23 days in Ireland & London Itinerary

23 days in Ireland & London Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 9 nights
Fly to Kerry, Bus to Dingle
Dingle, Ireland
— 5 nights
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 4 nights
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights


London, United Kingdom — 9 nights

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Explore London's surroundings by going to Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens (in Burford), Stonehenge (in Amesbury) and Birdland (in Bourton-on-the-Water). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, don't miss a visit to Tower of London, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the London visit planning tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport, London St. Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International Rail Station, South Cape (Zuid-Kaap) Airport (nonexistent / spam) and Ashford International Rail Station. In August in London, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dingle.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

Dingle, Ireland — 5 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 21st (Sun) at Skellig Michael. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass, look for gifts at Brian de Staic Jeweller, contemplate the waterfront views at Dingle Bay, and delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dingle vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from London to Dingle takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London in August, expect nights in Dingle to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips

Kilkenny, Ireland — 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.
Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Bunratty (The Lawrence Collection & Bunratty Castle & Folk Park), Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience (in New Ross) and Rock of Cashel (in Cashel). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Ferns Castle, get outside with Hawkeye School of Falconry, browse the exhibits of Rothe House and Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Kilkenny in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dublin.
Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Dublin, Ireland — 3 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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, contemplate the long history of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kilkenny to Dublin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Dublin sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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England travel guide

Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

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.