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About Newmarket

Newmarket is a small rural town in County Cork, Ireland. Historically known as Aghatrasna, or Áth Trasna in Gaelic, Newmarket has long been an important rural village and service town for the many farms and agricultural centres in the area. It's situated at the junction of the R578 and R576 regional roads and easy to reach by car from Limerick, Cork, and Killarney. Newmarket hotels offer a slice of life in rural Ireland, as well as a smattering of impressive local historical sites and easy access to the region's natural landscapes, including Killarney National Park.

Newmarket has excellent services and facilities, including several supermarkets, restaurants, cafés, bars, and night clubs. The very active community organises events year round, and you can check out a match at one of the local Gaelic football clubs. Located just north of Island Wood, Newmarket is popular with walkers and keen anglers, as the area is loaded with beautiful woodland walking trails and fishing spots along the River Dalua. The easiest way to find cheap hotels in and around Newmarket is using Opodo. Simply put in the dates you'd like to visit, how many people will be coming, and away you go!

What to see in Newmarket

Newmarket has many intriguing historical buildings to visit. The James O'Keefe Memorial Institute, to the east of the town centre, was built in the 17th century as Newmarket Court, the imposing mansion of the powerful Aldworth family. John Philpot Curran, the famous orator and lawyer, was born in Newmarket and several locations in the town bear witness to his influence. The Protestant churchyard, where Curran's daughter, Sarah, is buried, has an impressive monument to her that is worth seeing. St. Mary's Church, on the main street, is a simple but beautiful building whose brilliant 19th-century stained-glass windows have been impeccably preserved.

As a typical county town servicing a large and lush agricultural area, Newmarket has long played host to county fairs and rural festivals. Equestrians shouldn't miss the famous Newmarket Horse Fair, held yearly November and February, while the Newmarket Summer Festival guarantees fun for young and old in June and July, with events running both day and night. For active holidaymakers, one of Newmarket's biggest attractions is its proximity to Killarney National Park and its countless hiking and cycling trails, pristine forest, and waterways. Birdwatchers will be particularly enthralled with the park's many opportunities to spot rare species – remember to bring your binoculars and camera!

Where to stay in Newmarket

If you like the idea of cosy and quiet accommodations, have a look at some of the boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts in County Cork's countryside, particularly those on the road toward Meelin. To be in the heart of the action and close to amenities during county fairs, festivals, or local shows, find something around the town centre on Church Street, High Street, or Kerry Road. If you're looking for a fun night out in Newmarket, consider hotels to the southeast of the town centre along Lower Road leading toward Glenlahan. For a peaceful waterside location, book a hotel on the sleepy River Dalua, which flows just to the west of Newmarket town centre. For cheap but cheerful hotels close to Newmarket, look in nearby County Cork towns such as Kanturk, Banteer, and Dromcolliher.

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