What to Expect during Spring in Dublin

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Spring has officially sprung in Dublin, bringing with it a burst of energy, vibrant colours, and plenty of things to do. As winter fades away, Dublin has blossomed into life, inviting both locals and visitors to enjoy the warmer weather and longer days. It’s a time to leave behind the bitter cold winter and embrace the new season filled with fresh beginnings, sunshine, and of course, occasional showers!

In this blog, we’ll take you on a journey through springtime in Dublin, highlighting the best attractions, activities, and events the city has to offer this spring. Whether you’re into outdoor adventures or cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Dublin during this time of year. So, grab your sunglasses and your umbrella, pack a picnic, and let’s find out what you can expect during spring in Dublin.

What’s the Weather like in Dublin in Spring?

While the Irish weather is famously unpredictable, with sudden changes from sunshine to showers and back again, the overall climate is mild and pleasant during spring in Dublin. The weather in the city during spring is usually a mix of sunshine, short showers, and mild temperatures, offering the perfect conditions for outdoor exploration and adventure… once you’ve packed an umbrella!

Temperatures in Dublin during spring typically range from around 8°C/46°F to 15°C/59°F, with occasional warmer days reaching into the low 20s°C/mid-70s°F. However, it’s always a good idea to pack layers and be prepared for cooler temperatures while in Ireland, whatever the season, especially in the evenings.

As we’re sure you know, rainfall is also common in Dublin during spring (and every other season), with occasional showers and drizzle interspersed with sunny spells. We recommend carrying an umbrella or raincoat when out and about exploring the city this spring, as rain showers can occur without much warning! However, despite the occasional rain, Dublin’s landscapes burst into life during spring, with blossoming flowers, lush greenery, and vibrant colours across the city’s parks, gardens, and streets. From the blooms of St. Stephen’s Green to the gardens of Phoenix Park, Dublin becomes a feast for the senses during this time of year, offering breathtaking views and photo opportunities at every turn.

Things to do during Spring in Dublin 

As spring arrives in Dublin, the city gets busy with lots of fun things to do. From cultural festivals to outdoor adventure, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Continue reading to find out everything you can do during spring in Dublin…

Outdoor Activities 

Howth Cliff Walk

When the spring sun shines, there is no better place to be than outdoors in Dublin City. Spring in Dublin offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the city while soaking up the sunshine. Walking tours are a great way to explore the city’s streets and uncover its hidden gems with a local and knowledgeable guide. Alternatively, you could hop on a bike and pedal your way through scenic routes around the city and beyond, taking in the beauty of Dublin’s landscapes.

For a relaxing day out, we recommend packing a picnic and heading to one of Dublin’s many parks, such as Merrion Square Park or St. Stephen’s Green. These green spaces offer lovely settings for enjoying a meal al fresco and basking in the shining spring sun. If you’re feeling adventurous, venture outside of the city for a hike around Howth Head, Killiney Hill or Ticknock, and take in the breathtaking views of Dublin below.

Visiting Dublin in spring with the little ones? Families will find plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy together in Dublin during this time of year. Spring is the perfect time of year to visit Dublin Zoo, the largest zoo in Ireland. Located in the Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is the perfect starting point for a day of fun with the family during spring in Dublin. Explore the Phoenix Park afterwards, grab a coffee, spend time in the playgrounds and wander around the park’s trails for some deer spotting!

Cultural Events and Festivals

© Dublin Dance Festival

Dublin comes alive with cultural events and festivals during the spring months, offering a diverse range of experiences for residents and visitors alike. One of the most anticipated events is St. Patrick’s Day. Taking place on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin are legendary, drawing crowds from all over the world to join in the festivities. The city transforms into a sea of green as parades wind their way through the streets, accompanied by traditional Irish music and dance. Visitors can immerse themselves in the lively atmosphere, with pubs and bars overflowing with revellers enjoying the craic. It’s a perfect time to celebrate Irish culture and heritage, with events ranging from street performances to cultural exhibitions.

For two weeks in May, the Dublin Dance Festival showcases the best of contemporary dance from around the world, with performances by renowned artists and choreographers. A highlight on the city’s cultural calendar, this festival attracts dance enthusiasts and artists from around the globe. The festival showcases a diverse range of dance styles, from contemporary and ballet to traditional and experimental. With venues across the city hosting events, the Dublin Dance Festival offers something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a seasoned dance aficionado or simply curious to explore the world of movement and expression.

Calling all green thumbs! The  Bloom Festival is a must-visit event that celebrates all things gardening and horticulture. Held in the stunning surroundings of Phoenix Park, Bloom features spectacular floral displays, show gardens, and artisan food stalls. From 30 May – 3 June, visitors can stroll through the gardens, gather inspiration for their own green spaces, and learn from expert gardeners at workshops and demonstrations. 

Day Trips from Dublin during Spring

Newgrange

Dublin city is a great base for day trips to explore the stunning countryside and charming towns that surround the city. Coastal towns like Bray and Dun Laoghaire offer picturesque scenery, and delicious restaurants. Take in the spring air with a leisurely stroll along the pier, enjoy fish and chips by the sea, or enjoy a scenic cliff walk for breathtaking views.

History enthusiasts can venture further afield to explore ancient ruins and archaeological sites scattered across Ireland’s Ancient East. From the prehistoric passage tombs of Newgrange to the mediaeval ruins of Glendalough, there’s a trove of historical treasures waiting to be discovered.

Transportation options for day trips from Dublin include trains, buses, and organised tours, making it easy to explore beyond the city limits. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or historical landmarks, Dublin serves as the perfect springboard for exploring the beauty and diversity of Ireland’s landscapes and heritage.

Spring Dining and Nightlife in Dublin

The Guinness Storehouse

Dublin’s dining scene comes alive during spring, offering no shortage of options to tantalise your taste buds. Outdoor dining is back this time of year as cafes and restaurants take advantage of the brighter weather and set up al fresco seating, allowing you to soak up the spring air while dining. Rooftop bars, like Sophie’s or the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse, offer stunning views of the city skyline, making them ideal spots for sipping a drink and watching the spring sunset.

For a taste of spring, seek out restaurants and cafes known for their seasonal menus featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients, such as The Winding Stair, The Fumbally or Mr. Fox. When your belly is full and night has fallen is when Dublin’s nightlife comes alive with live music venues and bustling bars. From traditional Irish pubs, like The Temple Bar Pub, to trendy cocktail bars, there’s no shortage of options for a night out on the town. Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet pint or dancing the night away, Dublin offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Overall, once spring arrives in Dublin, the city buzzes with excitement and offers lots of fun things to do. From enjoying the parks to exploring cultural events, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re outside enjoying the spring sunshine or trying tasty food, Dublin is full of life during this season.

Thank you for reading our blog ‘What to Expect during Spring in Dublin’. 

We hope to see you in the city this springtime!

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