8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny
— 1 night
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Kinsale
— 1 night
Drive
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Galway
— 1 night
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Doolin
— 1 night
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Dublin — 3 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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dublin online vacation planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Dublin is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in May, with highs in Dublin at 59°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Kilkenny — 1 night

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 (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then appreciate the history behind Kells Priory, and finally make a trip to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kilkenny when traveling from Dublin in May, with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kinsale.
Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Kinsale — 1 night

Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and finally get a dose of the wild on Kinsale Nature and Maritime Walking Tour.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kinsale trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Kinsale in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Galway.
Museums · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kinsale to Galway in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Doolin.
Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Doolin — 1 night

A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): trek along Clare Coastal Walk Project, don't miss a visit to Cliffs of Moher, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Doolin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Galway to Doolin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Doolin can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches
Side Trips
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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.