12 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
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Tralee, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Boyle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 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.
The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Thu), get lost in a book at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, then admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin, and then contemplate the long history of Dublin Castle. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, then don't miss a visit to Merrion Square, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Dublin is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in March, with highs in Dublin at 48°F and lows at 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Cork.
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Cork, Ireland — 1 night

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.
On the 1st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Cork City Gaol.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cork day trip site.

You can drive from Dublin to Cork in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cork are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Tralee.
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Tralee, Ireland — 2 nights

The pub-lined and music-filled streets of Tralee allow visitors to discover everyday Irish life.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dingle Peninsula as well as Ring of Kerry. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): cruise along Ring of Kerry, take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula, make a splash at Aqua Dome, then identify plant and animal life at Killarney Falconry, then look for gifts at John Ross Jewellers, and finally kick back and relax at Banna Strand.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tralee tour itinerary builder website.

Drive from Cork to Tralee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Boyle.
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Boyle, Ireland — 2 nights

Boyle is a town in County Roscommon, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get answers to all your questions at Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, get engrossed in the history at King House, and then delve into the distant past at Boyle Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Adventure Gently, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Arigna Mining Experience, and then walk around Lough Key Forest and Activity Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Boyle road trip planning site.

You can drive from Tralee to Boyle in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tralee in April: highs in Boyle hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Belfast.
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Belfast side-trips: The Dark Hedges (in Ballymoney), Causeway Coastal Route (in Ballintoy) and Giant's Causeway (in Bushmills). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, admire the natural beauty at Titanic Memorial Garden, stop by The Wicker Man, and ponder the world of politics at City Hall.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Belfast tour site.

Traveling by car from Boyle to Belfast takes 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Belfast are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · History Museums
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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County Cork travel guide

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Castles · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Rebel County
County Cork has made a name for itself as the home of the Blarney Stone, the legendary limestone rock rumored to give those who kiss it "the gift of the gab." People come from around the world to bend over backwards and put their lips to the rock in the hopes of becoming more eloquent. In Cork, the county's eponymous city, it is said that the accents rise and fall with the city's rolling terrain. The southern county attracts those looking for the iconic green hills, craggy coastline, and warm hospitality of Ireland. Known affectionately as The Rebel County for its role in the Irish War of Independence, this region is proudly Irish, as evidenced in the region's many cultural festivals and events.
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