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Things To Do In Cork

Activities in Cork

Setting off on a trip to Cork this summer? We’ve created a Top 10 Things to do in Cork list to help you make the most of your next visit. 

Whether you are looking for adventure, a place to shop, or the best places to sightsee in Cork, this guide will help you plan your next staycation in Cork.


Crawford Art Gallery 

Home to the visual arts both contemporary and classic, The Crawford art gallery makes for the perfect place to visit during a trip to Cork. 

Just a 15 minute drive from the Cork International Hotel, The Crawford art gallery houses over 3000 works from the best of Irish and European painting and sculpture including a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, brought to Cork in 1818 from the Vatican Museum in Rome.

Finish off your visit to the museum with some culinary delights down at the Crawford Winter Garden. 

Crawford Art Gallery opens Monday- Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sundays 11:00am – 4:00 pm. Admission is free. 


The Blarney Castle and Gardens 

Just over 20 minutes drive from Cork International Airport, The Blarney Castle and Gardens is a must-see on a visit to Cork. Start your visit off with a venture down to the romantic ‘Rock Close’, walk through the tranquil and diverse Blarney gardens before exploring the Blarney Castle, and maybe even bestowing the gift of eloquence after kissing the Blarney Stone.

The Blarney Castle and Gardens is open daily from 9am-5pm and tickets can be booked on their website.


Fota Wildlife Park 

Fota Wildlife Park is a beloved family experience located twenty minutes from the Cork International Hotel. 

With over 100 acres to explore filled with different animal habitats, you are sure to enjoy an educational and entertaining day out.

The park opens 10am-6pm Monday-Sunday and tickets can be purchased online on the Fota Wildlife website.


Atlantic Offshore Adventure 

Venture into the West Cork Sea at the Atlantic Offshore Adventures. If you are looking for outdoor activities around Cork, the Atlantic Offshore Adventures offers a range of activities both in the sea and on land for kids and adults alike.

Polish up your surfing with lessons from instructors, take a day trip across the sea on a kayak, or try your hand at archery tag. 

For more information on activities and booking, Visit the Atlantic Offshore Adventures website. 


Zipit Forest Adventure 

Take part in a tree-top adventure suitable for the whole family at Zipit Forest Adventure

Located 20 minutes from Cork International Hotel, Zipit offers you the opportunity to climb over 800m of zip wire through the trees. 

Choose from a range of heights suitable to people of all ages and abilities. The adventure park is complete with a Children’s playground, duck pond, and deer enclosure, so you are sure to enjoy an action-filled opportunity to create cherished memories. 

For more information and to book Zipit Forest Adventure, visit their website.


Spike Island 

Step back in time with a visit to Spike Island. Spike Island previously existed as the world’s largest prison but is now open for the public to explore. 

Visit several museums, exhibitions, scenic walks, Cafe and gift shops on the island to enjoy a day of history and entertainment. 

The island can be reached by ferry which takes off from Kennedy Pier, Cork.  To book, visit the Spike Island website. 


The English Market

With roots originating back to 1688, the English market is filled with the best of Cork’s produce and food stalls whilst boasting a lively atmosphere.

Grab a coffee or a hot dog and explore one of Ireland’s oldest market’s in Ireland’s foodie capital. 

The English Market is free to visit and is located just 12 minutes from The Cork International. 


St Patricks Hill

Enjoy panoramic views of Cork city atop St.Patricks Hill.  

Why not watch the sunset over Cork city from the Park at the top of the hill before heading back to the hotel for some dinner and drinks! 

St. Patrick’s hill overlooks Cork City’s main shopping street and is located just a few minute’s drive from the Cork International Hotel.


St Patricks Street Shopping

Looking to shop till you drop? Enjoy some of the best Irish shopping on Cork’s main shopping street! 

Referred to as “Pana” by the locals, St.Patricks street welcomes you to enjoy a shopping trip set with gorgeous cafes, talented buskers, and excellent shopping locations. 

St.Patricks Street is located just 10 minutes from the Cork International Hotel. 


Ballincollig Regional Park

Formerly known for being a gunpowder production site for the British armed forces in the 18th century, the Ballincollig park now stands as one of Cork’s beloved recreational parks. 

The park comprises open Grass areas, soccer and rugby pitches, woodland, playground & Multi Use games areas. A skate park and outdoor fitness equipment are installed at the Western end of the park available for public use.

Ballincollig Regional Park is free to visit and is located a 15 minute drive from The Cork International Hotel.

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