11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

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11 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  16​h
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
2
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cork
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

2
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bru na Boinne and St. Michan's Church. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Trim Castle in Trim--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and wander the streets of Grafton Street.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin driving holiday planning site .

Phoenix, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Phoenix to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Phoenix in May, with highs in Dublin at 59°F and lows at 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Trim Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wild Atlantic Way and Salthill Beaches. Salthill Promenade and Galway Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), Tyrone House (in Kilcolgan) and Burren Birds of Prey Centre (in Ballyvaughan). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Quay Street and enjoy the music at OMG Zhivago.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Dublin to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cliffs of Moher, Tyrone House, Burren Birds of Prey Centre
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Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, then steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Killarney road trip site .

Drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Inch Beach
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

1
night
Cork

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, hunt for treasures at The English Market, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally contemplate the long history of Charles Fort. Keep things going the next day: stop by Blarney Woollen Mills and then explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cork trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Blarney, Charles Fort, Titanic Experience Cobh
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Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

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