11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Kilkenny
Drive
3
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Limerick
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shannon
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Dublin

— 2 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.
You've added The Brazen Head, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublinia, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., take in the local highlights with The Brazen Head, then shop like a local with Grafton Street, then get engrossed in the history at Dublinia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at 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 other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dublin online trip builder.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also fly. 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

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Kilkenny

Marble City

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.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip planning app.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. 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
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Killarney

— 4 nights
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.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Killarney sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. 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 go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

Limerick

— 2 nights
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): stroll through Dromore Wood Nature Reserve and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Limerick online road trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Limerick in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; 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 drive to Shannon.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Shannon

Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. For reviews, more things to do, 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 · Shopping · Nightlife · Fun & Games
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Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.