21 days in Ireland, Belfast & London Itinerary

21 days in Ireland, Belfast & London Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Blarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dingle, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Doolin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Letterkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Stag's Head Dublin, The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, Big Bus Dublin, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, make a trip to Merrion Square, stroll around Phoenix Park, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In May, Dublin is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Kilkenny, Ireland

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

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You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in May, Kilkenny is a bit warmer at night with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Blarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
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Blarney, Ireland

— 2 nights
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
Blairs Inn has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stop by Blarney Woollen Mills, step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Multose Church, then take an in-depth tour of Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co, and finally have a few drinks at Blairs Inn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, then steep yourself in history at James Fort, then brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, and finally make a trip to Blarney Stone.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Blarney day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Blarney in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Blarney, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Blarney

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Parks · Shopping

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Killarney, Ireland

— 2 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You've now added Courtney's Bar to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Courtney's Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, and then admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Killarney road trip app.

Traveling by car from Blarney to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Killarney sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

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Dingle, Ireland

— 1 night
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower, cruise along Slea Head Drive, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dingle Oceanworld.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Dingle trip builder website.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Doolin.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Doolin, Ireland

— 1 night
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, then explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, then hike along Clare Coastal Walk Project, and finally don't miss a visit to Cliffs of Moher.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Doolin online vacation planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Doolin in 3.5 hours. In May in Doolin, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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Galway, Ireland

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Wild Atlantic Way, then don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Galway online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Galway, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Letterkenny.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites
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Letterkenny, Ireland

— 1 night
As an economic center of the region, Letterkenny has suffered overdevelopment, but its thriving student and young-professional population brings good food, accommodations, and nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Glenveagh Castle and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Errigal.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Letterkenny road trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Letterkenny in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Letterkenny

Trails · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Belfast, United Kingdom

— 1 night
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 1st (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Belfast Botanical Gardens, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, then steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Belfast road trip planning tool.

Drive from Letterkenny to Belfast in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to London.

Things to do in Belfast

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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London, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London Party Pub Crawl has been added to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from London to Amesbury to see Stonehenge about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and explore the world behind art at The British Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the London route planning tool.

Getting from Belfast to London by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in London

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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.

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.