14 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

14 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Waterford, Ireland
— 1 night
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Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Limerick, Ireland
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland

— 3 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.
On the 26th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Dublin Zoo and then don't miss a visit to The Spire. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then stop by Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, and finally visit Temple Bar.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dublin itinerary maker site.

Melbourne, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Dublin reach 9°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums
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Waterford, Ireland

— 1 night
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 29th (Sat): examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, examine the collection at King of the Vikings, and then take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Waterford travel route planner.

Getting from Dublin to Waterford by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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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.
On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, get to know the resident critters at Fota Wildlife Park, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Waterford to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cork are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

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Limerick, Ireland

— 1 night
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 2nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Thomond Park Stadium, experience the excitement of Castlefergus Equestrian, and then see the interesting displays at Old Irish Ways. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): take in the architecture and design of University of Limerick, explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle, and then take an in-depth tour of Hunt Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Limerick trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Cork to Limerick by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Galway, Ireland

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): walk around Eyre Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, then steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Quay Street and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Galway travel route planning website.

You can drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Derry.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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Derry, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Maiden City

Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then snap pictures at Peace Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Derry trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Galway to Derry in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Derry, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Tours
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Belfast, United Kingdom

— 1 night
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.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Belfast visit planner.

You can drive from Derry to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland

— 1 night

Fair City

On the 7th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of National Library of Ireland and then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin road trip planning site.

Drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dublin

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.