19 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

19 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  28 h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Waterford, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Waterville, Ireland
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes DoDublin, Jameson Distillery Bow St., Merrion Square, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to The Spire.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 28- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Brisbane to Dublin, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Dublin: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Waterford.

Things to do in Dublin

Tours Nightlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

2
nights
Waterford, Ireland

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then examine the collection at King of the Vikings, and finally take a stroll around Reginald's Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Irish National Heritage Park and then contemplate the long history of Tintern Abbey.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Waterford using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Waterford takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Waterville.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Irish National Heritage Park, Tintern Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum
Tintern Abbey ©
Tintern Abbey
Irish National Heritage Park ©
Irish National Heritage Park

7
nights
Waterville, Ireland

Waterville ©
County Kerry's picture-perfect holiday resort of Waterville is a weekend getaway once favored by Charlie Chaplin's family.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waterville: Barleycove Beach (in Schull), Staigue Fort (in Castlecove) and Blueberry Hill Farm (in Sneem). Spend a day of island exploring on the 30th (Sun) at Skellig Michael. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Derrynane Beach, get outside with Ring of Kerry, pause for some photo ops at Mick O'Dwyer Statue, and explore the historical opulence of Ballycarbery Castle.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Waterville trip app.

You can drive from Waterford to Waterville in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You will leave for Galway on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Waterville

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Kerry, Valentia Island, Barleycove Beach, Derrynane Beach, Ballycarbery Castle
Highlights from your plan
Blueberry Hill Farm ©
Blueberry Hill Farm
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael
Derrynane Beach ©
Derrynane Beach

1
night
Galway, Ireland

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Quay Street, then cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway online trip planner.

Drive from Waterville to Galway in 4 hours. September in Galway sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Derry.

Things to do in Galway

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

2
nights
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ulster American Folk Park, examine the collection at The Abingdon Collection, and then get to know the fascinating history of City Walls. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Free Derry, appreciate the history behind Bloody Sunday Memorial, then snap pictures at Peace bridge, and finally get outside with Ebrington Square.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Derry day trip planning app.

You can drive from Galway to Derry in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Derry are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Omagh
Highlights from your plan
The Abingdon Collection ©
The Abingdon Collection
City Walls ©
City Walls
Ulster American Folk Park ©
Ulster American Folk Park

1
night
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Parliament Buildings, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, and then admire the natural beauty at Belfast Botanical Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Belfast travel site.

You can take a bus from Derry to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Belfast Botanical Gardens ©
Belfast Botanical Gardens
City Hall ©
City Hall
Parliament Buildings ©
Parliament Buildings

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