Things to Do in Cork this Summer
The county is spoilt with lovely vistas and pretty countryside for walking and hiking adventures. For those who want to immerse themselves in mother nature and to take in the marvels of wildlife, there is plenty to see and do from visiting Fota Wildlife Park, one of the country’s leading conservations attractions in Ireland to nearby Fota House Arboretum and Gardens, on what was once the 800-acre estate of the Smith Barry family.
For Family fun regardless of the weather, there is plenty to do and plenty of Free Things to enjoy while on your Cork Summer break. From checking out the craft and food stalls at the Cork Marina Market to making and painting your own toy soldier in Toy Solider Factory, to the perfect location for a family picnic in the scenic Fitzgerald Park, to visiting the Cork Public Museum where one can learn all about the rich history and archaeology of Cork and it’s people.
While in Cork on your summer break away be sure to check out one of Cork’s greatest treasures and gain the “gift of the gab” along the way, by planting a kiss on the Blarney stone and take a stroll around the beautiful castle gardens. Then head back into the City to ring the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St. Anne’s church.
No summer trip to Cork is complete without checking out it’s rich and varied culture, enjoy three centuries of Irish Art in the heart of the City at Crawford Art Gallery, while The Glucksman Gallery on the grounds of UCC provides a stunning venue to explore visual arts and is named one of the 1001 buildings you must see before you die.
Fans of anything to do with the Titanic should head east to the seaside town of Cobh, where the Titanic made Cork its final port of call before heading for New York. Then head on a short boat trip from Cobh to Spike Island to immerse in the rich history of the island which included monks, monasteries, captains and convicts.
For young and old looking for adventure and adrenaline-inducing activities this summer holiday, be sure to check out Zipit in Farran Woods, Ballyhass Adventure Centre, and Kayak under the stars in Lough Hyne or Bantry Bay.
Cork also has a long association with food and drink, choose from the many farmer’s markets, to the Corks English Market and is home to many top restaurants on the food scene in Ireland, you will be spoilt for choice this summer.
We may be biased but to us, Cork is the perfect destination for your next staycation or summer break away, make sure to check out our special offers and start planning your perfect getaway today.