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5 best day trips from Dublin

Day trip to Kilkenny

Venture into Ireland’s Ancient East on a day trip from Dublin to Kilkenny. Over 400 years old, this charismatic town is bursting with attractions and things to do. Patrol the old city walls or tour the refurbished Kilkenny Castle and browse the local crafts at the Kilkenny Design Center. To top off your trip, sip a pint of Smithwick’s after a tour of the brewery, which has been serving the city for over 300 years.

How far is Kilkenny from Dublin?

Just about 125 kilometers (77 miles) away, Kilkenny is easy to reach for a day trip. By car, bus, or train the trip should only take about 90 minutes.

Day trip to Howth

Spending a day in the charming fishing village of Howth is one of the most popular excursions from Dublin. Home to one of the oldest occupied buildings in Ireland, no trip to the village is complete without a stop at Howth Castle. Built in 1180, the castle has been used as a setting in numerous films and was also featured in the writings of Irish literary giant James Joyce. Before you leave the village, make sure to see the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, originally founded by the Vikings. If you have time, head out to sea on a boat tour to one of the nearby islands to observe the wild nature of Ireland.

How far is Howth from Dublin?

Just on the outskirts of Dublin, Howth is only 18 kilometers (11 miles) from town. The close proximity gives you plenty of time to spend in the village, with your journey only taking about 30 minutes by car or by bus.

Day trip to Glendalough

Get outdoors with a day in County Wicklow’s majestic and historic Glendalough. In this “valley of two lakes”, travelers can get out and tour the structures of a medieval settlement dating back to the 11th Century. Stroll along the dramatic Wicklow Way, and explore The Gateway and The Round Tower. For the more adventurous, the area’s granite hills have been a long-time favorite destination for rock climbers coming from Dublin.

How far is Glendalough from Dublin?

You can make the trip of just over 50 kilometers (31 miles) to Glendalough in about one hour by car. By bus, you will want to plan ahead, as there is only one direct private bus service, which should also take around one hour.

Day trip to Drogheda

Take a trip from Dublin and journey into the past to Drogheda, a must for any history lover. Best known for the prehistoric site of Newgrange, travelers can explore the mythological home of deities, with its neolithic burial mounds and rock art. Aside from the archaeological site, check out the Millmount Complex and the towering St. Laurence’s Gate. Don’t forget to make the time to hop over to the Hill of Tara for an experience fit for a king.

How far is Drogheda from Dublin?

Just over 50 kilometers (31 miles) away, Drogheda makes for a simple day trip. By car, you can reach the historic town in just 40 minutes. If traveling by bus, allow for up to an hour and a half.

Day trip to Cork

One of the liveliest cities in Ireland, visitors are spoiled for choice on a day trip to Cork. In town, you can admire the gothic Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, take in the views from Elizabeth Fort, or simply explore the English Market for some traditional Irish fare. Nearby, you can visit Blarney Castle to follow in the footsteps of countless authors, poets, and politicians and kiss the famed Blarney Stone to receive the “gift of gab” — if you dare.

How far is Cork from Dublin?

If you plan ahead, the 254 kilometers (157 miles) from Dublin to Cork is well worth the journey. Driving by car or by bus, you can reach your destination in just under three hours.

Dublin day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

No matter what part of Ireland you’re trying to reach, there are always several different options for how to get there.

Dublin day trips by train

While train travel is a great option between certain cities in Ireland, the rail network is not as extensive as in other European cities. If you plan to travel by train, make sure you check schedules in advance.

Dublin day trips by bus

For travelers who aren’t renting a car, the bus is your best option for day trips from Dublin. Buses can reach more rural destinations that may not have train stations or connections. Many guided tours will be conducted by bus as well.

Dublin day trips by car

If you want to truly take control of your day trip, a car is an excellent option. A car allows you to efficiently reach remote destinations across Ireland that may not have the best bus service, and to truly get off the beaten path.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is always an excellent option, especially for day trips to more rural destinations. Skip the headache of planning, bus schedules, and entry tickets and let a guided tour arrange your day trip. Tour guides can always provide you with insider tips and interesting facts that can turn your day into an unforgettable experience.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Many guided tours will provide everything you need for the day, from tickets to hotel pick-up and drop-off. However, Ireland is notorious for its chilly weather, so extra layers or a light raincoat are always smart to bring along for your trip.


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Magnificent landscapes, but organisation could be better

The beginning of our trip was very disappointing - we felt like we are joining the army. The driver began with some very strict rules and what we will experience if we don't obey them. If it was a joke, it was too mush - 30 minutes threatening. We are all grown up responsible people after all. He took us to Galway where another driver met us. After 3 hours driving no time for rest room should be planned. In a hurry we passed through the city and then we had a free time. In spite of all that the rest was nice. Our second driver Damien was much more polite and nice. He told us a lot of stories about places we visited, with a good sense of humour and a lot of knowledge about the Irish history. Thanks, Damien!

Highly recommended if you only have one day to see it!!

It was a rainy day but the views were still stunning! Our tour guide, Tommy, was phenomenal! He was kind, patient, informative and fun! He made the day more enjoyable! I would do this tour again! We stopped at a look out area on our way back from the Cliffs of Moher and we were mesmerized by it. He also played Irish music on the bus which we all really enjoyed! Just a great experience over all! Highly recommended!

Great tour in the amazing Irish countryside

Tour was well organised and the guide has given us interesting information on Dublin, Ireland and its culture plus lots of recommendation for places to eat, drink and listen to Irish music. The places we have seen are truly amazing and you can really get a glance on how beautiful Ireland is. Although there is a lot of driving I recommend it.

Guide (Kim) was fantastic, sights were amazing, timing was perfect

We enjoyed our day trip to Kilkenny Castle, Glendalough and the sheep herding demonstration. The castle was interesting, the hike in Glendalough to the lake was invigorating, the history lesson at St Kevin’s was illuminating and the sheep dog demonstration was just plain fun! It was a wonderful day trip from Dublin.

Informative and interesting program with excellent tour guide!

Daniel - our tour guide was fantastic. His illustration, behind stories, local’s know how and suggestions were all amazing. Tour program was on time and he entertained us throughout the day. Highly recommend.