18 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

18 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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18 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly + bus:  14​h 15​min
1
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 4 nights
2
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
5
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
7
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Seattle, United States

4
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

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 The Hole in the Wall as well as Tynan's Bridge House Bar. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cashel Folk Village and Barack Obama Plaza visitor centre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Holycross Abbey and St. John the Evangelist Church. Change things up with a short trip to Leap Castle in Roscrea (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kilfane Church, get into the urban bustle at The Tholsel, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Butter Slip.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip planner .

Seattle, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 8 hours. Traveling from Seattle in April, you will find days in Kilkenny are little chillier (54°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Barack Obama Plaza visitor centre, Holycross Abbey, Cashel Folk Village, Leap Castle
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Mount Juliet Estate ©
Mount Juliet Estate
Butter Slip ©
Butter Slip
Cashel Folk Village ©
Cashel Folk Village

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
On the 19th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Kilcrea Friary, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Multose Church, then contemplate the long history of James Fort, then take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, steep yourself in history at Camden Fort Meagher, then explore the world behind art at Crawford Art Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Augustine’s Church.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cork day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kinsale, Kilcrea Friary
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James Fort ©
James Fort
St Multose Church ©
St Multose Church
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, hike along The Kerry Way, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Church. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hotel Dunloe Castle Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney attractions planner .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trip

Holy Cross Church
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Irish Whiskey Experience ©
Irish Whiskey Experience
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
The Kerry Way ©
The Kerry Way

2
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Riasc, take an in-depth tour of Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, take in the dramatic natural features at Greenlane Gallery, don't miss a visit to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill, then shop like a local with Dingle Artworks, and finally examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Fiadh Woven Design, view the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, take in the waterfront at Dun Chaoin Pier, then contemplate the long history of Leacanabuaile Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dingle trip planner .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cahersiveen, Dun Chaoin Pier
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
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Riasc ©
Riasc
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church ©
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church
Minard Castle ©
Minard Castle

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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 a sense of the local culture at Ashford Castle and Monk's Fishing House. Visit St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and Riverside Walk for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Cong (Royal Abbey of Cong & Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara). On the 27th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kirwan's Lane, steep yourself in history at The Lynch Memorial, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Galway online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Dingle, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Galway, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Cong
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Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church ©
St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): see the interesting displays at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, appreciate the history behind Triumphal Arch, then examine the collection at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, then explore the world behind art at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and finally make a trip to O'Connell Street. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty Library and then examine the collection at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience.

Before you visit Dublin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Dublin are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty

2
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Linen Hall Library, learn about all things military at Royal Ulster Rifles Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Malachy's Church, then view the masterpieces at Culturlann MacAdam O Fiaich, and finally steep yourself in history at Customs House.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Belfast itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Scrabo Tower
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Royal Ulster Rifles Museum ©
Royal Ulster Rifles Museum
Scrabo Tower ©
Scrabo Tower
Museum of Orange Heritage ©
Museum of Orange Heritage

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