Things To Do
During your Holidays in Cork, why not check out the many cultural and historical places of interest in Cork City and County.
Located only 20 minutes to Kinsale, the Cork International Hotel is the perfect place to base yourself to explore all West Cork has to offer.
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 Harbor 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 Fota Wildlife 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.
Blarney Castle has been attracting visitors from far and wide for many years and it’s not hard to see why. Built over 600 years ago the castle and grounds are a must see for anyholiday in Cork.
Hit the Water!
Cork’s natural harbor lends itself to a wide range of leisure and tourist activities. Kayaking in Kinsale, skimming the waves in Cork Harbor or just trying your luck in the many great angling spots around the area.
One of the top 5 Attractions, Cork City Gaol is a step back in time to see what 19th century life was like in Cork – inside and outside prison walls! Open daily throughout the year.
Explore the past and discover the true spirit. Take part in a guided tour through the romantic past of Irish whiskey making. Learn about the Angels Share, Triple Distillation and above all the smooth taste of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Each tour culminates in the Jameson Bar with a complimentary glass of Jameson!
Cork Theatre & Music
From Jazz to Trad, Ballet to Opera, Panto to Choral – Cork’s many venues host a wide and varied number of festivals and gigs throughout the year.
Cosmos at the Castle, or Movies by Moonlight! Blackrock Castle observatory is filled with fun and educational things to do for kids, families and science enthusiasts.
Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork’s largest retail and leisure venue is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from the hotel. With a mix of over 60 stores and eateries under one roof and free parking, it is the perfect location for some retail therapy during your Corkholiday. Cork city centre (10 minutes from hotel) also boasts the most popular high street names and department stores as well as exclusive boutiques!
Leisureplex is located 15 minutes from the hotel, and is action packed with games and activities for all ages. Try Bowling, Quasar, latest video games or Snooker/Pool. Then when you’re finished try a Four Star Pizza, available to order from Leisureplex, or back to the hotel for a bite to eat in the bar.
Looking for something fun that all the family can enjoy? Check out the thrills, the experience and the excitement that is a night at the dogs. Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium is located only 10 minutes away from the Cork International Airport Hotel. Race nights on Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays. Gates Open 6.45pm. First Race 7.47pm Fast Food, Carvery, Restaurant, Bars, Viewing Area on 1st Floor all available.
Old Head prides itself in offering the ultimate experience in golf with a seamless blend of Irish hospitality. Old Head’s Clubhouse overlooks the 18th green and commands stunning vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and the Old Head Lighthouse. It blends in superbly with the rugged nature of the headland. The clubhouse also includes the Lusitania Bar, the 5-star de Courcey Restaurant and a new formal Private Dining Area.
Cork Racecourse Mallow is located only 40 minutes from the Cork International Airport Hotel, situated on the banks of the Blackwater, the crossroads of Munster and Home of National Hunt racing. With 20 national huntand flat meetings all year round Cork Racecourse provides the facilities to enjoy the excitement and spectacle of a day at the races. Whether you are an occasional race goer, or racing is your passion, a day at the races is unlike any other sporting event. At Cork Racecourse Mallow we want you to enjoy your day to the full and feel part of the fun, excitement, colour and ‘craic’ that is racing in Ireland. Racing 19 times a year, and offer great racing and great craic.