The Best Time To Visit Dublin: A 2022 Seasonal Guide

2022 is being billed as the big bounce-back year for travel and adventure, and as always, Ireland’s capital will be a destination that is high on many a bucket list. If you’re considering going to Ireland, you may be asking the questions such as where to stay in Dublin, what to do with friends or family, or where to head for a drink afterwards.

Before you can start asking all the questions we just mentioned, you may also be wondering: when is the best time to visit Dublin?

To answer it simply, the best time to visit Dublin obviously depends on what you’re hoping to see and what kind of weather you’re willing to put up with to do it (because that’s mostly what we do with the weather here). In the tropics, you get a wet and dry season, in Ireland it’s just wet or wetter.

Yet no matter how much we like to poke fun at ourselves and precipitation, we Irish folk know how to have a good time! Luckily for you, we’re equally enthusiastic about showing one to visitors as well, meaning all the time is basically the best time to visit! Let us walk you through some of the year’s biggest highlights as you plot your epic 2022 Dublin and Ireland expedition.

The Best Times to Visit Dublin:

  • Spring from March to May: St. Patrick’s Day Festival, International Literature Festival, music and dance festivals 
  • Summer from June to August: All-Ireland Championships, Pride Parade, hiking in mountains or exploring other counties
  • Autumn from September to November: bird watching, Halloween festivals, farmers market
  • Winter from December to February: Distillery tours, pub crawls, castle tours, and more

Best things to do In Dublin during Spring (March to May)

Where else is there to start but spring? There is a buzz in the air as glimpses of the brief yet pleasant summer ahead begin to appear and the event season gets rolling. March is admittedly still quite cold and wet, with average highs of around 10°C (50°F). By late May, however, it can be pushing 20°C (68°F) on a good day and you can expect at least a couple fewer rainy ones as well.

That’s more than enough to get the locals excited and it easily the biggest party of the year – St. Patrick’s Day! While the official date is the 17th of March, the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival lasts four days from the 15th-19th of March each year, culminating with the city’s famous parade. It was cancelled in 2020 and 2021, but at this point, there is a lot of optimism that the 2022 edition will go ahead. It will surely be one for the ages.

Spring is also a great time to get a dose of Dublin’s much-vaunted literary and cultural scenes in the form of the Dublin Dance Festival from the 1st-19th of May and the International Literature Festival Dublin from the 20th-30th of the same month. Sandwiched between these two and St Patrick’s Day is one of Ireland’s biggest musical celebrations, MusicTown, which takes place over the two middle weeks of April each year.

Best things to do In Dublin during Summer (June to August)

The summer months are the busiest of the year and for good reason. Dublin, like many cities in higher latitudes, is in full throng and there are more activities and events available in this season than during any other time of year. Days in the 20s°C are more common, and daylight hours stretch to their longest, with the city’s nightlife following suit.

The Dublin Pride Parade is another of the most festive dates on the calendar and like many other events that were cancelled over the past couple of years, it’s scheduled to make a return in 2022, on the 25th of June. Another undoubted summer highlight is the All-Ireland Senior Championships in July, where Ireland’s national sports, Gaelic football, hurling and camogie take to their biggest stage of the year. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in a truly unique aspect of Irish culture and/or enjoy watching sports, it’s impossible to go wrong with this one!

Summer is also the best time to explore Ireland’s scenic wonders, with the closest to Dublin being Killiney Hill, the Bray to Greystones cliff walk and the Dublin Mountain Way. It’s also worth keeping in mind that Ireland isn’t the biggest country, meaning it’s even possible to use Dublin as a launching pad for day trips or even multi-day excursions to explore wonders such as the Wild Atlantic Way, The Ring Of Kerry and many others.

Best things to do In Dublin during Autumn (September to November)

Continuing with our nature theme, autumn is a great time to see some of Ireland’s little-known but impressive wildlife. During the autumn months, millions of birds including Canadian geese, Icelandic whooper swans, Eurasian golden orioles and others use Ireland as a rest stop on their epic seasonal migrations. The same thing is happening in the waters just off the coast, where cetaceans such as humpback whales, minke whales, orcas and other species are passing by and can be spotted on whale watching tours. Keep in mind that both of these activities generally take place in other parts of the country and will require at least a day trip.

Autumn is also harvest season, meaning farmers markets are packed with fresh local produce and artisanal goodies. The Moore Street Market, Green Door Market and Temple Bar Food Market are all excellent choices that offer both seasonal produce and yummy street food. If vintage clothes and eclectic goods are your things, check out George’s Street Arcade, Dublin’s first dedicated shopping district that has been open since 1881!

