20 days in Ireland Itinerary

20 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 2 nights
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Wexford
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
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Cork
— 2 nights
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Killarney
— 2 nights
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Limerick
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 3 nights
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Dublin
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Dublin — 2 nights

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 2nd (Tue): pause for some photo ops at James Joyce Statue, then walk around St Stephens Green, then visit Temple Bar, and finally see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and finally sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin road trip planning app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In August in Dublin, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Wexford.
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Wexford — 2 nights

Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Colclough Walled Garden, then admire the striking features of Tintern Abbey, and then contemplate the long history of Hook Lighthouse. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Wells House & Gardens, step into the grandiose world of Ferns Castle, then stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wexford trip maker website.

You can drive from Dublin to Wexford in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Wexford, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Waterford (Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, Waterford Greenway, &more) and Rock of Cashel (in Cashel). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and surround yourself with nature on Hawkeye School of Falconry.

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You can drive from Wexford to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cork.
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Cork — 2 nights

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 9th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then hunt for treasures at The English Market, and finally identify plant and animal life at Fota Wildlife Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cork trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In August in Cork, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney — 2 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Muckross House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Killarney trip planner.

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. August in Killarney sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Limerick.
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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 13th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, stop by The Lawrence Collection, and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Old Irish Ways, then admire the natural beauty at Terranova Gardens, and then explore the world behind art at Hunt Museum.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Limerick route planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Limerick in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Limerick are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.
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Galway — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Wild Atlantic Way, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and make a trip to Eyre Square.

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Drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin — 3 nights

On the 17th (Wed), make a trip to The Spire. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar.

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Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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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.
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