It is no secret that Ireland has been a favourite country to visit. We’ve been to every corner of the country, from north to south to west. County Cork is one of Ireland’s most beautiful places. Cork, which covers a large portion of the southwest part of Ireland, is Ireland’s largest county. Cork City, Ireland’s second-largest municipality, is located in this county. It also contains some of Ireland’s most iconic attractions. We have many amazing ideas for you to add to your Ireland itinerary if you’re looking for Cork activities.

Things to Do in Cork, Ireland

Many people are focused on travelling from Dublin. However, Cork is a wonderful city to explore. Cork is not only the second largest city in Ireland (after Dublin) but also the largest county in Ireland.

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is located just outside Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city. The Blarney Castle Blarney Stone Kiss is a popular activity in Ireland, if not Cork! Blarney Castle alone is worth a visit. The grounds are stunning, and there is plenty to see, including The Wishing Steps, The Witches Garden, and Fairy Glade. 

Kiss the Blarney Stone to Receive the Gift of the Gab

You must visit Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone for the Gift of the Gab. As you climb the 114 steps up to the top, getting to the Blarney stone is quite an adventure. You’ll reach the top and be taken to the stone. There, you can hang upside down to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone.

The bad reputation given to Kissing the Blarney Stone is not good. After COVID, I can only imagine the thoughts of people! People told us that people had peed on the Blarney Stone when we first visited it. But after seeing it for ourselves, we now know it is impossible to pee on it. The Blarney Stone is located at the top of a tower, with staff and security guards. The castle is locked after business hours. After each kiss, the Blarney Stone gets disinfected and is controlled. Although people might have used the Blarney stone to pee, this is not true today.

Mizen Head

While most people are familiar with the Cliffs of Dover, Mizen Head is a unique place to view the wild sea cliffs of Ireland. The visitor centre at Mizen Head has a fascinating history and is almost as impressive as the cliffs. Mizen Head, located at the tip of Kilmore Peninsula in County Cork, is a must-see attraction. The museum features life at the lighthouse and the Marconi radio rooms where he made his Transatlantic call.

Kayaking at Night in Lough Hyne

A night excursion on Lough Hyne with Atlantic Sea Kayaking is one of the most memorable things you can do in Cork. You can kayak into Lough Hyne at night and launch your kayaks. You will find the night sky in total darkness once it gets dark.

Lodging near Lough Hyne

Cork City

Cork City is a must-see on any Cork City visit. There are many things to do in Cork City. Book your Cork City Walking Tour to see the top Cork attractions such as the English Market, Shandon and Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

Bells of Shandon – St. Annes Church

Visit the Church of St. Anne to ring the Bells of Shandon, one of the most interesting things to do in Cork. To help ring the bells, visitors are given headphones and sheet music to guide them.

Even if you don’t ring the Bells of Shandon – a visit is worthwhile to St. Annes Church. You can enjoy stunning views of Cork City from the top of this church.

Butter Museum

Although it’s not on most people’s list of things to do in Cork, visiting the Butter Museum was great fun! You can tour and see how butter was made in the past, from the milk through the cream to the butter on bread. Even better, we made butter from scratch and then tasted it on freshly baked bread. I can now say that I have churned butter at least once. Living in an Amish Paradice For opening hours, visit The Butter Museum.

Blackrock Castle Observatory

Blackrock Castle, one of Cork’s oldest structures that remains in use today, is one of the oldest. It dates back to 1582 and is one of Cork’s most popular attractions. It has served many purposes over the years, including as a lighthouse and signalling station. It is now used as an observatory and planetarium. If you are looking for a deeper look at the stars than just looking from a kayak, the Blackrock Castle Observatory is the place to go.

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