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Ranked #1 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks
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Ranked #2 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Sports Complexes; Landmarks
Owner description: We are an established Activity Centre based in the picturesque and historical Blackwater Castle Estate. Our primary... more » Owner description: We are an established Activity Centre based in the picturesque and historical Blackwater Castle Estate. Our primary activities on site include; River Tubing, Zorbing, Zip lines, Paintballing, Climbing wall, Abseiling, Giant swing, Leap of Faith, Crate stacking, High ropes course, Archery, River Kayaking, Airsoft Target Shooting, Wilderness survival skills, Team Building & Camping. We can cater for large groups with full day and residential packages for Schools, Clubs, Corporate, Stag and hen parties. « less
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Ranked #3 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: ; Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Inchydoney Beach (Clonakilty)
Ranked #4 of 227 attractions in County Cork
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Category: Beaches
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Ranked #5 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #6 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #7 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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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Healy Pass (Adrigole)
Ranked #8 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Geologic Formations; Nature and Parks
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Lough Hyne (Skibbereen)
Ranked #9 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #10 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks

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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Ranked #11 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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 #12 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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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Charles Fort (Kinsale)
Ranked #13 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #14 of 227 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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Drombeg Stone Circle (Skibbereen)
Ranked #15 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Ancient Ruins; Mysterious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #16 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Garnish Island (Glengarriff)
Ranked #17 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Islands; Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: Garnish Island (Ilnacullin Garinish or Garnish) is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, in... more » Owner description: Garnish Island (Ilnacullin Garinish or Garnish) is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, in Southwest Ireland. Garnish is world renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks and it has some stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate. « less
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Fort Camden (Cork)
Ranked #18 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #19 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: We are a family run interpretive centre, just off the main road(R600)between Clonakilty and Timoleague/Kinsale).We are also... more » Owner description: We are a family run interpretive centre, just off the main road(R600)between Clonakilty and Timoleague/Kinsale).We are also located on the Wild Atlantic Way. We are open from Mid June to Mid September. At the centre we give presentations interpreting the life and times of Michael Collins. We begin with an audio visual presentation showing all the places connected with Michael Collins in West Cork, we also have a second audio visual consisting of archive footage. The most unique part of the presentation is our live lecture which is conducted by an expert historian who gives an account of the 'Big Fella's' life from 1906 until his death. We also have a full scale replica of the Ambush site in Beal na mBlath. We also do private Michael Collins tours. « less
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Ranked #20 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #21 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks

  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 #22 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Educational Sites; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos
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Ranked #23 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #24 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Farms; Landmarks
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Sherkin Island (Baltimore)
Ranked #25 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Islands; Beaches
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Ranked #26 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Owner description: The Ewe is a home - open to the public, entirely created & run by a couple. Irelands only interactive sculpture garden is... more » Owner description: The Ewe is a home - open to the public, entirely created & run by a couple. Irelands only interactive sculpture garden is a must see for anyone interested in art, nature or a totally unique experience - the perfect destination for a relaxing, memorable day out. Set along a spectacular waterfall in the natural Eden of Glengarriff, it offers visitors a chance to step off the treadmill, slow down and rediscover our beautiful but vulnerable natural world. It is a journey like no other. Explore the meandering pathways and hidden corners, where curious creatures gaze back as you pass. Take the Evolution Walk through the Valley of Eden, weave your way over bridges, past humorous sculptures and discover a surprise at every turn. The creative haven of about six acres has been designed in four very different tiers up a mountainside - each with a theme: Water, Time, The Environment and Ancient Earth. Children welcome - please supervise for the safety & peaceful enjoyment of all. « less
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Cape Clear Island (Baltimore)
Ranked #27 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Islands; Nature and Parks

Cape Clear is Ireland the way it used to be.  Rugged, windy, friendly.  To go to Cape Clear is to see the real Ireland.  There are plenty of things to do.  Walking the paths... more »

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Ranked #28 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre offer short courses in a wide range of arts and crafts throughout the year. These include... more » Owner description: Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre offer short courses in a wide range of arts and crafts throughout the year. These include pottery, stained and fused glass, jewellery-making, mosaics, batik, needle felting, weaving and rag weaving,sculpting in silver and childrens arts and crafts. We specialise in one-day workshops and weekend breaks for visitors, and half-day sessions for groups of between 6 and 50 people. The Centre also has a large gallery of Adrian Wistreich's ceramics. « less
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Ranked #29 of 227 attractions in County Cork
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Landmarks
A stately 19th-century cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Cork.
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Ranked #30 of 227 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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