BlarneyThe village of Blarney is a must – see for any visitor to Cork and is only a short 20 minute drive from Hayfield Manor. Stroll through the stunning gardens of the Blarney Castle, and take the opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, which will bestow you with the gift of eloquence. For a unique shopping excursion, visit the Blarney Woolen Mills which specializes in Irish gifts and souvenirs. End the day with a taste of Irish cuisine in one of the many pubs and restaurants surrounding the village green. This is certainly an attraction that is not to be missed.
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KinsaleThe Harbour town of Kinsale has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cork. Famed for it’s abundance of delicious award winning restaurants & stunning Harbour views, a trip to Kinsale is worth the mere half hour journey from the city of Cork. Beautiful scenic walks around historical grounds and coastal inlets are a great way to spend an afternoon, before dining in one of the many restaurants where seafood is a specialty. Kinsale is approximately a 35 minute drive from Hayfield Manor.
CobhThe harbour town of Cobh is a popular tourist destination and is just a short journey from Cork city, with a regular bus and train service to the town also. The last port of call for the Titanic, homage is paid to the thousands of Irish who emigrated in the Cobh Heritage Centre. Sample the fare in one of the various restaurants, and visit the Cathedral high on the hill overlooking the town. Here you also visit the Titanic Experience which is a big hit with visitors.
Fota House & Gardens
Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens is a fabulous regency style great country house steeped in history. Guided tours allow you to explore the house and take you on a journey to discover fascinating insights into the contrasting lives of the masters of a former time. There is always something to do with a range of cultural events for all ages as well as family events and evening concerts. The Bakestone Café on site also serves delicious food from the Victoria Working Garden and is the perfect place to relax and take some time out.
Cork’s coastline offers picturesque scenery for you to enjoy. Stroll along the white sands of Inchydoney Beach, surf in Ballycotton, or take the ferry from Glengariff to Garnish Island, famed for its stunning gardens and views. Visit the famous Bantry Bay, where sampling freshly caught seafood is a delicious treat. The coastline is truly spectacular.
Jameson Distillery Midleton
The Jameson Old Midleton Distillery in East Cork is a wonderful, worthwhile excursion. Tour the distillery and learn how the world famous Irish Whiskey is made. Finish the tour with a whiskey tasting.Further information available.
Spike Island is an island of 104 acres in Lower Cork Harbour. Shortly after Christianity was introduced to Ireland, St Mochuda started a church here. He left 20 brothers on the island while he continued his mission around Ireland. Smuggling was widely practiced in the 18th century and the dark rigidness of the Spike Island shoreline was a favourite hiding place for smugglers. The island's rich history has included monks and monasteries, rioters and redcoats, captains and convicts and sinners and saints. This award winning attraction offers a fantastic day out!
This is only a short snippit of the history of Spike Island. Now available are ferry and walking tours of the island from €11.00. Further information on times and further prices are available here.