8 days in Belfast, Derry & Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Belfast, Derry & Ireland Itinerary

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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Ennis, Ireland
— 1 night
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Killarney, Ireland
— 1 night
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Cork, Ireland
— 1 night

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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.
On the 29th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Belfast Botanical Gardens, thenlearn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, thensee the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and finally examine the collection at Titanic Belfast. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at City Hall, thentest your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, thensee the interesting displays at HMS Caroline, and finally contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Belfast online journey builder.

Dublin, Ireland to Belfast is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
City Hall ©
City Hall

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Derry, United Kingdom

Derry
Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Derry visit planning website.

Drive from Belfast to Derry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Derry can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You'll set off for Galway on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Derry

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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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.
Step out of Galway to go to Kylemore and see Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, appreciate the history behind Galway City Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Galway tour planner.

Getting from Derry to Galway by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Derry in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Galway, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ennis.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

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Ennis, Ireland

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at The Woollen Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ennis trip planner.

Getting from Galway to Ennis by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. January in Ennis sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Ennis

Shopping
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The Woollen Market ©
The Woollen Market

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Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 3rd (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, thenstroll through Muckross House, and finally admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Killarney trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Ennis to Killarney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Killarney are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

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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 4th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St Colman’s Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cork route builder.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cobh
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh

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