TOP 10: Things to do in Cork before you die

County Cork is one of the most vibrant areas in Ireland, with so much to do and see. Anyone who has been to Cork knows how you’ll never be bored with the amount of things you can experience. We’ve narrowed down all the amazing things in this county into a compact list of 10 places below.

10 – Cork City: Walk Around St Patrick’s


Cork City’s main road, St. Patrick Street, is lined with a variety of stores and has become one of the main shopping areas in the downtown neighbourhood. Scattered along the road are street furniture and pedestrian walkways, for those who just want to relax and pass the time away. A prominent figure on the street is the statue of Father Theobald Matthew, which is situated near St. Patrick’s Bridge.

9 – Experience Fitzgerald’s Park


Near the River Lee is Fitzgerald’s Park, an ideal place to stroll around. On the park itself, one will find a café known as the Teahouse, and the Georgian house, where the Cork Public Museum lies. The University College York is located at the end of the park by the river. Inside the University is a display of Ogham Stones and the Homan Chapel.

AddressMardyke, Cork, Ireland

8 – Kiss The Blarney Stone


Blarney Castle, which is located near the River Martin, is home of the famous Blarney Stone. This stone is also known as the Stone of Eloquence, as it allegedly bestows eloquence to those who kiss it. Aside from the Blarney Stone, the Blarney Castle also has another hidden gem. The Rocklose Gardens surround the castle and are filled with rock formations. There is also a mansion, known as Blarney House, which is open to all.

AddressBlarney, Cork, Ireland

7 – Kinsale, Co. Cork

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A historic port and fishing town in County Cork, Ireland, which also has a significant military history. Located some 25 km south of Cork City on the coast near the Old Head of Kinsale, it sits at the mouth of the River Bandon and has a population of 2,257, which increases substantially during the summer months when the tourist season is at its peak and when the boating fraternity arrive in large numbers.

6 – Touch the most Southern point of the island of Ireland!


Mizen Head, is located at the extremity of a peninsula in the district of Carbery in County Cork, Ireland. It is one of the extreme points of the island of Ireland and is a major tourist attraction, noted for its dramatic cliff scenery. One of the main transatlantic shipping routes passes close by to the south, and Mizen Head was, for many seafarers, the first (or last) sight of Europe. The tip of the peninsula is almost an island, cut off by a deep chasm, now spanned by a bridge; this gives access to an old signal station, a weather station, and a lighthouse.

5 – Visit Nohoval Cove

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C: Conor O’Brian

This is an unbelievable small rocky cove off the coast of West Cork near Nohoval. It is spectacular at night time, as you can see from this photo. However, please note that the surrounding property, including cliffs, is private property.

4 – Visit the spot where Michael Collins died


Michael Collins, probably Cork’s most famous man died at this scene during the Irish Civil War. Undoubtedly the location of one of the most high profile killings in Irish history. There is a monument here in his memory at Béal na Bláth, Co. Cork.

3 – The Beautiful Gougane Barra

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The name Gougane Barra comes from Saint Finbarr, who is said to have built a monastery on an island in the lake nearby during the 6th century. The present ruins date from around 1700 when a priest called Denis O’Mahony retreated to the island.

During the times of the Penal Laws, Gougane Barra’s remoteness meant that it became a popular place for the celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass. The nineteenth-century oratory which stands near the original monastery is famous for its picturesque location and richly decorated interior and is a popular place for weddings.

Address: Gougane Barra, Ballingeary, County Cork, Ireland

2 – Experience amazing places to drink!

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There are many things to do in Cork at night. Some of the best bars in Ireland are located here include De Barra’s, O’ Flaherty’s, Brú Bar and Old Oak. There are also music clubs and dance clubs, such as Half Moon and Club FX.

1 – Charles Fort


Charles Fort is a star fort located on the water’s edge, at the southern end of the village of Summer Cove, on Kinsale Harbour, County Cork, Ireland. James’ Fort is located on the other side of the harbour. Charles Fort is built on the site of an earlier stronghold known as Ringcurran Castle, which featured prominently during the Siege of Kinsale in 1601.

The fort, which is named after Charles II, was designed by the Surveyor-general Sir William Robinson – the architect of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The fort was built in the 1670s and 1680s to a star fortification design – a layout specifically designed to resist attack by cannon.

AddressSummercove, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland