11 days in Northern Ireland & Dublin Itinerary

11 days in Northern Ireland & Dublin Itinerary

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11 days in Northern Ireland & Dublin Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
1
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
2
Ballintoy, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Charlotte, United States

1
night
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Coast Rd, then get engrossed in the history at HMS Caroline, and then examine the collection at Titanic Belfast. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at City Hall, then make a trip to Oh Yeah Music Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Belfast Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Belfast trip planner .

Charlotte, USA to Belfast is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. Traveling from Charlotte to Belfast, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Charlotte, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Belfast, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ballintoy.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Coast Rd
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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Coast Rd ©
Coast Rd
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol

1
night
Ballintoy, United Kingdom

Ballintoy ©
Ballintoy is a small village, townland (of 274 acres) and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): head outdoors with Causeway Coastal Route, then explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, and then explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ballintoy trip planning tool .

Drive from Belfast to Ballintoy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Derry.

Things to do in Ballintoy

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Bushmills, Dunluce Castle
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle

1
night
Derry, United Kingdom

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.
On the 12th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, don't miss a visit to The Playhouse, don't miss a visit to Guildhall, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally snap pictures at Foyle Bridge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Derry tour planner.

You can drive from Ballintoy to Derry in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October in Derry, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Derry

Tours Historic Sites
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Walking tours
City Walls ©
City Walls
Guildhall ©
Guildhall

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nights
Dublin, Ireland

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.
Dublin is known for museums, breweries & distilleries, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Phoenix Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin route planner .

You can drive from Derry to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Dublin, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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