Travel — Ireland
Cork & Southwest Ireland
County Cork Attractions
— Blarney Castle (and Blarney Stone)
— Cork's English Market
— Cork Jazz Festivals
— Gougane Barra
Fun Things To in County Cork
There are so many fun things to do and see in and around Cork. It is home to famous castles, old churches, historical sites, fun wildlife parks — and an incredible indoor-covered English Market. Fun attractions in and around County Cork include:
Kinsale International Gourmet Food Festival
The Kinsale International Gourmet Food Festival takes place every October. Foodies are drawn to this popular gourmet food festival for its fabulous seafood — some of the best in Ireland! The small historic town of Kinsale is located on the scenic coast, about a 30-minute drive from Cork City.
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Be sure to visit Blarney
Castle and kiss its famous "Blarney Stone" — located in Cork, it is one
of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions.
Cork Jazz Festival
If you're a jazz fan, you won't want to miss one of Ireland's biggest and internationally renowned music events — the Cork Jazz Festival. The fun annual festival has taken place every year since 1978. Hundreds of talented musicians and over 20,000 music fans flock here from around the world. The event leads up to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (held over the October Bank Holiday Weekend) — it's a great time to vist and experience Cork at its best!
More FUN Cork Festivals
— Fun for Foodies!
Foodies will definitely want to visit Cork's "English Market."
popular indoor-covered market hall, located in Cork city, has
1786 — it's an Irish institution!
— Gourmet Capital of Ireland
West Cork is home to magnificent natural landscapes and quaint fishing villages. Famous for its food, West Cork is also known as the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland."
West Cork Attractions
Gougane Barra is a beautiful spot to visit, especially if you like nature and tranquility — the Forest Park is located in Macroom, County Cork. "Gugán Barra" (its Irish name) means Barra's retreat enclosed by mountains). Be sure to check out St. Finbarr's Oratory, located on a small island overlooking the lake — a popular wedding venue, the little church holds about 50 people. Gougane Barra also has a Hotel, Bar & Cafe.
Inchydoney Island Lodge
Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is one of the finest hotels in County Cork. It has a great restaurant, views, spa — and also a fantastic stretch of beach. Its located just outside of Clonakilty, a picturesque seaside town in the heart of West Cork.
In Clonakilty, there's a great bar called De Barras, which has music and "craic" (pronounced crack), the Irish word for a good time!) — a local favorite among the locals. Over the years, De Barras has won awards for its food, music and fun bar!
The Irish Pubs are legendary — no
trip to the Emerald Isle is
complete without visiting a
country pub and enjoying a pint
of Guinness with
Fancy an Irish stout? Both Murphy's and Beamish (popular dry stouts) are produced in County Cork. Cheers!
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