Blarney Castle is a prime example of a medieval fortress and can be found in Blarney, only 8 km northwest Cork City. The castle you see today is over 600 years, but in reality a wooden castle was built before on this same site dates back as 1200AD!
Blarney Castle which was built for once the King of Munster – Cormac McCarthy is now one of the main tourist attractions of Ireland. People come from all over the world to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, located at the top of the castle.
The star great way Charles Fort is on the edge of the bay on the outskirts of the beautiful town of Kinsale in County Cork. This 17th century fortress is one of the largest and best shaped star military fortifications in the country. The fort was specifically designed to withstand the attack and has two bastions overlooking the harbor and three defenses to the inside to the field. The fort is open all year and a tour will give you a thorough knowledge of its layout and history.
FOTA WILDLIFE PARK
Fota Wildlife Park is located in Cobh about 24 kilometers southeast of the city of Cork in southern Ireland. The wildlife park is an ideal destination for a family day out and has more than 30 mammals and 50 species of birds, many of which roam freely in the park of 75 acres. The park also features with a play area for children, train rides, jeep safari, a restaurant and picnic areas. To see the guards at the feeding of animals, then visit the park very early in the morning or later afternoon. See cheetahs feeding at 4 pm daily at the “Cheetah Run ‘- the only one of its kind in Ireland. This is very entertaining and you’ll get to see the work of the Cheetah “for his food.
CORK CITY GAOL (JAIL)
A visit to Cork City Gaol will take you back in time to see what life was like in a prison in Ireland since the days of hunger before statehood in the decade 1920. The castle-like building is located in an area called Sunday’s Well, which is about 2 km northwest of Patrick Street in downtown. Stroll through the cell from the prison furniture, which feature size wax figures of life of prisoners. While in prison, visitors can explore the Radio Museum is located at the House of Governors. Shortly after the prison closed, Radio Eireann brodcasting set up a station here called 6ck. The museum gives an idea of the early days of broadcasting in Ireland.
BANTRY HOUSE & GARDENS
The stunning Bantry House & Gardens are situated above the beautiful bay of Bantry in west Cork. Built around 1700, this is one of the finest historic houses in Ireland so it’s definitely worth it a visit! Pick up an information leaflet at reception and take a self-guided tour of the House once owned by the Earl of Bantry. Today, the descendants of Count and their family members still live here. Visitors can stroll through the beautifully manicured gardens or relax in the charming tea room.
COBH HERITAGE CENTER
Cobh Heritage Center is located in the colorful port town of Cobh, which can be found 24 kilometers southeast of the city of Cork. Cobh is best known as the starting point up to 2.5 million Irish who immigrated to America in the 19th century. Cobh Heritage Center can be found in the old station Victoria train is the first port of call for visitors to the city. Here you can learn more about the migration that took place in Cobh, and the history the Titanic and Lusitania – two ships calling at Cobh before its fateful journey.
WEST CORK MODEL RAILWAY
The West Cork Model Railway can be found in the picturesque town of Clonakilty in West Cork. Step back in time when you visit this world in miniature, and get a view of life in 1940 in Ireland when the railway line to West Cork from cities to the west Cork Clonakilty, Kinsale, Bandon and Dunmanway. The Model Railway Village also features a game room for children is impressive. During the summer months and weekends during the winter, visitors can take a delightful tour of Clonakility and its environs in a road train tour.