16 days in Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
2
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cork
— 3 nights
5
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
End: London

2
nights
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.
Bru na Boinne and Chester Beatty are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Glendalough Monastic Settlement and Powerscourt Gardens and House. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin journey builder .

London, UK to Dublin is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from London in September: highs in Dublin hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Powerscourt Gardens and House, Bru na Boinne, Glendalough Cathedral
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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Galway Cathedral and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Tyrone House. Take a break from Galway with a short trip to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park in Bunratty, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and delve into the distant past at Athenry Dominican Priory.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway day trip website .

Drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Athenry Dominican Priory, Tyrone House, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
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4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get in touch with nature at Inch Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Mary's Cathedral and Gallarus Oratory. Take a break from Killarney with a short trip to Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm in Kenmare, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, and take some stellar pictures from Moll's Gap.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Killarney trip planner .

You can drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle, Ring of Kerry, Inch Beach, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Kerry Cliffs
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Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Inchydoney Beach and Spike Island. Get a sense of the local culture at Ballycotton Cliff Walk and St Fin Barre's Cathedral. Step out of Cork with an excursion to Charles Fort in Kinsale--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cork tour builder .

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Cork sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cobh, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Inchydoney Beach, Charles Fort
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Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

3
nights
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.
Hore Abbey and Hook Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Birr Castle Gardens and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kilkenny: Waterford (Reginald's Tower & Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum) and Rock of Cashel (in Cashel). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Cashel, Waterford, Cahir Castle, Birr Castle Gardens, Hook Lighthouse
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Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey

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