8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Galway
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Limerick
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Galway

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the galleries of Galway City Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, stroll through 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 23rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Royal Abbey of Cong, then explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, then make a trip to Quay Street, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Alpharetta, USA to Galway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Alpharetta to Galway. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Alpharetta in October, with highs in Galway at 58°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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Cong
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Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade
Galway Arts Centre
Galway Arts Centre
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Cong Abbey

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Limerick

Limerick
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): explore the historical opulence of Dromoland Castle Golf Club and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at The Burren.

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Traveling by car from Galway to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Limerick sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Dromoland Castle, The Burren, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
The Burren ©
The Burren

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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.
On the 26th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Reginald's Tower, see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then steep yourself in history at Rothe House and Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Black Abbey, then Head underground at Dunmore Cave, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

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Traveling by car from Limerick to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Waterford, Dunmore Cave
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Castlecomer Discovery Park
Castlecomer Discovery Park
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, ride a horse along Racing Tours Ireland, and then steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Blessington Street Park (The Basin), and then contemplate the waterfront views at The Forty Foot.

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Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Racing Tours Ireland ©
Racing Tours Ireland
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum ©
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

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