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Barryscourt Castle

Please Note: Barryscourt Castle is closed for maintenance and engineering work 2015/2016.    Barryscourt castle is the 16th century seat of the Barry family. The present castle, with its largely intact bawn wall and corner towers, is a fine example of an Irish tower house in which many defensive features such as a murder hole, crenulations, and stumble steps can be […]


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Lakes of Killarney

Lakes of Killarney

Killarney National Park is a unique and special place. Situated in south-west Ireland, close to the most westerly point in Europe, the National Park covers over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) of mountain, moorland, woodland, waterways, parks and gardens. The mountainous old red sandstone uplands support large areas of blanket bog, and the remoteness and relative inaccessibility of some of these […]


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Cork Vision Centre

Cork Vision Centre

Located in the heart of Cork’s historic centre, and within walking distance of the city’s artistic, commercial and diverse tourist attractions, the Cork Vision Centre offers visitors an opportunity to appreciate a fine example of conservation in action, and to explore Cork’s evolution from past, through present, and onwards to future development. For details on current and forthcoming events, please […]


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Glanworth Castle, Abbey & Bridge

There are few villages in Ireland that pack such a wealth of history in to such a small area. A rough translation from its old Irish name (Gleann Iubhair) means the glen of the yew trees. Its offers a microcosm of Ireland’s history with ancient prehistoric sites, medieval buildings, old mills combined with some modern state of the art stores.  […]


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Red Abbey

Red Abbey

This is Cork’s oldest surviving structure, dating from the 13th century and the only standing remains of Corks medieval past. Named ‘Red’ because of the use of the local red sandstone in its construction, the Abbey was founded as an Augustinian Friary and is a recognised National Monument. It was occupied by the monks until the latter half of the […]


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The Gearagh, Macroom

The Gearagh near Macroom is the remains of the only ancient post glacial alluvial forest in Western Europe. It was formed at the end of the last Ice Age and consists of a vast area of submerged islands that once supported a rich woodland flora. It gets its name from “An Gaoire”, the wooden river. In 1987 the area was […]


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The Nightmare Realm Cork

The Nightmare Realm

Ireland’s Scariest Halloween Attractions Ireland’s freakiest, scariest walk through event is back and is even scarier than ever. Welcome, if you dare, to a place where demented beings prey on your deepest nightmares. This is not place for the weak of spirit or weak of heart. Prepare for the grotesque, the deformed, the stomach churning prepare to see what you […]


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Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours

Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours

Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours offer a magical, historical and unique 90 minute excursion. A knowledgeable guide will accompany you on a short open topped boat trip to the Ballycotton Lighthouse island.  There you will be escorted on a brisk walk to the islands summit, into the lighthouse and onto the lantern balcony. Surrounded by stunning views of the coastline and […]


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Mizen Head Signal Station

Ireland’s most south westerly point is a fascinating place to spend a few hours and has proved a great hit with tourists visiting this part of Ireland. An award winning Maritime Museum and Heritage Attraction, this authentic all-weather experience is a must-see with its spectacular location on high cliffs and swirling Atlantic Ocean tides. From the Car park and Visitor […]


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Macroom Castle

The Gateway and tower are all that remain of Macroom Castle, which was granted to Admiral William Penn, (father of the founder of Pennsylvania U.S.A.) by Oliver Cromwell. Macroom Castle, the boyhood home of William Penn, stands on the western margin of the town of Macroom and its windows look away into the distance, where a rugged land lies at the […]


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Blarney and Cobh Day Tour

Blarney Castle

Situated 8 km from Cork City, the historic Blarney Castle is most famous for it’s stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss […]


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Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery, the city art museum for Cork, is dedicated to informing a wide audience about the significant role that the visual arts play in contemporary life and culture. Located in the heart of the city, beside the Opera House, the Gallery is a critical part of Cork’s cultural and tourism infrastructure, welcoming over 200,000 visitors a year. In […]


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English Market Cork

The English Market

Go for a feast in the English Market; Cork’s English Market has been feeding the people of Cork since 1788, which makes it one of the oldest markets of its kind in the world. Throughout the centuries to the present day, with its heady mix of sensuous smells and lilting accents it has maintained a certain attraction that has kept […]


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Lough Hyne

A salt water lake, Lough Hyne (or Ine) contains rare sea life and is Ireland’s only Marine Wildlife Reserve. The nearby woods are popular amongst walkers for the spectacular view from the top of Knockomagh Hill. Lough Hyne was probably a freshwater lake until about four millennia ago, when rising sea levels flooded it with saline ocean water. The lake […]


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Swiss Cottage

About a mile south of Cahir town, on the bank of the River Suir, is a charming house known as The Swiss Cottage. This is a superb example of an early 19th century “cottage orne” or fantasy house popular with the gentry in the nineteenth century, where they could play at being peasants and entertain their guests. Built around 1810, the […]


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Mallow Castle

Mallow Castle

Mallow is spoilt by comparison to many towns in that it has two castles from which to choose. There is the Old Mallow Castle originally built by the Normans in 1185 A.D. and which was subsequently changed and enhanced over the centuries but was burnt down in 1689. Then there is the ‘New’ castle which dates from 1690! This is […]


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Desmond Castle and International Wine Museum

Desmond Castle was built by the Earl of Desmond c. 1500. A fine example of an urban tower house, the castle consists of a three storey keep with storehouses to the rear.  Originally built as a Customs house, the castle also served as a prison in the 18th century (it is known locally as the French Prison) an ordnance store […]


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Triskel Arts Centre

Triskel Arts Centre

As Cork’s main Arts Centre, Triskel’s mission is to promote and present professional, multi-disciplinary arts of the highest possible standard for Cork. Our mission has always been to commission, present, and promote the contemporary arts in Cork, and to ensure the arts are made available to as wide a public as possible. Triskel continually strives to offer audiences access to […]


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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is located in the award winning, beautifully restored Old Gasworks Building, in Skibbereen, one of West Cork’s most picturesque towns. The centre offers insights in to some fascinating aspects of our history and local geography. The Great Famine Commemoration Exhibition This commemorates the tragic period in the 1840s that is known in Irish History as the Great […]


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Franciscan Well Brewery Tour

Franciscan Well Brewery

The Franciscan Well Brewery has established itself over the years as one of the must visit pubs in Cork City. Apart from the curious fact that it is sitting on the site of a 13th century monastery, the pub was also one of the first to start brewing its own craft beers. These same beers can now be found across […]


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