28 days in Ireland Itinerary

28 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dublin
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Wexford
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Waterford
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Limerick
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: Dublin

4
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Cliff Walk Car Park Bray. Take a break from Dublin with a short trip to Bray Head in Bray, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Temple Bar, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, stroll around St Stephens Green, and get engrossed in the history at 14 Henrietta Street.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dublin sightseeing planning tool.

If you are flying in from Serbia, the closest major aiport is Dublin Airport. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bray, Zero Latency Dublin
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, walk around Kilkenny Castle, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, Inspirational Gardens & Rachel's Café, then admire the natural beauty at Delta Sensory Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Seat of the Kings of South Leinster Sculpture.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Kilkenny tour planning site.

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Wexford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Leighlinbridge, Delta Sensory Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Smithwick's Experience ©
Smithwick's Experience
Black Abbey ©
Black Abbey

2
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Wexford

Wexford ©
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get your game on at Playzone, take in nature's colorful creations at Colclough Walled Garden, then admire the striking features of Tintern Abbey, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Iberius Church, then kick back and relax at Baginbun Beach, and finally make a trip to Tacumshane Windmill.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Wexford online trip planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Wexford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Wexford, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Waterford.

Things to do in Wexford

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center
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Tintern Abbey ©
Tintern Abbey
Tacumshane Windmill ©
Tacumshane Windmill
St. Iberius Church ©
St. Iberius Church

2
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Waterford

Waterford ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Saviour's Dominican Priory, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Waterford Shopping Centre Lisduggan. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind John Condon Memorial, view the masterpieces at The Irish Handmade Glass Company, examine the collection at King of the Vikings, then get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, and finally snap pictures at Kilmacthomas Railway Viaduct.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Waterford travel app.

Getting from Wexford to Waterford by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kilmacthomas Railway Viaduct
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:
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Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity ©
Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
King of the Vikings ©
King of the Vikings

3
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nano Nagle Place and Jameson Distillery Midleton. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Titanic Experience Cobh (in Cobh) and Kinsale (Irish Veterans Museum, Charles Fort, &more). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, walk around Ballincollig Regional Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, and explore the galleries of Cork City Gaol.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Waterford to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Cork, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kinsale, Titanic Experience Cobh, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
The English Market ©
The English Market
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Killarney Falconry and St. Mary's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: hike along The Kerry Way, explore the galleries of Peter Cox Photography Gallery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Killarney Brewing Company, and explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney online travel route planner.

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Killarney, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Kerry Cliffs
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Killarney Falconry ©
Killarney Falconry
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
The Kerry Way ©
The Kerry Way

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore hidden gems such as Slea Head Drive and Ventry Beach. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, stop by John Weldon Jewellers, see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and don't miss a visit to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dingle sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Ventry, Slea Head Drive, Glenteenassig Forest Park
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne ©
Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne
The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill ©

1
night
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 22nd (Tue): head outdoors with Flannerys, then get engrossed in the history at Limerick Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Limerick tour planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Limerick in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Limerick

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums
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Flannerys ©
Flannerys
Redemptorist Church ©
Redemptorist Church
Limerick Museum ©
Limerick Museum

1
night
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, look for gifts at Kenny Woollen Mills & Lahinch Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Spanish Point Beach, then make a trip to The Music Makers of West Clare, and finally pause for some photo ops at Willie Clancy Statue.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Liscannor attractions planner.

Drive from Limerick to Liscannor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Miltown Malbay, Kenny Woollen Mills & Lahinch Art Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Spanish Point Beach ©
Spanish Point Beach
The Music Makers of West Clare ©
The Music Makers of West Clare

3
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wild Atlantic Way and Quay Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Glendeer Pet Farm (in Athlone), Loughwell Farm Park (in Moycullen) and Kinvara Harbour (in Kinvara). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, make a trip to Eyre Square, and stroll around Rinville Park.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Galway trip planner.

You can drive from Liscannor to Galway in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Liscannor in December: highs in Galway hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Glendeer Pet Farm, Loughwell Farm Park, Kinvara Harbour
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Glendeer Pet Farm ©
Glendeer Pet Farm
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

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Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Explore hidden gems such as The Great Western Greenway and Holy Trinity Church. Next up on the itinerary: have fun at The Wild West Indoor Play Village, take in the exciting artwork at The Quay Gallery, appreciate the history behind St. Patrick Statue, and find something for the whole family at The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House.

To find out how to plan a trip to Westport, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Westport are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Westport House ©
Westport House
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

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