21 days in Ireland, Belfast & London Itinerary

21 days in Ireland, Belfast & London Itinerary

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21 days in Ireland, Belfast & London Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  3​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Blarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dingle, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Doolin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Letterkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States


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5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Stag's Head Dublin, The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, Big Bus Dublin, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, snap pictures at Ha'penny Bridge, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dublin day trip planning tool .

New York City, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Dublin to be a bit cooler, temps between 59°F and 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny travel planning website .

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 49°F in Kilkenny. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Blarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Outdoors Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

2
nights
Blarney, Ireland

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blairs Inn. On the 24th (Sun), look for gifts at Blarney Woollen Mills, contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, then steep yourself in history at James Fort, then learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, and finally make a trip to Blarney Stone.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Blarney trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Blarney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Blarney, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Blarney

Historic Sites Nightlife Parks

Side Trips

Kinsale, Blarney Stone
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance ©
Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance
Irish Veterans Museum ©
Irish Veterans Museum

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
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. On the 26th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Courtney's Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): 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 photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip site .

Traveling by car from Blarney to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Killarney, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

1
night
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 28th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower, get outside with Slea Head Drive, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dingle Oceanworld.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dingle vacation planner.

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Dingle sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Eask Tower ©
Eask Tower
Dingle Oceanworld ©
Dingle Oceanworld

1
night
Doolin, Ireland

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, then hike along Clare Coastal Walk Project, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cliffs of Moher.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Doolin trip builder site .

You can drive from Dingle to Doolin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In May in Doolin, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Poulnabrone Dolmen, Cliffs of Moher
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Highlights from your plan
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Poulnabrone Dolmen ©
Poulnabrone Dolmen

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, then make a trip to Quay Street, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Letterkenny.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade

1
night
Letterkenny, Ireland

Letterkenny ©
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.
On the 31st (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Glenveagh Castle and then stroll through Mount Errigal.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Letterkenny online vacation planner .

Getting from Galway to Letterkenny by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Letterkenny sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Letterkenny

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Mount Errigal ©
Mount Errigal
Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle

1
night
Belfast, United Kingdom

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.
On the 1st (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Belfast Botanical Gardens, 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 find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Belfast trip maker tool .

You can drive from Letterkenny to Belfast in 2.5 hours. June in Belfast sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Belfast

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Belfast Botanical Gardens ©
Belfast Botanical Gardens

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You've now added London Party Pub Crawl to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Stonehenge in Amesbury (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and make a trip to Tower of London.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the London trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Belfast to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. June in London sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Stonehenge
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

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