County Cork

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  • 1. Bantry House and Gardens


    One of Ireland's most famed manors is noted for its picture-perfect perch, on a hillock above the south shore of Bantry Bay. The fine Georgian...Read More

  • 2. Blarney Castle


    In the center of Blarney, the ruined central keep is all that's left of this mid-15th-century stronghold. The castle contains the famed Blarney...Read More

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  • 3. Charles Fort

    Military Site

    The British built Charles Fort on the east side of the Bandon River estuary in the late 17th century, after their defeat of the Spanish and...Read More

  • 4. Crawford Art Gallery

    City Center South | Museum/Gallery

    The large redbrick building was built in 1724 as the customs house and is now home to Ireland's leading provincial art gallery. An imaginative...Read More

  • 5. English Market

    City Center South | Market/Bazaar

    Fetchingly housed in an elaborate, brick-and-cast-iron Victorian building, such is the fame of this famous foodie mecca that Her Majesty Queen...Read More

  • 6. Ilnacullin


    Many visitors head to Glengarriff because of that Irish Eden, Ilnacullin. On Garnish Island, offshore from Glengarriff and beyond islets populated...Read More

  • 7. Mizen Vision Visitor Centre


    Travel to this visitor center, set in a lighthouse at the tip of the Mizen Head (follow the R591 through Goleen to the end of the road), and...Read More

  • 8. Ring of Beara

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Glengarriff is the gateway to this 137-km (85-mile) scenic drive that circles the Beara Peninsula on R572. One of the main attractions is the...Read More

  • 9. Stephen Pearce Pottery


    Now returned to the village where he grew up, potter Stephen Pearce has reopened the traditional craft pottery that launched his career in the...Read More

  • 10. The Queenstown Story at Cobh Heritage Centre


    Many of the people who left Ireland on immigrant ships for the New World departed from Cobh, which was formerly known as Queenstown. The exhibit...Read More

  • 11. University College Cork

    Western Road | Educational Institution

    The Doric-porticoed gates of UCC stand about 2 km (1 mile) from the city center. The college, which has a student body of roughly 10,000, is...Read More

  • 12. Ballymaloe Cookery School and Gardens


    While the late, lamented Myrtle Allen reigned supreme at Ballymaloe House, her daughter-in-law Darina, Ireland's most famous celebrity chef...Read More

  • 13. Bantry Market


    Growers of organic plants and veggies have a strong presence at this traditional street market. ...Read More

  • 14. Blue Pool Ferry

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Buy a ticket at the kiosk beside the Quill's Woolen Mills car park, and follow the trail to an enchanting hidden harbor that's surrounded by...Read More

  • 15. Cork City Gaol

    Sunday's Well | Museum/Gallery

    This castlelike building contains an austere, 19th-century prison. Life-size wax figures occupy the cells, and realistic sound effects illustrate...Read More

  • 16. Fitzgerald's Park

    Western Road | Park/Playground

    This picture-perfect riverside park a short walk west of the city center is accessed along The Mardyke, a tree-lined walkway overlooking a pitch...Read More

  • 17. Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens


    The name of the Smith-Barry ancestral estate is derived from the Irish Fód te, which means "warm soil," a tribute to the unique tidal estuary...Read More

  • 18. Fota Wildlife Park


    The 70-acre park is 12 km (7 miles) east of Cork via N25 and R624, the main Cobh road, and also accessible by rail from Cork's Kent Station...Read More

  • 19. Jameson Experience


    On a tour of the Old Midleton Distillery, you'll learn how this now world-renowned whiskey ( uisce beatha, or "the water of life") was made...Read More

  • 20. Kinsale Farmers' Market


    Snack on a homemade burger while stocking up on chutneys, charcuterie, farmhouse cheeses, salads, and organic veggies and fruit at this cute...Read More

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