12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Dublin
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Waterford
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Limerick
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Galway
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Dublin
— 2 nights
Dublin

2
days
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've added Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral and then sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. In June in Dublin, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

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Historic Sites Neighborhoods Breweries
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Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Reginald's Tower, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Black Abbey, and finally steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Dunmore Cave and then identify plant and animal life at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kilkenny, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Waterford, Dunmore Cave
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Castlecomer Discovery Park
Castlecomer Discovery Park
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

1
day
Waterford

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
On the 5th (Mon), kick back and relax at Tramore Beach, then steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Reginald's Tower.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Waterford travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Waterford in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Waterford, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Tramore Beach
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Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Reginald's Tower ©
Reginald's Tower

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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cork vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Waterford to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Cork, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cobh Cathedral, Blarney Castle & Gardens
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

2
days
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Cliffs of Moher has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle, take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher, and then examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, steep yourself in history at Ennis Friary, and then see the interesting displays at Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Limerick travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Cork to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. June in Limerick sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Corofin, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Ennis Friary, Foynes Flying Boat Museum
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

2
days
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre as well as Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. On the 9th (Fri), gain interesting insight with Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre, pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway itinerary planner.

You can drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Connemara National Park ©
Connemara National Park
Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade

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day
Dublin

Dublin ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, then admire the striking features of Dublin Castle, then see the interesting displays at Chester Beatty Library, and finally examine the collection at Dublin Writers Museum.

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Getting from Galway to Dublin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites
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Glasnevin Cemetery Museum ©
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle
Chester Beatty Library ©
Chester Beatty Library

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