28 days in Ireland Itinerary

28 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland sightseeing planner

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Dublin
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Wexford
— 2 nights
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Waterford
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cork
— 3 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Limerick
— 1 night
Drive
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Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive
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Galway
— 3 nights
Drive
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Westport
— 3 nights
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Dublin

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Teeling Whiskey Distillery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: Zero Latency Dublin (in Sandyford) and Bray (Bray Head & Cliff Walk Car Park Bray). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, walk around St Stephens Green, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, and explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Serbia, the closest major aiport is Dublin Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

Kilkenny

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, walk around Kilkenny Castle, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, Inspirational Gardens & Rachel's Café, then admire the natural beauty at Delta Sensory Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Seat of the Kings of South Leinster Sculpture.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kilkenny tour planning site.

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Wexford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Wexford

— 2 nights
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get your game on at Playzone, take in nature's colorful creations at Colclough Walled Garden, then admire the striking features of Tintern Abbey, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Iberius Church, then kick back and relax at Baginbun Beach, and finally make a trip to Tacumshane Windmill.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Wexford online trip planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Wexford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Wexford, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Waterford.

Things to do in Wexford

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Saviour's Dominican Priory, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Waterford Shopping Centre Lisduggan. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind John Condon Memorial, view the masterpieces at The Irish Handmade Glass Company, examine the collection at King of the Vikings, then get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, and finally snap pictures at Kilmacthomas Railway Viaduct.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Waterford travel app.

Getting from Wexford to Waterford by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Cork

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The English Market and Jameson Distillery Midleton. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Kinsale (Irish Veterans Museum, Charles Fort, &more) and Titanic Experience Cobh (in Cobh). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, walk around Ballincollig Regional Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, and explore the galleries of Cork City Gaol.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Waterford to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Cork, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Killarney

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Killarney Falconry and Kerry Cliffs. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral, explore the galleries of Peter Cox Photography Gallery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Killarney Brewing Company, and explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney online travel route planner.

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Killarney, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Dingle

— 3 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore hidden gems such as Slea Head Drive and Minard Castle. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, kick back and relax at Ventry Beach, take an in-depth tour of Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, and make a trip to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dingle itinerary planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Limerick

— 1 night
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): head outdoors with Flannerys, then get engrossed in the history at Limerick Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Limerick tour planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Limerick in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Limerick

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Liscannor

— 1 night
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, look for gifts at Kenny Woollen Mills & Lahinch Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Spanish Point Beach, then make a trip to The Music Makers of West Clare, and finally pause for some photo ops at Willie Clancy Statue.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Liscannor attractions planner.

Drive from Limerick to Liscannor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Galway

— 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wild Atlantic Way and Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Kinvara Harbour (in Kinvara) and Glendeer Pet Farm (in Athlone). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Quay Street, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square, and experience rural life at Loughwell Farm Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Galway trip planner.

You can drive from Liscannor to Galway in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Liscannor in December: highs in Galway hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Westport

— 3 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Explore hidden gems such as The Great Western Greenway and Westport House. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at The Wild West Indoor Play Village, appreciate the history behind St. Patrick Statue, delve into the distant past with Clew Bay Heritage Centre, and find something for the whole family at The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House.

To find out how to plan a trip to Westport, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Westport are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Trails

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.