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  • 1 Elizabeth Fort Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Barracks St. IRL - Cork

    This fort was built around 1590 in order to «intimidate the citizens of Cork». It was rebuilt in 1624, turned into a prison in 1835 and burnt down in 1922 by Republican forces before they left the city. The extensive parapets provide one of the best ..

  • 2 St Anne's Shandon Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Easton Hill IRL - Cork

    The tower of the Anglican church of St Anne's Shandon contains Cork's most famous attraction, a peel of eight bells installed in 1752, on which visitors can play the local «anthem». The tower is made of limestone on two sides and sandstone on the oth..

  • 3 Dunkatel House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 25 IRL - Cork

    This Georgian residence was built around 1790 and stands on elevated grounds, offering a magnificent view over the River Lee estuary. The interior is particularly attractive featuring fascinating examples of furniture, such as a rare barrel organ (18..

  • 4 Doneraile Wildlife Park Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    R 522 IRL - Doneraile

    This Wildlife Park stretches over 160ha, surrounded by walls to prevent its magnificent herds of red, fallow and Japanese sika deer from escaping. Ornamental lakes gleam in the midst of clumps of trees on this rolling estate. Doneraile Court was buil..

  • 5 Regional Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Market Sq. IRL - Kinsale

    The Regional Museum is located in what was the town hall. The building was constructed in the late-17C and is surmounted with distinctive Dutch gables. Several royal charters are displayed among the exhibits as reminders of the city's past. In the lo..

  • 6 Harbour Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Kinsale

    The 2.4km walk along the east bank of the Brandon Estuary up to Summercove is very pleasant. The only street in the village plunges towards a tiny port where English ships used to unload guns and provisions for their army during the siege of Kinsale ..

  • 7 St James' Church (Anglican) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Main St. IRL - Mallow

    The fine modern church was built in 1824. The grounds hold the ruins of St. Anne's Church, for which the foundations were laid in 1291. Thomas Davis, the Protestant patriot, was baptised in St Anne's in 1814.

  • 8 Drombeg Stone Circle Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    R 597 IRL - Rosscarbery

    Drombeg is probably the most impressive of the 60 cromlechs, or stone circles, built in prehistoric times in West Cork. Fourteen evenly-spaced stones form a enclosed circle 9m in diameter. Cromlechs usually have an uneven number of stones. Of similar..

  • 9 Glebe Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    East-Village IRL - Baltimore

    The gardens (12ha) were created in 1945 on gently-sloping ground leading down to a sea-estuary. They are designed for the romantic, with woodland glades. There are many rare and delicate plants, traditional walled kitchen gardens and exotic farmyard ..

  • 10 Clock Gate Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Main St. IRL - Youghal

    This unusual four-storey building straddling the Main Street was built in 1777 by the corporation to replace the Iron Gate, also known as Trinity Castle, part of the walls. The new tower was used as the town gaol until 1837; such was the state of ins..

  • 11 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.

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Dunboy Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R 572 IRL - Castletownbere

    The Dunboy Estate, indicated by a tower from the R 572, is home to the ruins of two separate castles. Burnt down during the War of Independence, Puxley Mansion (19C) belonged to a Welsh family, which inspired Daphne Du Maurier's novel Hungry Hill. Du..

  • 14 Barryscourt Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R 624 IRL - Carrigtohill

    The ruins of this castle are located in a strategic position, on the main road between Cork and Waterford. The keep, built in 1420, is surrounded by a wall, which incorporates the ruined walls of a 13C Great Hall. It was fortified with two towers aft..

  • 15 West Cork Regional Museum

    Museums and art

    N 71 IRL - Clonakilty

    The Heritage Centre, located in a former school, retraces local history. Of particular note are the minute-books of the Clonakilty Corporation, established in 1675; photographs of St Maloga, the extraordinary steam engine which worked the line up to ..

  • 16 West Cork Model Railway Village

    Museums and art

    N 71 IRL - Clonakilty

    This miniature railway, built in the forties, is a particular favourite of children. A trip down the track is rewarded with information on history and the environment at each stop and halt.

  • 17 Cork Harbour

    Nature and gardens

    Kennedy Pier IRL - Cobh

    A ferry crosses the River Lee between Carrigaloe and Glenbrook and there are boat trips from Kennedy Pier, offering views of the harbour's forts.

  • 18 St Colman's Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Cathedral Pl. IRL - Cobh

    This Catholic cathedral overlooking the city was built between 1868 and 1915 in a neo-Gothic style on designs by Pugin and Ashlin. Its tall spire, with its peel of 47 bells can be seen for miles around. The interior is decorated with polished marble ..

  • 19 Lusitania Memorial

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Casement Sq. IRL - Cobh

    Sculptured in minute detail by Jerome Connor (1876-1943) from Cork, this group depicting an angel and two sailors commemorates the 1500 victims of the Lusitania, torpedoed in 1915. The work was finished by Seamus Murphy upon Connor's death. Nearby, i..

  • 20 Cobh Museum

    Museums and art

    High Rd. IRL - Cobh

    An old Presbyterian church houses a collection of artefacts with a strongly maritime theme.

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