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Things to do by car

There is no need to confine yourself to the cosmopolitan city of Cork, as the surounding environs and further afield in Ireland's largest county has so much to offer visitors enjoying hotel breaks in Cork. Here is a selection of our favourite Cork attractions to be visited by car from The Kingslet Hotel Cork.

Top Attractions to Visit by Car

Fota Wildlife Park

Featuring a range of animal that thrive in a free-range environment, Fota Wildlife Park is famous for its free roaming animals that are mixed with other species. Also on site is the Fota House and Arboretum, a regency style building which reflects the lifestyle of the early 19th and 20th centuries. 

Championship Golf Courses

Home to some of Ireland’s finest golf courses, explore a wide array of parkland and links courses all within a short drive from the hotel. The Kingsley’s sister hotel, the 5-star Fota Island Resort which recently hosted the Irish Open, is home to the finest Cork golf club and a 27-hole parkland golf course, shaped by splendid woodlands and 780 acres. 

Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone

Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, this top site is one of Ireland’s top attractions where scores of tourists visit every day in a bid to “kiss the Blarney Stone”. 


The historical and medieval fishing town of Kinsale is one of the top culinary towns in Ireland. There are a range of traditional bars, beautiful buildings, narrow streets, shops and galleries to enjoy on land and at sea. 

Jameson Distillery

Located in the town of Midleton journey through the story of Irish whiskey by means of an audio-visual presentation and follow the old distillery trail through mills, malting, corn stores and kilns which date back to 1795.

Blackrock Castle & Observatory Centre

Set on the banks of the River Lee, Blackrock Castle boasts a unique location and ambiance with magnificent courtyard and fully resorted buildings. 

Cobh Titanic Experience

Situated just 30 kilometres from the hotel, The Titanic Experience is a permanent visitor attraction, situated in the original offices of The White Star line. Its location marks the departure point for the last 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage to America. 

Clonakilty Railway Village

A trip to the Model Railway Village in Clonakilty, West Cork is a fun and memorable day out. 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. 

The Lismore Heritage Centre

Located one hour’s drive from the City, Lismore Heritage Centre which occupies the town’s old court house has been open in its current form for almost 25 years. The Centre offers visitors a unique insight into the rich history of Lismore and the surrounding areas, through a variety of walking tours and audio visual experiences.


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