With a rich historical and maritime legacy, Cork is a haven for family holidays with a huge range of activities and attractions to keep everyone entertained for hours.
Ballycotton is perched on the cliffs overlooking one of the many blue flag beaches in East Cork. This quaint little port is legendary for its sea angling and spectacular cliff walk.
Cobh ascends from the sea and splendidly dominates Cork Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world. This colourful town has experienced invasion, emigration, transportation and a wealth of maritime adventures. St. Colman's Cathedral overlooks the town and the inner islands of the harbour, Haulbowline and Spike, are a stunning sight to behold. The town was the last port of call of the ill-fated RMS Titanic.
Midleton is the vibrant centre of Eat Cork and is located in the heart of a rich agricultural hinterland. Legend has it that it was here in Ireland that whiskey was invented. Today it is home to the largest potstill in the world and is where Jameson whiskey is distilled.
Youghal, a scenic port town, has an abundance of things to do. Golfing, family entertainment, riverboat trips, fishing and walking are all on offer. The town has also become a focal point for water sport enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Activities such as whale watching and wreck-diving are all on the menu. The Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven is the oldest yacht club in the world and Crosshaven/Carrigaline has walks to suit all levels and ages.
Other top attractions in the area include:
- The world renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School which is a must-visit experience for all food lovers
- Blarney Castle & Gardens: home to the famous Blarney Stone which bestows the gift of eloquence on anyone who kisses it
- Camden Fort Meagher: situated on 45 acres and internationally recognised as one of the finest examples of a classical Coastal Artillery Fort in the world
- Charles Fort, Kinsale: a classic example of a 17th Century star shaped fort
- Fota House & Gardens: visit the 'big house,' stunning gardens and arboretum
- Fota Wildlife Park: Famous animal conservation park and one of Ireland's Top Ten visitor attractions
- Lusitania Museum/Old Head Signal Tower: with artefacts,memorial garden and monument
- St. Coleman's Cathedral: Cobh, the neo-Gothic building houses the heaviest bell in Ireland at 3.6 tons
- St. Mary's Collegiate Church, Youghal: one of the oldest Christian sites in Ireland and a National Monument of Ireland
- Titanic Experience, Cobh: take a tour of the White Star Line Ticket Office in the heart of Cobh
- Youghal Clockgate: the central iconic structure of Youghal town for over 200 years was reopened to the public in 2016 following extensive conservation work to the builidng