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Ireland in November: Weather, What to Pack, & Things to Do

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When you’re looking for an affordable time to visit Ireland, consider going to Ireland in November. It’s not half as crowded as in the summer, so you’ll be able to get into restaurants and tourist attractions much easier. While the weather is a bit damper, you’ll still find plenty of activities during November in Ireland.

November starts to get into some of the holiday markets, whether you’re visiting Dublin in November, Cork, Belfast, or other popular Irish cities. It’s also a bit warmer compared to December in Ireland, so that’s something to consider.

In this article, you’ll find what the weather is like during November in Ireland, what you should pack for Ireland in November, and the best events to attend during this time of year.

Weather in Ireland in November

Ireland In November

You can always be sure that Ireland is a fantastic destination regardless of the time of year. However, the November weather in Ireland does play a significant role in what you can expect from daily life on the Emerald Isle. 

Shifting weather conditions during this time of year welcome the start of winter in Ireland. As the beautiful autumnal colors of its landscapes start to dwindle, the unique flair winter brings to the isle begins to rise. 

Yes, winter does mean fewer hours of sunlight, rainy days, and colder (but not freezing) temperatures. Nonetheless, planning a trip to Ireland in November is a fantastic choice.

Although the victim of dropping temperatures, visiting Ireland in November does have its upsides. Autumn is commonly known as the low season due to the slow encroachment of winter. So you can expect fewer tourist numbers and lower prices on accommodation and activities.

Ireland Temperatures in November

It goes without saying, but temperatures in Ireland in November start to drop. The change from autumn to winter does not happen overnight, though. Within the first week of November of winter in Ireland, you can expect average daily temperatures of around 54°F (12°C).

Keep in mind that Ireland is not big enough for these temperatures to vary significantly as you travel around. 

The significant temperature drops only start during the last week of November, where you can expect 49°F (9.5°C) as an average. Temperatures can drop to as low as 39°F (4°C), but this generally only happens during rainfall.

A fair warning, though: the wind chill will affect the expected temperature if you travel around the West Coast of Ireland during November.

Rainfall in November

Ireland Landscape Winter

Surprisingly enough, rainfall in Ireland in November is a bit of a mixed bag. If you’re looking to experience the rainy days the isle is known for, visiting in November is a great option. 

Each day, at the very least, threatens the chance of rain. But, compared to other months, November only sees about 3 inches of average rainfall. I understand that a rainy vacation doesn’t always light a sparkle in travelers’ eyes, but these conditions enrich attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher.

Wind Conditions in November

If you’re concerned by the wind conditions during November in Ireland, you can rest easy knowing that overarching winds are reasonably calm. Speeds of around 5 miles an hour permeate most days in November, but they can reach peaks of about 9 miles (14 km) an hour.

This does not mean you won’t experience the odd windy day during your travels. As calm as most days are, some November days can get windy enough to make you feel like you’re being swept away.

Be cautious when exploring the stunning cliffs of Ireland, though, as most face the aptly named Wild Atlantic Way, and as a result, wind speeds do increase. Should you plan on visiting any of the islands off the coast of Ireland, wind conditions also impact ferry operations.  

What to Pack for Ireland in November

Many spots in Ireland were used to film the television series Game of Thrones, but one famous line perfectly sums up the island in November. Winter is coming, although, technically winter has already come if you’re on the island this month.

Nothing like a poorly planned packing list can ruin a trip to Ireland in November. So here’s what you’ll absolutely have to bring along on your Irish adventure.

