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Expertise the Better of Dublin and Galway in One Week

Spending one week in Eire is ample time to find the sweetness and attraction that the Emerald Isle has to supply. On the subject of breathtaking landscapes, wealthy historical past, and heat hospitality, Eire by no means disappoints. 

From the colourful metropolis lifetime of Dublin to the fascinating cultural scene of Galway, this week-long itinerary guarantees an unforgettable journey by two of Eire’s most fascinating cities. 

Get able to discover historical castles, enjoy conventional music, and savor the best Irish delicacies.

2 Days in Dublin

Two days in Dublin is nearly the proper size to discover the capital of Eire. It’s a culturally wealthy metropolis with quite a few museums and vacationer sights to go to. And naturally, it’s completely full of numerous bars and eating places. 

Dublin Day 1 Itinerary

Take within the magnificence of Trinity Faculty

A go to to Trinity Faculty, Eire’s most prestigious College is an effective way to start your journey to Dublin. Right here you may go on a tour of the ‘Ebook of Kells’. It is a medieval non secular manuscript thought of to be one of many oldest books on the earth. 

It’s believed to have been crafted by Celtic monks again in a monastery on the Isle of Iona circa 800. The tour is a large vacationer attraction the place you may study all in regards to the creation of the e-book in advantageous element. 

And this tour additionally permits you entry to the primary chamber of the Faculty’s Previous Library, often known as the: ‘Lengthy Room’. This unimaginable 65-foot-long chamber is among the most spectacular libraries on the earth and is just an impressive sight to behold. 

Though on the time of writing the Lengthy Room goes by an costly restoration course of, so almost all the numerous cabinets are empty. However there are some books on show on the bottom ground, together with the oldest harp in existence. 

Go to Oscar Wilde’s dwelling

Not too removed from Trinity Faculty is one other cultural and historic focal point; Oscar Wilde’s childhood dwelling. It’s attainable to go to the inside of certainly one of Eire’s most celebrated poets and literary darlings of the 1800s for the worth of 12 Euros. There’s additionally the choice of a full guided tour that lasts 90 minutes and prices 20 Euros per particular person.

It is a fascinating alternative to realize perception into Oscar Wilde’s upbringing firsthand. The home is of Georgian structure and nonetheless options interval furnishings from his time there. And immediately reverse the home, you might have Merrion Sq. Gardens. 

It is a pretty park to walk round and also you even have a well-known sculpture of Oscar Wilde which is nicely price seeing as nicely. 

By the best way, in the event you’re fascinated by structure and planning to go to Dublin, you received’t wish to miss this whole Dublin Structure Information

Go to some Dublin museums

There are over 40 museums to find in Dublin, which is a large quantity and it’s inconceivable to find all of those in simply two days after all. Many of those museums are freed from cost as nicely.

Persevering with with our day one itinerary of Dublin, let’s discover two of the preferred free museums throughout the metropolis:

Nationwide Gallery of Eire

Based mostly simply throughout the street from Merrion Sq. Gardens is the Nationwide Gallery of Eire, which is nicely price a go to in the event you like your artwork. The everlasting assortment is completely free to enter and options an in depth variety of Irish and European work relationship again to the Center Ages. 

The constructing itself is a pleasure to stroll round and the gallery is taken into account among the best in all of Europe. It’s extremely advisable to spend a minimum of 1-2 hours right here to understand all the nice art work on present. 

Nationwide Museum of Eire-Ornamental Arts & Historical past

Subsequent on our record is the Nationwide Museum of Eire – Ornamental Arts & Historical past, situated at Collins Barracks, a former navy barracks. That is one other completely free museum to enter, which focuses on historic and up to date collections and offers a deeper perception into Eire’s cultural heritage, navy historical past, and extra. 

There are quite a few collections housed right here that are actually fascinating and you’ll simply spend a few hours appreciating the various antiques, costumes, and ornamental objects from Eire’s previous and current. 

