If you’ve booked to stay in our centrally located Jury’s Inn Cork Hotel this summer, you’ll probably be wondering how to make the most of the city in warmer weather. From outdoor adventures in ancient forts to exciting daytrips that all the family will enjoy, here’s our top pick of things to do in Cork, Ireland.
Instead of seeing Cork’s amazing attractions on foot, why not see them from the water? Run by Atlantic Sea Kayaking, an urban kayak tour will take you along the city’s waterways and under its many bridges as a guide points out Cork’s most famous sights.
This 400-year-old monument is located on Barrack Street in the heart of Cork. Originally built to defend the city, it’s since been used as a military base, a gaol, a police station and, currently, a fascinating history museum. A walk along Elizabeth Fort’s ramparts is the ideal activity for a clear summer’s day – you can even get some photos of your loved ones in the stocks!
If you’re wondering what to do in Cork with kids, your first stop should definitely be Fota Wildlife Park. Found just 20 minutes from the city, it’s a conservation centre that’s home to many different animals and exotic flora and fauna. Highlights include the park’s family of Asiatic lions and Elvis the seal.
Another significant structure in Cork that dates all the way back to 1582 is Blackrock Castle. It’s dramatically perched on the River Lee, just 2km from the city centre, and is full of great exhibits on Cork’s coastal history. The castle also houses an observatory with an interactive astronomy centre that you can explore during your visit.
When it comes to creative things to do in Cork during the summer, you can’t miss the city’s Midsummer Festival. It takes place across two weeks in June, with an exciting line up of music and dance performances, street art displays and interesting exhibitions from emerging artists.
If you’re hoping to make the most of sunny weather while in Cork, consider heading to the city’s beautiful university grounds. The 19th century campus is just west of the centre and, as well as being dotted with some wonderful sculptures, you’ll find the university’s famous Irish ‘Champion’ trees and various tropical plants.
This seaside town 30 minutes’ drive from Cork is best known for being the last stopping point of the ill-fated Titanic. Today, Cobh is an idyllic seaside town that’s a great spot for a day out. Take to the water on a relaxing cruise, go on a Titanic Trail walking tour, or simply sit out in the sun at one of the many cafés and restaurants overlooking the harbour.
So whether you’re into beautiful scenery, fascinating castles or fun filled festivals you’ll easily find something amazing to do when you spend some time in Cork this summer.
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