12 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

12 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe itinerary builder
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Limerick, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Dublin, Ireland — 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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, walk around St Stephens Green, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and take a stroll through Grafton Street.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin travel route planner.

Split, Croatia to Dublin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Split to Dublin. When traveling from Split in December, plan for slightly colder days in Dublin, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Limerick.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Limerick, Ireland — 3 nights

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 29th (Thu), experience the excitement of Castlefergus Equestrian and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. On the next day, examine the collection at Thomond Park Stadium, admire the landmark architecture of Ennis Friary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach.

Plan my Limerick trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Limerick takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Limerick are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Galway.
more
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Cong (Ireland's School of Falconry & Ashford Castle), Corofin (Burren National Park & The Farmyard) and The Great Western Greenway (in Westport). There's much more to do: Head underground at Aillwee Cave, stroll around Eyre Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Corcomroe Abbey, and admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Limerick to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Limerick in December, you will find days in Galway are slightly colder (8°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Belfast.
more
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belfast: Ballintoy (Causeway Coastal Route & Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge), Giant's Causeway (in Bushmills) and The Puffin Gallery (in Ballycastle). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, take an in-depth tour of Ulster Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol.

Plan trip to Belfast with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Galway to Belfast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In January in Belfast, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
more
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Ireland travel guide

4.3
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.
more