5-day Ireland itinerary: the Heritage Haven

If you thought that exploring what Ireland has to offer in just five days was impossible, then we are here to prove you wrong.

With this five-day Ireland Itinerary, not only will you discover some truly epic Irish wonders, but you will also get to soak up the incredible culture of Ireland’s Ancient East.

This fun-filled five-day Ireland itinerary is not only a perfect choice due to its suitability to all types of travellers. Rather, it is so jaw-droppingly inviting that you’ll wonder how one heritage site can possibly live up to the next.

Ireland’s Ancient East is home to some renowned landmarks older than the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge.

Meanwhile, others have been featured in Hollywood blockbusters and all have an incredible backstory to keep you in awe. Plus, get this; they are all just a short distance from Dublin.

Wondering how to get started? Then this itinerary is for you, so let’s check out our five-day Ireland itinerary: featuring the heritage counties of Dublin, Meath, and Louth.

Day one – uncovering Dublin

Start your five-day Ireland itinerary in Dublin.
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You will start your epic Irish road trip in Dublin City, which will keep you occupied for the day with the many famous heritage sites to explore.

Some heritage highlights to explore in the morning are Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells, Dublin Castle, and Kilmainham Gaol.

This afternoon you will dedicate to enjoying a factory tour of the Guinness Storehouse, home of the most famous stout on earth. Oh, and you will learn the secrets of how to pour your own perfect pint!

Where to eat?

Stop off at Queen of Tarts on your five-day Ireland itinerary.
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In Dublin City, we highly recommend heading to the ever so popular Queen of Tarts for a hearty breakfast or a few on the go sweet treats.

Address: Cow’s Ln, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

Dine out at The Chophouse in Ballsbridge to set yourself up for a cocktail evening at The Vintage Cocktail Club.

Address: 2 Shelbourne Rd, Dublin 4, D04 V4K0, Ireland

Address: 15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 E229, Ireland

Where to stay?

For a lovely 4-star stay, choose The Marlin Hotel Dublin, starting from €121.

Address: 11 Bow Ln E, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, D02 AY81, Ireland

Day two – follow in the footsteps of Hollywood

Stop off at Trim Castle on day two.
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Drive one hour to the impressive Trim Castle, which was used in the Hollywood blockbuster Braveheart. Here, you can walk in the footsteps of Mel Gibson as you explore the entire castle grounds just as the locals do.

Don’t miss out on Ireland’s oldest bridge in the heart of the town and many other old heritage ruins to spot.

Address: Castle St, Trim, Co. Meath, C15 HN90, Ireland

Where to eat?

Grab a bite to eat at the Harvest Home Bakery and Cafe on the five-day Ireland itinerary.
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Choose Harvest Home Bakery in the heart of Trim for some breakfast. Or, for some pub grub, try one of the many traditional pubs in town.

Don’t miss out on a 99-ice cream from one of the local sweet shops.

Address: 18 Market St, Townparks South, Trim, Co. Meath, C15 X780, Ireland

Where to stay?

For an affordable option, choose to bed down at Highfield House, from €86.

Alternatively, you should spend the night at the beautiful Knightsbrook Hotel, from €126.

Address: Castle St, Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland

Address: Dublin Rd, Iffernock, Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland

Day three – a day for heritage and history

Visit Newgrange Heritage Site.
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Today, you will take a short drive from Trim to The Hill of Tara in County Meath. This is an ancient ceremonial and burial site where you can discover passage tombs and burial mounds from the Neolithic and Iron Age.

This afternoon, you will head to Newgrange Heritage Site. Here, you will spend the day exploring the exceptionally large passage tomb dating back to 3200BC. Thus, making it older than the Egyptian Pyramids or Stonehenge.

Address: Newgrange, Donore, Co. Meath, Ireland

Where to eat?

Goodwin's is a must-visit during your five-day Ireland itinerary.
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Have some homemade soup or scones at Maguires Café and Gift Shop at The Hill of Tara.

In Drogheda, where you will end up this evening, grab some dinner at Goodwins Steakhouse Grill & Bar.

Address: Marsh Rd, Lagavooren, Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 HF5F, Ireland

Where to stay?

Stay at the lovely Boyne Valley Hotel for a midrange option, where prices start from €109.

Address: Dublin Rd, Roschoill, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

Day four – explore Drogheda

Stop off at Termonfeckin Beach.
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The town of Drogheda will be on your agenda to explore today. First, you’ll spot Oliver Plunkett’s head at St Peter’s Church. Then, pay a visit to Melifont Abbey and Beaulieu House and Garden.

If time allows this afternoon, take a short drive to the nearby beaches of Termonfeckin, Mornington, or Clogherhead Beach. Here, you can have a fish and chips dinner.

Where to eat?

Enjoy some fish and chips on your five-day Ireland itinerary.
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Grab some fish and chips from Roberto’s Takeaway and diner near Clogherhead Beach.

Address: 5 Main St, Clogher, Clogherhead, Co. Louth, A92 RX92, Ireland

Where to stay?

Opt to stay at the D Hotel in Drogheda for a bit of luxury at an affordable price, where prices start from €92.

Address: Marsh Rd, Lagavooren, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

Day five – Dublin-bound

Take a stop off at Meath.
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We recommend taking a slow drive back to the capital. On the way, stop at some popular coastal towns such as Skerries, Malahide, or Howth for beautiful views and a walk along the water.

On arrival back to Dublin, you can opt to tick off any remaining sites you missed out on while you still have some time to enjoy.

Where to eat?

Grab a bite to eat at the Porterhouse Brewhouse on our five-day Ireland itinerary.
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Enjoy a delicious dinner and some Irish craft beer at The Porterhouse Brewpub this evening. This is the perfect way to end your five-day Ireland itinerary.

Address: 47 Nassau St, Dublin, D02 RP20, Ireland

Where to stay?

For an affordable stay in the heart of Temple Bar, stay at Fitzsimons Hotel, where prices start from €89.

Address: 21/22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

This fantastic five-day Ireland itinerary is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring this beautiful country.

If you want some more road trip inspiration, including various itineraries, hidden gems, and local tips, make sure to check out our new eBook, The Ultimate Irish Road Trip Guide, featuring the entire island of Ireland.

From three-day to 21-day itineraries, you will be spoilt for choice when planning your next Irish adventure with the only guidebook you’ll need.

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