HomeEuropean ToursEngland, Ireland, & Scotland Tours

Best Time to Visit England, Ireland, and Scotland

Ratings of Zicasso's Service
Seaside village of Port Isaac in Cornwall, England

Port Isaac in Cornwall, England

Discover the wonders of fascinating and diverse countries when you travel during the best time to visit England, Ireland, and Scotland.

In all three, castles, quaint seaside towns, and countryside villages offer visitors the chance to step into bold, beautiful worlds. You can carefully plan each step of your journey or explore the charms of the countryside and treasures of the cityscapes on a whim.

Lush landscapes, ancient history and traditions, and boundless, flavorful cuisine display their timeless splendor, so giving yourself adequate time to uncover the ins and outs of England, Ireland, and Scotland will ensure you enjoy your desired experiences and more.

  1. Best Time for Sightseeing
  2. Best Time for Classic Events
  3. Best Time to Avoid the Crowds
  4. Best Time for Seniors
  5. Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners
  6. Best Time for Families with Children
  7. Best Time for Spring & Summer Activities
  8. Best Time for Fall & Winter Activities
  9. Book for the Best Time to Visit England, Ireland, and Scotland

Best Time for Sightseeing

Dunrobin Castle and gardens in the Scottish Highlands.

Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

Best Months: May • June • September • October

The best time to visit England, Ireland, and Scotland for sightseeing is any time from late spring to early fall, enabling you to make the most of mostly clear skies and warmer weather, especially between May and June and September and October.

Castle gardens are flourishing and indoor and outdoor museums are filled with inquisitive visitors. City squares and parks buzz with travelers taking in local tastes and talent, or simply sitting and enjoying their surroundings.

May to the end of June and September to October see visitors to England, Ireland, and Scotland walking cobbled streets or admiring famous monuments as they absorb the fabulous sights at their pace.

Learn more: Best Places to Visit in EnglandBest Places to Visit in IrelandBest Places to Visit in Scotland

Best Time for Classic Events

The Queens Guard in London, England

London, England

Best Months: April • May • June • July • August • September • October • November • December

From celebrating the monarch’s birthday to lively concerts, the magic of international festivals to the authentic allure of local ceremonies, there are many classic events to celebrate England, Ireland, and Scotland from April to December.

Plan your visit to any of these incredible countries’ city centers, castles, and lush corners, all of which host unmissable events and displays, as well as smaller celebrations that form part of the quintessential experiences.

Learn more: Top Things to Do in EnglandTop Things to Do in IrelandTop Things to Do in Scotland

Best Time to Avoid the Crowds

Falconry at Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin, Ireland

Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin, Ireland. Photo courtesy of Dublin Falconry

Best Months: March • April • May • September • October • November

To ensure you get that ideal spot on a viewing platform or the chance to discover a piece of history without packed rooms or overcrowded lakesides, it is best to consider traveling out of season to England, Ireland, or Scotland, specifically between March and May or September and November.

Many exciting venues, such as museums, castles, and art galleries, can be enjoyed no matter the time of year, while other activities, from falconry to the Scottish Highlands, may be more accessible in the warmer months. By traveling during the shoulder season months, you can enjoy authentic local charms and avoid crowds.

Best Time for Seniors

Senior couple hiking in the Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales, England

Best Months: April • May • June • September • October

Enjoy the diverse culture, history, and breathtaking scenes that make up the charming scenery that sweeps from villages to coasts from April to June and September to October. When visiting in spring and early fall, you can ensure the experience is comfortable and the path to all sights clear.

Enjoy the quiet streets in the springtime and take in the glorious blooms at palaces and parks, or take advantage of the early summer openings of museums, churches, and popular settings in the cities and their surroundings. Settle into a cozy cottage in a crisp country haven in the fall and truly indulge in the beauty these countries share.

Learn more: England Tours for SeniorsIreland Tours for SeniorsScotland Tours for Seniors

Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners

Honeymoon couple at Ashford Castle in Conge, Ireland

Ashford Castle in Conge, Ireland

Best Months: May • June • September • October

Stepping away from the hustle and bustle of city life, honeymooners and couples seeking that romantic getaway can enjoy the quaint and quiet in the simply stunning English, Irish, or Scottish countryside. To ensure the weather is on your side, late May and June will give you the freshness of the countryside and quiet streets in cities and villages.

Escape to romantic destinations in all three countries as you embrace local charm and picturesque settings each step of the way to find magic in the crisp autumn air.

Learn more: Most Romantic Places in England for CouplesMost Romantic Places in Ireland for CouplesMost Romantic Places in Scotland for Couples

Best Time for Families with Children

Son taking photo of his sister and mother at Stonehenge in England

Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England

Best Months: April • May • June • July • August • September

England, Ireland, and Scotland have so much to share with family members of all ages, and experiencing what’s on offer together can make all the difference when traveling between April and September.

Bring the adventure of each country to life during the more pleasant seasonal weather as you explore places like Stonehenge or Buckingham Palace, the streets of Edinburgh or the Titanic Museum in Belfast.

Learn more: England Family VacationsIreland Family VacationsScotland Family Vacations

Best Time for Spring & Summer Activities

Hiking the Gap of Dunloe in Ireland

Gap of Dunloe, Ireland

Best Months: April • May • June

Watching flowers bloom in picturesque settings, while castle and palace grounds blossom with new life as birds come out to play, makes visiting England, Ireland, and Scotland delightful.

The air is fresh and rains light or non-existent, and outdoor venues start to open their doors. Take a brisk hike or drive through beautiful countryside villages, making the most of the longer days.

Spring and summer set the scene for the perfect playground for visitors to absorb the culture, breathtaking beauty, and vibrant ambiance that comes as the warmth turns up adventure in the outdoors.

Activities: Museums • Mountain Hikes • Coastal Walks • City Walks • Monument Visits • Country Excursions • Outdoor Concerts

Best Time for Fall & Winter Activities

Christmas market in Edinburg, Scotland

Christmas market in Edinburg, Scotland

Best Months: September • October • December

Enjoying a brisk walk through fall colors in massive parks or castle grounds is invigorating as September becomes October and the rush of summer dissipates, the winter throes of December providing a distinctive atmosphere.

Venture to the countryside bundled up and ready for the crisp air to complete the autumn ambiance. Indoor venues offer fascinating examples of culture, cuisine, and ancient history.

Winter brings with it a holiday feel and suddenly it is Christmas. The days get shorter and cozying up next to a crackling fire seems very appealing. Snow may dictate activities in the wonderland that settles across the countries.

Activities: Museums • Castle and Palace Visits • Cozy Lake Getaways • Skiing • Winter Sports • Christmas Markets

Book for the Best Time to Visit England, Ireland, and Scotland

Ruins of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, Scotland

There is so much to discover and enjoy in England, Ireland, and Scotland, and planning your experience around what interests you can make all the difference. Knowing when key sights will be open, how to avoid lines, and when to travel for that ultimate romantic adventure makes creating your journey easy and exciting.

Discover our featured England, Ireland, and Scotland tours, or explore the ways to spend 10, 14, and 21 days in England, Ireland, and Scotland for more ideas to inspire your travels.

Your Dream Vacation

in 3 simple steps

  1. 1

    Describe your dream trip

  2. 2

    Get matched with top travel specialists

  3. 3

    Book the trip

Free service - no credit card required

Get Top Travel Specialists to Help Plan Your Trip