  • Long-sleeved shirts and long pants: If you’re planning on an early morning or late afternoon adventure, warm clothes like merino wool will ensure you don’t suffer from the colder temperatures.
  • Layered clothing: Being in Ireland in November’s weather means you can expect cold temperatures outside and roasting hot temperatures inside. Be sure that you can add or remove a layer of clothing such as a fleece jacket as the need arises.
  • Winter coat/s: As many of the country’s best attractions during winter are outside, packing a suitable winter coat is essential.
  • Comfortable jeans: Pack more than one pair of comfortable jeans, as these keep you warm. But they can get wet, and nobody wants to walk around in wet jeans.
  • Winter essentials: These include suitable hats, warm gloves, and scarves.
  • Thermal underwear: For men and women, include one or two pairs of thermal pants and tops.
  • Boots: A pair of sturdy waterproof boots are a lifesaver in cases of heavy downpours.
  • An umbrella: An absolute must; you can opt to buy one once you’re in Ireland or bring one from home.
  • Daily jacket: Ideally, you should include a windproof and waterproof everyday jacket that you can easily layer on top of fleece or a long-sleeved shirt.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: As you explore city streets, museums, art galleries, and pubs, pack a pair of comfortable shoes.
  • A travel adapter: This one is important to ensure that your electronics work no matter where you are.
  • Chapstick and hand cream: These are not a must, but are worth it as the air can get very dry. Your lips and hands will thank you for this.

Events to Attend in Ireland in November

If you think things in Ireland have begun to slow down just because the winter months have started, think again. In fact, the variety of events, festivals, and highlights that the Emerald Isle is known for continue throughout the month.

Here is a comprehensive guide to the best events and festivities to indulge in during your November trip to Ireland.

Events in Dublin in November

Dublin At Night

No trip to Ireland, regardless of when you visit, would be complete without experiencing the quintessential Irish city of Dublin. Throughout its streets, the temperatures might drop, but for the most part during November, rain isn’t an issue. There are plenty of things to do during winter in Dublin, and this month is good to visit if you want to avoid crowds during Christmas in Dublin.

The Rugby Internationals

One of the many things Ireland is famous for is its excellence in the sport of rugby. An extremely fast-paced sport, it’s sure to excite anyone in the city during November. The best thing to do in Dublin in November is to attend a game at the Aviva Stadium.

During the international competition, three games are hosted at the stadium throughout November. Ticket prices start at €30 ($29) and can skyrocket to €300 ($290) for premium seats.

Event Dates:

  • Ireland vs South Africa – 5 November
  • Ireland vs Fiji – 12 November
  • Ireland vs Australia – 19 November

Dublin Gallery Weekend

At the end of November, the art scene in Dublin heads onto its streets, where everyone is welcome to indulge their artistic side. A whopping 40 galleries around the city take to the streets to create epic free art exhibitions.

Some of the city’s premier galleries, such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Dublin City Gallery, and Hugh Lane, participate. The best part? Immersing yourself in the art of Dublin during this event comes at no cost, as there are no entrance fees. Afterward, head over to a Dublin pub to discuss what you saw that day.

Event Dates: 23 November – 26 November

Blanchardstown Ice Rink

Iceskates

The start of winter signals the installations and operations of the many ice rinks throughout Dublin. The largest rink in Ireland is located here in Dublin; at a massive 8,000 square feet, Blanchardstown is a must-visit.

It usually opens during the third week of November, and entrance tickets start at €15 ($24).

Event Dates: 18 November – 29 January 2023

Take Part in the Jonathan Swift Festival

Jonathan Swift, the famous author of “Gulliver’s Travels” is an Irish literary icon. Coming to Ireland, one thing is clear; The Irish have a special love for their heritage and culture. This love is expertly showcased in this annual festival held in November.

Over the course of four days, head to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Here events to celebrate his works take place, such as live-performance recitals and micro-theater shows. The festival entrance will cost you about €10 ($14).

Event Dates: 21 November – 24 November

Check out my Dublin Pass review to see how you can save money when you’re visiting the city!

Fun Activities in Belfast in November

Belfast City View

The largest city in Northern Ireland, Belfast, is a fantastic destination when looking for November attractions. The city starts to feature numerous Christmas-themed events and festivities that are among the best things to do in Belfast when here.

Belfast Christmas Market

As November reaches its second week, Belfast becomes a winter wonderland with an emphasis on Christmas. Lasting until the 23rd of December each year, the Belfast Christmas Market exudes fun and entertainment. It’s a fun thing to do with kids in Belfast during your trip.

At the market in Co. Antrim, you can peruse your way through numerous booths selling everything from jewelry to quirky trinkets. Of course, you can also indulge in delicious foods and a winter staple of Ireland’s November weather — hot wine.

