Visiting Ireland in November comes with its advantages and disadvantages (and I’m basing that on 35 years of living here!).
Deciding on the best time to visit Ireland for you can be tricky, but we’ll help you make an informed decision.
The weather in Ireland in November (wet and wintery with average highs of 11°C/52°F and average lows of 6.2°C/43°F) is what puts a lot of people off.
However, there are plenty of things to do in Ireland in November and the month has a lot going for it, as you’ll discover below!
Some quick need-to-knows before visiting Ireland in November
To get you up to speed on what to expect during November in Ireland, 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 in Ireland in November
The arrival of November in Ireland results in short days and low temperatures, with average highs of 11°C/52°F and average lows of 6.2°C/43°F. Although snow on low ground is uncommon, rain falls frequently.
2. Average temperatures
The average temperature in Ireland in November sees us experience average highs of 11°C/52°F and average lows of 6.2°C/43°F.
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 find flight and accommodation prices to be cheaper, too.
5. Festivals and events
There’s endless things to do in Ireland in November. However, many are drawn to the various Christmas markets in Ireland 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 Ireland
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 33 Novembers in Ireland, so here are some of the pros and cons of this month from my perspective:
- It’s quieter: You’ll encounter fewer crowds at the usually busy attractions (Slieve League, 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
- 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 Ireland in November in different parts of the country
The weather in Ireland in November can vary quite a bit. Below, we’ll provide you with an insight into the weather in Kerry, Belfast, Galway and Dublin in November.
Note: The rainfall figures and the average temperatures have been taken from the Irish Meteorological Service and the UK Met Office to ensure accuracy:
The weather in Dublin in November tends to be less severe than many other parts of the island. The long-term average temperature in Dublin in November is 5.6°C/42.08°F. The long-term average rainfall level for Dublin in November is 72.9 millimetres.
The weather in Belfast in November is similar to Dublin temperature wise, but Belfast receives more rain. The average temperature in Belfast in November is 5.5°C/41.9°F. Average rainfall levels sit at 102.34 millimetres.
The weather in the west of Ireland in November tends quite wintery. The long-term average temperature in Galway in November is 7.5°C/45.5°F. The long-term average rainfall level for Galway in November is 120.3 millimetres.
The weather in Kerry in November tends to be milder than many parts of the country but with plenty of rain. The long-term average temperature in Kerry in November is 9.3°C/48.74°F. The long-term average rainfall level for Kerry in November is 169.3 millimetres.
Things to do in Ireland in November
There’s plenty of things to do in Ireland in November. The one thing you need to be careful with is the shorter days – make sure to plan your day in advance to make the most of your time here.
If you’re on the hunt for things to do in Ireland in November, dive into our counties in Ireland section – it’s packed with the best places to visit in every county! Here are a some ideas to get you started:
1. Set off on a well planned road trip
When it comes to planning a trip to Ireland in November, you need to map your days out properly in advance, as the days are short.
Last year, we published the world’s largest Irish road trip library where you’ll find hundreds of road trips to choose from.
2. Christmas markets
Many of the more popular Christmas markets in Ireland begin from the middle of November. Here are some of the more popular ones:
- Galway Christmas market
- Belfast Christmas markets
- Waterford Winterval
- Glow Cork
- Dublin Christmas markets
3. Have indoor attractions at the ready
As the weather in Ireland in November can be bad, it’s worth being aware of the indoor attractions located near where you’re visiting.
4. Don’t write off walks and hikes
There’s plenty of things to do in Ireland in November if you like to explore on foot. The various hikes in Ireland are perfect additions to any Ireland itinerary, once the weather permits.
If you want to see the different walks in the area you’re visiting, drop into our counties hub and select the place you’re staying in.
5. Visiting Dublin in November
What to pack / what to wear in Ireland in November
Although we’ve a detailed guide on what to wear in November in Ireland, 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:
- 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)
Debating visiting during another month?
It can be hard to know when to visit Ireland.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we’ve easy-to-digest guides to each month that you can flick through:
- Ireland in January
- Ireland in February
- Ireland in March
- Ireland in April
- Ireland in May
- Ireland in June
- Ireland in July
- Ireland in August
- Ireland in September
- Ireland in October
- Ireland in December
FAQs about visiting Ireland in November
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Does it snow in November in Ireland?’ (sometimes – not often) to ‘What is weather like in Ireland 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 Ireland?
What is the weather in Ireland in November like?
Are there many things to do in Ireland in November?
Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries. Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.