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Cork Attractions

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The Jameson Experience

As Irish, we admit we love our drink. But in our defense, who could blame us when the very best whiskeys are on our doorstep. The Jameson distillery has pride of place in the small, yet bustling town of Midleton, East Cork. It was established in 1780 and has proved itself a popular tipple. The distillery is made up of a bar, the Malt restaurant, an education centre, a tour and a gift shop. The tour pays homage to an incredible legacy and will whisk you back through the ages to discover the secrets of Jameson.

The City Gaol

The City Goal is now a hugely popular heritage centre, with stunning audio and visual effects, brought to life by life-size wax creations. For the historically curious, this is no boring tour! From the moment you step through the forbiddingly high gateway and see furtive twisted figures half-hidden in the dim gloom, you seem to have returned to Victorian times, when stealing a loaf of bread could mean transportation, and poaching a deer, death.

Douglas Golf Course

Douglas Golf Club is a beautifully maintained, very flat, parkland course situated just outside of Douglas Village. The course was re-designed in 1998 with the intention of utilising additional land and making the course more challenging for all. Consideration was also given to testing handicap ranges. These objectives have been well and truly achieved. All greens have been built to USGA specification, and the construction method has produced excellent putting surfaces with 12-month playing conditions.

The views from the Clubhouse are some of the most panoramic in the country. Douglas Golf Club has a reputation for being a very friendly club, and visitors are assured of a “Cead Mile Failte”

The English Market

The English Market has been trading since 1788, and has transformed and adapted over this time to present day. One of the most notable changes is the progression into healthy, nutritious and organic foods, teamed with an emergence of global flavours. You'll find French cheeses, Italian pasta, Greek olives and Indian spices alongside local organic produce, meats, buttered eggs, and fresh fish. You will also find confectionery, espresso and hand-made chocolates. With such an abundance of food and drink, and a personal service that has been cultivated to perfection, a day spent at the English Market will bring a smile to your face again and again.

Cork Butter Museum

The growth and success of Cork’s butter history has been captured and is presented at the Cork Butter Museum in Shandon. Dairy culture has been a part of Cork since the 1700’s and has transpired into an internationally successful business, due to Cork’s butter exchange. 

Cork and Cork City

If you are drawn to the freedom approach, then a personal journey of Cork on one of the open-top buses is, by far, the best way to discover the Viking, medieval, Elizabethan, Victorian past of the city. It is even better on foot as you are free to explore at your own pace and experience the sounds and smells which are as much a part of the city as the sights.

Blackrock Castle Observatory

Blackrock Castle seamlessly blends a 16th century castle and an observatory together. The result is astronomical! A mix of old and new, and an educational twist, attracts young and old. There are always plenty of events on Cork heritage, the cosmos and even moonlight movies.

Greyhound Racing

For a night of fun and unique entertainment, consider taking in the greyhound races out at Curraheen Park. Watch the speed and beauty of the elegant greyhounds, dine in the glass-fronted stadium restaurant, listen to live music, and place a bet or two. 

The Michael Collins Tour

For the visitor who wants to stand on the spot where history was made, the Michael Collins Tour is a must. Tim and Dolores Crowley have been interpreting the life of Michael Collins since 1997. The Tour is conducted with Tim Crowley as guide, usually in the visitor's own car or Tour Coach. The Crowleys opened a Heritage centre on their farm in 2000, and Michael Collins slide shows are held two evenings a week during the summer months. In 2002, the Heritage centre was named the Michael Collins Centre, and a photograph and militaria exhibition was set up in the cottage theatre.

Desmond Castle

Desmond Castle was built by the Earl of Desmond around 1500 and is a hub of Irish History. It's a fine example of an urban tower house. Originally built as a Customs house, the castle also served as a prison in the 18th century, an ordnance store during the Battle of Kinsale (1601) and as a workhouse during the Great Famine. By the early decades of the 20th Century, Desmond castle had fallen into decay. It was declared a National Monument in 1938.  Today, Desmond Castle hosts the International Museum of Wine Exhibition, an intriguing story that documents the unique history of Ireland's wine links with Europe and the wider world.

Beamish & Crawford Brewery

Founded in 1792 by William Beamish, the Beamish & Crawford Brewery is well worth a visit. It's main product is, of course, Beamish, an Irish Stout. The Brewery holds tours twice a week. It is only for people over 18 as you get to sample some of the product afterwards.

Cork Opera House

The Cork Opera House is Southern Ireland's premiere venue for the best in Irish and international concerts, comedy, theatre, dance, family fare and opera.

Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park is one of Ireland's top ten visitor attractions and is the most popular tourist destination in Cork. It is a perfect place to visit for people of all ages.

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