30 days in Ireland Itinerary

30 days in Ireland Itinerary

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30 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Westport
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Limerick
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Killarney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cork
— 5 nights
Fly + foot:  5​h
End: Birmingham

5
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.
Visit Seapoint Beach and Sandycove Beach for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum and Dublin Castle. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, and contemplate the long history of Christ Church Cathedral.

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Birmingham, UK to Dublin is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Dublin, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Irish National Heritage Park and Hook Lighthouse. Jerpoint Abbey and Kilkenny Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Loftus Hall (in Hook Head), Rock of Cashel (in Cashel) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, and explore the galleries of Butler Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny online journey planner .

Take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in July since evenings lows in Kilkenny dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Irish National Heritage Park, Hook Lighthouse, Loftus Hall, Ferns Castle, Rock of Cashel
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

4
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and The Quay Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Westport: Glassilaun Beach (in Leenane), Curraghduff Farm (in Oughterard) and Mulranny Strand (in Mulranny). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, contemplate the long history of Clew Bay Heritage Centre, and pause for some photo ops at St. Patrick Statue.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Westport trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Westport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kilkenny in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Westport, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Michael Davitt Museum, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Mulranny Strand, Glassilaun Beach
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
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Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Salthill Promenade and Galway Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Wild Atlantic Way and Cliffs of Moher. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Kilmacduagh Tower (in Gort), Oughterard (Glengowla Mines & Aughnanure Castle) and Burren Exposure (in Ballyvaughan). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, deepen your understanding at National University of Ireland-Galway (UCG), get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, and walk around Eyre Square.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Galway sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Liscannor, Oughterard, Claregalway Museum and Forge, Corcomroe Abbey, Kilmacduagh Tower
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©

3
nights
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Appreciate the collections at Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Hunt Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Scattery Island and Dromoland Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Limerick side-trips: St. Flannan's Cathedral (in Killaloe), Askeaton Friary (in Askeaton) and Carrigafoyle Castle (in Ballylongford). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Thomas Fitzgerald Center.

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Traveling by car from Galway to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Limerick are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Killarney.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kilrush, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Thomas Fitzgerald Center, Old Augustinian Friary, Carrigafoyle Castle
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
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Foynes Flying Boat Museum ©
Foynes Flying Boat Museum
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Hunt Museum ©
Hunt Museum

5
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Mary's Cathedral and Muckross Abbey. Get outdoors at Gap of Dunloe and Kerry Cliffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Derrynane Beach (in Caherdaniel), Kells Bay House & Gardens (in Cahersiveen) and Staigue Fort (in Castlecove). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and identify plant and animal life at Falconry Kerry.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney travel itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Limerick to Killarney in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kells Bay House & Gardens, Derrynane Beach, Kerry Cliffs, Staigue Fort
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:
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Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Spike Island and Birds of Prey Educational Centre. Explore hidden gems such as Charles Fort and Mitchelstown Cave. Explore Cork's surroundings by going to Timoleague Franciscan Friary (in Timoleague), Kinsale (James Fort & Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum) and Collegiate Church Of St. Mary (in Youghal). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Augustine’s Church, steep yourself in history at Camden Fort Meagher, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork road trip website .

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Cork are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kinsale, Ardmore, Birds of Prey Educational Centre, Mitchelstown Cave, Leahys Open Farm
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 13:
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

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