a trip to Ireland this October due to the lower cost of tickets and a week-long Fall Break our children have off from school. I am curious as to what the usual weather pattern is for mid-October. We are fine with cold weather and even some rain but of course do not want to spend all that money and time if we are doomed to have poor weather for sightseeing during our visit.

I appreciate any insight or advice you may have!

Thanks in advance!
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Apr 30th, 2014, 08:23 AM
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I go home the end of September/October every year. The weather can be anything at anytime in Ireland. At that time period, usually it has some rainy periods with the temperature in the 50's. I have had days where it was in the 70's as well. It can rain in the morning and be beautiful in the afternoon. But on the whole, I have had great luck with the weather then. Go for it! :=)
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Apr 30th, 2014, 10:33 AM
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Ireland has a generally very mild climate and rarely gets near cold - even in midwinter.

That said you will get a lot of water (mist, drizzle, actual rain but very rarely downpours)whenever you are there. However, for most a tissue weight rain jacket with hood is enough - and waterproofed shoes. Do not be discouraged if the weather says rain every day - it may rain for 1 hour - or mist for several. Rarely is it bad enough to change plans unless you are camping.
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Apr 30th, 2014, 06:49 PM
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You never know what you will get. I have had great weather in the fall. I always travel in the shoulder season, less crowds and prices are better. It is a trade off but wear layers and you will be ok.
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May 1st, 2014, 12:57 AM
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Best I can offer for October is what has been I will give warning that many Heritage sites that charge entrance fee's close in September because there is not enough foot trade to justify paying someone to take money. Many smaller B&B's close for the end of September - mid March period but larger B&B's (Guest Houses) are open all year. Days are shorter.

Despite the facts Ireland is still worth visiting in October and many who are restricted as you are with school holidays return often around that time.
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May 1st, 2014, 05:06 AM
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Thank you all for your responses. It sounds like it is still a great time to visit. I appreciate the info about the Heritage sites and will look into how that would affect our visit as well.

I'll be back once we book the trip for guidance on planning.

Thanks again!
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