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101 Things To See & Do In Cork

101 Things To Do in Cork

Wowee! There are so many things to do in Cork City & County.

Inspired by the recent hashtag – #WhenWeTravelAgain, we have put together the ultimate list of things to do in Cork. In the list below, we have shared some of our favourite places to visit and things to do across the city and county, when we can travel again. We hope that by sharing this list, we can inspire some of you to stay local and enjoy a staycation in Cork, to support our local businesses and community while exploring some of Cork’s greatest treasures and secrets.

If you have tried some of these, send us a tweet to tell us how many activities you have completed on this list, we’d love to know!

Print off this list and keep it for fun weekends when it is safe to do so again. In the meantime, stay home, stay safe and we’ll see you all soon!

  1. Visit Fota Wildlife Park
  2. Climb to the top of Shandon Bells a.k.a. The Four Face Liar
  3. While you are near Shandon, pick up some traditional handmade boiled sweets at Lenihan’s Sweet Shop
  4. Walk an alpaca at Waterfall Alpaca farm
  5. Take the Young Offenders tour of the city (See HERE)
  6. Explore farm life at Rumley’s Farm
  7. Feed Your Soul in the English Market
  8. Tour Cork’s best graffiti with Mad About Cork
  9. Take a trip to the eerie Camden Fort in Crosshaven, dating back to 1550
  10. Head to Charles Fort in Kinsale
  11. Visit the Huguenot Cemetery from 1733 tucked away in a side street in the city, one of only two in Western Europe
  12. Visit Blarney Castle and Gardens (& Kiss the Blarney Stone)
  13. Peruse artistic innovation at Crawford Art Gallery
  14. See the angel that hearkens the end of the world at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral
  15. Find some serenity at Nano Nagle Place and delicious bites at the sustainable Good Day Deli
  16. Spot the stars by the Lee at Blackrock Castle Observatory
  17. Go midnight kayaking on Lough Hyne
  18. Take a spooky boat ride out to Spike Island
  19. Visit the lovely Garnish Island Gardens
  20. Taste whiskey at Jameson Irish Distillery in Midleton as well as seeing their new micro distillery where Method & Madness is produced.
  21. Picnic in Fitzgerald Park
  22. Enjoy the view from Baltimore Beacon
  23. Discover the inspiration for James Kavanagh’s cookbook and visit Currabinny Woods
  24. Visit one of the world’s most beautiful universities; University College Cork. Don’t forget to see the ogham stones in the quad
  25. Discover where George Boole, the inventor of Boolean algebra once lived
  26. Participate in the summertime Ceili by the pond with Céilí Cois Locha
  27. Explore the history of Cork City Gaol
  28. Hear the story of the Titanic at the Titanic Experience Cobh
  29. Enjoy an enchanting day out, or hillwalk at Gougane Barra
  30. Taste Irish mozzarella at Toons Bridge Dairy
  31. Take a tour around the Metropole Hotel Cork, one of the oldest hotels in the city and once Turkish sweet shop – Hadji Bey’s
  32. Brave the elements at Mizen Head – the southernmost tip of Ireland
  33. Go Zipit ziplining near the National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra followed by a walk to see the deer in Farran Woods
  34. Go bowling at Leisureplex
  35. Go whale watching in West Cork
  36. Boat tour out to Sherkin Island
  37. Relive history at the Cobh Heritage Centre bringing to life the Irish Emigration Experience
  38. Visit the Gaeltacht island Cape Clear and taste delicious ice cream made from goats milk
  39. Tour the Skibbereen Heritage Centre at the Old Gasworks
  40. While you’re there, take a trip to the famine burial ground at Abbeystrowery
  41. Go wild at Clonakilty Adventure Centre
  42. Enjoy dining, entertainment and scenic landscaping at Glebe Gardens
  43. Enjoy ping pong and karaoke at Mardyke Bar
  44. Take a pleasant stroll in the fairy woods in Rineen
  45. Head to Mother Jones Flea Market for some vintage finds
  46. Take in the view at the Glucksman Gallery
  47. Get lost in Smugglers Cove adventure centre with it’s family favourite, Smuggler’s Maze
  48. Enjoy golf with a difference at Footgolf cork
  49. See Cork from above at the Model Railway Village in Clonakilty
  50. Grab a Beamish in the Hi-B, one of the county’s most unique pubs – no mobile phones allowed
  51. Catch a screening or concert at Triskel Christchurch with nibbles in the amazing adjacent Scrypt Cafe
  52. Enjoy some company at the Donkey Sanctuary
  53. Take a walk in the beautifully landscaped Doneraile Wildlife Park
  54. Take to the green with Cork’s amazing golf courses (See here)
  55. Enjoy a show like no other in Cork Opera House
  56. Bring the kids to Leahy’s Open Farm to meet some furry friends
  57. Snap a photo at The Youghal Clock Tower built in 1777 after a day on Youghal beach
