14 days in Ireland, Belfast & Ballymena Itinerary

14 days in Ireland, Belfast & Ballymena Itinerary

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14 days in Ireland, Belfast & Ballymena Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
Fly + Bus:  9 h 30 min
1
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
Ballymena, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Philadelphia, United States

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nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Waterford (Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, The Viking Triangle, & more), Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience (in New Ross) and Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Black Abbey, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bethlehem, USA to Kilkenny. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Bethlehem to Kilkenny due to the time zone difference. In December, Kilkenny is somewhat warmer than Bethlehem - with highs of 48°F and lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Waterford, Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, Hook Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

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Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, and then admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Killarney trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Killarney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Killarney sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

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nights
Galway, Ireland

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 11th (Sun): make a trip to Galway's Latin Quarter, stroll through Eyre Square, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Galway Arts Centre, explore the activities along Galway Bay, and then enjoy some diversion at Pure Skill Galway.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Galway trip builder.

Getting from Killarney to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Killarney in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 38°F in Galway. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Galway Arts Centre ©
Galway Arts Centre
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

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nights
Dublin, Ireland

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.
On the 13th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of St. Michan's Church, stroll through St. Stephen's Green, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, then wander the streets of Temple Bar, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Old Jameson Distillery.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): have fun and explore at W5, step into the grandiose world of Belfast Castle, then contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, and finally admire the striking features of City Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, then take in nature's colorful creations at Belfast Botanical Gardens, and then get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Belfast trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Belfast are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Ballymena.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
City Hall ©
City Hall

1
night
Ballymena, United Kingdom

Ballymena ©
Ballymena is a large town in County Antrim, and the eighth largest in Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Antrim Castle Gardens, get lost in a book at Antrim Library, and then identify plant and animal life at World of Owls.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ballymena sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Belfast to Ballymena with the Route module. Traveling from Belfast in December, Ballymena is little chillier at night with lows of 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ballymena

Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Antrim, World of Owls
Highlights from your plan
Antrim Castle Gardens ©
Antrim Castle Gardens
Antrim Library ©
Antrim Library
World of Owls ©
World of Owls

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