Ireland is a great place to visit in the autumn, with lots to see and do for visitors of all ages and interests. When the weather starts to turn colder, cities like Dublin start to play host to some amazing festivals and special events, but there’s also more low-key reasons to visit at this time of year. Let’s take a quick look at 5 of the best reasons to pay a visit to Ireland this autumn…
1. It’s a great budget getaway
Summer is traditionally considered as Ireland’s peak season, meaning that when you choose to visit outside of this time, you’re sure to be able to take advantage of some brilliant deals on travel, accommodation and special events. If your budget is a little stretched as the Christmas season looms but you still fancy a few days away, Dublin is a pocket-friendly choice with much to recommend it in September and October. Take a look at our O’Callaghan hotel group deals and special rates for the autumn months.
2. There’s so many cultural events
Autumn marks the start of Ireland’s true festival season, once the sun-seeking tourists have fled and been replaced with those seeking a cosier, more in-depth exploration of the Emerald Isle. With hotels such as the O’Callaghan hotel Stephen’s Green offering the chance to find a cosy home from home with the O’Callaghan hotel group while you visit, there’s no better time to find out more about Ireland’s history and culture.
For culture vultures, your only challenge might be fitting everything in. There’s the Dublin Festival of History, offering a fortnight of over 90 free events for history lovers of all ages to enjoy. Culture Night has hundreds of venues in Dublin opening their doors for an action-packed evening of free cultural delights, with plenty more attractions for those willing to travel even further afield for the night in this Island-wide event. There’s also a Film and Music festival if you prefer performance art or short films.
3. It’s great for walking
Autumn is the time of year before the weather really starts to bite, and that’s perhaps why Ireland has so many wonderful walking tours and walking festivals at this time of year. Check out some photo-worthy autumnal scenery with a hill walk or opt for a smaller walking group to explore the often-unseen side of Ireland. When the leaves turn, there really are few prettier places to set off on a hike than Dublin.
4. You can try local produce
Harvest time marks the start of some amazing opportunities to feast, so Autumn is the ideal time for visit for foodies! Temple Bar Food Market has all you need to sample the very best in Irish cuisine.
5. Visit to enjoy the coastline
Being an Island, there’s lots of places in Ireland to go for a spot of surfing, and many beaches benefit from spectacular waves – just remember to pack your wetsuit at this chillier time of year.