Ireland vs UK — which is better? Overall, Ireland is better to visit that the UK.
If you want to see epic landscapes, endless green pastures and medieval castles at a fraction of the price, visit Ireland.
However, between the multiple countries that make up the UK, the UK has plenty to offer as well, from famous tourist attractions to bustling seaside towns to homes of royalty. Generally speaking, the UK also has warmer weather than Ireland. These UK destinations may just come with a price.
So, to determine which northern Europe place is best fit for you, let’s discuss why you would choose Ireland vs UK, the differences between the UK and Ireland, which is cheaper and which has better weather.
Is Ireland or UK better?
First, it’s important to specify exactly which countries are in question.
Most of the time, when people say, “UK,” they really mean England. But, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are part of the UK as well.
For example, if you are referring to England, Ireland is better to visit than the UK.
If you are referring to Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland (UK) is better to visit than Ireland.
For all intents and purposes, though, because most people generalize the term UK to just England, I assume you mean Ireland vs England. Keep this in mind as you read through the rest of the post.
Why choose Ireland over UK?
You would choose Ireland over the UK if you want to see epic natural landscapes, walk through medieval castles and immerse yourself in traditional culture.
You would choose the UK over Ireland if you want to tour iconic tourist attractions, drive through quaint countrysides and visit regal abbeys.
What is the difference between the UK and Ireland?
The main difference between the UK and Ireland is that the UK offers many more world renown tourist attractions, such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and Stonehenge. Whereas, Ireland offers immersive countrysides, jaw-dropping landscapes and lively pubs.
In addition, there is a large cultural difference between the UK and Ireland. Generally, the overarching culture of the UK is formal, traditional and regal. In contrast, the overarching culture of Ireland is lively, fun and adventurous.
Of course, the simplest difference between the UK and Ireland is the constitutional and geographical differences between the two nations.
Ireland is an independent country. Whereas, the UK is a kingdom comprised of several countries, including England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Is Ireland or the UK cheaper?
Typically, a trip to Ireland is cheaper than a trip to the UK.
The average cost of a one-week trip to Ireland is $1000 USD per person. The average cost of a one-week trip the UK is $1800 USD per person.
Obviously, a trip to the UK is almost twice the price of a trip to Ireland, mainly due to pricey accommodations and the ticketed tourist attractions that England offers in comparison to Ireland.
In Ireland, you can expect to spend around $100 USD per day on accommodations and $20 USD per meal. Of course, this is assuming you don’t plan to spend hundreds of dollars on alcohol.
On the contrary, in the UK, you can expect to spend around $200 USD per day on accommodations and $20 USD per meal.
Here is a quick visual breakdown for the cost of Ireland vs UK, as previewed in my Dublin vs London guide.
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|Cheapest Destination (Ireland Vs UK)
Is it colder in England or Ireland?
Next, in terms of best weather, is it colder in England or Ireland?
Generally speaking, it is colder in Ireland than in England.
The average summer temperature in Ireland hovers around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). On the other hand, the summer temperature in England averages 75 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius).
In the winter, the December average temperature in Ireland hovers around 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). In England in December, the temperature averages 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius).
Notably, the temperatures in Ireland feel colder than England because Ireland is much windier.
Is Ireland part of the UK or EU?
Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is part of the EU, not the UK.
Ireland has not been a part of the UK since 1921.
Northern Ireland, on the other hand, which is a separate country from the Republic of Ireland, is still a part of the UK.
You can learn about the difference between Ireland and Northern Ireland and their relationship with the UK in my full Ireland vs Northern Ireland guide here.
Now, between Ireland vs UK, which region do you think is best for you? Let me know by leaving a reply below!
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