11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

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11 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
1
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Limerick
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
5
Galway
— 1 night
6
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Manchester

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then contemplate the long history of Rothe House and Garden, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Medieval Mile Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Bishop's Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Kilkenny is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Waterford
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Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

1
night
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 7th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and then experience the excitement of Castlefergus Equestrian.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Limerick day trip site .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Limerick takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Castlefergus Equestrian, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

2
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 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then shop like a local with Peter Cox Photography Gallery, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney road trip planner .

Getting from Limerick to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Killarney sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dingle day trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Dingle are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Inch Beach, Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach

1
night
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 12th (Mon): admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and then head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Galway online journey planner .

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bru na Boinne and Trim Castle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chester Beatty Library and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol, wander the streets of Temple Bar, view the masterpieces at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, and take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin.

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You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Trim Castle
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Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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