Explore the outdoors
If you need a breath of fresh air after all those museums, Cork has countless walks, gardens and hidden beauty spots. Walk along the banks of the River Lee in Fitzgerald Park and lose yourself in a haven of tree-lined avenues, vibrant flowering plants and unexpected sculptures. Further along the river in Ballincollig are the Royal Gunpowder Mills, now a peaceful public park beloved by locals.
If you are journeying out on the Wild Atlantic Way, you won’t get closer to nature than the Sheep’s Head Way. Along this 200km walking route you’ll find stone circles, an old copper mine, ruined churches, and enough villages dotted along the way to provide for rest and refreshment. Make a stop at Ireland's most south-westerly point, Mizen Head. Here you can descend the famous 99 steps and cross the high-arched bridge to find the Mizen Head Signal Station, where family and group discounts are available. We dare you to look down!
To start exploring Ireland's Ancient East, head to Cobh, a pretty seaport town with a beautiful harbour that offered a final glimpse of Ireland for many emigrants. From here you can see Spike Island, a picturesque island dominated by Fort Mitchell, a star-shaped fortress that once held 2,300 prisoners captive – an important piece of Irish history and well worth the admission price.