17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Brussels
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Cork
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Dublin
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Brussels

4
days
Galway

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), Burren National Park (in Corofin) and Irish Crafts (in Doolin). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park, explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle, steep yourself in history at Knappogue Castle, and browse the exhibits of Galway Arts Centre.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway vacation planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Galway is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Galway is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Galway: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cliffs of Moher, Irish Crafts - Doolin, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Burren National Park, Knappogue Castle
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Cliffs of Moher
Connemara National Park
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

3
days
Cork

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Get out of town with these interesting Cork side-trips: Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra), Kinsale (Stone Mad Gallery, Kinsale Silver, & more) and Cobh (Cobh Cathedral & Titanic Experience Cobh). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens, make a trip to University College Cork (UCC), savor the flavors at Shandon Sweets, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fota Wildlife Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cork trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Galway to Cork takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kinsale, Cobh, Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Blarney Castle & Gardens
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Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort

4
days
Kilkenny

The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Tintern Abbey (in Wexford), Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Black Abbey, enjoy the sand and surf at Curracloe Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Irish National Heritage Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Wexford, Tintern Abbey, Ferns Castle, The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, Curracloe Beach
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Kilkenny Castle
Curracloe Beach

5
days
Dublin

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for sightseeing, breweries, museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, admire the striking features of Dublin Castle, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin tour planner.

Getting from Kilkenny to Dublin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse
St. Stephen's Green

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