Expertise the various pubs of Dublin

After a busy first day experiencing the cultural highlights of Dublin, it’s time to finish it with visiting one (or a number of) pubs that may be discovered within the metropolis. 

After all, no journey to Dublin is full with out savoring a pint of Guinness in certainly one of Dublin’s many pubs. The concept of offering hospitality with a drink and a spot of relaxation is deeply ingrained into Irish historical past. 

Consuming institutions actually turned modern in Dublin again within the seventeenth and 18th centuries and so they’re nonetheless simply as fashionable to at the present time. The town’s Temple Bar district is the liveliest place you possibly can want to uncover, situated on the south financial institution of the River Liffey. 

This space is filled with conventional Irish pubs, most of which characteristic stay Irish conventional music. Essentially the most well-known of those pubs is after all Temple Bar, which at all times seems full and full of vacationers having fun with a reasonably pricey pint of the black stuff (round 9-10 Euros right here!).

However there are an entire host of bars which might be simply as vigorous and entertaining and have cheaper Guinness (sometimes round 6 Euros). Getting some typical Irish meals akin to Irish stew and a drink on this district is a should!

Dublin Day 2 Itinerary

Dublin Fort

Day two in Dublin begins with a go to to Dublin Fort, a historic web site with outstanding structure and delightful gardens. The fort is the very best level in all of Dublin and relies handily within the metropolis middle. 

It’s probably the most vital websites within the metropolis with an extended, advanced historical past relationship all the best way again to 1204. You possibly can study all in regards to the fort on a self-guided tour right here and tickets value 12 Euros for adults. 

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

After Dublin Fort, the subsequent cease is a go to to the magnificent St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a shocking instance of Gothic structure. Based mostly within the historic Liberties District of Dublin, the Cathedral was based in 1191 and is legendary for its each day choir and its gorgeous inside. 

There are each day, free guided excursions of the Cathedral which you’ll be able to request prematurely through the Cathedral’s web site, and entry is free in case you have a Dublin Go which you should buy prematurely as nicely. In any other case, it prices 9 Euros to enter for adults, and round an hour ought to suffice to absorb all of its glory. 

Guinness Storehouse Manufacturing unit Tour

Following lunch, it’s time to take pleasure in a tipple or two of the black stuff on the well-known Guinness Manufacturing unit or Storehouse because it’s referred to as as of late. This place is among the prime vacationer sights in all of Dublin, as after all, Guinness is its most well-known product that it’s given to the world. 

The storehouse consists of a number of flooring filled with historical past in regards to the well-known Irish beer, all throughout the manufacturing facility that has been producing it for over 250 years. On the highest ground is what’s referred to as the Gravity Bar, which options superb 360 views of Dublin. 

Tickets value round 29 Euros which is a bit steep, however you do get a complimentary pint of Guinness upon reaching the Gravity Bar. 

Jameson Whisky Distillery Tour

And having skilled the Guinness Manufacturing unit, you may comply with that up with a tour of Dublin’s different favourite drink on the Jameson Distillery Whisky Manufacturing unit. Based in 1780, right here you may study all about this well-known Irish spirit. Plus, you may discover ways to make your individual whisky and get to style a few of it as nicely!

Tickets value 25 Euros per grownup, which just like the Guinness Manufacturing unit value is actually not low cost, however an pleasant and enjoyable expertise nonetheless.

Touring from Dublin to Galway

After two days in Dublin sampling all of its many delights (and possibly recovering from these delights too!), it’s time to move over to the west coast of Eire, to the attractive metropolis of Galway. 

Touring from Dublin to Galway is comparatively simple. The best choice, if counting on public transport, is to catch a practice from Heuston Station, which is located simply outdoors of town middle and definitely inside strolling distance. 

The practice journey to Galway takes round three hours and is a pleasing journey, passing by loads of Eire’s superb countryside and stopping off at a number of small cities. Tickets value round 30 Euros and the practice itself has comfy seating with loads of area. 

