10 days in Ireland Itinerary

10 days in Ireland Itinerary

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10 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cork
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Boston

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple Bar and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Step out of Dublin to go to Donore and see Bru na Boinne, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, steep yourself in history at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary planning app .

Boston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Boston in September, with highs in Dublin at 62°F and lows at 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
On the 1st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rothe House and Garden, then steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

Plan trip to Kilkenny with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Hotel Dunloe Castle Gardens, admire the verdant scenery at The Black Valley, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, explore the ancient world of Listowel Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Killarney driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Killarney sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kerry Cliffs, Listowel Castle, St. John's Church, Holy Cross Church
Highlights from your plan
Irish Whiskey Experience ©
Irish Whiskey Experience
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, then get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Multose Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Charles Fort.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Cork trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Cork, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kinsale
Highlights from your plan
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

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