Things To Do In Cork

English Market

english market cork city

Considered by many to be the food capital of Ireland, Cork is home to a host of culinary experiences for you to enjoy during your stay. Situated in the heart of Cork City, the English Market is a roofed food market and has been trading since 1788.

Developed and still owned by Cork City Council, the Market is one of the oldest municipal markets of its kind in the world. Celebrity chef Rick Stein claimed it to be ‘the best covered market in the UK and Ireland’. It is an essential stop while in Cork.

Find out more on the English Market Website.

Cork City Gaol

cork city gaol

Cork City Gaol is a magnificent castle-like building which once housed 19th century prisoners. Take a tour around one of the best examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage whilst also experiencing a unique look at the conditions of prison life in the 19th century.

 

Visit the Cork City Gaol website for more information.  

 

Fota House & Gardens

Fota House and Gardens Cork

Fota House is Ireland’s finest example of Regency period architecture. Discover the grand decor of the living quarters, whilst you can also experience what life was like for the servants who supported the lavish lifestyle of the residents.

The gardens date back to the 19th century, when they were originally laid out by James Hugh Smith-Barry. With a world-renowned collection of rare plants from the southern hemisphere, the gardens are the perfect place to spend an afternoon among nature.

This is the official Fota House & Gardens website.

Fota Wildlife Park

fota wildlife park cork

Spread across a park over 100 acres in size, if you take your family to Fota this summer we can promise lions, snakes, tigers, cheetahs, rhinos, giraffes and many more exciting and interesting animals! A trip to Fota Wildlife Park is an ideal way to start your family holiday, and we are located a mere 20-minute drive away!

 

Take a look at the Fota Wildlife Park website for more information.

 

Titanic Experience

titanic Experience Cobh

Titanic Experience Cobh is located in Casement Square in the heart of Cobh. Housed in the original White Star Line Ticket Office, a building steeped in history dating back to the early 19th century and the departure point for many thousands of White Star Line passengers. From the moment you arrive, you will be whisked away on a discovery trail where you will experience life on board the great ship – from the lavish surrounds of first class, to the dreadful conditions of third class. Feel the fear and chill of the sinking as you enjoy an immersive tour experience.

 

This is the official Titanic Experience Cobh website.

Shandon Bells

shandon bells cork

Whilst in Cork, take the opportunity to climb the 132 steps of St Anne’s church tower and experience the spectacular 360-degree views of the city. Ring the Shandon bells and hear them chime across the banks of the River Lee and hear the story of the ‘Four Faced Liar’ – a real Cork legend!

 

Find out more on the Shandon Bells website.

 

Spike Island

spike island cork

Set sail to Fortress Spike Island and visit Europe’s leading tourist attraction! With a history spanning 1300 years, Spike has been home to monks and monasteries, convicts, prison rioters, saints and sinners. The heart of the island is dominated by a 200-year-old Fort which is there for you to explore and immerse yourself in. If you get the chance, be sure to check out their special ‘After Dark’ tours and experience the stark reality of a prison that held more inmates than the world-famous Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary!

 

Official Spike Island website.

Blarney Castle & Gardens

blarney castle

Kiss the Blarney Stone and leave Cork with the ‘gift of the gab’, so that you’ll never again be lost for words! Built nearly 600 years ago, the Blarney Castle & Gardens are a must-see during your stay in Cork.

 

Visit the Blarney Castle website for more information and events.

 

Jameson Distillery

Jameson Distillery Midleton

In 1975, Jameson Whiskey moved their operation from Dublin to Midleton in East Cork. There they have built a home from which they have reached the world with some of the finest whiskey products ever distilled. Take the tour and learn all about the craft of whiskey making, with a few tasters along the way of course!

 

This is the Jameson Distillery website.

 

Rumleys Open Farm

rumleys open farm cork

Rumley’s is just a 15-minute drive from us here in the hotel and is a unique experience for all the family! With a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for kids, along with an even wider range of domestic and exotic animals, it is a wonderful place to spend a few hours out in the sun!

 

You will find activities and more information on the Rumeys Farm website.

 

Funkytown Adventure Centre

funkytown

Make the most of the summer and get out on the water with Funkytown Adventure Centre! With a wide range of ocean activities including kayaking, wakeboarding & paddle-boarding, this is a great way to enjoy Cork harbour for all the family.

 

Funkytown website.

 

Camden Fort Meagher

camden fort meagher

Internationally recognised as being one of the finest examples of a classical coastal artillery fort in the world, Camden Fort Meagher is steeped in history. Overlooking the mouth of Cork harbour, the fort’s labyrinth of tunnels and chambers provide visitors with an enjoyable historical experience, set against the stunning backdrop of the Irish coastline.

 

This is the official Camden Fort website.

 

Ocean Escapes

ocean escapes cork ireland

Take to the sea with Ocean Escapes and explore Cork harbour from the best vantage point. Enjoy the sights, sea life and enthralling stories as you are taken on a guided tour of the second largest natural harbour in the world.

 

You will find more details and times on the Cork to Cobh website.