8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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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 12th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at National Botanic Gardens, walk around Phoenix Park, and then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, and then stroll around St Stephens Green.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner.

Rome, Italy to Dublin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Dublin is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in September, things will get slightly colder in Dublin: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): trek along with Hillwalk Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at The Burren.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Galway trip maker app.

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Galway sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Galway

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, and finally hunt for treasures at The English Market. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to University College Cork (UCC), then get to know the fascinating history of Ballycotton Cliff Walk, and then head off the coast to Spike Island.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cork road trip app.

Traveling by car from Galway to Cork takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Cork

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
On the 18th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, then take in nature's colorful creations at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, then stop by Kinsale Crystal, and finally look for gifts at Aunty Nellie's Sweet Shop Kinsale.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kinsale road trip app.

Drive from Cork to Kinsale in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Ireland travel guide

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.

County Cork travel guide

Castles · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Rebel County
County Cork has made a name for itself as the home of the Blarney Stone, the legendary limestone rock rumored to give those who kiss it "the gift of the gab." People come from around the world to bend over backwards and put their lips to the rock in the hopes of becoming more eloquent. In Cork, the county's eponymous city, it is said that the accents rise and fall with the city's rolling terrain. The southern county attracts those looking for the iconic green hills, craggy coastline, and warm hospitality of Ireland. Known affectionately as The Rebel County for its role in the Irish War of Independence, this region is proudly Irish, as evidenced in the region's many cultural festivals and events.