Family Holiday in Cork
County Cork is the largest county in Ireland and boasts the second largest city. Because of this, the county offers such a diverse landscape and family holiday offering. If you want a family escape and love the outdoors give West Cork a try. You will fall in love with its rugged coastline and beautiful landscape.
Stay close to Cork Harbour and enjoy a wealth of attractions and activities set in this beautiful natural harbour. From here, you can dip into the vibrant and friendly city of Cork, listed by the Lonely Planet Guide as among the top ten cities for ‘Best in Travel in 2010’. Travel to north Cork for lush landscape and the sublime Blackwater Valley. Further east seek out sandy beaches and seaside towns.
Family Activities Cork
Fota Wildlife Park is the second largest visitor attraction in Ireland and we can see why! Covering 100 acres of land this wildlife park will take a whole day to visit and enjoy. Cork Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world and offers so many opportunities to get out on the water. From speedboat trips, kayaking, sailing, dinghy sailing, SUPing and much more. There are a variety of heritage sites, water and shore activities, picturesque towns and villages, food markets, walking trails, galleries and communities to explore and experience in Cork during your family holiday.
Places to Explore in Cork
Cork County is the meeting point of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East yet it is also quintessentially ‘pure cork’. Visit Cork and immerse yourself in all that it has to offer. You won’t’ be short of family activities right at your doorstep in Cork. Heritage sites such as Spike Island in the harbour and Camden Fort Meagher in Crosshaven and Elizabeth Fort in Cork City are open to the public offering excellent guided tours from locals. You can even kiss the Blarney Stone and improve your gift of the gab!
Cork City is a vibrant and friendly cultural centre. Explore its narrow streets and discover unique and characterful shops and cafes at every turn. No trip is complete without a visit to the English Market where you can soak up the atmosphere of this bustling social hub of the city. While you are there, sample the local produce, breads and cheeses (and lots more!) on offer, and have a chat with the stallholders. If you want to sit and relax, go to Fitzgerald Park while the kids can have fun and play.
What Eileen of Easy Peazy Family Breaks says “ I know I am a little bias here as I am a proud Corkonian! But, there is a reason why Cork is one of the most popular counties for family holidays. There is so much on offer and so much to choose from, and all within easy reach. There is a great choice of accommodation types and when you are here you won’t have a problem putting together a holiday activities plan for the family”.