5 Day trip ideas in Cork that locals swear by

Cork is sometimes referred to as the ‘real capital’ of Ireland. The country’s largest county has much to offer both locals and visitors alike.

With beautiful beaches, wildlife parks and historical sites just a train journey or drive away, there are plenty day trips to keep you busy during your stay.

We have made a short list of the top five best day trips to take while you’re in the Cork area.

5. Fota Wildlife Park

Located just outside Cork city, Fota can be accessed either by car or by train from Kent Station. Fota is a great day out for those who love animals but do not like to support zoos.

Animals such as tigers, giraffes and zebras have open spaces to roam around in with trained professionals looking after them.

Entrance costs:

  • Adult: €16.70
  • Child: €11.20
  • Student: €12.30

A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) costs just €49, which makes it an affordable and fun day out for all the family. Special group rates are also available.

With activities throughout the day and various dining spots, including the Savannah Café where you can view mangabey and meerkat exhibition so you won’t be lonely as you eat.

If you’re looking for a luxury night away from the city centre, treat yourself to a stay in Fota Resort Hotel. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Address: Fota, Carrigtohill, Co. Cork, Ireland

4. Kinsale

Located about a 20-minute drive from Cork Airport, Kinsale is one of the most beautiful towns in Cork. A seaside town that oozes “Irishness” with its quaint streets, harbour and pubs.

A particular popular time in the town is for the Kinsale 7s which is a rugby festival held annually in May and draws a huge crowd over the weekend for drinks with a side of rugby.

While in Kinsale why not visit James Fort or Charles Fort which are two of the main attractions in the area for history fans.

If you’d like to learn more about the town then why not take one of Don and Barry’s Historic Strolls – two local men who will pass on their vast knowledge of the town to make you feel right at home.

3. Titanic Experience, Cobh

The last stop before the Titanic untimely demise was Cobh. In its memory the Titanic Experience was founded. Take a trip back in time to discover the lives of those on board the faithful journey experiencing the various cabins and Heartbreak Pier.

Due to technological advances in cinematography, visitors can get a sense of what it felt like to sink in the Titanic.

Tickets can be purchased online and cost between €7 and €10.

Titanic Experience aside, Cobh is a beautiful town to visit, especially on a sunny day.

Address: 20 Casement Square, Kilgarvan, Cobh, Co. Cork, P24 DW63, Ireland

2. Inchydoney Beach

We may be biased, but Inchydoney Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever get to visit. Located in Clonakilty, Cork, a trip to the county will not be complete without a day trip here.

It takes around an hour to reach the beach, so it’s ideal if you have a car. Clonakilty is like the Dingle of Cork. A lovely seaside town filled with pubs and restaurants.

If you were up for a night outside the city, then this is a great option as Inchydoney Hotel and Spa is located overlooking the beach.

Address: P85 AT27, Inchydoney Island, Inchydoney, Co. Cork, P85 AT27, Ireland

1. Mizen Head

The furthest point south-west of the island, these high cliffs should be top of your list of day trips from the city. Located roughly two hours outside the city, this makes it the longest day trip on our list but definitely worth it.

With cliff fronts that give the infamous Cliffs of Moher a run for their money, Mizen Head offers all the beauty that Ireland has to offer.

With a visitor’s centre, café and gift shop there’s plenty to keep you occupied after you have seen the breathtaking sea views along the coast.

Entry ranges from €4.50 to €7.50.

Address: The Harbour Road, Goleen, West Cork.