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Ranked #31 of 225 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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Dursey Island (Crookhaven)
Ranked #32 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Islands; Nature and Parks
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Baltimore Beacon (Baltimore)
Ranked #33 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #34 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #35 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #36 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
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Ranked #37 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Ancient Ruins; Castles; Landmarks
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Ranked #38 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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 #39 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
Owner description: Corks Most Captivating Experience:A step back in time to see what 19th/early 20th century life was like-inside and outside... more » Owner description: Corks Most Captivating Experience:A step back in time to see what 19th/early 20th century life was like-inside and outside prison walls. Historical experience brought to life with amazingly lifelike figures, furnished cells, sound effects & fascinating exhibitions. « less
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Ranked #40 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Glengariff Woods (Glengarriff)
Ranked #41 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Forests; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #42 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Gardens
Owner description: This garden is located in the townland of Ringfinnan, Kinsale, County Cork in the south of Ireland and is dedicated to the... more » Owner description: This garden is located in the townland of Ringfinnan, Kinsale, County Cork in the south of Ireland and is dedicated to the memory of the 343 firefighters who lost their live in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. This garden of Remembrance was established by Kathleen Murphy in November 2001. Kathleen grew up in Ringfinnan, Kinsale, County Cork which is located in the south of Ireland. Following her training as a nurse in England she moved to New York where she worked as a staff nurse for 40 years in Lennox Hill Hospital. Kathleen always admired the brave and courageous work of firefighters. Following the 9/11 attacks she decided to establish the garden of remembrance in memory to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on September 11th 2001. Kathleen passed away in March 2011 in New York following a battle with cancer and is buried less than 2 miles from the garden. « less
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Ranked #43 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #44 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens
Owner description: Bantry House and Garden is a stately home in southwest Ireland situated right on Bantry Bay with panoramic views of the bay... more » Owner description: Bantry House and Garden is a stately home in southwest Ireland situated right on Bantry Bay with panoramic views of the bay and the caha mountains. The estate is owned by Egerton and Brigitte Shelswell-White and is managed by their daughter Sophie and her partner Josh. It has been in the family since the 1700s. The house contains original furniture and objects d'art. The garden is laid out over 7 terraces with a fountain, large wisteria circle and 100 steps leading up to the woodland. The house, garden and tearoom is open to the public daily from easter to october. The estate hosts weddings, music festivals and fairs. We have a separate review page for our B&B accommodation. « less
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Ranked #45 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: History Museums; 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 #46 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks

The Bells of Shandon - just north of the river Lee in Cork city centre, in the historical Shandon area - are nice to visit.  You can ring the Bells there - they have Music Sheets... more »

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Ranked #47 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #48 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
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Liss Ard Gardens (Skibbereen)
Ranked #49 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #50 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks

Spike island is more than just an island. This little piece of land off the southern tip of Ireland in Cork Harbour holds the key to so much of Ireland's history, much more than... more »

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Ranked #51 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Titanic Experience Cobh is a permanent visitor centre, located in the original White Star Line Ticket Office in the centre of... more » Owner description: Titanic Experience Cobh is a permanent visitor centre, located in the original White Star Line Ticket Office in the centre of Cobh town (formally known as Queenstown) in what was the departure point for the final 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic. Our visitor experience is presented in two parts. The first is an exciting immersive audio visual tour retracing the steps of the 123 passengers who boarded Titanic from Queenstown on April 11th 1912. Experience their anticipation of the long journey ahead and their new life waiting in America. With Fourth Officer Boxall as your virtual guide and using innovative audio visual technology and replica set designs, ‘passengers’ will experience what life would have been like on board for those 123 Queenstown Passengers. Passengers will share the excitement of boarding the most Luxurious liner of her time and feel the horror of the tragedy on that fateful night on the 15th April 1912. « less
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Ranked #52 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Castles; Landmarks
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SailCork (Cobh)
Ranked #53 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Marinas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: SailCork provides lessons and holidays in dinghy sailing, powerboating, kayaking, cruiser sailing and outdoor adventure at... more » Owner description: SailCork provides lessons and holidays in dinghy sailing, powerboating, kayaking, cruiser sailing and outdoor adventure at the picturesque East Ferry in the magnificent Cork Harbour. Eddie English and his team of friendly, professional instructors have been welcoming visitors to the water since 1974. Enjoy learning in safety afloat. Sail in the historic waters where sailing has been a sport for over 300 years. Learn a new skill and enjoy traditional Cobh hospitality. Sail and stay aboard our cruisers and cruise the amazing South Cork Coast -see Ireland from the sea. During the winter months SailCork operates Junior Sailing every w-end, adult Yachting and Powerboating on most w-ends and runs evening classes in Navigation (Beginners, Day Skipper and Yachtmaster) Electronic Navigation (including iPad navigation). Evening classes are also available in VHF Radio, Passage Planning an Pilotage. SailCork also runs "Sunshine Cruising" in the Caribbean and Croatia. Learn as you enjoy sailing in the sun. SailCork Yachtmaster instructor Eddie English is the skipper and Jo English is the hostess who will look after your every need! « less
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The Gearagh (Macroom)
Ranked #54 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #55 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #56 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Museums
Owner description: The museum tells the story of 19th century copper-mining in Allihies and the enormous effects of this industry on the people... more » Owner description: The museum tells the story of 19th century copper-mining in Allihies and the enormous effects of this industry on the people and landscape. A cafe and gift shop beside the museum open in the summer months. The surrounding landscape is stunning, with beach, river, mountains and several great pubs with good food and live traditional music! « less
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Bridgefield Buggies (Castlemartyr)
Ranked #57 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Race Car Tracks
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Ranked #58 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #59 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #60 of 225 attractions in County Cork
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks

The Church of Ireland (Anglican/Episcop... Blarney is quite a surprise - it's the oldest building still in use on the Square (built in 1776) with lovely stained glass etc. But it... more »

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