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Mizen Head

Located just 8km from Goleen, as Ireland’s most south-westerly point, it is home to a signal station that was built to save lives off the rocky shoreline. It was completed in 1910 and later became the home of Ireland’s very first radio beacon in 1931. Here, inside the House, you’ll find a visitor centre that contains a café and gift shop. It also has a navigation aids simulator, displays the geology of the region, Once your tour of the visitor centre is complete, head outside and follow the path down the famous 99 steps and over the arched bridge that looks down upon the gorge.

Important Information

The visitor centre: opening hours: Everyday 11amp to 4pm (November to March); 10 am to 6pm (June to August); 10.30amp to 5pm (September, October)

Price: Adult: €7.50 / Senior and Students €6 / Child under 14 €4.50 / Child under 5 Free

Distance to Dublin Airport: 5h20 – 388 km

Distance to Shannon Airport: 3h39 – 229km

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Mizen Café, Mizenhead Signal Station, Cloghane, Goleen
  • Beach Bar Restaurant, Cannawee, Barleycove

Dursey Island

is the most westerly of Cork’s inhabited islands. Dursey is separated from the mainland by a narrow sound known for its strong tides. It is accessed by Ireland’s only cable car, which runs about 250m above the sea. It can carry six peoples at a time on the 15 minutes journey.
Without any shops, pubs or restaurants, this peaceful little island offers day-trippers and escape from the hustle and bustle of modern living. There are three small villages and forms part of the Beara Way Waking Trail. Dursey is an excellent place for viewing wildlife, as a variety of birds can be seen here. We can also have spotted dolphins and whales in the waters surrounding the island.

Important Information

Monday to Sunday: 1st March-31st May: 9:30am to 7:30pm
1st June-31st August: 9:30am to 9:30pm
1st September-31st October: 9:30am to 7:30pm
1st November-28th February: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Cable Car Fares:
Adult: 10€ / Child: 5€ / Payment by cash only

Distance to Dublin Airport: 409km and 5h14min
Distance to Shannon Airport:  233km and 3h46min

Restaurants around 5 kilometers

  • O’Neill’s Bar&Restaurant, Cloan County Cork

Charles fort Kinsale

Perhaps the best-known historical attraction in Kinsale, is on the road just beyond Summercove. It is open all year, and regular guided tours are available. Charles Fort is one of the finest surviving examples of a 17th Century star-shaped fort located right on the edge of Kinsale it truly is a work of art and well worth a visit.

Important Information

Opening Hours: Mid-March to October: 10.00 to 18.00

November to Mid-March: 10.00 to 17.00

Average of visit: 1 hour

Price: Adult €5 / Senior €4 / Child and Student €3

Exhibition centre, toilets

Guide book: English, Irish, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and Polish

Distance from Dublin Airport: 3h08 – 293 km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 2h27 – 161 km

Travel by bus: 
Local link bus service for Kinsale to Charles Fort daily at 12.00, 14.45, 16.45

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • The Bulamn Bar & Toddies Restaurant, Summercove, Kinsale
  • Man Friday, Scilly, Kinsale

Cobh Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St Colman, usually known as Cobh Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cobh, Ireland. It is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Cloyne. It overlooks Cork harbour from a prominent position. Construction began in 1867 and was not completed until over half a century later due to increases in costs and revisions of the original plans.

Important Information

Saturday: 6.00pm
Sunday: 10.00am, 12.00noon, 7.00pm
Holy Day: 10.00am 7.30pm
Weekday Masses: 8.00am (except on Saturday), 10.00am

Summertime: Cathedral closes at 6.00 pm, evening Masses and removals excepted

Distance to Dublin Airport: 2h57 – 273km

Distance to Shannon Airport: 1h59 – 145km

Restaurants around 5 kilometers

  • Harbour Browns Steakhouse, 11 West Beach- 0.1 miles from Cobh Cathedral
  • Trade Winds, 16 Roger Casement Square – 0.1 miles from Cobh Cathedral
  • Gilbert’s Bistro,  Nassau House 11 Pearse Square – 0.1 miles from Cobh Cathedral
  • Titanic Bar and Grill, Scotts Buildings 20 Roger Casement Square – 0.1 miles from Cobh Cathedral
  • Grand Italie Pizzeria & Restaurant, 4 Roger Casement Square Cobh, Co Cork – 0.1 miles from Cobh Cathedral

Ballymaloe House

Ballymaloe House Restaurant is a famous for its outstanding hospitality and superb food. The principles in which food is prepared in the Ballymaloe House restaurant have not changed since it opened by Myrtle Allen to the public in 1964. At Ballymaloe House the kitchen mission is to prepare and serve our food in a simple way. Believing that the best food requires the finest and freshest ingredients and, in keeping with the tradition of the best country house cooking, they prepare everything they possibly can for their menu from the gardens and farm at Ballymaloe House. Myrtle and Ivan Allen opened Ballymaloe House to the public as a restaurant in 1964 and later as a guesthouse. This historic Irish country house is in beautiful East Cork and is still managed by the Allen family and continues to be celebrated internationally as the home of Irish Country cuisine and warm hospitality. This is the secret ingredient to their success. The Ballymaloe House restaurant continues to receive International recognition as home to the best modern Irish cuisine. Set deep in a 300 acre farm, the menus are written daily from the seasonal vegetables grown on the farm just as Mrs Allen always did. Famous television Chef Rachael is the daughter of the house and are also know for the relishes they make.

