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Dublin In November: Weather, Tips + Things To Do

Dublin In November: Weather, Tips + Things To Do

Visiting Dublin in November comes with its advantages and disadvantages (and I’m basing that on 34 years of living here!).

Yes, the different Christmas markets in Dublin bring a buzz to the city, but the weather and short days are why November (arguably!) isn’t the best time to visit Dublin.

The LTA (Long Term Average) temperature in Dublin in November 7.3°C/45.14°F with rainfall measuring 72.9mm.

However, there are plenty of things to do in Dublin in November and the month has a lot going for it, as you’ll discover below!

Some quick need-to-knows before visiting Dublin in November

dublin in november

Photos by The Irish Road Trip

To get you up to speed on what to expect during November in Dublin, I’ve chucked together some nuggets of info that’ll give you a sense of weather, daylight and more.

Below, you’ll find info on the weather in Ireland in November along with some handy info.

1. The weather

The weather in Dublin in November can be very wintery. In the past, we’ve had mild Novembers and ones where the island was hit by heavy snow storms.

2. Average temperatures

The LTA (Long Term Average) temperature in Dublin in November 7.3°C/45.14°F with rainfall measuring 72.9mm.

3. The days are short

At the beginning of the month, the sun rises at 07:29 and it sets at 17:00. This means you need to have a nice, clear Ireland itinerary to make the most of the daylight hours.

4. It’s off-season

November is autumn in Ireland and it’s a much quieter time to visit. You should the price of flights and hotels in Dublin to be cheaper than peak-season.

5. Festivals and events

There’s endless things to do in Dublin in November. However, many are drawn to the various Christmas markets in Dublin that kick-off mid-month. There’s also numerous festivals in Ireland running during the month.

Fast facts: The pros and cons of November in Dublin

things to do in Ireland in November

There are advantages and disadvantages to every month – you just need to weigh them up and decide which suits you best.

I’ve spent the last 34 Novembers in Dublin, so here are some of the pros and cons of this month from my perspective:

The pros 

  • It’s quieter: You’ll encounter fewer crowds at the usually busy attractions (Trinity College, for example)
  • Accommodation prices: Accommodation in the more off-the-beaten-track towns and villages will be more affordable
  • Flights: This’ll be the last month of the year when flight prices are less – expect them to hike dramatically for Christmas and New Years
  • Festivals: Numerous Christmas festivals take place

The cons

  • Weather: It’s unpredictable. The last two Novembers have been mild, but we’ve had freak storms in years gone by
  • Closed attractions: Some attractions and tours close towards the end of the year and don’t reopen until spring

The weather in Dublin in November

The average temperature in Dublin in November is generally warm, as you’ll see in the graphic above. 

It is important to note that these temperature ranges can vary considerably from year to year.

Below, you’ll find a comparative analysis of recent years that uses data from various weather stations.

Please note that all of the Dublin in November weather data is via Met Eireann – the Irish Meteorological Service.

A comparison of November weather in Dublin in recent years

County202220212020
Dublin6.7°C/44.06°F6.2°C/43.16°F5.8°C/42.44°F
Galway7.0°C/44.6°F6.2°C/43.16°F5.8°C/43.25°F
Cork8.2°C/46.76°F6.9°C/44.42°F7.2°C/44.96°F
Kerry8.6°C/47.48°F7.7°C/45.86°F7.6°C/45.68°F

The LTA (Long Term Average) temperature in Dublin in November 7.3°C/45.14°F with rainfall measuring 72.9mm.

The table above offers a look into the average temperature in Dublin in November along with Galway, Cork, and Kerry over the past few years.

As you can see, the average temperature in Dublin in November remains relatively consistent across different years and in various counties.

Rain in Dublin in November

County202220212020
Dublin88.555.0130.4
Galway143.1113.4248.5
Cork90.0157.6143.5
Kerry145.6228.2237.6

We get asked ‘Does in rain in Dublin in November?’ quite a bit. The answer is yes, yes it does (see our guide on what to wear in Dublin in November).

The Long Term Average rainfall for Dublin in November is 72.9mm. This is in comparison to 79.0mm in October and 59.5mm in September.

If you look at the table above, you’ll see that the counties on the west coast get an awful lot more rain than those on the east coast.

Things to do in Dublin in November

Although it’s still off-season, there’s still endless things to do in Dublin in November, from the many great restaurants in Dublin to hikes, walks, castles and more.

Below, you’ll find the likes of the Jameson Distillery, itineraries you can use and pub recommendations.

1. Have a good itinerary mapped out

The worst thing you can do if you’re spending November in Dublin is to arrive with no clear itinerary.

If you do, the chances are you’ll just waste time while you’re here and (hopefully not) whittle away all of your time in Temple Bar.

We’ve several ready-made options for those of you looking for things to do in Dublin in November, with itineraries ranging from 1 to 5 days:

2. The key attractions

Marsh's Library

Photos by James Fennell via Failte Ireland

Although we have the ‘main’ things to do in Dublin in November in the itineraries above, here are a few suggestions.

For some of these attractions, like the Storehouse, it’s worth having your ticket booked in advance:

3. Walks and hikes

Howth cliff walk maps

Photos via Shutterstock

One of the more popular things to do in Dublin in July is to walk/hike, especially on those fine days.

There are plenty of walks in Dublin, with something to suit every level of fitness. Here are some of the most popular ones:

4. Trad pubs

The Gravediggers

Photos left + bottom right: The Irish Road Trip. Other via Google Maps

There are some mighty pubs in Dublin that you can tuck yourself away in for an hour or five.

If you’re looking to see some of the oldest pubs in Dublin, head to the likes of the Brazen Head or the Stag’s Head.

If you want to dodge the touristy pubs in Temple Bar, there’s some great pubs with live music in Dublin, like the Cobblestone.

Or, if you’re looking for a fine pint of the black stuff, see our guide to the best Guinness in Dublin.

What to pack / what to wear in Dublin in November

visiting ireland in november

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Although we’ve a detailed guide on what to wear in November in Dublin, I’ll give you the need-to-knows.

Raincoats, warm layers and hats, scarves and gloves can come in handy. Here’s some other suggestions for you:

The essentials

  • A waterproof jacket
  • Warm layers (e.g. long-sleeve t-shirts, jumpers, etc)
  • A good, comfy pair of shoes to walk in
  • Lots of socks (or bring good waterproof walking shoes)
  • Causal clothes for going out in the evening (most restaurants and pubs are casual)

Are you considering visiting during a different month?

Deciding when to visit Dublin is tough – and anyone that tells you otherwise is talking out of their hole (Irish slang for they’re full of sh…)!

It’s worth taking a bit of time to compare what it’s like here during the other months, as when you visit affects everything from your experience to the cost of a trip to Ireland:

FAQs about visiting Dublin in November

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Does it snow in November in Dublin?’ (sometimes – not often) to ‘What is weather like in Dublin during November?’ (see above).

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

Is November a good time to visit Dublin?

Yes, but it has some cons; the days are short (sun rises at 07:29 and it sets at 17:00) and the weather is unpredictable.

What is the weather in Dublin in November like?

The LTA (Long Term Average) temperature in Dublin in November 7.3°C/45.14°F with rainfall measuring 72.9mm.

Are there many things to do in Dublin in November?

There are plenty of things to do in Dublin in November, however, it’s the various Christmas markets that tend to attract the crowds from mid-month.

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