28 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 5 nights
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Westport
— 3 nights
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Limerick
— 1 night
Drive
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Dingle
— 3 nights
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Killarney
— 4 nights
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Cork
— 3 nights
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Waterford
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Dublin — 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to 14 Henrietta Street and National Botanic Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Bru na Boinne (in Donore), Howth Head (in Howth) and Malahide Castle (in Malahide). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner.

Sacramento, USA to Dublin is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. While traveling from Sacramento, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Dublin, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Westport.
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Westport — 3 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Atlantic Drive and Croagh Patrick. Explore Westport's surroundings by going to Sky Road (in Clifden), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Church of the Seven Daughters (in Renvyle). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Killary Sheep Farm, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, contemplate the long history of Westport House, and explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Westport trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Westport in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Westport, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Galway.
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Galway — 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wild Atlantic Way and Room Escape Games. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Ireland's School of Falconry (in Cong), Clonmacnoise (in County Offaly) and Athlone Castle Visitor Centre (in Athlone). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Quay Street, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum, and explore the activities along Galway Bay.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Galway day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Limerick.
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Limerick — 1 night

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 23rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Hunt Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Arthur's Quay Shopping Centre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Limerick trip planning site.

You can drive from Galway to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Limerick are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Dingle.
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Dingle — 3 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Slea Head Drive and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass, head outdoors with Dingle Peninsula, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dingle Distillery, and delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dingle journey planner.

Traveling by car from Limerick to Dingle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Dingle, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney — 4 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Killarney Falconry and Gap of Dunloe. Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare) and Skelligs Chocolate Co. (in Ballinskelligs). Next up on the itinerary: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, pause for some photo ops at The Diaspora, take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Killarney sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cork.
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Cork — 3 nights

Rebel City

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nano Nagle Place and University College Cork (UCC). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Cobh (Spike Island, Titanic Experience Cobh, &more) and Kinsale (Old Head Golf Links & Charles Fort). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Cork City Gaol, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, and hunt for treasures at The English Market.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cork attractions planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cork are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waterford.
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Waterford — 2 nights

Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
On the 4th (Thu), take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, walk around Irish National Heritage Park, then enjoy the sea views from Hook Lighthouse, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ballyhack Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Waterford Greenway.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Waterford trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Cork to Waterford in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 2 nights

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 6th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Rock of Dunamase.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny planning app.

Getting from Waterford to Kilkenny by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough 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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