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Things to do in County Cork

 

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Pulses of Tradition (Cork)
Ranked #1 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Performances
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Inchydoney Beach (Clonakilty)
Ranked #2 of 222 attractions in County Cork
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Category: Beaches
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Ranked #3 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Bodies of Water; Parks
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Healy Pass (Crookhaven)
Ranked #4 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Geologic Formations
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Ranked #5 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Golf Courses

Name of Club Old Head Golf Links Address: Kinsale Co. Cork Republic of Ireland Telephone: 00353 (0)21 477 8444 Fax: 00353 (0)21 477 8022 Website: www.oldhead.com Email... more »

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Ranked #6 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Ranked #7 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring... more » Owner description: Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offedning. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk. « less
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Ranked #8 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Water sports
Owner description: Ballyhass Lakes is Ireland’s best known still spring water trout fishery, with 11 four star holiday homes and an activity... more » Owner description: Ballyhass Lakes is Ireland’s best known still spring water trout fishery, with 11 four star holiday homes and an activity centre for groups and schools, sports clubs and teams, and corporate team building.Activity Centre:The activity centre at Ballyhass makes full use of the natural environs with kayaking, raft building and trout fishing on the spring clean water, rock climbing and abseiling on the limestone rock faces, and specially constructed low ropes courses, archery and team building games on the lawns. Our resident instructors plan the activities to suit each group be they family outings, school groups, or corporate team building.Fishing Centre:The fishery has two separate lakes. The main lake is 12 acres of spring water some 35 feet deep and is reserved for fly fishing only. It can be fished by boat or from prepared fishing stands on the bank. On lower lake, worm spinning and bubble and fly methods are permitted and extensive safe fishing stands surround the lake. The fishing lodge has an extensive tackle shop for fly and bait, and rod hire. The fishery is open 09.00 to dusk 364 day per year. Tuition on fly fishing is available.Holiday Accommodation:There are 11 Holiday homes on the 36 acres site at Ballyhass. The houses have either 3 or four bedrooms and are exceptionally well appointed with wooden floors throughout and natural fireplaces and natural wood furniture. All houses have a decking area leading on to landscaped lawns. They are available for rent for periods of 2 days or more. « less
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Ranked #9 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Specialty Museums
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Charles Fort (Kinsale)
Ranked #10 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #11 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #12 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster.... more » Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster. The Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour only 15 minutes from Cork City (top 10 in the best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet guide's 'Best in Travel 2010').The park is not like an ordinary zoo; here you can come face to face with free roaming animals & birds from all parts of the world. So whether it's a kangaroo that hops in front of you or a ring tailed lemur which jumps down from a tree, each visit is sure to bring its own fantastic memories.In addition to the wonderful array of free roaming animals, visitors also have the opportunity to see highly endangered species such as the Rothschild giraffe, European Bison, Lion Tailed Macaque and Scimitar Horned Oryx, most of them without the obstacle of fenced-in exhibits.This is the most spectacular aspect of Fota Wildlife Park, and is the reason you'll want to spend a full day exploring Ireland's Wildest Attraction. « less
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Ranked #13 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: University College Cork is one of Ireland’s most prestigious universities. It boasts a vibrant, modern campus with a... more » Owner description: University College Cork is one of Ireland’s most prestigious universities. It boasts a vibrant, modern campus with a student experience second to none in Ireland. A learning community where the student is at the heart of everything and the special relationship between student and lecturer is primary to our unique ethos. The campus is located a mere ten minutes walk from the heart of Cork city, a former European Capital of Culture. Cork is listed as a top ten location in the Lonely Planet guide which states it “has always had an unshakeable self-confidence and innate sense of pride”, a description which is equally applicable to the University itself « less
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Ranked #14 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Islands; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Lough Hyne (Skibbereen)
Ranked #15 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Bodies of Water
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Ranked #16 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos; Educational Sites
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Beara Way (Glengarriff)
Ranked #17 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Trails
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Ranked #18 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas

