9 days in Ireland Itinerary

9 days in Ireland Itinerary

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9 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cork
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

3
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 Phoenix Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Kilkenny (The Ice Cream Parlour, Kilkenny Castle, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, stroll around St Stephens Green, make a trip to Wall of Fame, and meet the residents at Dublin Zoo.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip app .

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Dublin is 5 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect Dublin to be cooler, temps between 68°F and 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kilkenny
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.
Family-friendly places like Cliffs of Moher and Aillwee Cave will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Westport (Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre & Drummindoo Stud), Scattery Island (in Kilrush) and Burren National Park (in Corofin). It doesn't end there: experience the excitement of Castlefergus Equestrian and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quin Abbey.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Galway journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Dublin in July: highs in Galway hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Westport, Ennis, Cliffs of Moher, Aillwee Cave, Burren National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud

1
night
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 30th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, and then explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cork day trip site .

You can drive from Galway to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cobh
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh
St Colman’s Cathedral ©
St Colman’s Cathedral

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