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Northern Ireland 

Visiting Northern Ireland

When is the best time to visit Northern Ireland?  Well, that depends on your preferences, of course!

Weather

The weather in Northern Ireland can see 4 seasons in one day.  So, how do you prepare for that?  Layers upon layers that can be added as necessary as well as an umbrella and a weatherproof coat that has a hood.  Temperatures in the heart of summer can be as low as 8 degrees Celsius, and a warm winters day can also reach that same temperature!  

Rain can happen at any time any day, so that is the one constant, but it is why Northern Ireland is so green and lush.

Tourist Season

The main tourist season runs from May to September as that is typically when Northern Ireland gets their best weather (although August is the month where rainful historically is the highest!).  All the tourist visiting places will be open during that period.  If you are coming in April or October, the hours opened are normally more limited than the peak season so you should check in advance.  If you are coming at any other time, you should also check in advance as some accommodation and tourist sights close completely or only have very limited opening hours. 

Holidays

The main bank holidays holidays during the year are as follows:

January 1 - New Year’s Day
March 17 - St. Patricks Day
Good Friday and Easter Monday - Easter
1st Monday in May - May bank holiday
last Monday in May - Spring bank holiday
July 12th - Battle of the Boyne
last Monday in August - Summer bank holiday
Dec 25 and 26 - Christmas and Boxing Day
 
Please note that this does not mean that all shops and tourist places are closed, but that they may be and you should check in advance.  Nearly all shops are closed on Christmas, of course.  Many Northern Irish take their own holidays around the middle two weeks of July as that is when the Marching season is at its peak and marches are abound.  If you are up for it, take in a local march and join the locals at the field for some festivities. 
 
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