12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Dublin
— 1 night
2
Dublin
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
3
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Doolin
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Kenmare
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20 h 45 min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and then steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Ireland, then browse the exhibits of Dublinia: The Heart of Viking and Medieval Dublin, and finally ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Dublin road trip tool.

New York City, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in May: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 59°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

1
night
Dublin

Dublin ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Little Museum of Dublin, then admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Dublin Writers Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip builder app.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum ©
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Dublin Writers Museum ©
Dublin Writers Museum

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience (in New Ross), The Devils Menu (in Tinnahinch) and Waterford (Reginald's Tower & Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, explore the galleries of VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY, and don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip planning site.

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kilkenny when traveling from Dublin in May, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Classes Museums

Side Trips

County Kilkenny, Waterford, The Devils Menu, Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
Highlights from your plan
Black Abbey ©
Black Abbey
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©

3
nights
Doolin

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Explore Doolin's surroundings by going to Burren Perfumery (in Carran), Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan) and University of Limerick (in Limerick). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Doolin Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach, see the interesting displays at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, and enjoy some diversion at Lahinch Seaworld and Leisure Centre.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Doolin online visit planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Doolin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Doolin

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lahinch, Burren Perfumery, Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, Aillwee Cave, University of Limerick
Highlights from your plan
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave

1
night
Kenmare

Kenmare ©
Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church, look for gifts at Kenmare Heritage Centre, then look for gifts at Kenmare Soap Shop, and finally look for gifts at Lorge Chocolatier.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kenmare trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Kenmare takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Kenmare can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kenmare

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lorge Chocolatier ©
Lorge Chocolatier
Kenmare Soap Shop ©
Kenmare Soap Shop
Kenmare Heritage Centre ©
Kenmare Heritage Centre

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