5 days in Kilkenny & Galway Itinerary

5 days in Kilkenny & Galway Itinerary

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5 days in Kilkenny & Galway Itinerary

Start: Galway
Drive:  2 h 30 min
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
— 3 nights
End: Galway


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.
On the 31st (Fri), play a few rounds at Mount Juliet Estate, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Brewery Corner. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then see the interesting displays at Reginald's Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny vacation trip planner.

Galway to Kilkenny is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. March in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trip

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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Rothe House and Garden ©
Rothe House and Garden


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 Bunratty Castle and Salthill Promenade. When in Galway, make a side trip to see The Great Western Greenway in Westport, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park, take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, look for gifts at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, and make a trip to Galway's Latin Quarter.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kilkenny to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Galway, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, The Great Western Greenway
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Ireland's Smallest Comedy Club ©
Ireland's Smallest Comedy Club