The origins of the historic town of Midleton go back to 1180 AD when the Cistercian monks established a monastery here on the banks of the Owenacurra River. Today, the busy market town has long associations with the Murphy family who opened their first whiskey distillery in the town in 1825. The Old Midleton Distillery traces the history of whiskey making in the town. Legend has it that it was here in Ireland that whiskey was invented. In fact, the town boasts the largest pot still in the world. A stopover to the Old Midleton Distillery is a must. This beautifully restored 18th Century distillery is now a renowned tourist attraction and visitors have the opportunity to become certified whiskey tasters.
The town is also home to the St John the Baptist Church whose records date back to 1302 and the Town Hall built in 1789 now houses the public library. The town has long had a great dining reputation and it’s very popular farmers market on every Saturday attracts many artisan food producers.
With miles of Blue Flag Beaches nearby, a Wildlife Park, a dedicated Holiday Village at Trabolgan Family Centre, Cross Country safaris and galleries, Midleton is also the perfect location for family fun holidays. Adding to that are a variety of events including the excellent Midleton Farmers Market, festivals & exhibitions which make the area your perfect breakaway location – and all within a short drive or train journey from Cork City!