18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Fly
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Dublin
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Vale of Glendalough
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Wexford
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Enniscorthy
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Wicklow
— 2 nights
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Dublin — 5 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chester Beatty and Bru na Boinne. Let the collections at Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Newgrange (in Donore) and Irish Military War Museum & Family Park (in Starinagh). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, browse the exhibits of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Dublin, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in July, expect Dublin to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vale of Glendalough.
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Vale of Glendalough — 2 nights

If you're seeking a view of Ireland's sweeping scenery, visit the rugged and romantic Vale of Glendalough, a glacial valley known for its medieval monastic settlement.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): hike along St Kevins Way/Camaderry Short Walk, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glendalough Cathedral, and then admire the sheer force of Glenmacnass Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum of Style Icons (M.O.S.I), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kildare Round Tower, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Solas Bhride.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vale of Glendalough trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Dublin to Vale of Glendalough in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Wexford.
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Wexford — 2 nights

Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. On the 27th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, then admire the striking features of Tintern Abbey, then contemplate the long history of Ballyhack Castle, and finally delve into the distant past at Dunbrody Abbey. On the next day, explore the activities along Our Ladys Island Lake, kick back and relax at Baginbun Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Iberius Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wexford trip planner.

You can drive from Vale of Glendalough to Wexford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Wexford can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Enniscorthy.
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Enniscorthy — 2 nights

Enniscorthy, more commonly known as "Scorthy" is the second-largest town in County Wexford, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, see the interesting displays at Enniscorthy Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Ferns Castle, then explore the galleries of The Gaslamp Gallery, and finally experience rural life at Kia Ora Mini Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Huntington Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Leinster, and then hike along Blackstairs Eco Trails.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Enniscorthy online attractions planner.

Enniscorthy is just a stone's throw from Wexford. In July, daytime highs in Enniscorthy are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 4 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Medieval Mile Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Rock of Dunamase and Hawkeye School of Falconry. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to St. Patrick's Well (in Clonmel), Cashel (Hore Abbey & Cashel Folk Village) and Tramore Beach (in Tramore). And it doesn't end there: walk around Castlecomer Discovery Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Dunmore Cave, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kilkenny travel planner.

Getting from Enniscorthy to Kilkenny by car takes about an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wicklow.
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Wicklow — 2 nights

Wicklow is the county town of County Wicklow and the capital of the Mid-East Region in Ireland. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Arklow Maritime Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Falconry Ireland, and then trek along Avondale House & Forest Park.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Wicklow trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Wicklow takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Wicklow are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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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.
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County Wicklow travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Hiking Trails
Garden of Ireland
Referred to as The Garden of Ireland, County Wicklow presents a pleasant change of pace and scenery from nearby Dublin. Hugging the east coast just south of the capital city, the county encourages visitors to engage with nature. Discover an impressive mountain range, thick woodlands, and the scenic coastline. The Wicklow Way, the most popular walking route in Ireland, winds 132 km (82 mi) from the suburbs of Dublin to County Carlow in the south.
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