13 days in Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Ireland Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
foot + Fly + bus:  19​h 30​min
1
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cork
— 2 nights
3
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get some historical perspective at Ross Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Ring of Kerry and The WhiteHouse Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Inch Beach in Inch (about 42 minutes away). Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, steep yourself in history at Innisfallen Island, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Killarney is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in March, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The WhiteHouse Gallery and Wine Bar, Ring of Kerry, Inch Beach
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Inchydoney Beach, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol and then explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cork travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Cork sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Blarney Castle & Gardens, Charles Fort, Inchydoney Beach
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Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

2
nights
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 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capuchin Friary, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Black Abbey, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kilkenny vacation builder.

Getting from Cork to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. April in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Black Abbey ©
Black Abbey

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wicklow Mountains National Park and Trim Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Bru na Boinne and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Step out of Dublin to go to Malahide and see Malahide Castle, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Temple Bar, steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Newman University Church.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dublin travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kilkenny in April since evenings lows in Dublin dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Bru na Boinne, Malahide Castle
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Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park

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