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  • Cork: Jameson Experience Whiskey Tour

    1. Cork: Jameson Experience Whiskey Tour

    Set on 15 acres of lovely grounds, the Jameson Experience is both an education and a cultural experience as soon as you step through its doors. You will discover the largest pot still in the world, the Angels Share, and of course, the finest of Irish whiskeys. Daytime tours operate 7 days all year round, except selected dates at Christmas. The journey begins with an audiovisual presentation, followed by a 1-hour guided tour through the original distillery. Your experience ends at the Jameson Bar with a glass of Jameson, a 3-part comparison whiskey tasting, and the chance to become a "Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster." After your tour, feel free to browse the Distillery gift shop, where you will find exclusive Jameson gifts to take home, such as the Jameson Distillery Edition, a superb whiskey exclusively for sale at Midleton. Make it even more special by having your bottle personalize...

    The guide was very knowledgeable in the Jameson history. The tour was incredible and informative.

  • Cliffs of Moher and More: Full-Day Tour from Cork

    2. Cliffs of Moher and More: Full-Day Tour from Cork

    Your full-day tour on Ireland’s west coast begins at 07:45 with a check-in at the Bridge Street tourist office in Cork city. You’ll head off on a drive to Limerick, the capital of the mid-western region, with a stop on the banks of the River Shannon. Shortly you’ll continue on the way to the Cliffs of Moher, where you’ll have a 90-minute stop to explore this site of incredible natural beauty. You’ll receive a complimentary ticket to see the award-winning Atlantic Edge exhibit, which examines the mighty Cliffs of Moher from a variety of perspectives. Next, your drive will take you along the Atlantic coast, as you enjoy stunning views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Travel through the Burren region, and take in the unusual sight of its unique rocky landscape. Then you’ll make a short stop at Bunratty Castle before the pleasant return drive to Cork city, passing through the rolling h...

    Very nice trip! Not too long and not too short. Some extra little photo stops that were really nice. Go and do it! The cliffs of moher are amazing to see!

  • Ring of Kerry Full-Day Guided Tour from Cork

    3. Ring of Kerry Full-Day Guided Tour from Cork

    The Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into Ireland’s ancient past. See the stone forts, standing stones, and a landscape carved out of rock by the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago. Detailed Itinerary Sneem: Make a stop in one of Ireland's most colorful and charming villages. You’ll see 2 village squares and a beautiful bridge in the village center. This is where the River Sneem meets the currents of Kenmare Bay. Killorglin: Pass through Killorglin, the home of the ancient Celtic festival known as the Puck Fair. Dating back to 1613, this is one of the oldest festivals in the world, and where a goat is crowned king of the village! Dingle Bay: Take in the amazing views of Dingle Bay, famous Inch Beach, and on a clear day, possibly even the Blasket Islands off the wild Atlantic coast. Waterville: Admire this picturesque little village that sits overlooking Bal...

    Muy completo el tour, el guía/conductor muy entusiasta! Los paisajes son hermosos!!

  • Cork: Fastnet Rock Lighthouse and Cape Clear Island Tour

    4. Cork: Fastnet Rock Lighthouse and Cape Clear Island Tour

    Take the ferry from Baltimore or Schull and cross the beautiful waters of Roaring Water Bay. Arrive in the wonderful north harbor on Cape Clear Island and go by shuttle bus to Cape Clear Heritage Centre. There, learn the history of the island and Fastnet Rock. Spend some time exploring the island and its walking trails, stop at the spectacular lookout points and spot the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse in the distance. Be sure to enjoy some fresh island produce during lunch at one of the island’s bars and restaurants. After lunch, re-board the ferry and sit back as the experienced captain takes you further into the real Wild Atlantic Way. You might even catch a glimpse of whales and dolphins in the water. As you circumnavigate the tallest and widest rock lighthouse in Ireland and the UK, learn its history and importance from the onboard audio system. Hear about the “Teardrop” of Ireland, the ...

    Really enjoyed the trip to the Fastnet Rock. Well organised. We had plenty of time to view the Fastnet as we went around it twice, nice and slowly. While the highlight of the trip was the Fastnet it was also good to view Cape Clear and Sherkin islands from the sea. We also had great sea views of the famous Baltimore Beacon. An very enjoyable trip which we plan to repeat at some stage.

