22 days in Ireland Itinerary

22 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 5 nights
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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
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Galway
— 3 nights
Drive
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Limerick
— 3 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cork
— 3 nights
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Waterford
— 2 nights
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Visit Glendalough Cathedral and Bru na Boinne for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Trim Castle (in Trim), Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Malahide Castle (in Malahide). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, take a stroll through Temple Bar, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dublin online road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Dublin Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 15:

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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.
Popular historic sites such as St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Rock of Cashel are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Black Abbey and Jerpoint Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Huntington Castle (in Clonegal), St. Patrick's Well (in Clonmel) and Cashel Folk Village (in Cashel). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilkenny Castle, look for gifts at Smithwick's Retail Store, view the masterpieces at VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Kilkenny. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Abbey of Cong and Aughnanure Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Irish Workhouse Centre and Lahinch Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Spiddal Craft & Design Studios (in Spiddal), The Battle of Aughrim Visitor Centre (in Aughrim) and Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum (in Athlone). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk and walk around Eyre Square.

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Getting from Kilkenny to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Galway when traveling from Kilkenny in May, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

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Limerick

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Craggaunowen. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dromoland Castle and Athassel Priory. Get out of town with these interesting Limerick side-trips: Askeaton Friary (in Askeaton) and St. Declan's Way (in Tipperary). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Redemptorist Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Augustinian Friary, and take in the exciting artwork at Draiocht Art & Shop Gallery, Adare.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Limerick trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Galway to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Limerick are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

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Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 25th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Banna Strand and then get engrossed in the history at Kerry County Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Killarney itinerary app.

Drive from Limerick to Killarney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. May in Killarney sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Nano Nagle Place and Crawford Art Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Charles Fort and Jameson Distillery Midleton. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cork: Kinsale (Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, James Fort, &more), Michael Collins Centre (in Clonakilty) and Titanic Experience Cobh (in Cobh). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, contemplate the long history of Camden Fort Meagher, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cork trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Waterford.

Things to do in Cork

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

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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 30th (Sat): stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, explore the world behind art at Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, then examine the collection at King of the Vikings, and finally examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Dungarvan Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Curraghmore House.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Waterford trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Cork to Waterford in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Waterford are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.