Finally, enjoy another globally popular holiday that you’ve probably celebrated many times before in the place where it was actually invented. Yes, that’s right, Halloween comes from Ireland, so get out your Harry Potter robes and your broomstick and make Dublin your own personal fantasy world for the night – you won’t be alone. If you need a place to costume up and get cosy at the end of a long night of butterbeers (or Guinness), our hotel, located right in the heart of downtown Dublin, has wonderful autumn offers that you can take advantage of.

Best things to do In Dublin during Winter (December to February)

Winter in Ireland, especially in Dublin, is not all doom and gloom. In fact, it’s during the short days and long winter nights that the many indoor attractions a city like Dublin has to offer really come to the fore.

Distillery tours such as those at the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery are perfect if you want to strike a balance between fun and enjoying a cultural experience, although any drinking you do in Ireland could be said to fall into that category. The nightlife of Temple Bar and other hotspots around the city also continues to burn bright throughout the winter months.

Winter is also a perfect time to visit the incredibly beautiful Trinity College Library and The Book Of Kells, castle hop between Dublin’s 11 castles (yes, you heard that right Game of Thrones fans) in and around the city and head even further back in time to mark the winter solstice at the famous and mystical Neolithic site of Newgrange. Last but not least, a merry Irish Christmas and a festive Dublin New Year await!

So, whenever you plan to visit Dublin, one thing is certain! You need an ideal base to explore the city and nearby areas! Maldron Hotel Smithfield is just that — a superior 4-star hotel in the heart of the city! There are so many things to do and see right at the doorstep so you’ll be sure not to miss anything! Check out our fabulous hotel rooms in dublin city centre today. 

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    Is the hotel reception desk open 24 hours a day?

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    What is the hotel’s smoking policy?

    We practice strong non-smoking policy at Maldron Hotel Smithfield. We do have a designated outdoor smoking area at the front of the hotel to accommodate guests who smoke. A deep cleaning fee of €150 will be charged to guests who are found to be in breach of our no smoking policy or €3000 if in breach of fire, health and safety regulations.

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    Do you sell gift vouchers?

    Yes, gift vouchers are available to purchase at the hotel reception desk or online. Gift vouchers can be used in all Maldron Hotels, in our sister brand, Clayton Hotels and selected partner hotels, The Gibson Hotel, The Belvedere Hotel and Hotel 7, meaning a choice of over 40 hotels in Ireland and the UK.

    Do you provide printing facilities for boarding passes?

    Yes, we will be happy to print any boarding passes or any other small project. Larger scale printing or photocopying will be chargeable at an additional cost.

    Does the hotel offer currency exchange?

    No, we don’t offer currency exchange at the hotel, but we will be happy to direct you to the nearest facility.

    Do you supply travel adapters?

    Yes, travel adapters are available at reception.

    Do you have any special family hotel deals or packages?

    Yes, we do specially tailored offers for families. Please phone +353(0)1 485 0900 or email directly to res.smithfield@maldronhotels.com for further details.

    Does the hotel offer spa or gym facilities on-site?

    No, but we will be happy to direct you to the nearest facility.

  • Location & Parking

    How far is the hotel from Dublin city centre?

    Maldron Hotel Smithfield is located in Dublin 7, just a 15 minutes’ walk from O’Connell Street and therefore within close proximity to the city centre, all main tourist attractions, hospitals and Dublin’s legal district. Our hotel is the perfect base for guests who are looking for stylish and comfortable accommodation with Dublin city at their doorstep. For more information, visit our location page.

    How far is the hotel from Dublin Airport?

    Maldron Hotel Smithfield is located just 12km and a 25 to 30-minute drive from Dublin Airport.

    We recommend taking the Airlink Bus 747 which stops on O’Connell Street and it is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Fares are approx. €12 return or €7 single for an adult. The journey time is approx. 40 minutes. Alternativity, taxis are available outside arrivals in both terminals. Journey time and fares depend on traffic.

    Are there any shopping areas nearby?

    Maldron Hotel Smithfield is ideally located for a shopping break in Dublin city, with Grafton Street and Henry Street being within an easy walking distance from the hotel.

    How close are public transport links to the hotel?

    The LUAS red line Smithfield stop is located just 2 minutes’ walk from the hotel. When you arrive at the Smithfield stop you will see Smithfield square behind you. Maldron Hotel Smithfield is located at the top of the square next to the Fresh Supermarket. There are also several bus routes just a short walk from our hotel

    What is there to see and do around the hotel?