  • Cork: Cape Clear Island Tour

    5. Cork: Cape Clear Island Tour

    Take the ferry from Baltimore or Schull Harbour and cross the beautiful waters of Roaring Water Bay. Feel the fresh sea air against your face on a spectacular journey through some of Carbery’s Hundred Isles, some of which are inhabited. Scan the spectacular scenery and look out for whales and dolphins. Cape Clear or Cléire is the largest of these Islands and lies 6 miles from the mainland along the Wild Atlantic Way. With a population of 130 people, Cape Clear is Ireland’s most southerly inhabited island and is one of the few Gaeltacht speaking (Irish speaking) islands in the country. Arrive in the wonderful north harbor on Cape Clear Island and take a shuttle bus to Cape Clear heritage center. There, explore the history of the island and the interactive display about Fastnet Rock. This wild and romantic Island offers visitors an insight into a way of life that has long since disappear...

  • Cork: 1.25-Hour Guided Walking Tour

    6. Cork: 1.25-Hour Guided Walking Tour

    Feel the city of Cork come alive on this interactive walk. Learn about the unique history, friendly people, colorful culture, and traditions specific to Cork with a passionate guide. Delight in stories from the past and present in a group of no more than 40 people. As you set off on the walk around the 800-year-old city, experience the smells and sounds of the world-renowned English Market bustling with foodie finds. Stroll along the busy lanes of the 18th Century Huguenot Quarter and visit Burges' magnificent French Neo-Gothic cathedral. The 1.25-hour walk takes place in the city center and introduces you to Cork by the River Lee. As you go, explore the history of Cork, from monastic times into the 21st century. Through the joy of storytelling, you'll also learn about other areas and places of historic interest including Shandon and University College Cork. A good walk generates a go...

    Noel our Cork guide for the afternoon was a joy to be with, his knowledge was fascinating and the way he put it across was both informative and fun. Take the tour on arrival as it adds so much to your Cork holiday. Thankyou Noel.

  • Cork: Full-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour

    7. Cork: Full-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour

    Experience the vibrancy of Cork city and enjoy visits to its must-see attractions, all at your own convenience. Hop on and off the bus as many times as you want and join the tour at any of the stops along the route.  Your tour begins in the heart of Cork city at the Grand Parade, the location of the world-famous English Market. Hop off at the next stop for St. Patrick’s Street shopping district, home to local and international brands plus restaurants and cafes.  Travel onward to the Victorian Quarter and connect to local rail services including Cobh at Kent Station. View the iconic City Hall before continuing toward Shandon where you can try your hand at ringing the bells in the Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Anne. Take a trip back in time and visit the old Cork City Gaol (Jail), which opened in 1824.  Stroll around the campus of University College Cork (UCC) and admire the beautif...

  • From Cork: 9-Hour Guided Ring of Kerry and Killarney Tour

    8. From Cork: 9-Hour Guided Ring of Kerry and Killarney Tour

    Take a 9-hour guided bus tour of the enchanting county of Kerry and admire magnificent scenery from soaring hills to rolling landscapes scattered with traditional stone walls. Enjoy the unsurpassed, rugged coastline and the buzz of the traditional town of Killarney. Board your bus at the meeting point in Cork, then feel Irish rural life from days gone by coming alive at your first stop at the Kerry Bog Village in Glenbeigh. Wander through thatched cottages, visit a traditional farmhouse, and meet the resident Irish wolfhounds. You might even choose to treat yourself to a little something to drink at the Red Fox Inn. From Glenbeigh, travel around the Iveragh Peninsula, along the most beautiful stretch of coastline. The next stops are at Waterville and Coomakista, two of Kerry’s most scenic spots with panoramic views stretching from the mountains to the sea. Look toward the ocean and cat...

    Stunning views and destinations, well-paced and worth every minute and every penny! Great guide too.

