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  • 1 Mizen Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Cloghane

    Crossing this peninsula from Skibbereen reveals spectacular landscapes and charming villages like Ballydehob, its high street lined by brightly coloured houses, Skull, a market town and fishing port and Crookhaven, a lively old fishing town where pac..

  • 2 Sheep's Head Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Kilcrohane

    This untamed peninsula promises spectacular panoramic views. For walkers, the Sheep's Head Way is a major itinerary. It forms a circuit starting at Bantry, is not difficult and you can opt to do just one section. By car, from Durrus, the road runs cl..

  • 3 Blarney Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IRL - Blarney

    At the castle's heart is its huge keep, a fine example of a fortified dwelling. The main draw is the Blarney Stone just below the parapet at the top of the building, which reputedly gives the gift of the gab to those who kiss it. Easier said than don..

  • 4 Bantry House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 71 IRL - Bantry

    The interior of this house is superb. It was built in 1740 and ten years later it was bought by the White family who settled on Whiddy Island at the end of the 17C. Their son, Viscount Berehaven (1800-1868), extended the house and laid out Italianate..

  • 5 Lough Hyne Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 595 IRL - Skibbereen

    This saltwater lake, connected to the sea by a narrow canal, is a designated marine nature reserve. You can bathe in its strikingly clear waters, which are home to a large number of rare and unusual species (watch out however for sea urchins). All ov..

  • 6 St Mary's Collegiate Church (Anglican) Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Church St. IRL - Youghal

    The first church on this site, a wooden construction, may well have been built by the disciples of Saint Declan of Ardmore in c 400. The current building, from the early 13C, was considered «one of Ireland's most impressive churches» by Claud Cockbur..

  • 7 Ilnacullin Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Glengarriff

    Ilnacullin (15 acres), also known as Garinish Island, lies in Glengarriff Harbour. In the early 20C it was turned, by the English landscape gardener Harold Peto, into a meticulously planned garden for Annan Bryce, MP. Italianate formality and Classic..

  • 8 Charles Fort Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Summer Cove IRL - Kinsale

    This fort was built in the 17C during a campaign to fortify the bay. Its star-shaped layout is reminiscent of Vauban's citadels. The fort has two enormous bastions facing the sea and forms a circle around a real town. It remained occupied by the Engl..

  • 9 Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Fota Island IRL - Carrigtwohill

    Until 1975 this little island off Cork was the property of descendants of its 12C lord, Philip de Barri. In the 19C, the hunting lodge Fota House was converted into a fine country seat by architects Richard and William Vitruvius Morrison. The estate ..

  • 10 Lifetime Lab Interesting

    Museums and art

    Lee Rd. IRL - Cork

    On the banks of the River Lee, where fresh water meets the sea, this museum focuses on energy and renewable resources. It is sited in the old Victorian waterworks which supplied drinking water to the town for a century, and recounts the building's te..

  • 11 English Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grand Parade IRL - Cork

    A vast indoor market that was established on Grand Parade in 1610: at that time the avenue was a canal and was only filled in the 19C. Ships used to moor at the entrance to unload their goods. In front of the stalls with their pre-cut meats laid out,..

  • 12 Glengariff Bamboo Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Glengarriff

    Some 30 different palm and bamboo species can survive in this exotic park, thanks to the region's moderate climate. The mix of plants from afar and hydrangea flowers works a treat.

  • 13 Hungry Hill Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    R 572 IRL - Rossmackowen

    This 684m hill was made famous by Daphné Du Maurier's novel Hungry Hill, a saga about a family from the area. Allow for at least a 3hr walk to reach the top, where you will come across a stone circle, a lovely waterfall (north side) and a superb view..

  • 14 Buttevant Friary Interesting

    Religious buildings

    N 20 IRL - Buttevant

    The ruins of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1251 stand by the River Awbeg next to the Catholic church of Saint Mary. The building was used until recently as a burial place, with two crypts located one above the other. The choir walls are largely i..

  • 15 Cobh Heritage Centre : the Queenstown Story Interesting

    Museums and art

    Railwa IRL - Cobh

    Part of Cobh railway station currently houses an exhibition recalling the times when Cobh was a major port. It relates the life of the convicts and migrants aboard ship, their accommodation in the city, the development of the harbour as a naval base,..

  • 16 Fota Island Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    R 624 IRL - Cobh

    Fota House, an 18C hunting lodge, has one of Ireland's most beautiful Regency interiors. The Irish Zoological Society opened a Wildlife Park on the 28 ha estate in 1983. Its aim is to protect endangered species, such as the cheetah. Fota is one of Ir..

  • 17 Crawford Art Gallery Interesting

    Museums and art

    Emmet Place IRL - Cork

    Founded by W. H. Crawford, the gallery exhibits a representative collection of works by Irish artists from the 19C and 20C, including works by well-known 19C artists such as Sir William Orpen, Sean O'Sullivan, John Hogan and Daniel Maclise. Also on d..

  • 18 Cork Public Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Western Rd. IRL - Cork

    The exhibitions, which are attractively displayed in a house in Fitzgerald Park, display life in the Cork region, from as early as prehistoric times. The collection of maces and other Corporation regalia includes the 1500 silver dart from thrown into..

  • 19 St Fin Barre's Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Bishop St. IRL - Cork

    This Anglican cathedral was designed by William Burges and built of limestone in exuberant French Gothic style in 1865. It has three spires with the central one rising up to 73 m. The apse is illuminated by 18 stained-glass windows. A cannonball hang..

  • 20 Cork University College Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Western Rd. IRL - Cork

    University College Cork (UCC), was founded by charter in 1845, as were two other colleges in Galway and Belfast and it now belongs to the National University. A walking tour, starting from the main gate, allows the visitor to admire the Main Quadrang..

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