18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Galway
— 2 nights
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Dublin
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Cork
— 2 nights
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Shannon
— 9 nights

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Galway

Galway ©

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.
On the 17th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, then don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and then stroll around Eyre Square.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway itinerary planning app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Cork Airport. September in Galway sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre ©
Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

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Dublin

Dublin ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take a stroll through Temple Bar, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St.. On the next day, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, then examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and finally take in the views from Ha'penny Bridge.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Dublin are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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Kilkenny

Kilkenny ©

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.
On the 21st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, then take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Waterford Greenway.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny road trip tool.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum
Reginald's Tower ©
Reginald's Tower

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Cork

Cork ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, look for gifts at Stone Mad Gallery, then learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at The English Market, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, then see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, and finally see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cork trip planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shannon.

Things to do in Cork

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

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Shannon

Shannon ©
Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. Explore Shannon's surroundings by going to Nenagh Castle (in Nenagh), Ladies Beach (in Ballybunion) and The North Kerry Museum (in Ballyduff). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Cronan's Church, admire the striking features of Cratloe Woods House, and examine the collection at Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Shannon trip planner.

Getting from Cork to Shannon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daytime highs in Shannon are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F.

Things to do in Shannon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Loop Head ©
Loop Head
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle