10 days in Ireland Itinerary

10 days in Ireland Itinerary

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10 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Galway
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Dublin

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 museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, walk around St Stephens Green, and take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dublin road trip planning app .

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In May, Dublin is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Kilkenny

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, walk around Kilkenny Castle, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel, then get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny trip planner .

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in May since evenings lows in Kilkenny dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Waterford, Rock of Cashel
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

3
nights
Galway

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): make a trip to Cliffs of Moher, take in nature's colorful creations at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, then stroll around Eyre Square, and then make a trip to Quay Street.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway route planner .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, Galway is little chillier at night with lows of 44°F. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher
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Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

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