8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Galway
— 1 night
Drive
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Limerick
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive

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Galway

— 1 night

City of the Tribes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, then stroll around Eyre Square, then explore the activities along Galway Bay, and finally explore the galleries of Galway Arts Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong, explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, then don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Galway trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Cork Airport. In October, daytime highs in Galway are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Limerick

— 2 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tee off at Dromoland Castle and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at The Burren.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Limerick trip planner.

Getting from Galway to Limerick by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Kilkenny

— 2 nights

Marble City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, then Head underground at Dunmore Cave, and then walk around Castlecomer Discovery Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Limerick to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Dublin

— 2 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, then ride a horse along Racing Tours Ireland, and then examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, then explore the activities along Blessington Street Park (The Basin), and then contemplate the waterfront views at The Forty Foot.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dublin road trip planning site.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Dublin sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.