23 days in Ireland Itinerary

23 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 4 nights
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Limerick
— 4 nights
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Cork
— 4 nights
Bus to South Mall, stop 241211, Bus to Kilkenny
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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
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Dublin
— 1 night
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Dublin — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Merrion Square and Bray Head. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Killiney Hill (in Killiney) and Causey Farm (in Navan). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, look for gifts at Carrolls Irish Gifts, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and explore by horseback at The Paddocks Riding Centre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dublin itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Dublin is minus 2 hours. In December, Dublin is colder than Cape Town - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Distillery Tours and James Mitchell Geology Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Monk's Fishing House (in Cong), Curraghduff Farm (in Oughterard) and Joyce Country Sheepdogs (in Shanafaraghaun). Spend the 3rd (Tue) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum, admire the natural beauty at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and stop by Amber.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a bus from Dublin to Galway in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Limerick.
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Limerick — 4 nights

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Step off the beaten path and head to Thomond Park Stadium and Beer Tastings & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Revas Spa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Church, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Crescent Shopping Centre.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Limerick trip maker app.

You can take a bus from Galway to Limerick in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cork.
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Cork — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Climbing Tours and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Cork side-trips: Doneraile Wildlife Park (in Doneraile) and Killarney (Irish Whiskey Experience & Muckross Abbey). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Fitzgerald Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cork trip builder website.

Getting from Limerick to Cork by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum and Smithwick's Experience. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: King of the Vikings (in Waterford), The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception (in Wexford) and Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum, and explore the galleries of Butler Gallery.

Plan trip to Kilkenny with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a bus from Cork to Kilkenny in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dublin.
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Dublin — 1 night

Fair City

On the 18th (Wed), admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dublin visit planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough 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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