Whether you are planning a trip to Cork or are a native Corkonian at a loss with what to do with the kids, we have collected 10 of the best activities, attractions and fun ideas suitable for all ages.
1. Fota Wildlife Park
Fota Wildlife Park is a must for any visitors to Cork – and locals too! Suitable for all ages, the 100-acre park is home to thousands of animals and plants, both native and exotic. Enjoy a family day out meeting Asiatic Lions, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo and the Harbour Seal and learn more about their natural habitat. Some of the animals live in paddocks while others roam freely around, which is always entertaining for the young ones! Fota also runs activity days for children and a full list, ranging from African drumming to art classes, can be found on their website.
See a review of Fota Wildlife Park by The Travel Expert.
2. Cork City Gaol
Cork City Gaol is a former prison which now houses one of Cork’s loved museums. The castle-like building will certainly entertain and engage history buffs as they are guided through day-to-day life as a 19th-century prisoner. The cells are furnished as they were back in time as a functioning prison and include lifelike wax figures and original graffiti on the walls.
3. Fitzgerald’s Park
There is nothing like a bit of old fashioned fun and Fitzgerald’s Park in Cork City provides just that. Grab a picnic basket and head on down for a family day out. The park can be accessed through a number of gates but the locals’ favourite is by crossing the “shaky bridge” (even if it is not so shaky anymore!). There is a great playground where kids can play on swings and slides, but there is also a lot of free space throughout the beautifully landscaped gardens to play sports. Guests can also visit the Cork Public Museum here and discover more about the local history.
4. The Farm Grenagh
Everybody loves a trip to the farm and young visitors will very much enjoy getting close to the animals. The Farm, Grenagh has something for everyone across its 40 acres. Guests can experience life in rural Ireland on a traditional working farm where only Irish animals live and native crops grow. There is also a 1960’s village showcasing what farms of the past were like. This is also a unique venue for birthday parties.
5. Blackrock Castle Observatory
Blackrock Castle Observatory is located right on the outskirts of the city centre and is easy to reach by car or bus. It offers interactive exhibits and activities on outer space, the universe and more, which make learning a lot of fun. A daily schedule can be found on their website so that guests can easily plan their visit. If you really want something special, you can plan your little one’s birthday party here. Included are an age-appropriate science workshop, a trip to the science exhibition, a Planetarium show and a treasure hunt.