10 days in Ireland Itinerary

10 days in Ireland Itinerary

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10 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  3​h
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Cork
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
4
Kinsale
— 1 day
Bus:  30​min
5
Cork
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Portlaoise
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Dublin

Dublin ©
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've added EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Trinity College Dublin, Teeling Whiskey Distillery, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, take a stroll through O'Connell Street, then see the interesting displays at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then get a taste of local nightlife at Oliver St. John Gogarty, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at The Brazen Head. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Michan's Church, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at The Temple Bar.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin visit planner .

Newark, USA to Dublin is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. In January, Dublin is somewhat warmer than Newark - with highs of 46°F and lows of 36°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sat) before leaving for Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane ©
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
St. Michan's Church ©
St. Michan's Church

1
night
Kilkenny

Kilkenny ©
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.
You've added The Hole in the Wall, Black Abbey, St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at The Hole in the Wall.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip maker website .

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Nightlife Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
St Marys Cathedral ©
St Marys Cathedral
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

1
night
Cork

Cork ©
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.
To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cork trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Cork sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. You will leave for Kinsale on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Saint Francis Church ©
Saint Francis Church

1
day
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes James Fort, Kinsale Heritage Walks and Inchydoney Beach. On the 8th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Birthplace of Michael Collins, enjoy the sand and surf at Inchydoney Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Timoleague Franciscan Friary, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, then steep yourself in history at James Fort, and finally stop by Kinsale Crystal.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kinsale road trip site .

Traveling by car from Cork to Kinsale takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Clonakilty, Timoleague Franciscan Friary
Highlights from your plan
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
James Fort ©
James Fort

1
night
Cork

Cork ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St Fin Barre's Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cork travel route app .

Getting from Kinsale to Cork by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Galway.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
St Fin Barre's Cathedral ©
St Fin Barre's Cathedral

2
nights
Galway

Galway ©
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.
Cliffs of Moher has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Burren Exposure, enjoy the sand and surf at Fanore Beach, then see the interesting displays at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, and finally delve into the distant past at Kilmacduagh Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Galway attractions site .

Getting from Cork to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Galway are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Portlaoise.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fanore Beach, Cliffs of Moher, Burren Exposure, Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, Kilmacduagh Tower
Highlights from your plan
Fanore Beach ©
Fanore Beach
Kilmacduagh Tower ©
Kilmacduagh Tower
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

1
night
Portlaoise

Portlaoise ©
You've now added Rock of Dunamase to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Rock of Dunamase.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Portlaoise day trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Portlaoise in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 36°F. You will leave for home on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in Portlaoise

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rock of Dunamase ©
Rock of Dunamase

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