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Clarion Hotel Cork City
Lapps Quay
Cork City, Cork, Ireland
+ 353 (0)21 422 4900
+ 353 (0)21 422 4950

Things To Do in Cork City and County

Check out some of the kids entertainment venues around Cork...

  • Fota Wildlife Park: Click here to our Fota accommodation package »
  • Monkey Maze in Glanmire: €7pp: 2yr & younger Free.
  • Rumleys Open Farm on the N71 outside Cork: €5pp at weekends and €4ppmidweek: 1yr & younger Free.
  • Leahys Farm in Dungourney, East Cork: €9pp: 2yr & younger Free.
  • Leisureplex Cork in Cork city centre: €20 Clarion card and this includes 1hr bowling for up to 6pp.
  • Kartmania: 2 Adults & 2 Kids 30 minutes of Karting – normally €100 our SPECIAL OFFER €75

Fota Wildlife Park & Fota House & Garden
FOTA Wildlife Park is not like an ordinary zoo. Wherever possible we have chosen animals that thrive in a free-range environment, which allows them to roam free, while mixed with other species and with us human visitors! FOTA House & Arboretum. This fine Regency-style building in a pleasant landscape setting on Fota Island, is complemented by the internationally renowned gardens and arboretum. The House is a celebration of fine craftsmanship and has a particularly well appointed kitchen. It reflects well the life-style of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today it welcomes visitors to see the House itself and to enjoy the fare provided in the tea-room.
Fota Wildlife Offer
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Cork has something for everyone...

Experience the second largest natural harbour in the world by taking a gentle boat trip (Whale of a Time), or exhilarating trip (Cork Sea Safari) along its Cork City waters. You can explore the city’s many river channels and bridges with Atlantic Sea Kayaking. Take the Hop on Hop Off bus and explore the city’s streets and attractions or take a historic walking tour with a local tour guide and visit the Cathedral where St Finbarr founded the city in the 7th century. Try not to get imprisoned in Cork’s City Gaol and instead hear about the prisoners who were contained within and some of whom emigrated to far flung places. After kissing the Blarney stone which is supposed to give you the gift of eloquence, experience the 40 acres of gardens which surround. You should visit the Jameson Distillery which has one of the largest pot-stills in the world and is home to Jameson whiskey. Experience the great number of family attractions in East Cork with a family pass to Fota Wildlife Park or day trip to Trabolgan. Kinsale is recognised as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland and a trip around its harbour followed by dinner in one of its Good Food Circle restaurants.

Cork Harbour Boat Hire
Cork Harbour Boat Hire offer self drive boats for a truly unique experience. Take a Self-Drive Boat Ride with Cork Harbour Boat Hire from The Port of Cork Marina only a few steps from The Clarion Hotel. Tide permitting drive under the bridges of Cork taking in the beautiful sights of Cork from The River Lee or enjoy a Self-Drive Boat Ride around Cork Harbour! Hotel Guests will also receive a 10% discount!" Ask our guest relations for more information.

The world’s newest movie star – MOVIE JUNCTION
Movie Junction is the world’s first covered, heated, tiered, fully catered drive-in movie theatre. And it´s right here in Cork. Watch the latest blockbusters, themed movies, and classic cinema from the comfort of your car as they bring you dinner, snacks and drinks, the sloping bays give you a perfect view, the canopy keeps you dry and the heaters keep you warm and fog-free.
Movie Junction is light years ahead of traditional drive-in movie theatres and a night at a regular cinema will seem, well, boring, after this. Located in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, just 10km from the Clarion Hotel Cork on the N25 (Midleton/Waterford road) at the FOTA retail park.

Cork For Golf
Cork contains a number of Championship golf courses and it is a golfer’s dream location.
Cork Golf course offers a challenge to golfers, and has played host to several championships including the Irish Open and the Irish Professional Championships. The club presides over Cork Harbour, and is in close proximity to the city. It is ranked 37 in Ireland's Top 100 Golf Courses in 2009 and 16 in the Parkland Courses in Ireland's Top 100 courses - Ireland Golf Digest. It is located just 9KM from the Clarion Hotel Cork.
Douglas Golf Course at Maryborough Hill in Douglas, Cork City is an ideal city based golf club for you to enjoy and in 2009 it celebrated 100 years in business. Located just 7KM from the Clarion Hotel Cork.
Take a trip to the Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale, a fine scenic journey from the Clarion Hotel Cork of 27km from the hotel. Jutting out into the Atlantic Sea, this course has continually grown in popularity, and remains a top destination for many golf enthusiasts.
We will be glad to arrange green fees for you at any golf courses you would like.

