8 days in Athlone & Dublin Itinerary

8 days in Athlone & Dublin Itinerary

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Athlone
— 2 nights
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Dublin
— 5 nights

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Athlone — 2 nights

Gateway to the West

The largest town on the River Shannon has earned the moniker of Gateway to the West for its strategic location; visitors are attracted to Athlone for its vibrant streets.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum and Glendeer Pet Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Coleman Music Centre (in Gorteen), Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre (in Tulsk) and The Irish Workhouse Centre (in Portumna). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Quaker Island, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Athlone day trip planning website.

Dublin to Athlone is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Athlone can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dublin.
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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.
Kids will enjoy Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Phoenix Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kilkenny (Black Abbey, Hawkeye School of Falconry, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around St Stephens Green, admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin, get to know the resident critters at Dublin Zoo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planning site.

Drive from Athlone to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Dublin, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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