8 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

8 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dingle, Ireland
— 1 night
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Limerick, Ireland
— 1 day
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Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
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Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 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.
You've added Trinity College Dublin, Dublinia, Imaginosity, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, then admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin, and finally make a trip to Merrion Square. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Irish Whiskey Museum, wander the streets of Temple Bar, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Dublinia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip itinerary app.

Milan, Italy to Dublin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Milan to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in May, expect Dublin to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland

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.
You've now added Jerpoint Abbey to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kilkenny trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Kilkenny. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cork.
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Cork, Ireland — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The English Market as well as Blarney Castle & Gardens. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens and then hunt for treasures at The English Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cork online visit planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Cork are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Dingle.
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Dingle, Ireland — 1 night

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Rossbeigh Beach has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rossbeigh Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Ballycarbery Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Cahergall Fort.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dingle journey app.

You can drive from Cork to Dingle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Limerick.
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Limerick, Ireland — 1 day

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cliffs of Moher as well as King John's Castle. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle and then get great views at Cliffs of Moher.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Limerick trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Limerick takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 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.
For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Galway itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Limerick to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Donegal Town.
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Donegal Town, Ireland — 1 night

Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
On the 26th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at Donegal Craft Village, then take in the views from Fairy Bridges, and finally kick back and relax at Rossnowlagh Beach.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Donegal Town online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Galway to Donegal Town by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Donegal Town when traveling from Galway in May, with lows around 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Belfast.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): wander the streets of Cathedral Quarter, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Belfast trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Donegal Town to Belfast in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
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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.
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