Cork City - The perfect base for your Irish Vacation
Hayfield Manor offers a fantastic base for guests wishing to explore Ireland. Our location in Cork, Ireland’s second largest city, offers the perfect base from which to explore all that the city has to offer. For more information on touring, visitor attractions and activities that are available within minutes of Hayfield Manor, please visit our Cork page.
If you are planning to see a little more of Ireland, Hayfield Manor is the perfect base from which to explore. Cork city has transport links to all major tourist attractions throughout the island, and is very accessible by either public or private transport.
Suggested Touring Itinerary
Day 1 - Dublin to Hayfield Manor Cork
Many guests traveling from North America arrive into Dublin Airport. Our famous Trinity College, which contains the historic Book of Kells, provides an enjoyable morning visit before departing the city center to visit the Guinness Storehouse for a memorable afternoon. On leaving the Guinness Storehouse, you can drive directly to Hayfield Manor, Cork. The drive should only take 2.5 hours and is an easy motorway drive (M7 and M8) directly to Cork City. On checking in to Hayfield Manor, you will enjoy the traditional charm of the Manor House, and the modern facilities you would expect from a luxurious five-star hotel. That evening a sumptuous dinner in our Orchids Restaurant will complete the first day of your visit to Ireland.
Day 2 - Enjoy Cork City & Surrounds
Why not take it a little easy this morning and leave your car in our complimentary private car park? Travel on foot to enjoy some of Cork City's famous visitor attractions. Guests from the USA and Canada are often enchanted by the charming English Market or the historic Cork City Gaol. There are plenty of activities to choose from. Take a look at our Top 10 Things to Do in Cork.
Other fantastic attractions to visit in the surrounding area are Blarney Castle and Fota House and Gardens. Blarney Castle is a 600-year-old castle built by one of Ireland’s ancient chieftains; it is also home to the Blarney Stone, known also as the “Legendary Stone of Eloquence”. Kissing this stone ensures that you will never be lost for words! Fota House and Gardens is located on an island in Cork Harbor. It comprises of 47 hectares of land including the historic Fota House, parkland, gardens, and arboretum, and is open for guided tours daily.
Day 3 - East Cork, Cobh & Cashel of the Kings
Enjoy an easy drive this morning to visit East Cork. Cobh, which is the home of the Titanic Experience and The Queenstown Experience is only a 24km drive from Hayfield Manor. If you are interested in history, particularly the history of Irish Emigrants to America, a trip to Cobh should not be missed. Cobh was the harbor where over 2.5 million Irish citizens left their home on board the Titanic and similar ships to build a new life for themselves in the USA.
Then travel to the Midleton Distillery, one of Corks top tourist attractions. Here you will experience the art of making and blending one of Ireland's most loved products; Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Located just over an hour’s drive (100 kilometers) from the Midleton Distillery is the iconic Rock of Cashel. The Rock was the seat of the ancient High Kings of Munster. If you are interested in the culture and history of Ireland, a trip to this visitor attraction, which opens daily from March to October, is well worth a visit. This historic site dates back to Norman times (12th and 13th centuries) with impressive ruins of castles and churches for you to explore. For more information visit www.cashel.ie.
Day 4 - Why not enjoy a round of Golf or a trip to Hayfield Manor Spa, The Beautique
No stay at Hayfield Manor would be complete without a relaxing trip to our hotel spa. Full information on The Beautique is available here. If you are a golfer, perhaps today would be a good day to explore why Ireland is renowned as one of the top golf destinations in the world. At Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale, a 40-kilometer drive from Hayfield, you will enjoy a challenging round of golf and the beauty of Ireland’s green landscape. More information on Old Head is available here.
If you don’t enjoy a round of golf, the town of Kinsale has so much to offer visitors. Kinsale is famous for its natural beauty and is known as the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”. It is also a hub for craftspeople and artists. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the arts and craft shops and galleries before sitting down to enjoy a gourmet, locally sourced seafood lunch.
Day 5 - Day trip to the UNESCO Geo Park The Cliffs of Moher
A 2.5-hour drive from Hayfield Manor will bring you to one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, The Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs range over 8 kilometers and are 214 meters at their highest point, which allows for stunning views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, and Connemara. Further information on the Cliffs is available at www.cliffsofmoher.ie.
Day 6 - A visit to Killarney National Park
A short drive of 85 kilometers will bring you to Killarney National Park. Here you can enjoy the majestic scenery that has made Co. Kerry one of Ireland’s most visited counties. Killarney National Park is home to the foothills of Ireland’s highest mountain McGillycuddy’s Reeks, and also the famous lakes of Kerry. For more information visit www.killarneynationalpark.ie. While you are in County Kerry take some time to enjoy the beautiful views of the scenic drive, The Ring of Kerry. This drive is 170km loop drive, taking in beautiful beaches, historic stone forts, and quaint, traditional villages. For more information visit www.ireland-highlights.com.
Day 7 - Depart Shannon Airport
Shannon Airport offers flights daily from many North American cities including New York (JFK and Newark Airport) and Toronto. The drive from Hayfield Manor to Shannon Airport takes just under two hours.