11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Galway
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, contemplate the long history of Dublin Castle, browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and walk around St Stephens Green.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dublin online vacation planner.

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of subway 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. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Dublin to be slightly colder, temps between 59°F and 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the 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
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Ferns Castle (in Ferns), The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy) and Wexford (The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception & Tintern Abbey). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny online itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Dublin in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kilkenny, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Waterford, Enniscorthy, Wexford, Irish National Heritage Park
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Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Go With The Flow - River Adventures
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle

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.
On the 21st (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, admire the natural beauty at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, walk around Eyre Square, and then make a trip to Quay Street.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway travel 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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Galway, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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