8 days in Ireland & Manchester Itinerary

8 days in Ireland & Manchester Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland & Manchester Itinerary

Start: Orlando, United States
Fly:  15​h
1
Blarney, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Bunratty, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Orlando, United States

1
night
Blarney, Ireland

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens and then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Multose Church, get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Blarney online trip itinerary planner .

Orlando, USA to Blarney is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Orlando in August, with highs in Blarney at 64°F and lows at 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bunratty.

Things to do in Blarney

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kinsale, Cobh
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum

1
night
Bunratty, Ireland

Bunratty ©
Unequivocally dedicated to tourism, the small village of Bunratty remains best known for its medieval castle, indisputably the most visited attraction in the region.
On the 17th (Sat), play a few rounds at Dromoland Castle, contemplate the long history of Quin Abbey, and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bunratty day trip planning app .

Drive from Blarney to Bunratty in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Bunratty sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Bunratty

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Dromoland Castle, Quin Abbey
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Quin Abbey ©
Quin Abbey
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle

1
night
Kilkenny, Ireland

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 18th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, and finally learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny journey planner.

Drive from Bunratty to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

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.
On the 19th (Mon), browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol, then wander the streets of Temple Bar, then ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michan's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip builder site .

Take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Dublin are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manchester.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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night
Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester ©
Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
On the 21st (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with Manchester Art Gallery and then sample the fine beverages at Manchester Three Rivers Gin Experience.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manchester road trip planning app .

Fly from Dublin to Manchester in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. August in Manchester sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manchester

Breweries & Distilleries Museums Shopping
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Manchester Art Gallery ©
Manchester Art Gallery

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