Whenever we travel away for weekends to a new destination we often tend to do one active day and the second spent sightseeing and trying to be cultural! We would suggest doing Cork in a very similar manner.
There are a number of great fun options out of the city centre as follows;
Kayak around the city’s channels with Atlantic Sea Kayaking where you are entertained with tales of the city and can often encounter seals, otters and various bird life. If you want something a little more up-tempo check out Cork Sea Safari. You begin with a cruise down the river past the Docks, the Marina, Blackrock Castle, villages & towns before you hit Cobh and the fun begins. Depending on your tour and time of the year, this can also be great for watching Dolphins.
Other interesting options available include;
- Horse riding
Now, assuming you haven’t partied too hard the night before! We suggest a big breakfast either in your accommodation or down town. Wherever you go we would encourage you try some homemade soda bread... you won’t be disappointed. Heading out of the city centre by car or bus a great place to visit is historic Cork Gaol with its imposing walls and intimidating environment. Home to an annual international ghost conference each Halloween, the Gaol is renowned for things that go bump in the night!
If you have children with you, highly recommended is a trip to the award winning Lifetime Lab which is an interactive museum in the old Victorian Waterworks. Even mum & dad will learn a thing or two here. Alternatively double back to Fitzgerald Park and a visit to the Cork Public Museum and the associated gardens are a must and if you are really lucky you might catch a game of cricket next door at the Cork County Cricket Grounds where the game has prospered since 1850.
Keeping with our cultural theme, just a 10 minute walk is to be found the internationally renowned Glucksman Gallery located in the grounds of atmospheric UCC (University College Cork). There is also a great restaurant here is you are feeling peckish at this stage. After spending some time here you are approximately a 15 minute walk back to the city centre.
While the Gaol is approximately a 30 minute walk from the city centre, you would need a transport to get to the Lifetime Lab.