    With countless visitor attractions right on our doorstep, exploring Dublin and all the city has to offer has never been easier. Take a walk in Phoenix Park and stop by Dublin Zoo, or along the Liffey for a view of the Guinness brewery. Visit The Jameson Distillery, Kilmainham Gaol and finish your day with a movie at the Lighthouse Cinema. Maldron Hotel Smithfield is also an ideal choice when attending one of Dublin’s sporting or music venues, including 3Arena, Croke Park, Vicar Street or The Olympia Theatre. We are also nearby popular shopping areas, such as Henry Street and Grafton Street in Dublin City Centre, which are both accessible by foot from the hotel.

    Is there a car rental station near the hotel?

    We would always suggest booking your car rental at the airport as it would be very convenient for collection and then drop off at no extra cost.

    Is car parking available at the hotel?

    For your convenience, the multi-storey car-park adjoining Maldron Hotel Smithfield can be accessed from Queen Street and hotel residents receive special discounted parking rates from just €18 for 24 hours.

  • Rooms & Amenities

    What room types does the hotel offer?

    Maldron Hotel Smithfield boasts 93 well-appointed, comfortable hotel rooms. Depending on your needs, you can choose between 7 different room types, including Double Rooms, Twin Rooms, Triple Rooms, Family Rooms, Balcony Rooms, Executive Rooms and Suites. We also have a number of interconnecting rooms available for families who want to have a bit more space.

    Are there wheelchair accessible rooms available?

    Yes, we have 5 designated accessible rooms available in the hotel.

    Does the hotel have family rooms?

    Yes, we are one of the unique Dublin city hotels to offer large family rooms which sleep up to 6 people in each. We also offer quadruple rooms with two double beds or double single for your convenience. Interconnecting rooms are available as well should you wish to have two separate rooms interlinked in between each other.

    Can I get a cot or camp bed in my room?

    Yes, cots and camp bed can be arranged (subject to availability). Please let us know in advance at the time of your booking to reserve one, should you wish to avail of this service.

    Do the bathrooms have a shower or a bath?

    All our rooms have an en-suite bathroom with a shower. Baths are available in some of our bedrooms.

    Does the hotel offer wake-up calls?

    Yes, we do offer wake-up calls. Please contact our reception team at arrival or any point of your stay and we will be happy to arrange this for you.

    What amenities are included in the room?

    All hotel rooms have international a multi-channel TV, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities as well as toiletries.

  • Dining

    What dining options are available at the hotel?

    Our Grain & Grill bar and restaurant serves up the finest local produce to enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Does the hotel offer breakfast?

    Yes, we are renowned for a great selection of breakfast options available each morning. Choose from traditional grilled breakfast items as well as healthier and nutritious options to kickstart your morning. Breakfast is served at our Grain & Grill restaurant 7 days a week from 7am to 10am weekdays and from 8am to 11am at weekends and bank holidays (for those who like to have a lie-in).

    Maldron Hotel Smithfield offers room only and bed & breakfast rates. Room only rates do not include breakfast. However, you can always add breakfast on when you arrive at reception or just on the day itself.

    What are the opening times of the Grain & Grill restaurant?

    Lunch is served at our Grain & Grill restaurant from 12 noon to 3pm, and dinner is served from 5pm to 10pm Monday until Sunday. The residents’ bar is closing at 2am in the morning.

    Does the restaurant cater food for allergies?

    Yes, all allergens are noted in our food and drinks menus. Please inform your waiter if you have any allergies, vegetarian or dietary requirements and our kitchen team will be delighted to assist.

    Does Gain & Grill offer a dedicated kid’s menu?

    Yes, we do offer a dedicated menu for our little ones.

    Do you provide room service?

    Yes, we do provide room service. Room service can be availed at any time during the Grain & Grill bar and restaurant operating hours.

    Is there a reservation for dinner required?

    Yes, but walk-ins are also accepted. Please give us a call on +353(0)1 485 0900 or send an email to info.smithfield@maldronhotels.com to book a table.

    Do you cater for large groups? Can I book a private dining space for a special occasion?

    Yes, we cater for large groups and special occasion. However, this must be prebooked in advance as it requires extra preparation. Please phone +353(0)1 485 0900 or email directly to info.smithfield@maldronhotels.com for more information or to enquire.

  • Meetings & Events

    Are there meeting and event room facilities available at the hotel?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Smithfield has two flexible meeting rooms available, the Kings Suite and Chancery Suite, suitable for small meetings, interviews, training days or courses.

    How many people do your meeting rooms accommodate?

    Depending on the meeting room layout, our meeting rooms can accommodate up to 25 delegates in theatre style.

    What equipment is included in the meeting rooms?

    All our meeting rooms are equipped with flipcharts, stationery, paper, water and a projector if applicable. In addition, free high-speed WiFi will be provided complimentary in all meeting rooms as well as air conditioning. 

