13 days in Ireland, Edinburgh & London Itinerary

13 days in Ireland, Edinburgh & London Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland, Edinburgh & London Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
2
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
3
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): trek along Cliff Walk Car Park Bray, then admire the natural beauty at Powerscourt Gardens and House, and then take a stroll through Temple Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol and then wander the streets of O'Connell Street.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip builder tool .

London, UK to Dublin is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Dublin are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Cork.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Cliff Walk Car Park Bray, Powerscourt Gardens and House
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Cliff Walk Car Park Bray ©
Cliff Walk Car Park Bray
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), hunt for treasures at The English Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Mahon Point Shopping Centre, and then contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens. Keep things going the next day: deepen your understanding at The Donkey Sanctuary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, and then get to know the resident critters at Fota Wildlife Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cork using our trip planner.

You can take a train from Dublin to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trips

Blarney Castle & Gardens, Fota Wildlife Park, The Donkey Sanctuary
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Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
The English Market ©
The English Market

3
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.
Get outdoors at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and Dromoland Castle. Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Tyrone House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: O`Dalaigh Jewellers (in Clifden) and Burren Perfumery (in Carran).

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Galway trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Cork to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Tyrone House, O`Dalaigh Jewellers, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Dromoland Castle, Burren Perfumery
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Do your shopping at Urbane Art Gallery and Celtic Craft Centre. Step out of Edinburgh with an excursion to Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Grassmarket, explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh travel route app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Galway to Edinburgh in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. January in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Grassmarket ©
Grassmarket

1
night
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take a stroll through Westminster, then look for gifts at Fortnum & Mason, and then wander the streets of Greenwich.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our London sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Edinburgh to London by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. January in London sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in London

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Greenwich ©
Greenwich
Westminster ©
Westminster
Houses of Parliament ©
Houses of Parliament

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