23 days in Ireland Itinerary

23 days in Ireland Itinerary

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23 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Fly + Bus:  17 h
1
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Bus:  45 min
2
Waterford
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
6
Cork
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
7
Cobh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Rochester

1
night
Kilkenny

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 (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Black Abbey, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel, and then head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny custom trip planner.

Rochester, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Rochester to Kilkenny. Traveling from Rochester in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 43°F in Kilkenny. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Rock of Cashel
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 24:
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Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

2
nights
Waterford

Waterford ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Bishop's Palace, then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then explore the world behind art at Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, and finally identify plant and animal life at Irish National Heritage Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition, then see the interesting displays at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, then admire all the interesting features of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, and finally examine the collection at Reginald's Tower.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Waterford travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Kilkenny to Waterford by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Waterford, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Ross, County Wexford, The National 1798 Rebellion Centre
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:
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Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum
The National 1798 Rebellion Centre ©
The National 1798 Rebellion Centre

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass, make a trip to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and head outdoors with The Dingle Peninsula.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dingle sightseeing planner.

Drive from Waterford to Dingle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Dingle Peninsula
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 30th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, and then admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

2
nights
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links, contemplate the long history of James Fort, and then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at West Cork Model Railway Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Inchydoney Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Multose Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kinsale travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Killarney to Kinsale in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cork.

Things to do in Kinsale

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trip

Clonakilty
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
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Old Head Golf Links ©
Old Head Golf Links
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Kinsale Silver ©
Kinsale Silver

2
nights
Cork

Cork ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then don't miss a visit to University College Cork (UCC), and then hunt for treasures at Old English Market/City Market. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Cork City Gaol, meet the residents at Fota Wildlife Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork travel itinerary planner.

Cork is just a stone's throw from Kinsale. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cobh.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Fota Wildlife Park
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
University College Cork (UCC) ©
University College Cork (UCC)
Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park

2
nights
Cobh

Cobh ©
Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Jameson Experience, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Annie Moore Statue, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally appreciate the history behind Lusitania Memorial. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Cliffs of Bunglas, Slieve League, take in the waterfront activity at SailCork, and then take an in-depth tour of Cobh Heritage Centre.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cobh vacation trip planner.

Cobh is just a stone's throw from Cork. In May in Cobh, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Cobh

Museums Outdoors Classes

Side Trip

Jameson Distillery Midleton
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
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Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh
SailCork ©
SailCork
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

2
nights
Galway

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, make a trip to Quay Street, and then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Galway vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Cobh to Galway in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 46°F. On the 10th (Wed), you'll travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:
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Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

4
nights
Dublin

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.
Dublin is known for sightseeing, breweries, museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, don't miss a visit to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, stroll through Phoenix Park, and admire the striking features of Dublin Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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