    Are there food and beverage options available?

    Yes, we have a variety of dining options as well as customised menus available for meetings to suit your budget and requirements. For more information, please contact our meetings team via phone on +353 (0)86 4102 291 or email info.smithfield@maldronhotels.com.

    Do you have corporate rates available?

    Yes, corporate rates are available. Please phone +353 (0)86 4102 291 or email directly to info.smithfield@maldronhotels.com for further details or if you wish to inquire about setting up a preferred agreement.

  • Booking & Cancellation

    What is Make It Maldron and how do I sign up?

    Signing up and being part of Make it Maldron means you can save €10/£10 per room per night every time you book directly on our website (excludes selected sale and promotional special offers). To sign up, visit our ‘Make It Maldron’ page and join in 3 simple steps to ensure your discount is applied to all future online bookings.

    Can I claim back on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme?

    Yes, we are delighted to confirm that all Maldron Hotels are registered for the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme. That means if you stay with us between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021 you can claim up to €125 under this scheme, please see revenue.ie for more information and details.

    What is the best way to make a reservation?

    The best way to book is online on our website where you can easily see our best rates and what exclusive offers and packages are available. Alternatively, you can call us on +353 (0)1 485 0900 or email res.smithfield@maldronhotels.com.

    What should I do if I haven’t received a booking confirmation?

    Most of the time when it happens, it most likely went into your Spam folder. If you cannot find it there, please contact our reservations team ringing the hotel directly +353 (0)1 485 0900 or by sending us an email res.smithfield@maldronhotels.com and our team will be happy to help or resend the confirmation email.

    What payment methods does the hotel accept?

    At Maldron Hotel Smithfield, we accept cash and card payments. If you paying cash, please note it must be Euro currency and deposits might be required.

    What is the hotel’s credit/debit card policy?

    A valid credit/debit card is required to secure all bookings made online or over the phone, unless in cases where this is otherwise stated. Please note nothing is charged to the card at booking stage when booking directly with the hotel (with the exception of advance purchase offers or bookings that require a deposit. This will be clearly noted on the booking offer).

    For all rooms that are being paid for in cash must be accompanied with photographic ID. No rooms will be let unless payment is guaranteed.

    What age are children for the purpose of hotel packages?

    Children aged 14 or more are counted as adults.

    How do I make a group or multiple room booking?

    Please contact our reservations team ringing the hotel directly +353 (0)1 485 0900 or by sending us an email res.smithfield@maldronhotels.com and we will be delighted to assist you with your group or multi-room booking.

    Are there any age restrictions when booking a hotel room?

    Yes, we only accept reservations made for over 18s only. All under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian or parent.

    Can I show up at the hotel without a booking?

    Yes, you can, however, we would always recommend to call ahead to the hotel or booking online prior to arriving to secure your reservation and to avoid disappointment. Also, the check-in process might take longer than normal.

    Can I extend my stay?

    Yes, depending on availability, we’ll be happy to accommodate you for further nights at an additional cost. Extending your reservation directly with the hotel is always advisable due to flexibility and simplicity. Please contact our reception team at any stage during your stay and we will happily arrange the rest for you.

    How can I amend or cancel my booking?

    If you have booked directly with the hotel, you can amend or cancel your booking by visiting the ‘Manage Booking’ section on our website by using your confirmation number and email address. Alternatively, you can simply call our reception directly on +353 (0)1 485 0900 or email info.smithfield@maldronhotels.com and we will arrange the rest.

    How can I cancel my reservation if I booked via a third-party website?

    If you have booked via a third-party website, you will need to contact the third-party website directly to amend or cancel your booking as we cannot do that on your behalf. Please note that they have their own cancellation policies, so please refer to your confirmation email.

    What does our “no show” policy entail?

    If you do not show up on the day of your booking or didn’t cancel the reservation successfully, you will be charged the full amount for your first night’s stay. If you have booked our “advanced purchase” or “prepay and save” rates, you will incur a 100% penalty charge for the entire duration of your stay.

    What is the cancellation policy?

    If you have booked the reservation directly with the hotel over the phone or online, Maldron Hotel Smithfield offers free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to the day of arrival unless advance purchase non-refundable rate was selected. Please note that some special offers and key dates outlined in the terms and conditions may specify a special cancellation policy applicable to that offer and date.

    What are the room rates at Maldron Hotel Smithfield?

    Room rates vary from season to season, day to day and for special events. All room rates quotes include taxes and charges. For the best available rate always book directly with Maldron Hotel Smithfield. Give us a call +353 (0)1 485 0900 or email us info.smithfield@maldronhotels.com.

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