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Local Attractions

Blarney Woollen Mills

No trip to Cork is complete without a visit to the legendary Blarney Woollen Mills. With five locations across Ireland, including the successful Blarney location just outside Cork City, Blarney Woollen Mills offers an essential Irish shopping experience.
 
Originally established in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills now houses a large selection of Irish products; sweaters and woollens, crystal and china, gifts and souvenirs for all the family, this famous store has something for everyone.
 
Open Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
 

Blarney Castle & Gardens

Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures.
 
 

The English Market 

Situated in the heart of Cork City, the English Market is a roofed food market and has been trading since 1788. Developed and still owned by Cork City Council, the Market is one of the oldest municipal markets of it’s kind in the world.
 
 

Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The permanent collection comprises over 2500 works, ranging from eighteenth century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations.
 
 

Cork City Gaol

Part of the Cork City heritage is the Cork City Gaol, located 2 km from Patrick’s Street and whilethe magnificent castle-like building is now a major and unique visitor attraction, this Gaol once housed 19th century prisoners!
 
Visitors get a fascinating insight into day-to-day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape and denied law-abiding citizens the opportunity to see one of the finest examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage
 
 

Fota Wildlife Park

 
Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is located on 100 acres at Fota Island 10km east of Cork City and has an annual attendance of 440,000 visitors. It is currently the second largest visitor attraction in Ireland outside of Leinster.
 
 

The Jameson Experience Midleton & Irish Whiskey Academy 

The Jameson Experience is located in Midleton, Co. Cork.  This distillery operated for 150 years, from 1825 until 1975, when the workers clocked off on a Friday in July, to start work in the new Midleton Distillery the following Monday.  Thankfully, the old distillery was kept intact - and beautifully preserved - it is now one of the most striking and interesting tourist attractions in Ireland.