Event Dates: 19 November – 22 December

C.S. Lewis Festival

Born in Belfast, the famous author C.S. Lewis has a special place in the hearts of the Irish. And if you’re in Belfast during November, this annual event held from 18 to 22 November celebrates his works and legacy.

A program filled with discussions, workshops, and performances awaits. There are even a number of tours operated during this period. These take you to places and areas that inspired his most famous works.

Event Dates: 18 November – 22 November

Twilight Market

At the start of November, nearly 130 traders take to the streets of Belfast to showcase everything from arts, crafts, cuisine, and drinks. Expect dozens of pop-up restaurants, live music performances, and high-octane DJ sets.

Located at the St. George’s Market grounds, this market is only open for two days and two nights. So you’ll have to do some careful itinerary planning.

Event Dates: 19 November – 22 December

Staying overnight? Here are some of the best places to stay in Belfast.

What to Do in Galway in November

Galway Ireland

You simply have to spend at least one day in Galway, the harbor city on Ireland’s west coast that abounds with exciting and must-do events during November. Known locally as the festival capital of Ireland, expect to have a trip filled with the best events Ireland has to offer (and then book a stay at a charming Galway bed and breakfast after).

Galway Fringe Festival

Indulge in the creative arts with the carnival-style performing arts spectacle known as the Galway Fringe Festival. Running for the first ten days of November, this festival brings together visual arts, literature, dance, comedy, and even cabaret performances.

Located within the Galway Mechanics Institute, it welcomes famous and emerging artists to showcase their talents. 

Event Dates: 1 November – 10 November

Galway Science & Technology Festival

This is a two-week-long festival where everything science and tech-wise is on display for all to see. With workshops and live shows, it’s a welcome dose of modern events in such a classical city. It also even serves as the home ground for emerging tech companies. 

It all culminates on the final day when you can explore and discover countless displays of science, engineering, and technology. Hosted on the NUI (National University of Ireland) campus grounds, it’s a true feast for the intrepid mind.

Event Dates: 13 November – 25 November

Galway Christmas Market

christmas market

Venturing through Galway as Christmas looms, you’ll quickly stumble upon the famous Galway Christmas Market. Held in Eyre Square is a collection of circus fun blended with holiday activities. Expect to find highlights such as the Big Wheel, traditional carousels, and Santa’s Grotto.

When it comes to other event highlights, the many food vendors serve up a massive selection. Treat your tastebuds to bratwurst, French pastries, crêpes, and waffles. Also at the market are an enchanting array of gardens illuminated with Christmas lights is genuinely a visual treat.

Event Dates: 12 November – 22 December

Other Activities in Ireland in November

The best thing about exploring Ireland in November is that you can experience unique events throughout the entire country. Outside of its big cities, here are some of the most popular things to do and see in the rest of Ireland.

The Cork International Film Festival

The Cork International Film Festival is easily the most exciting film festival you’ll be able to attend while in the country during November. A 10-day event that brings together every genre of film in modern entertainment, this is a must if you love the silver screen.

Event Dates: 10 November – 20 November

Kilkenomics Festival

Held in the picturesque city of Kilkenny, this is one of the more unique festivals you can attend in November. It is unique because it blends comedy with economics. The first of its kind in the world, you can expect humor and thought-provoking discussions.

Event Dates: 3 November – 6 November

Explore the Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs Of Moher

If you’re a scenery-chaser, then taking a Cliffs of Moher tour is a must. These sea cliffs in County Clare are one of Ireland’s most visited sites. 

At a very high 702 feet above the ground, you’ll be treated to some of the most amazing views in the entire country. You can also read my guide on how to visit the Cliffs of Moher without a tour.

Event Dates: Dates confirmed upon tour booking

Visit The Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Beer

No trip to Ireland would be complete without diving into a pint of Guinness. There is no better place to do this than at the seven-story Guinness Storehouse. 

It is the home of the most famous beer in the world, and you can indulge in a tasting session here suitable for when the Ireland weather in November gets colder. 

While here, why not join a Guinness Storehouse tour where you can learn about the history of the famous drink and view its creation process.

Event Dates: Dates confirmed upon tour booking

There are plenty of things to do in Ireland in November, so you’ll be able to plan a fun trip there!

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