17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny
— 1 night
3
Galway
— 3 nights
4
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Dingle
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  21​h 30​min
End: Manchester


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3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Wicklow Mountains National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Glendalough Monastic Settlement and National Botanic Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Bru na Boinne in Donore (about 42 minutes away). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michan's Church.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin online journey planner .

Manchester, USA to Dublin is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough Cathedral
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Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
St. Michan's Church ©
St. Michan's Church

1
night
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 11th (Wed): meet the residents at The National Reptile Zoo, then appreciate the history behind Brownshill Dolmen, and then trek along The Wicklow Way. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park and then identify plant and animal life at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny road trip planner .

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in April, Kilkenny is a bit warmer at night with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Brownshill Dolmen, The Wicklow Way, The National Reptile Zoo
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Castlecomer Discovery Park ©
Castlecomer Discovery Park
The Wicklow Way ©
The Wicklow Way
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park

3
nights
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 inner history buff will appreciate Royal Abbey of Cong and Monk's Fishing House. Explore hidden gems such as Killary Sheep Farm and Joyce Country Sheepdogs. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Fanore Beach (in Fanore) and Loughwell Farm Park (in Moycullen). It doesn't end there: stroll through The Worm Hole (Poll na bPeist) and have some family-friendly fun at Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Galway trip planning website .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kilkenny in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Galway, with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cong, Fanore Beach, Loughwell Farm Park, Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park, Joyce Country Sheepdogs
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Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park ©
Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park
Fanore Beach ©
Fanore Beach
Loughwell Farm Park ©
Loughwell Farm Park

3
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 16th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Donkey Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Doneraile Wildlife Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of James Fort, contemplate the long history of Camden Fort Meagher, and then identify plant and animal life at Birds of Prey Educational Centre.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cork online holiday planner .

Drive from Galway to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Cork, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Donkey Sanctuary, James Fort, Doneraile Wildlife Park, Birds of Prey Educational Centre
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Birds of Prey Educational Centre ©
Birds of Prey Educational Centre
Doneraile Wildlife Park ©
Doneraile Wildlife Park
James Fort ©
James Fort

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Banna Strand and Kennedy's Pet Farm. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Torc Mountain Walk and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: hike along The Kerry Way, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral, stroll through Old Kenmare Road, and contemplate the long history of Staigue Fort.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Banna Strand, Staigue Fort
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Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
Banna Strand
Banna Strand
The Kerry Way ©
The Kerry Way

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Glentenassig Forest, then have some family-friendly fun at Explorers World, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, and finally steep yourself in history at Riasc. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then steep yourself in history at Leacanabuaile Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dingle planning tool .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahersiveen, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Glenteenassig Forest Park
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Riasc ©
Riasc
Glenteenassig Forest Park ©
Glenteenassig Forest Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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