12 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

12 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Guinness Storehouse as well as Rural Pub Tours. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, look for gifts at Carrolls Irish Gifts, then take a memorable excursion with Rural Pub Tours, and finally don't miss a visit to Temple Bar.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. In September, Dublin is a bit cooler than Chicago - with highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Tours Museums
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Rural Pub Tours ©
Rural Pub Tours

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nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Game of Thrones Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at HMS Caroline and SS Nomadic. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shankill Road and C.S. Lewis Square. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Belfast sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Belfast

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

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.
You've added Cliffs of Moher, Dromoland Castle, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 12th (Sat), get advice or help at Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, then hike along The Wormhole, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, and finally walk around Eyre Square.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Galway road trip planner .

You can drive from Belfast to Galway in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Dromoland Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, Ashford Castle, The Wormhole
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle

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nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Little Cheese Shop, Dingle Record Shop, Slea Head Drive, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stop by The Little Cheese Shop, view the masterpieces at Dingle Artworks, then stop by Dingle Record Shop, and finally see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Dingle holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Dingle

Scenic Drive Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Ventry, Dun Chaoin Pier, Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dun Chaoin Pier ©
Dun Chaoin Pier
Penny's Pottery ©
Penny's Pottery

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Cork, Ireland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre, and then take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cork day trip site .

You can drive from Dingle to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cork are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. On the 17th (Thu), you're off toDublin.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
St. Peter and Paul's Church ©
St. Peter and Paul's Church

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
You've now added An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in a show at An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Cork to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Neighborhoods Shopping
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Grafton Street ©
Grafton Street

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