Distance from Dublin Airport: 3hours via M7 & M8 285km which include tolls

Distance from Shannon Airport: 2hr 5mins via R513 and M8 157km includes tolls

Bus Tour Cork

Hop on board our red double-decker bus for your Cork sightseeing tour. Our tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and comes with English language commentary. Our experienced drivers also add their unique insight into the best attractions in Cork. Our upper deck is partially enclosed for your comfort but there is also an open top seating area. The tour includes convenient stops at Cork’s most popular cultural and historical attractions – Cork City Gaol, the Shandon Bells, U.C.C. and the award winning Glucksman Gallery, the English Market, art galleries, shops and restaurants.


Adult ticket €15

Child ticket €5

OAP & Student €13

Tickets is valid for two consecutive days.

Tour operates daily from March 1stto November 30th

Purchase tickets on board

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2hr 53min 264km via M7 & M8

Distance from Shannon Airport: 1hr 44min 122km via N20

Kinsale Harbour Cruise

Board the ‘Spirit of Kinsale’ for a spectacular tour of Kinsale harbour. The Kinsale Harbour Cruise will give you a very different view of Kinsale and its beautiful natural harbour. Kinsale is in the south of Ireland approximately 18 miles South of Cork City. Our unique trip is an opportunity to view the Kinsale town from the water.


Adult €13

Children Under 14 €5

Family Rate (2A + 2C) €32

Group Rate (10 or More) €10.50

Please note: they only accept cash

Distance from Dublin Airport: 3hr 10min via M7 & M8 289km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 2hr 14min 161km via R513 & M8

Restaurants around 5 kilometers: 

  • Kinsale Harbour Cruises
  • Trident Hotel Kinsale
  • Fishy Fishy Kinsale
  • Kinsales Good Food Circle

Saint Peter and Paul’s Church

St Peter and Paul’s Church is one of Cork’s most famous buildings! Known for its architectural beauty, this church is located in the heart of old Cork, near the main artery of the city: St Patrick’s Street. Magnificent, the church is really worth a visit.

Important Information:

Free Place

The Church is open each weekday from 9.30am to 5pm and on Sundays from 9.30am to 8pm.

Travel by bus: Take bus Eireann Route X8.

Departure: Dublin Airport – Arrival: Cork

Price: Adult: €18,52 / Student: €15,68 / Child: €12,82

Distance from Dublin Airport: 3h05 – 272km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 1h47 – 125km

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Amicus, 23 Paul Street, Centre, Cork
  • Koto, 6 Carey’s Lnn, Centre, Cork
  • Restaurant 14a, 14A French Church Street, Centre, Cork

St Finnbarr Cathedral

St Finnbarr Cathedral is one of the largest Protestant cathedrals in the city of Cork. Its first remains date from the 6th century, making it one of the oldest buildings in the city. Always in activity, the cathedral, of neo-gothic style is accessible free to the visitors.

Important Information:

Free Place

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10h to 17h20 from April to October – from 10h to 17h from October to March; Sunday from 14h to 17h20

Travel by bus: Take bus Eireann Route X8

Departure: Dublin Airport – Arrival: Cork Bus Station

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h56 – 269km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 1h51 – 123km

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Dolce Vita, Proby’s Quay, Crosses’s Green the Lough, Cork
  • Paradiso, 16 Lancaster Quay, Mardyke, Cork

Fota Wildlife Park

The Fota Wildlife Park is an Irish zoological park of 40 hectares located near Cork, on the peninsula of Fota, at the edge of Loch Machain. It is the property of the Zoological Society of Ireland. Opened in 1983, the park has nearly 30 species of mammals and 50 species of birds.

Some animals are displayed in areas that visitors can cross, such as catta lemurs and wallabies, while larger animals, such as giraffes and bison, live in enclosures that hide barriers from the public. The Fota Wildlife Park also presents red pandas, tapirs and siamangs.

Important Information:

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10.00 a.m.
Last entry: 4.30pm every day (5.00pm for members)

Gates closed: 6.00pm

Prices: Adult: €16.50 / Children: €11 / Student: €12

Travel by bus: During the months of June, July and August Bus Eireann operate a Hop On/Hop Off tour of Cork/Fota/Cobh which stopes at the entrance to the park this leaves from a number of locations in Cork City.

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h47 – 269km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 1h50 – 141km

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • The Elm Tree Glounthaune, Glounthaune, Killacloyne, Glounthaune, Cork
  • Island Gate Restaurant & Bar, Castleview, Glounthaune, Cork
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