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What to do in Ireland in January

Powerscourt Gardens
Powerscourt Fountain by Amanda Susan Munroe. CC by SA 3.0

January is the vacation month for many Brazilians. It is at this time of year that many people take the opportunity to travel abroad. Although this is the coldest period in Ireland, there are many interesting things to do in Ireland in January. Check out.

During the month of January, the Emerald Isle usually registers the coldest temperatures of the year, around 4ºC to 8ºC. Of course there are variations, but this is the country’s historical average temperature at this time of year.

Therefore, when planning your January trip to Ireland, you should expect cooler temperatures, covered weather and less sunshine, around eight hours a day. Also, it rains more this month. If you want to travel to Ireland in January, then know that you will need good cold and rainy clothes.

However, don’t think this means it’s a bad time to tour Ireland. On the contrary, there are many natural beauties that stand out at this time. Also, you can enjoy getting to know the country without the crowds of tourists. Therefore, for Brazilians who are in Ireland, January is a good month to get to know the country.

As it is considered low season, visiting Ireland in January is an opportunity to find cheaper tickets and save money during your trip. Here are some tips on what to do in Ireland in January.


As we said before, because it is low season, the prices of several services tend to be more affordable. Therefore, this is a great opportunity to stay a few days in more luxurious accommodation, such as hotels installed in castles. Three good options are:

Imagine spending a weekend in a medieval castle, with quality service, natural beauty and a unique cuisine. In the month of January, hotels in castles usually have cheaper rates.

It is worth mentioning that the hotels also offer wedding packages and services. Have you ever imagined getting married in a castle?

Powerscourt House

Another tour that is worth doing in January in Ireland is visiting Powerscourt House. We have already published a complete article about all the attractions of this wonderful castle. 

So, if you are planning a more elegant tour of Ireland in January, visiting this place is a good option.

Tradfest, in Dublin

In January, the traditional Temple Bar promotes Tradfest, with five days of traditional Irish music. If you are a person who likes to party, make new friends and want to try delicious traditional Irish food, then this is your opportunity. 

By the way, the month of January is a good option for you to visit bars that offer good drinks, food and traditional music. Then read our pub tips to experience real Irish music. So, you can also plan to meet some of them during the month of January.


Take advantage of the low season to travel to the island’s main cities, such as Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Belfast (Northern Ireland), take advantage of cheaper accommodation prices and other services and visit the largest cities in the region.

Other tours to do in Ireland in January

We have already published here on several tours that you can take in Ireland, including in January, such as:

So, as you can see, despite being the coldest time of the year, the month of January offers many options for you to get to know the island as a whole. If you are traveling for pleasure, schedule yourself to visit at least two cities in Ireland, taking advantage of the low season.

For Brazilians who are already staying in Ireland, on business or studying, the month of January is ideal for getting to know the country better as a whole, taking different tours and immersing yourself in Irish culture.

So if you’re planning to go sightseeing in Ireland in January, don’t let the weather intimidate you. Beat the cold and the rains and discover all the charms that the country has to offer at this time of the year.

Author: Thiago

I moved to Ireland 2012. I work as a business administrator and travel a lot to Europe with my work. I enjoy writing and athletics during my vacation and try to visit friends and family every year in Brazil.
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