12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Waterford
— 1 day
Drive
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Cork
— 2 nights
Drive
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Limerick
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 1 night
Drive
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Dublin
— 2 nights

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Dublin — 2 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and other attractions you added. On the 1st (Thu), admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and then don't miss a visit to Temple Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Saint Patrick's Cathedral and then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dublin online journey planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Dublin Airport. June in Dublin sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Kilkenny.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Kilkenny — 2 nights

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 3rd (Sat): get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and finally stroll around Kilkenny Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Dunmore Cave and then walk around Castlecomer Discovery Park.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in June, Kilkenny is a bit warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Waterford.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips
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Waterford — 1 day

Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tramore Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Bishop's Palace, then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Waterford trip itinerary planning site.

Take a bus from Kilkenny to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Waterford sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.
Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Cork — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, then step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cork day trip site.

Drive from Waterford to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Limerick.
Historic Sites · 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cliffs of Moher. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, and then examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, contemplate the long history of Ennis Friary, and then examine the collection at Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Limerick road trip planning site.

Drive from Cork to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Limerick, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galway.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips
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Galway — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre as well as Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): deepen your understanding of the past and present with Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre, pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and finally steep yourself in history at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Galway tour builder.

You can drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Galway, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dublin.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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Dublin — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, then explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, and finally examine the collection at Dublin Writers Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planning site.

Drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for home.
Museums · Historic Sites
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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.