10 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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Drive to Cairnryan, Ferry to Belfast
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights


Belfast, United Kingdom — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at Titanic Belfast and then explore the engaging exhibits at W5. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then ponder the world of politics at City Hall, and finally look for gifts at The Wicker Man.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Belfast route planner.

Durham to Belfast is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Westport.
Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games
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Westport, Ireland — 2 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, then admire the natural beauty at Westport House, and then take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): examine the collection at The Quiet Man Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, then surround yourself with nature on Ireland's School of Falconry, and finally steep yourself in history at The Guinness Tower/Leonard's Tower.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Westport trip site.

Drive from Belfast to Westport in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Westport sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Scenic Drive
Side Trips
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Dublin, Ireland — 6 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Temple Bar and Merrion Square. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll around Phoenix Park, and admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin visit app.

Traveling by car from Westport to Dublin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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Northern Ireland travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.

Ireland travel guide

Specialty Museums · Nightlife · History Museums
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.