Rumleys Open Farm
A fun day out in Cork, one of Cork’s great Kids Attractions. Visit our working farm, see our exotic animals and pet some of our farm animals. We have a wide range of birds in our Aviaries, from Snowy Owls to Canaries. Take our 2km Tractor drawn trailer ride. Whatever the weather we have indoor and outdoor play areas. Enjoy food for all the family in our Farm Café or bring your own picnic, we have indoor and outdoor picnic areas.

Port of Cork - Cork City Marina
The Port of Cork is delighted to announce that the Port of Cork City Marina is now complete and open for business and is located just a 1 minute walk from the Clarion Hotel Cork. The marina provides approximately 180metres of berthage. In early 2010 the Port of Cork was approached by the Clipper Round the World race organising committee and asked to investigate the opportunity of the Clipper fleet coming up to Cork City Quays. With no suitable facilities available at the time, the Port of Cork quickly saw the opportunity to advance a key aspect of the leisure strategy and to provide marina facilities in the heart of Cork City.

The English Market
Looking for fresh locally sourced produce for your stay in Cork? You need go no further than the English Market! Located in the centre of Cork city you can access it from a number of streets including; Grande Parade, Patrick Street, Princes Street and Oliver Plunkett Street. At the Grande Parade entrance, have a look at one of the oldest stalls in the market, selling nothing but two traditional Cork delicacies, tripe and drisheen.

Atlantic Sea Kayaking - Cork City by Sea Kayak
Atlantic Sea Kayaking are Ireland's premier sea kayaking company and have been established since 1995. The Cork City tours run from the pontoon outside the Clarion and pass under the bridges along the River Lee. Atlantic Sea Kayaking run two-and-a-half hour tours morning, afternoon and evening. The tours are suitable for everyone from families to experienced kayakers, using double kayaks which are both stable and fun. Tours cost €45 per person. Minimum 4 people per trip. Prior booking is essential. Please contact 028 21058, 086 6065973 or email Groups are welcome.

Corks Sea Safari – outside the Clarion Hotel Cork
Cork Harbour is one of the finest natural harbours in the world. It is one of which lay claim to the title of "second largest natural harbour in the world by navigational area" after Sydney. Our islands and tranquil river estuaries are some of Cork’s most beautiful attractions & offer a wide variety of interesting and appealing sights. Our history spans centuries, examples of which are plentiful throughout our harbour. This combined with our scenic coves, beaches and bays as well as our marine and bird life makes Cork Sea Safari a unique and unforgettable experience. We offer fun and informative Sea Safari tours of Cork harbour and its many attractions, combined with the unique opportunity to experience high adventure and pure exhilaration.
Tel: 1890 719 944/Email:

There are a number of walking tours of Cork now available and you can simply ask guest relations at the hotel for more information

Viking Tour
The "Viking Days and Norman Knights" Tour will transport you back to Medieval Cork, to the oldest city streets where markets and traders first sold their wares. On this tour you will learn about Cork’s past, starting with the origins of Cork City and how Saint Finbarr was pitted against the ferocious mythical creature known as The Luiwee, right on through the city’s history.
The Viking Tour departs at 11am sharp from outside the Tourism Office on Grand Parade. Please arrive for this tour at least 15 minutes before tour departure.

Cork Ghost Tour
Learn all about Cork’s ghastly past and the troubling creatures that stalk its streets on the Cork Ghost Tour. Departing from the steps of Cork Opera House at 8pm sharp, you will hear terrfiying tales of Cork as you explore the darkest corners of the city. But be careful of what lurks in the shadows.
The Cork Ghost Tour is a family friendly tour and is enjoyable for all ages. Please arrive for this tour at least 15 minutes before tour departure.

Cork Mystery Bus Tours
Whether you're looking for something a bit mad for a Hen Night or Stag Party, or something a little more laid back for an Office Party, this Cork based business has the deal for you. They have joined up with a number of venues so they can easily tailor your mystery tour to suit your requirements. Their ideal service is to plan the tour without the main organiser of the party even knowing where they'll end up. At least that way they won't succumb to any bribery, or give in to the temptation to spill the beans on where they are going.
The main objective of these tours is to offer a cost effective service in this particular economic climate. negotiate top quality deals and prices with a range of different pubs, clubs, accommodation and restaurants all around Ireland.
A representative will be with you at all times on the tour to make sure everything goes according to plan. In addition throughout the trip they will capture the best moments on camera, and will provide you with all the photos for you to look back on in years to come.
Phone 021 7011170 for more details

GoCar has been operating in Cork since the beginning of 2009 and is part of the smarter mobility project for the city. The GoCar service is ideal for people who want access to cars to get out of the city to run errands or enjoy the surrounding countryside and amenities without the hassles and expense of car ownership or car hire. is Ireland’s only pay-as-you-go car service. What does that mean? Quite simply it means that, after you become a member, you can walk to one of several GoBases dotted around Cork City and take one of their cars. They charge on a per-hour basis so you know exactly what the costs are.

