11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

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11 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
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
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: browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol, stroll around Phoenix Park, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Dublin road trip tool .

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. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in May: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 59°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can 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

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: Wexford (The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception & Tintern Abbey), Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kilkenny Castle, get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, explore the landscape on two wheels at Waterford Greenway, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kilkenny trip itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Dublin in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kilkenny, with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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), make a trip to Cliffs of Moher, then admire the natural beauty at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. On the next day, cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, stroll through Eyre Square, and then make a trip to Quay Street.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip planner.

Getting from Kilkenny to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Galway, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

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