11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Kilkenny
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Killarney
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Limerick
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Shannon
— Few hours
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Chicago

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.
You've added The Brazen Head, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublinia: The Heart of Viking and Medieval Dublin, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sat), sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., join in the after-dark buzz at The Brazen Head, shop like a local with Grafton Street, then contemplate the long history of Dublinia: The Heart of Viking and Medieval Dublin, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Christ Church Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, then explore the historical opulence of Dublin Castle, then wander the streets of Temple Bar, and finally take in the views from Ha'penny Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dublin online trip builder.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Chicago in May, things will get a bit cooler in Dublin: highs are around 59°F and lows about 43°F. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

few
hours
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kilkenny Castle. On the 21st (Mon), don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then get to know the fascinating history of Butter Slip, then steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip planning app.

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in May since evenings lows in Kilkenny dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks
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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Courtney's Bar, Ladies' View, Ring of Kerry, and other attractions. It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Killarney sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May in Killarney, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Limerick.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Inch Beach, Ring of Kerry, The Dingle Way
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Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

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nights
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Dromore Wood Nature Reserve and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Limerick online road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Killarney to Limerick in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Shannon.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Dromore Wood Nature Reserve
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

few
hours
Shannon

Shannon
Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Shannon trip builder website.

Shannon is just a short distance from Limerick. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 46°F. You will leave for home on the 27th (Sun).

Things to do in Shannon

Historic Sites Nightlife Parks
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