20 days in Ireland Itinerary

20 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland planner

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Dublin
— 5 nights
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Westport
— 2 nights
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Killarney
— 3 nights
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Cork
— 2 nights
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Waterford
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny
— 4 nights
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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.
Visit Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle for their historical value. Do your shopping at Grafton Street and Brown Thomas. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, get engrossed in the history at Dublinia, see where the action happens at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary planning website.

Hobart, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. While traveling from Hobart, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Dublin, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

Westport

— 2 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, then take in the exciting artwork at The Quay Gallery, and then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, then surround yourself with nature on Ireland's School of Falconry, and finally steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Westport trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Dublin to Westport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Killarney

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Muckross Abbey and Norman McCloskey Photography. Step out of the city life by going to Inch Beach and Killarney Falconry. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Torc Mountain Walk, cruise along Ring of Kerry, explore the galleries of Peter Cox Photography Gallery, and go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Westport to Killarney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Westport in December: high temperatures in Killarney hover around 12°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Cork

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then admire the landmark architecture of St Fin Barre's Cathedral, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Kinsale Silver, steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and then view the masterpieces at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cork online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Cork, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Cork

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Waterford

— 2 nights
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), get a dose of the wild on Hawkeye School of Falconry, examine the collection at King of the Vikings, take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, and finally wander the streets of The Apple Market. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of The Irish Handmade Glass Company, identify plant and animal life at Mayfield Birds of Prey, then take in the exciting artwork at The Old Market House Arts Centre, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Hook Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Waterford online trip maker.

You can drive from Cork to Waterford in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Waterford, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Kilkenny

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Cahir Castle and Black Abbey. Visit Jerpoint Abbey and The Tholsel for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kilkenny: Rock of Cashel (in Cashel) and Nook & Cranny (in Portlaoise). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Castlecomer Discovery Park, don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny visit planner.

Traveling by car from Waterford to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
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.