31 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

31 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Skibbereen, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Nenagh, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Waterford, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Athlone, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Dublin, Ireland — 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and Room Escape Games. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Merrion Square, contemplate the long history of 14 Henrietta Street, snap pictures at Ha'penny Bridge, and take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dublin travel itinerary planner.

Canberra, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 29.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Canberra in October, expect nights in Dublin to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Skibbereen.
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Skibbereen, Ireland — 2 nights

Skibbereen, is a town in County Cork, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of St. Fachtna's Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Drombeg Stone Circle, then kick back and relax at Inchydoney Beach, and finally examine the collection at West Cork Regional Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at West Cork Arts Centre, stop by West Cork Crafts, then take an in-depth tour of Skibbereen Heritage Centre, then explore the activities along Lough Hyne, and finally don't miss a visit to Baltimore Beacon.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Skibbereen driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Skibbereen takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cork.
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Cork, Ireland — 3 nights

Rebel City

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Blarney Castle & Gardens and Cork City Gaol. Get out of town with these interesting Cork side-trips: Kinsale (Kinsale Regional Museum, Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, and hunt for treasures at The English Market.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cork tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Skibbereen to Cork by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nenagh.
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Nenagh, Ireland — 2 nights

Nenagh is the county town and second largest town in County Tipperary in Ireland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Nenagh Castle, then let little ones run wild at Nenagh Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre, then cool off at Lough Derg Aqua Splash, and finally steep yourself in history at Garrykennedy Castle and Old Harbour.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nenagh trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Cork to Nenagh in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Waterford.
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Waterford, Ireland — 2 nights

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.
On the 6th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Saviour's Dominican Priory, take in panoramic vistas at The Clock Tower, admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then see the interesting displays at Reginald's Tower, and finally make a trip to Viking Sword & Longboat. Keep things going the next day: stop by BEBHINN, get engrossed in the history at Ballyhack Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Colclough Walled Garden, then admire the striking features of Tintern Abbey, and finally step aboard Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Waterford trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nenagh to Waterford takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kilkenny: The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy) and Gorey (The Gardens at Marlfield House and The Duck Restaurant & Wells House & Gardens). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Kells Priory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, take an in-depth tour of Medieval Mile Museum, and snap pictures at Bennetsbridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Kilkenny day trip planning website.

Getting from Waterford to Kilkenny by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Cliffs of Moher and Quay Street. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: The Burren Smokehouse, (in Lisdoonvarna), Carran Medieval Church (in Carran) and Hag's Head (in Liscannor). Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Galway travel planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Galway in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In November in Galway, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athlone.
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Athlone, Ireland — 1 night

Gateway to the West

The largest town on the River Shannon has earned the moniker of Gateway to the West for its strategic location; visitors are attracted to Athlone for its vibrant streets.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Church of Saints Peter & Paul, and finally explore the historical opulence of Athlone Castle Visitor Centre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Athlone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Athlone takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Athlone are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 1 night

Fair City

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Athlone to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for Belfast on the 16th (Wed).
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 2 nights

A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
On the 16th (Wed), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast. On the next day, examine the collection at SS Nomadic, steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, then admire the striking features of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, and finally learn about all things military at War Years Remembered (War Museum).

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 5 nights

Fair City

You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Guinness Storehouse and St Stephens Green. See some other sides of Dublin: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stop by Temple Bar, and admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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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.
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