16 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Dublin online trip itinerary builder.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect nights in Dublin to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are little chillier, around 57°F. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 5 nights
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Visit Carrickfergus Castle and Kinbane Castle for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House and St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic). There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, admire the landmark architecture of St. Malachy's Church, visit Cathedral Quarter, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Orange Heritage - Schomberg House.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Belfast journey tool.

You can drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. October in Belfast sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Enniskillen.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Enniskillen, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stroll through Garden Of The Celtic Saints, stroll the grounds of Caldragh cemetery, and then step into the grandiose world of Monea Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Enniskillen trip planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Enniskillen in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. You will leave for Galway on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Enniskillen

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Galway, Ireland

— 4 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden has been added to your itinerary. Visit Salthill Promenade and Kirwan's Lane for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kilmacduagh Tower and The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Dromoland Castle (in Newmarket-on-Fergus) and Ennis Friary (in Ennis). There's still lots to do: stroll around Eyre Square.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Enniskillen to Galway takes 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Enniskillen in October since evenings lows in Galway dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 1 night

Marble City

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holycross Abbey.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny attractions website.

Getting from Galway to Kilkenny by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 3 nights

Fair City

You've added Temple Bar, Trinity College Dublin, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and other attractions to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like 14 Henrietta Street and Wicklow Mountains National Park. Popular historic sites such as Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Dublin Castle are in your itinerary. Explore Dublin further: get engrossed in the history at Dublinia.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dublin travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.