You possibly can catch a bus to Galway which is cheaper however takes longer and the views are fairly as aesthetically pleasing.

3 Days in Galway

So how does Galway evaluate to Dublin? It’s a a lot smaller metropolis however nonetheless has loads to supply. It jogged my memory a bit of little bit of what Brighton is to London in England; it’s a unique vibe, quirky but historic as nicely. It feels extra like conventional Eire in comparison with Dublin, which after all is a serious European metropolis. 

3 days in Galway is an effective size of time to find all the metropolis’s many sights. Let’s take a look at a number of the many issues that there are to do and see on this vigorous, coastal metropolis. 

Galway Day 1 Itinerary

Galway Metropolis Museum

One of the best ways to begin your itinerary in any metropolis for my part is to study a bit about its historical past, and there’s no higher approach to do this in Galway than a go to to the Galway Metropolis Museum. It is a actually good museum that has three flooring of attention-grabbing exhibitions. 

These exhibitions delve into Galway’s previous, with a number of fascinating artifacts and historic objects. The exhibitions clarify what life was like for the Gaelic individuals a number of hundred years in the past, as much as the previous century, and the political revolutions that town has skilled.

It additionally options Galway’s proud musical historical past and the various well-known rock bands which have performed right here over time. It’s free entry into the museum and you’ll simply spend 1-2 hours right here educating your self.

Go to the Magnificent Galway Cathedral

Galway Cathedral might be town’s most spectacular constructing to go to. It’s a Roman Catholic Cathedral that was town’s jail till it was transformed in 1958. 

The inside of the Cathedral is really a spot of surprise. It’s an enormous area inside with superb brickwork and stained glass home windows. Entry to the Cathedral is free, although donations are appreciated.

Benefit from the Environment of the Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is undoubtedly the beating coronary heart of Galway Metropolis. It’s recognized for its vibrant, colourful streets, boutiques, and conventional Irish pubs, most of which have stay music most nights.

This is usually a surprisingly busy place, in the midst of August all of the bars and eating places had been packed to capability, with lots of people queuing outdoors ready for a desk. I’d go as far as to say it was busier than Dublin, with vacationers from all around the world having fun with the Latin Quarter. 

It’s a vigorous previous place with nice nightlife, making for an pleasant finish to your first day in Galway. 

Galway Day 2 Itinerary

Go on the Lengthy Stroll of Galway

Shifting on to day two of our Galway itinerary, and we’re beginning it with some train on what’s often known as the ‘lengthy stroll’ of Galway. You possibly can start the lengthy stroll by passing beneath the Spanish Arch; which was inbuilt 1584 the place items had been transferred from ships to the quays. 

After passing by the arch you may proceed down the Lough Corrib, the place you’ll go by a row of conventional colourfully painted homes, with views of Galway’s harbour the place you’ll see a number of fishing boats. 

If you happen to’re nonetheless feeling energetic then you may proceed throughout the harbour all the best way to Mutton Island Causeway. Though you may’t really enter Mutton Island, the causeway presents lovely ocean views, with Salthill seen within the distance. 

Bask within the solar at Salthill Promenade

Good climate is just not essentially the very first thing you consider when planning to go to Eire, however you could be in for a shock! If you happen to go to Galway in the course of the peak of summer season then it’s attainable you could take pleasure in some good sunshine and delightful blue skies if the climate Gods are type to you. 

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Don’t anticipate tremendous excessive temperatures, however you could expertise some good days round 20-25 levels Celsius. And if that is so, then there’s no higher place to absorb the rays than Salthill Promenade, situated simply outdoors of Galway. 

There are just a few sandy seashores alongside the promenade, in addition to retailers, eating places, and cafes. 

Go on a Nature Hike to Menlo Fort

To complete off a full day of train, you may stroll (or perhaps bike) a nature path that results in Menlo Fort. It is a pretty, peaceable nature stroll alongside the River Corrib and likewise passes a number of College campuses. 

