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Fota Island Wildlife Park

Photo by Carlamurray98 via Instagram

The park is set on 70 acres of the scenic Fota island. It’s not your ordinary zoo because you’ll be able to come nearly face to face with free animals from all over the world. The Fota Wildlife Park takes care of different animal species that are in danger of extinction. Some of them include cheetahs, giraffes, penguins and zebras.

You’ll also find a 2km walking route called Slí na Sláinte, for all levels of walkers.

Home to the famous Murphy’s Stout


There’s more to Irish beer than just Guinness.

The majestic Blarney Stone

Photo by MrBucketlist
Photo by MrBucketlist

Those who kiss the limestone are said to receive the gift of persuasive eloquence (blarney). But be careful, you’ll have to lean over backwards over the edge.

Druid stone circles

Photo by Jennifer Boyer via Flickr
Photo by Jennifer Boyer via Flickr

There are a lot of stone circles around County Cork but the most famous one is Drombeg stone. It’s located west of Roscarberry, near Glandore and is also known as “The Druid’s Altar”.

The atmosphere at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on a match day

Photo by Gaa.ie
Photo by Gaa.ie

It doesn’t get more authentic than this! But you’ll have to wait until 2016 to experience this.

Spike Island


Europe’s very own Alcatraz but with fewer escapes. It was originally a fortress in the Napoleonic era and was converted to a convict prison in 1847.

Cinema inside a church


Cinema’s are pretty much all the same, except in Cork. The Triskel Christchurch is a cinema inside a former church, complete with the traditional seating. Imagine watching a movie like Calvary with the churchly surroundings!

The queue at KC & Son & Sons


This restaurant is so popular for it’s quality homemade food at affordable prices. The problem is that it’s so renowned that it almost always has a long queue. Don’t worry, you can check out their webcam to see how long the queue is! It’s definitely worth the wait.

Stargazing at a castle

Photo by AstronomyTrail.ie
Photo by AstronomyTrail.ie

After visiting all the places we’ve mentioned above, it’s time for you to look to the heavens. At the Blackrock Castle Observatory you’ll be able to the stars and wonder why you didn’t visit Cork any sooner.


One response to “19 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Everything and Travel to Cork

  1. Drombeg stone circle looks great. Its pretty disappointing to see how houses were allowed to be built so close to it.

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