Crawford Art Gallery
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, the city art museum for Cork, is dedicated to informing a wide audience about the significant role that the visual arts play in contemporary life and culture

Shandon Church
St. Annes church and steeple, built in 1722 reaches 37m high into the Cork skyline and is a much loved local landmark and tourist attraction. Its famous chime of 8 bells made by Rudal of Gloucester together weigh over 6 tonnes. Its walls are 7ft thick and has both sandstone and limestone facing, from which Cork takes its colours red and white. The clock made by Mangans of Cork, is affectionately known as a four faced liar, since the east and west facings tell slightly different times. The panoramic view of the city is well worth the climb.

Cork Butter Museum
The Cork Butter Museum is a unique institution, celebrating one of the great success stories of Ireland, the butter trade. Located in the historic Shandon area of Cork city, the story begins with the central role of dairy culture in the Island of Saints and Scholars. The Museum goes on to describe the internationally important Butter Exchange in nineteenth century Cork, the traditional craft of home butter making and the modern success of the Kerrygold brand. In the course of this story, the commercial, social, and domestic life of Ireland is recalled.

St Finbarres Cathedral
This spectacular form of architecture was constructed between 1867 and 1879. It is in the French Gothic style. The cathedral may possibly be built on the foundation of an earlier Round Tower. A short distance away is Elizabeth Fort in Fort St. The first fort was built here in the reign of Elizabeth I. Other churches in this area include the South Chapel a Georgian church of 1766 and St. Michael's Protestand Church. The Red Abbey on Mary St. Off Douglas St. is the sole survivor of the Monasteries of Medieval Cork. An Augustinian Priory it was founded in the 14th Century

Cork Vision Centre @ St. Peters
The Cork Vision Centre on the North Main St offers visitors an opportunity to appreciate a fine example of conservation in action, and to explore Cork's evolution from past, through present, and onwards to future development. Exhibitions throughout the year.

Cork Heritage Park
Bessboro, Blackrock, Cork, Phone: 021 358854
The Park offers the visitor a varied and fascinating introduction to different aspects of Corks rich heritage ranging from the story of the Pike family (who lived on the estate from 1820 to 1921), local ecology, Corks Archaeological Heritage, Corks Maritime Heritage, the History of Corks Fire Service to the story of Corks Transport.
With a special emphasis on history & culture, 19th Century crime, punishment and social history, a trip to Cork City Gaol is a must! Go back in time and trace the life of a suffering prisoner. The impressive audio system allows you to hear the shuffling of prisoner's feet, the coughs of the sick inmates and you can also examine the life like characters that fill the prison's cells.

Blackrock Castle - Observatory Centre
Blackrock Castle, on the banks of the River Lee is now home to an 80 seat licensed restaurant, 40 seat Cinema / Lecture Hall, 12 seat Tower Conference Room, 20 seat classroom with interactive whiteboard, 30 m2 fireplace lobby that serves as a reception area. The venue has a unique location and ambiance with a magnificent courtyard and fully restored buildings. Plenty of free parking and use of all in house AV equipment and on site technical assistance.
The Cinema houses 16 LCD screens which can be configured to display the same content as that being projected on the main screen. The Exhibit Space features 4 large screens can be configured to display custom content. Free Wi-Fi / Internet.

Lewis Glucksman Gallery at UCC
The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts. Located at University College Cork's main entrance on Western Road, the Glucksman is an award-winning building that includes display spaces, lecture facilities, a riverside restaurant and gallery shop.

UCC Visitor Centre
The UCC campus is noted for its mature well-wooded grounds containing several Californian Redwood trees. These form a splendid setting for the Gothic revival-style Main Quadrangle buildings, modelled on a typical Oxford college by the renowned Cork architect of the mid 19th century - Sir Thomas Deane.
A variety of shows from drama to opera, musicals and comedy are available over the coming months

Everyman Palace Theatre
The Everyman Palace in Cork is one of Ireland’s leading middle scale presenting and producing theatres. The beautiful 650 seat theatre is a jewel of late Victorian architecture. A listed building, the theatre is steeped in history and is a favorite with audiences and performers alike for its intimacy and atmosphere: 15 MacCurtain Street: Tel: 021 4501673.