After round half-hour of strolling, you’ll see reverse the river the stays of Menlo Fort. Though it’s not attainable to enter the fort because it’s simply ruins, it’s nonetheless a powerful sight even from throughout the river. 

The fort dates again to the sixteenth Century and is a reminder of Galway’s wealthy historical past. It’s the proper place to absorb Galway’s pretty countryside as nicely, particularly on a pleasant sunny day. 

Galway Day 3 Itinerary

A Day Tour to the Cliffs of Moher

The cliffs of Moher are Eire’s most well-known pure attraction, and a go to there may be the proper ending in your final day in Galway. 

It’s attainable to journey there by public bus, however I’d extremely suggest reserving a day tour prematurely. There are lots of excursions to select from and loads of them embrace numerous vacationer spots that you just’ll go to in your method to the cliffs of Moher. 

My tour was an eight-hour spherical journey that left Galway at 10 a.m. The tour information (who was additionally the bus driver) was very informative all through the journey, giving information on the quite a few villages that you just drive by and the historical past behind them. 

Let’s have a look at a number of the stops you may anticipate to make in your method to the cliffs:

Dunguaire Fort

This was the primary cease on the tour and we got round 20 minutes to discover the fort. Dunguaire Fort is among the most well-known castles in all of Eire. It overlooks the shores of Galway Bay and dates again to 1520. 

There are a few present retailers contained in the fort and you’ll pay to go as much as the highest degree of the fort to have a greater view of the shoreline.

Poulnabrone (Portal Tomb)

The second cease on the tour was Poulnabrone, a portal tomb that’s the oldest megalithic monument in all of Eire. It dates again to the daybreak of man and is an interesting web site when you think about that’s it older than the Egyptian Pyramids!

What precisely is a portal tomb I hear you ask? Effectively, it’s a prehistoric stone chamber consisting of two upright slabs and a vertical slab on prime, which resembles a desk, form of. They had been used for a number of completely different causes, with Poulnabrone being a burial web site. 

That will not sound very attention-grabbing, however when you think about the traditional historical past of those portal tombs then it’s fairly an astonishing factor to behold. There are round 180 portal tombs scattered round Eire as nicely and they’re a novel glimpse into the nation’s ancestral previous. 

Lunch at a Conventional Irish Pub

After visiting Poulnabrone, it will likely be time for lunch. Included in my tour was a fast cease at a standard Irish pub. Contemplating there have been round 60 individuals on the tour, the workers on the pub we visited was extraordinarily environment friendly and the meals (and the Guinness) was excellent too. The worth of the lunch wasn’t included within the tour value nonetheless, which is price maintaining in thoughts. 

Cliffs of Moher

After lunch it’s time for the primary attraction; the enduring cliffs themselves. Count on dramatic and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, which actually are breathtaking. There are two routes you may take on the cliffs; in the direction of the proper, you may head in the direction of O’Brien Fort which has an commentary tower in the event you actually need essentially the most spectacular views of the cliffs. 

I visited the cliffs in the midst of August and there have been loads of vacationers there, which meant an extended queue to entry O’Brien Fort. The opposite route is over the primary cliffs and stretches for a number of kilometers. 

It’s attainable to do that however keep in mind how a lot time you must spend at Moher; our tour had two hours so not sufficient time to finish the hike over the cliffs. There’s additionally a restaurant, present retailers, an info middle, and even a small cinema that has been constructed into the cliffs. 

They are surely awe-inspiring and spending an entire day to see them is completely price doing and a powerful suggestion. 


This one-week itinerary for exploring each Dublin and Galway supplies a balanced mix of historical past, tradition, pure magnificence, and native experiences.

Eire’s attraction is really fascinating, and whether or not you’re wandering by the bustling streets of Dublin or embracing the creative spirit of Galway, every day guarantees a brand new journey and a deeper reference to this enchanting land. 

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