11 days in Belfast, Galway & Dublin Itinerary

11 days in Belfast, Galway & Dublin Itinerary

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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 3 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Giant's Causeway and World of Owls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at HMS Caroline and Ulster Aviation Society. Get out of town with these interesting Belfast side-trips: Blackhead Path (in Whitehead), Dunseverick Castle (in Bushmills) and East Strand (in Portrush). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, learn about all things military at War Years Remembered (War Museum), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ballycastle Beach, and delve into the lush surroundings at Glenariff Forest Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast planning app.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Belfast is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in September, things will get colder in Belfast: highs are around 19°C and lows about 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hennigan's Heritage Centre and Coole Park Nature Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Ireland's School of Falconry and Knock Museum. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Fanore Beach (in Fanore), Burren Exposure (in Ballyvaughan) and Kinvara Harbour (in Kinvara). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Curraghduff Farm, examine the collection at The Legend of the Claddagh Ring, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong, and steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Galway road trip planning site.

You can drive from Belfast to Galway in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glendalough Cathedral and 14 Henrietta Street. Take a break from the city and head to Bray Head and Hawkeye School of Falconry. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Irish Military War Museum & Family Park (in Starinagh), Donore (Bru na Boinne & Newgrange) and Kilkenny (Kilkenny Castle, Medieval Mile Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, take an in-depth tour of Dublinia, sample the fine beverages at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, and see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner.

Drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September in Dublin, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for home.
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