12 days in Ireland & Derry Itinerary

12 days in Ireland & Derry Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland & Derry Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Dingle, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
End: Dublin, Ireland

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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.
Visit Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre and Swords Castle for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Bray Head and Sugarloaf Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Colmcille's Church, sample the tasty concoctions at The Porterhouse Brewing Company, and get a new perspective on nature at TCD Zoological Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin visit planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Dublin is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Zurich to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in June, things will get a bit cooler in Dublin: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cork.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Swords Castle, Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, Bray Head
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Iveagh Gardens ©
Iveagh Gardens
Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin ©
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre ©
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

1
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Cork, Ireland

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.
On the 6th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cork trip planner.

You can take a train from Dublin to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Cork sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for Dingle.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St Colman’s Cathedral
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St Colman’s Cathedral ©
St Colman’s Cathedral

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Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 7th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Fiadh Woven Design, then examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, and finally view the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip planner.

Drive from Cork to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
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Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows ©
St. Mary's Church ©
St. Mary's Church
The Carol Cronin Gallery ©
The Carol Cronin Gallery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Oranmore Castle, contemplate the long history of Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum, then experience rural life at Rathbaun Farm, and finally trek along The Wormhole.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Galway route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dingle in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Galway, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Derry.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum, The Wormhole
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Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum ©
Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

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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 11th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Free Derry, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First Derry Presbyterian Church, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Augustine's Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Derry online route planner.

You can drive from Galway to Derry in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Derry when traveling from Galway in June, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites Museums
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First Derry Presbyterian Church ©
First Derry Presbyterian Church
Museum of Free Derry ©
Museum of Free Derry

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
Head to The Tholsel and The Kilkenny Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Medieval Mile Museum and Rothe House and Garden. When in Dublin, make a side trip to see Black Abbey in Kilkenny, approximately Kilkenny away. Enjoy Dublin some more: learn about all things military at The Labour History Museum, take an in-depth tour of Irish Family History Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matt Talbot Shrine, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Huguenot Cemetery.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip builder.

Getting from Derry to Dublin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Derry in June since evenings lows in Dublin dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kilkenny
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Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
Rothe House and Garden ©
Rothe House and Garden
Black Abbey ©
Black Abbey

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