8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Barcelona
Fly:  3​h
Dublin
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
Galway
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
Limerick
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
Killarney
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
Cork
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
Dublin
— 1 night
Fly:  30​min
Barcelona

1
day
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.
You've now added Powerscourt Gardens and House to your itinerary. On the 8th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology and then don't miss a visit to Temple Bar.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip generator.

Barcelona, Spain to Dublin is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Barcelona to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you will find days in Dublin are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are cooler (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

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Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

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Powerscourt Gardens and House
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Powerscourt Gardens and House ©
Powerscourt Gardens and House
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
days
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.
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You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Galway are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oughterard
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Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines

1
day
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 12th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and then trek along Ballyhoura Walking Trails.

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You can drive from Galway to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Ballyhoura Walking Trails ©
Ballyhoura Walking Trails

1
day
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
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Getting from Limerick to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

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Cork

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Jameson Experience, then sample the fine beverages at Old Midleton Distillery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

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Drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Cork are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Breweries Tours

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Midleton, Blarney Castle & Gardens
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
The Jameson Experience ©
The Jameson Experience
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

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day
Dublin

Dublin
Trinity College Dublin has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and then make a trip to Grafton Street.

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You can take a train from Cork to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

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Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin
Grafton Street ©
Grafton Street
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral

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