At the top of the castle lies the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. Tourists visiting Blarney Castle may hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquence.
Built in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills was originally known as Mahony's Mills. It was a water powered mill, producing mainly tweeds and woollens. After closing in the early 1970s, the mills was re-invented by local entrepreneur Christy Kelleher as a gift store servicing tourists visiting the village.
There is something to see all year round in what is a constantly changing and evolving enviroment. Your visit to the Blarney Gardens need never be the same.
Find a touch of danger entwined with the beauty, as you look out for one of the few Poison Gardens in Ireland. We hope you enjoy your visit to the gardens where you will find, the beauty is ever changing with the seasons, so that no visit will ever be the same.
St. Patrick's Street, affectionately called 'Pana' by many Corkonians, is the main shopping street in Cork and the heart of the city. Since its redevelopment in 2004, it has twice won the award as Ireland's best shopping street.
Many big names have a presence on the street like Debenhams, Brown Thomas, Marks & Spencer, Dunnes Stores (its first ever store is still as busy as ever!), Eason, Golden Discs along with a wealth of locally owned businesses that have been trading on the street for decades.
The foundation stone of Cork city Hall was laid by Eamon de Valera on the 9 July 1932. The present building replaces the former City Hall which was destroyed during the burning of Cork in 1920. Some departments of Cork Corporation opened in the new building in March 1935, and, on the 24 April 1935, Cork Corporation held a meeting in the new hall for the first time.
Cork Opera House has had a glorious history of both culture and architecture dating back to its inception in 1852 when it was first built on Anglesea Street to house the National Exhibition. As it was designed by the much celebrated architect Sir John Benson, the structure was deconstructed brick by brick to be rehoused on Emmet Place or as it was known then, Nelson Place.
The Farm Grenagh Co. Cork is the perfect place to enjoy with family and friends, with extensive activities for the kids, while the grown ups can simply relax and savour great locally produced food in their restaurant and café.
The mature surroundings of ‘The Farm’ will offer visitors a beautiful place to go for a leisurely stroll. For a more hands on experience visitors can partake in our daily activities such as Milking the Cows. There is plenty to keep children occupied in our play areas and something for everyone to savour in our restaurant serving great farm fresh food and home baking.
Fota Wildlife Park, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, Ireland
+353 (0)21 4812678
Fota Wildlife Park in Cork is a special zoo and Ireland’s premier wildlife attraction. In Fota Wildlife Park wherever possible they have chosen animals, which thrive in a free-range environment & roam free, while mixed with other species and with us human visitors!
There are regular activities organised, aimed at children and adults alike such as face painters, puppeteers, storytelling, sing-a-longs, music and other circus / amphibian themed events. Running throughout the day, Fotas Talks Presenters will be holding amphibian talks and displaying tadpoles, frogs and other creatures for the visitors to see and touch.
The Planet with 65,000 sq ft is the biggest leisure complex in Cork. We offer something for all the family. Our facilities include: Tenpin Bowling, Cosmos Fun World, American Pool, Bar & Catering and Video Simulators. Book a pool table, reserve a lane, let the kids burn-off steam or just call in for a drink – there’s always something going on! No other Cork centre offers as much.
Cork City Gaol, Convent Avenue, Sunday’s Well, Cork City
+ 353 (0)21 4305022
Step back in time to see what 19th and early 20th century life was like in Cork, both inside and outside prison walls. The exhibition shows amazingly lifelike figures, furnished cells and sound effects that allow the visitor to experience the day-to-day life of prisoners and gaolers.
CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory (CITBCO) is a 16th century Castle located 4km from the heart of Cork city on the banks of the river Lee.
Today the Castle is a science centre and is home to Cosmos at the Castle, an award winning interactive astronomy exhibition which highlights recent scientific discoveries and their implications for life in outer space.
While at the Castle you can enjoy daily planetarium shows to learn about the wonders of the night sky, send a Message to Space at the Pan Galactic Station and play the The Comet Chaserto save the Earth.
Play is vital to a child’s healthy development and at Chuckies we strive to offer a safe, fun and challenging play opportunity for children which is accessible every day (except for a few days in December), whatever the weather. We also make every effort to provide a social opportunity for parents/carers to relax and enjoy the company of other parents or friends, in a safe and comfortable environment.
The Park comprises approximately 166 hectares and is an outstanding example of an 18th century landscaped park in the ‘Capability Brown’ style.
Mature groves of deciduous trees, several restored water features and a number of deer herds can be viewed along the many pathways within the Park.
The pathways are generally accessible for people with special needs. Doneraile Court, the former residence of the St. Leger family, is situated within the Park. It is be opened to the public following completion of necessary restoration and safety works.
Movie Junction is the world’s first covered, heated, tiered, fully catered drive-in movie theatre. And it´s right here in Cork. Watch the latest blockbusters, themed movies, and classic cinema from the comfort of your car as they bring you dinner, snacks and drinks, the sloping bays give you a perfect view, the canopy keeps you dry and the heaters keep you warm and fog-free. Movie Junction is light years ahead of traditional drive-in movie theatres and a night at a regular cinema will seem, well, boring, after this. Located in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, just 10km from the Clarion Hotel Cork on the N25 (Midleton/Waterford road) at the FOTA retail park.
The Cork Public Museum is located in Fitzgerald Park on Mardyke Walk along the City's western corridor. The museum was originally a private residence built by Charles Beamish in 1845 on land purchased from the Duke of Devonshire. Following the completion of the house the grounds (now Fitzgerald Park) were laid out with a fantastic variety of shrubs and trees.
Situated in the original offices of The White Star Line, the location marks the departure point for the last 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage to America.
Her story is told using innovative audio visual technology bringing our characters to life through cinematic shows, scene sets, holographic imagery and touch screen technology.
A fun day out in Cork, one of Cork’s great Kids Attractions. Visit our working farm, see our exotic animals and pet some of our farm animals. We have a wide range of birds in our Aviaries, from Snowy Owls to Canaries. Take our 2km Tractor drawn trailer ride. Whatever the weather we have indoor and outdoor play areas. Enjoy food for all the family in our Farm Café or bring your own picnic, we have indoor and outdoor picnic areas.