13 days in Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Ireland Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Polokwane
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Cork
— 3 nights
Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Polokwane

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Trinity College Dublin. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, steep yourself in history at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, take a stroll through Grafton Street, and walk around Phoenix Park.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dublin road trip planner.

Polokwane, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December, Dublin is cooler than Polokwane - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cliffs of Moher and Galway City Karting. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Pigeon Hole Cave (in Cong), Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin) and Burren National Park (in Corofin). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at The Burren, step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, stop by The Woollen Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Corcomroe Abbey.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Galway planning tool .

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ennis, County Clare, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Burren National Park, Pigeon Hole Cave
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
The Burren ©
The Burren
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

3
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.
Attractions like Blarney Castle & Gardens and The Donkey Sanctuary make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Collins Barracks Museum, deepen your understanding at University College Cork (UCC), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cork driving holiday planner.

Drive from Galway to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Cork, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cobh, The Donkey Sanctuary
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
The Donkey Sanctuary ©
The Donkey Sanctuary
Collins Barracks Museum ©
Collins Barracks Museum

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