More About Cork

Cork is the second largest city in Ireland and provides a buzzing holiday experience with the idyllic landscape a stone’s throw away when you need some tranquillity. With holiday cottages in Cork you have a homely and luxurious base where you can cook your own meals, drink your own drinks and do as much or as little as you desire; all this without the concerns of missing set hotel mealtimes. If you are on an activity holiday you can often store all your own equipment in the spacious cottage. Whether your holiday is an action packed family outing or an intimate anniversary break, the ideal Cork cottage is waiting for you. You can take in the fantastic architecture of St. Finn Barre's Cathedral or wander through Cork Heritage Park at Blackrock, safe in the knowledge you can retreat to your own personal home away from home at the end of the day.

Cork Cottages

County Cork has pubs, clubs and shopping for all, surrounded by fabulous countryside and coastline – not to mention places of historic interest, culture and heritage. It really is a one-stop destination that has it all. Whether you are visiting on your own or with family and friends the county, and the city of Cork will be a spectacular Irish adventure. Take a trip to Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Barney Stone, said to deliver ‘the gift of the gab’, or go wild in Gougane Barra Park, likened to a fairy tale where you can see waterfalls flowing like ribbons from high cliffs and fabulous views appear round every turn.

Things to Do in Cork

The city of Cork is vibrant and diverse, and it is said that it is home to the most talkative of Irish people. It is certainly true that you will get a warm welcome from Corkonians, who will be more than happy to share the rich tapestry of the city’s past. St Finbarr, the Patron Saint founded a monastic school here, which is now the site of St. Finn Barre's Cathedral, a spectacular example of French-gothic architecture. Blarney Castle is a great day out for all the family, and a not to be missed opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone. There are wonderful views and a chance to explore fantastic gardens – including the poison garden – the home of a wide variety of poisonous plants from around the world. Healy Pass is considered to have one of the most breathtaking views in the whole of Europe, the pass itself is only 7 kilometres long, but journeying this ‘serpentine’ road can take quite some time, especially if you are a somewhat timid driver.

Cork Attractions

We want you to enjoy the best that Cork has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;

Cork Vision Centre

A visit to Cork Vision centre will delight anyone interested in history and architecture, showcasing a ‘city within a city’, restored vaulted ceiling and a detailed model of the City of Cork. The space is also home to various cultural exhibitions featuring textiles, painting and photography. It is also a great place to join in workshops suitable for the whole family.

Family Day Out at Fota Wildlife Park

A day out at Fota Wildlife Park will give you memories for a lifetime. Set in a splendid location of a 70 acre island, just fifteen minutes travel from Cork city – this zoo offers the visitor something special as you come face to face with all the inhabitants – from lemurs to meerkats and kangaroos to cheetahs. The park is big on conservation, great for kids to learn more about the natural world in a memorable setting.

Mizen Head Signal Station

A visit to Ireland’s most south-westerly point will take you to Mizen Head – a craggy shoreline that is home to a lighthouse to warn people of the treacherous rocks out at sea. As well as wandering along the cliff tops to marvel at the wonderful scenery, visit the award winning maritime museum, which really brings to life the history of the area and highlights the fabulous wildlife nearby. Lucky visitors could even spot dolphins, wales and seals swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.

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