11 days in Waterford & Kilkenny Itinerary

11 days in Waterford & Kilkenny Itinerary

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11 days in Waterford & Kilkenny Itinerary

Start: Waterford
— 7 nights
bus:  45​min
— 3 nights
bus:  45​min
End: Waterford


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.
Explore Waterford's surroundings by going to Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea), Loftus Hall (in Hook Head) and Wexford (Tintern Abbey, Colclough Walled Garden, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, explore the landscape on two wheels at Waterford Greenway, and identify plant and animal life at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Waterford trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Dublin Airport, Cork Airport and Shannon Airport. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wexford, County Wexford, Enniscorthy, New Ross, Curracloe Beach
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Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Irish National Heritage Park ©
Irish National Heritage Park
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse


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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Rothe House and Garden, then steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, then learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey and then admire the striking features of Glendalough Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny day trip tool .

You can take a bus from Waterford to Kilkenny in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Glendalough Cathedral, Rock of Cashel
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©