summer in cork city
Polished and sophisticated, with beautiful bedrooms, a bistro style restaurant, luxury spa, and an extensive Health Club, The Kingsley has everything you will need for a relaxing escape with a loved one, friends or family. Set in a stylish and distinctive riverside location on the banks of the River Lee, The Kingsley is the perfect option for a luxurious getaway, no matter the occasion. Stay a little longer and explore everything Cork has to offer visitors with our exclusive Extend & Discover offers.
Located in an area steeped in local history, The Kingsley provides the perfect base to explore Cork City and County. As one of the Ireland’s cultural, culinary and sporting heartlands, Cork is sure to provide visitors of all ages and interests with unforgettable memories. Soak up the wonderful views of over 60 acres of sprawling parkland and gardens from the top of the world-renowned Blarney Castle, visit the animals at Rumley's Open Farm, or hop in the car for a short drive to the coastal towns of Kinsale and Crosshaven – perfect for any day out.
For culture and history lovers, why not take a trip back in time with a visit to Cork City Gaol? Wander through the wings of the Gaol, accompanied by the shuffling feet of inmates and the jingle of warder’s keys or take a trip across the River Lee to our neighbours at The Old Cork Waterworks Experience and discover Cork's heritage. Food lovers can taste their way through the English Market – a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike. For art lovers big and small, a visit to see the 4,000 artworks at Crawford Art Gallery is not to be missed. The nearby Fitzgerald’s Park offers a quiet retreat from the city, where beautiful tree-lined avenues, flower beds and rose gardens offer the ultimate location to take the weight off your feet after a day of exploring and enjoy a delicious freshly perpared picnic in the park filled with tasty treats from The Kingsley.
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Cork City Gaol is just 17 minutes' walk from the hotel and while the magnificent castle-like building is now a major and unique visitor attraction, this Gaol once housed 19th century prisoners.
Wandering through the wings of the Gaol, the atmosphere suggests you are accompanied by the shuffling feet of inmates, each representing their particular period in Irish history from pre-famine times to the foundation of the state. The cells are furnished with amazingly life like wax figures; original graffiti on cell walls tell the innermost feelings of some inmates while a very spectacular audio visual tells the social history and contrasting lifestyles of the 19th century Cork and why some people turned to crime, and some ended up in Australia. This exhibition fascinates visitors of all ages and nationalities and the tour is available in up to 13 languages. For more information visit corkcitygaol.com.
Crawford Art Gallery is a short 12 minute drive from the hotel and is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. Through its temporary exhibitions, publications and education programmes, the Crawford Art Gallery is committed to fostering recognition, critical assessment, and acknowledgement of historical and contemporary Irish and international art practice. Located in the heart of Cork city, the gallery is a key tourist attraction and welcomes almost 200,000 visitors a year. Admission to the Gallery and to exhibitions is free. For more information visit: www.crawfordartgallery.ie
Cork Opera House is a short 10 minute drive from the hotel and provides balanced popular entertainment with an emphasis on education and outreach activities. A high variety of genres of activity such as opera, drama, dance, concerts, musicals and family productions are received. In addition to that Cork Opera House has a long history of producing and co-producing quality productions across all genres. In the past 8 years Cork Opera House has produced and co-produced 33 new productions which have toured to 38 venues in 22 different counties.
This historic castle in Blarney is situated 8km from Cork City and is most famous for its Blarney Stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it.
Many different gardens are to be found around the estate and exploration will be rewarded. There is a fern garden with the atmosphere of a tropical jungle to be found deep in the woods. The Poison Garden, adjacent to the battlements, contains an interesting and educational collection of deadly and dangerous plants from around the world. For more information visit: www.blarneycastle.ie.
Situated not far from university College Cork, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral is one of the city's most iconic structures and historical landmarks. The cathedral is the most recent ecclesiastical site located where the Saint Fin Barre is believed to have founded his monastic school in the 7th century. The present Neo-Gothic cathedral, designed by English architect William Bruges, is made from Cork limestone and marble, as well as Bath stone. This Church of Ireland cathedral was consecrated in 1870.
Noteworthy features of its magnificent interior include stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments, marble mosaics from the Pyrenees while the sanctuary ceiling portrays Christ, surrounded by angels. The building contains more than 1,260 sculptures, a particularly ornate pulpit and even a 24-lb cannonball, a legacy of the Siege of Cork in 1690. St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral is a short 8 minute walk from the hotel.