  • From Cork: Guided Full-Day West Cork to Mizen Head Tour

    9. From Cork: Guided Full-Day West Cork to Mizen Head Tour

    Immerse yourself in Irish culture on this day trip filled with fantastic photo opportunities. Starting in the historic city of Cork, travel by coach to Ireland’s most southwesterly point and view the dramatic cliff scenery of Mizen Head. As you drive through picturesque villages and towns, expect to see some awe-inspiring scenery as Ireland shows off its spectacular landscape. From the meeting point in Cork, travel first to Gougane Barra, home to Ireland's oldest National Forest Park and famous for St. Finbarr's Oratory, its stunning 19th-century church. Enjoy panoramic views of where the River Lee rises. Then, wander through Bantry, one of West Cork's most vibrant market towns, and do some shopping or sit down to a traditional cup of Irish tea and perhaps a scone. The next part of the journey takes you to Mizen Head, Ireland’s most southwesterly point — the edge of Europe and a signat...

    Really great tour! Everything went very smoothly - thought there was plenty of time spent at each place, it didn't feel super rushed. Most of the time is spent at Mizen Head, with short stops at the other locations so plan on eating lunch at Mizen with only tea breaks at Bantry/Clonakilty. Enjoyed the guides commentary along the way. Definitely worth doing as a day tour, wouldn't want to drive those roads myself!

  • South Ireland: Galway and Kerry 3-Day Budget Tour

    10. South Ireland: Galway and Kerry 3-Day Budget Tour

    Discover the majestic beauty of the Ring of Kerry and South Ireland on a 3-day budget tour to Gaelic-speaking Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. Mix with local characters, and learn the legends of the “Emerald Isle” up-close-and-personal. Enjoy an unforgettable night in Killarney, Ireland’s party capital. Dormitory style accommodation is provided in hostels, with the option to stay in B&B or apartment-style accommodation for those that crave a bit more privacy. Day 1: Dublin - Connemara - Galway Depart Dublin for Galway, traveling towards the west of Ireland, and stopping en route for a comfort break. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Irish midlands. Experience the rugged wilderness of Connemara as you drive over dramatic mountains that have provided the setting for countless Hollywood movies. Continue along the Connemara coastline to Galway City. Find a nice pub in Gal...

    I had a great time. it was quick way to see the country. I do wish the stops were longer.

Frequently asked questions about Cork

What top attractions are a must-see in Cork?

Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    The summer is the most popular time to visit Ireland. In the fall and spring it tends to rain often, but you get to see the landscape in a state of flux. The winters can be cold, but prices are often best.

  • Where to stay?

    We recommend staying near Fitzgerald park. The park borders Cork Museum and Riverview Café, and you can enjoy the Cork nightlife as well as a night stroll through grassy Fitzgerald park.

  • How to get around?

    Getting into Cork from other cities in Ireland is done easily and quickly via the motorways. Getting around the city itself can be done on foot, by bus, or by taxi. Public transportation in Cork is generally run by Irish Rail.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +353
  • Best time to visit
    April-May the weather is warming up and popular Cork Choral Festival takes place with visitors attending from all over the world. Summer is ideal for warmer days and less rain.

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What people are saying about Cork

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 818 reviews

Really great tour! Everything went very smoothly - thought there was plenty of time spent at each place, it didn't feel super rushed. Most of the time is spent at Mizen Head, with short stops at the other locations so plan on eating lunch at Mizen with only tea breaks at Bantry/Clonakilty. Enjoyed the guides commentary along the way. Definitely worth doing as a day tour, wouldn't want to drive those roads myself!

Really enjoyed the trip to the Fastnet Rock. Well organised. We had plenty of time to view the Fastnet as we went around it twice, nice and slowly. While the highlight of the trip was the Fastnet it was also good to view Cape Clear and Sherkin islands from the sea. We also had great sea views of the famous Baltimore Beacon. An very enjoyable trip which we plan to repeat at some stage.

Noel our Cork guide for the afternoon was a joy to be with, his knowledge was fascinating and the way he put it across was both informative and fun. Take the tour on arrival as it adds so much to your Cork holiday. Thankyou Noel.

The guide was very knowledgeable in the Jameson history. The tour was incredible and informative.

Lot of hill walking on Cape Clear but very good ,Fastnet lighthouse fabulous trip