12 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

12 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  11 h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Holyhead, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Belfast, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Rathmullan, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Doolin, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Kilkenny, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: San Francisco, United States

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You've added National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): make a trip to Trafalgar Square, thenexplore the world behind art at National Gallery, thendon't miss a visit to Leicester Square, and finally contemplate the long history of Piccadilly Circus. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Margaret's Church on Parliament Square, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, thenponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our London day trip app.

San Francisco, USA to London is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to London, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in London hover around 50°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Holyhead.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Piccadilly Circus ©
Piccadilly Circus
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye

1
night
Holyhead, United Kingdom

Holyhead
Holyhead is the largest town in the county of Isle of Anglesey in Wales. For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Holyhead vacation maker tool.

Getting from London to Holyhead by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In December in Holyhead, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 42°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Dublin.

Things to do in Holyhead

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dublin road trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Holyhead to Dublin. In December, daytime highs in Dublin are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Tours Outdoors
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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.
On the 7th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Belfast day trip planning website.

You can drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rathmullan.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites
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2
nights
Rathmullan, Ireland

Rathmullan ©
Rathmullan is a small seaside village on the Fanad Peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kinnegar Brewing, Grianan Of Aileach and Malin Head.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rathmullan journey planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Rathmullan in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Rathmullan are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Galway.

Things to do in Rathmullan

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

County Donegal
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Grianan Of Aileach ©
Grianan Of Aileach
Malin Head ©
Malin Head
Kinnegar Brewing ©
Kinnegar Brewing

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.
On the 9th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, and then make a trip to Quay Street.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Galway sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rathmullan to Galway by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rathmullan in December since evenings lows in Galway dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Doolin.

Things to do in Galway

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Galway Bay ©
Galway Bay
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

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Doolin, Ireland

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cliffs of Moher. On the 10th (Thu), get great views at Cliffs of Moher.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Doolin trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Galway to Doolin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Doolin sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 40°F at night. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cork.

Things to do in Doolin

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cliffs of Moher
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

1
night
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 10th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church and then hunt for treasures at The English Market.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cork trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Cork takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Shopping Historic Sites
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The English Market ©
The English Market

few
hours
Kilkenny, Ireland

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle.

Discover how to plan a Kilkenny trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. December in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

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nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Whelan's as well as Temple Bar. Enjoy Dublin some more: browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., kick back and relax at Dollymount Strand, and wander the streets of O'Connell Street.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dublin day trip site.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
The Liberties ©
The Liberties

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