Fitzgeralds Park & Cork History Museum
Cork Public Museum is housed in a two storey Georgian house commanding a central position in Fitzgerald Park, Cork. Originally built in 1845 by the Beamish family, the building, then known as “The Shrubberies” was their family home for decades. The property and surrounding land was eventually purchased by Cork Corporation for the purpose of housing the Cork International Exhibition of 1902 and 1903. The site of the exhibition was opened as Public Park in 1906. A site of some 18 acres of landscaped gardens; the park is a magnificent setting for the museum. Flanked by U.C.C. on one side and the riverside gardens of Sunday’s Well on the other, the park bestows a sense of history that complements the ambience of the museum perfectly. The Riverview Café, recently opened in the museum’s extension, fully exploits the commanding views of the river Lee and provides the visitor with a tranquil haven to enjoy a coffee and a snack. The Park also has a lovely playground for children to have some fun.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy a visit to the Lifetime Lab with its modern interactive exhibition, steam plant, beautifully restored buildings, children’s playground and marvelous views over the River Lee.
Summer opening hours are Mon – Fri: 9.00 – 17.00 and Sat/ Sun/Bank Hol: 11.00 – 17.00: Lifetime Lab, Lee Road, Cork: Tel: 021 494 1500

Curraheen Park - Greyhound Stadium
Cork's greyhound stadium offering a great night out to all

Cork Racecourse, Mallow
Cork Racecourse Mallow, situated on the banks of the Blackwater, the crossroads of Munster and Home of National Hunt racing. With 20 national hunt and flat meetings all year round Cork Racecourse provides the facilities to enjoy the excitement and spectacle of a day at the races. Whether you are an occasional race goer, or racing is your passion, a day at the races is unlike any other sporting event. At Cork Racecourse Mallow we want you to enjoy your day to the full and feel part of the fun, excitement, colour and 'craic' that is racing in Ireland.
Come and enjoy the spectacle of the parade ring and the weigh room. Feel the tension build in the betting ring as the bookmakers call out the 'odds' and compete for your attention before the races begin. Then pick your spot to watch the horse’s race to the finish as the ground rumbles and cheers of the winning punters fill the stands. Enjoy all this in the surroundings of this wonderful facility here at Cork Racecourse Mallow.
Tel: 022 50207

Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone
Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since.

Kinsale - Historical Fishing Town
The medieval town of Kinsale is not just about food. it's also about traditional bars, beautiful buildings, narrow streets, shops and galleries and lots of activities on land and sea. You'll find Kinsale's not just a place - it's more a state of mind!

Cobh Heritage Centre:
Cobh is situated on the southern shore of the Great Island in one of the world's finest natural harbours. Between 1848 and 1950, over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland - over 2.5 million from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration in the country. Cobh was the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic. Later the steamers and ocean liners continued carrying the Irish to new lives and new lands.

Jameson Distillery, Midleton
A tour of the Old Midleton Distillery is a journey through the story of Irish whiskey by means of an audio-visual presentation (available in 7 languages). Follow the old distillery trail through mills, maltings, corn stores, stillhouse, warehouses and kilns - some of these buildings date back to 1795. View the largest pot still in the world prior to sampling the internationally renowned Jameson Whiskey in the bar (minerals for children) - perhaps have the opportunity of becoming a qualified Irish whiskey taster with presentation of certificate before browsing in the exclusive Jameson merchandise outlet and craft shops or relaxing in the elegant restaurant on site.

Clonakilty Railway Village
Take a trip to the Model Railway Village for a fun and memorable day out on your visit to Clonakilty and West Cork. Walking into the model village you step back in time and see life as it was in the 1940's. See the old West Cork railway line portrayed in delightful miniature serving the towns. The models and figurines are handmade at the model village to a scale of 1:24.

Rebel Corporate Event Management
Cork's leading Team Building and Event Management company. Whether it's a themed dinner, conference planning or a team building or a corporate adventure event you need, we work in close partnership with the Clarion Hotel to put together the perfect event for your company both off and on site. See our web site for details, email us at or call our events team on 023 88 3998.

Cork Harbour Boat Hire
Cork Harbour Boat Hire offer self-drive boats for a truly unique experience. Take a Self-Drive Boat Ride with Cork Harbour Boat Hire from The Port of Cork Marina only a few steps from The Clarion Hotel. Tide permitting drive under the bridges of Cork taking in the beautiful sights of Cork from The River Lee or enjoy a Self-Drive Boat Ride around Cork Harbour! Hotel Guests will also receive a 10% discount!" Ask our guest relations for more information. Contact: Deborah O'Neill 086 8933724