11 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

11 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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11 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
2
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
3
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
5
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
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 Rural Pub Tours as well as EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, see the interesting displays at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, then wander the streets of Temple Bar, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Rural Pub Tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dublin holiday builder .

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In September, Dublin is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Carrickfergus Castle and Cathedral Quarter. Let the collections at HMS Caroline and SS Nomadic capture your imagination. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast and contemplate the long history of Shankill Road.

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 Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Carrickfergus Castle
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HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline
Carrickfergus Castle ©
Carrickfergus Castle
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

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.
You've now added Cliffs of Moher to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, and then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Galway trip planner .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Galway takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Galway sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Cliffs of Moher
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Kayaking & Canoeing
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

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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 Ring of Kerry. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials and then take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Minard Castle, make a trip to Eask Tower, see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then contemplate the long history of Riasc, then explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, and finally take in the waterfront at Dun Chaoin Pier.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Dingle road trip planning app .

Getting from Galway to Dingle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Dun Chaoin Pier, Ring of Kerry
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Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Riasc ©
Riasc

1
night
Kilkenny, Ireland

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hawkeye Falconry. On the 17th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then walk around Kilkenny Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Butter Slip, and finally get a dose of the wild on Hawkeye Falconry.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny route planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kilkenny takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hawkeye Falconry
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Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park

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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.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Dublin vacation planning website .

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums
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Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

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