  58. Get interactive at the Old Cork Waterworks Experience
  59. Prepare for invasion at Elizabeth Fort
  60. Try a Cork brewed beverage at the Franciscan Well Brewery or Rising Sons Brewery in the city
  61. Locate the Stray dog sculpture on Patrick Street Cork
  62. Head to the ‘Land of Fairies’ at Tir Na Si, an eco-friendly family farm
  63. Enjoy some cool boutiques in the Winthrop Arcade
  64. Dive right into some old school arcade games at Barcadia
  65. Build sandcastles and take a stroll on some of Cork’s finest beaches. Some favourites from our team include; Inchydoney Beach, Garryvoe Beach, Garretstown Beach, The Warren Beach, Barleycove Beach, Owenahincha Beach, Youghal Beach, Myrtleville and the Dock Beach in Kinsale
  66. Experience a concert at Live at St Luke’s
  67. Take the kids pizza-making in Olivo Italian Eatery
  68. Go horse-riding or pony trekking at Cork’s best Equestrian Centres including; Bantry Bay Pony Trekking, Lee Valley or Kinsale Equestrian Centres
  69. Experience acting at its finest in the Everyman Theatre
  70. Take a cable car to Dursey Island on the Western tip of the Beara Penninsula
  71. Walk the 100 steps at Bantry House and Gardens
  72. Distill the day away at the Clonakilty Distillery and Visitor Experience
  73. Try the escape rooms in cork – WeEscape
  74. Pop by the Honan Chapel and marvel at the iconic stained glass installations by Harry Clarke as well as some beautiful mosaics
  75. Go deep down underground to Mitchelstown Caves
  76. See the amazing Sky Garden and crater at Liss Ard Estate in Skibbereen
  77. Get an intro to pottery at the Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre
  78. Get out on the water with Ocean Escapes Harbour Tours
  79. Enjoy stand up paddleboarding, coasteering or kayaking with Atlantic Offshore Adventures
  80. Take a breather in the Ballincollig Regional Park
  81. Indulge in afternoon tea at The MET Cork
  82. Enjoy some downward dog at Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre Cork
  83. Experience the thrill of the races at Mallow Cork Race Course
  84. Walk on the wild side on the Ballycotton Cliff walk
  85. While there, visit the nearby Kilkenny Store and art workshops at Shanagarry
  86. Climb on the ceiling at Ireland’s premier climbing centre – Awesome Walls
  87. Enjoy the tranquility of the Ballymaloe Gardens
  88. Laugh the night away at City Limits Comedy Club
  89. Go surfing in Inchydoney
  90. Visit the Drombeg Stone Circle in Glandore village
  91. Catch an exhibition at St Peter’s Cork City, and enjoy a Badger & Dodo coffee in their coffee shop
  92. Defy gravity at Airtastic in Little Island
  93. Take a photo at Red Abbey Tower, Cork’s only remaining medieval construction
  94. Visit The Ewe – interactive and interpretative sculpture garden in a spectacular waterfall oasis
  95. Take a trip to another place at the Glenview Gardens and Hobbit House
  96. Sample Cork’s coffee culture at some coffee hot spots
  97. Enjoy a stargazing show at the Schull Planetarium
  98. Enjoy a family date night and movie screening on Fridays at Cork International Hotel
  99. Catch a show with budding actors at the CAT club – the Cork Arts Theatre
  100. Learn a new skill with Vibes & Scribes weekend craft workshops
  101. Take a walking tour with these amazing tour guides


2 thoughts on “101 Things To See & Do In Cork

  1. Cork Genealogical Society has been bringing people to Cork for the past twenty five years and I know the local hotels/ tourist industry has little or no interest in what we do we give people a REASON TO VISIT CORK when they have traced their cork ancestors.While it is nice to have a list of things to do and places to go i feel there are not too many people abroad would know about most of what is listed above.Cork G S has over five thousand Facebook members from around the world who are all interested in Cork ancestors.We have had seven conferences in Cork since 2012 with up to two hundred people attending some of them.
    Website http://www.corkgenealogicalsociety.com. We also have a Cork DNA group.

    1. Hi Edward, thank you for your message. On the contrary, we have a big interest in what the organisation does, especially for guests who stay in our sister hotel, The Metropole Hotel Cork where our Concierge John Coleman has referred visitors to the society on numerous occasions as guests have visited cork especially to trace their ancestors. We’ll be sure to include the genealogical Society going forward in our lists. You are correct, not many people abroad know about the items on this list and we are doing our best to show all of Cork’s assets. We’d be glad to include the genealogical society on the list.Be sure to contact our teams in relation to future and upcoming events and we’d be glad to work together to share, promote and host.

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