Actually in the  famous east Cork fishing village of  Ballycotton is a very scenic spot known as the Ballycotton Cliff walk.  This is not a well known area to Irish locals never... more »

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Drombeg Stone Circle (Skibbereen)
Ranked #19 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Mysterious Sites; Ancient Ruins
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Ranked #20 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #21 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Gardens
Owner description: An exotic garden with mainly bamboos but also palm trees, tree ferns, beautiful flowers. Lovely picnic area. Wedding pictures... more » Owner description: An exotic garden with mainly bamboos but also palm trees, tree ferns, beautiful flowers. Lovely picnic area. Wedding pictures welcome. Coffee shop with lovely homemade cakes. Dogs welcome and children free! « less
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Ranked #22 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Travelers' Choice® 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #23 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Geologic Formations; Lookouts
Owner description: Rising 700 feet above the ocean, this is the southernmost point in Ireland. The Signal Station on the point offers excellent... more » Owner description: Rising 700 feet above the ocean, this is the southernmost point in Ireland. The Signal Station on the point offers excellent views of the coastline and marinelife. « less
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Sherkin Island (Baltimore)
Ranked #24 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Islands; Beaches
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Ranked #25 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest

  The ring of Kerry is magical.  The trip to Blarney castle offered spectacular vistas.  Blarney is in Co. Cork not in Co. Kerry! The walk up the stairs in the old castle is quite... more »

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Ranked #26 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #27 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Specialty Museums; History Museums
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Fort Camden (Cork)
Ranked #28 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #29 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: History Museums
Owner description: Skibbereen Heritage Centre's Great Famine Exhibition tells the poignant story of this pivotal period in Irish history.... more » Owner description: Skibbereen Heritage Centre's Great Famine Exhibition tells the poignant story of this pivotal period in Irish history. Skibbereen became notorious as one of the worst affected areas in all of Ireland and this tragic era is now brought to life via the latest multimedia technology. Walk or take a virtual tour of sites associated with the Great Famine that still exist today including the mass graves where almost 10,000 people are buried. At Skibbereen Heritage Centre you can also discover the unique nature of Lough Hyne, a salt-water lake just 5km from Skibbereen which is Europe's first Marine Nature Reserve. Find out about the history, folklore and formation of this renowned natural phenomenon with a multi-lingual audio-visual display and follow with a trip to the lake and follow the Knockomagh Wood Nature Trail which overlooks the lake. Skibbereen Heritage Centre also offers a genealogy service for the greater West Cork area, an archaeology trail, a gift shop, reference library and a great welcome! « less
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Ranked #30 of 222 attractions in County Cork
Category: Architectural Buildings; Gardens; Specialty Museums
Owner description: The island estate of Fota is famous for its magnificent Regency period house, beautiful formal gardens and world renowned... more » Owner description: The island estate of Fota is famous for its magnificent Regency period house, beautiful formal gardens and world renowned arboretum. The island also encompasses a wildlife park, 5-star holiday resort with spa and golf club. It is located 12km east of Cork City on the northern shore of Cork Harbour, adjacent to Great Island and Cobh.Fota House was built by the Smith Barry family and was transformed and extended by the famous Morrison architects in the 1820’s. The classical style of the house reflects exquisite Regency features and will transport the vistor back to an era of elegance and taste with scagliola columns, painted ceilings and plasterwork Fota House has a magnificent collection of 18th and 19th Century Irish paintings and furniture and one of the most interesting elements is the Service Wing, a suite of rooms that has changed little since the 1820s and boasts an unusual and rare game larder. The name Fota was derived from the Gaelic ‘Fod te’ meaning warm soil and because of this, a selection of rare and exotic trees and shrubs thrive in the Arboretum. It is here that you can explore a collection of specimens that were gathered by intrepid plant hunters in the 19th Century from the Orient, Asia and the Americas. The story of Fota is told by local tour guides who inject an authentic feel to Fota’s stories and history. Visitors can also enjoy top class food in the café and browse in the gift shop, Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens is a charitable organisation and is managed by the Irish Heritage Trust. « less
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