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The biggest county in Ireland, Cork is the ideal family holiday destination, with miles of unspoilt beaches, acres of wilderness to roam, and the excitement of Ireland’s other capital among its many draws. Take your pick from our favourites:
When Shrek hit cinema screens, it confirmed the status of donkeys as one of Nature’s coolest creatures, but some donkeys don’t have such an easy time, leading to the establishment of places like the Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll, near Mallow. The world’s biggest donkey and mule charity, it has taken in some 2,850 animals over the years, and you can see them here in a caring, natural environment among rolling fields. Adopt a donkey to receive regular updates.
You’ll discover why Fota Wildlife Park is the most popular tourist attraction in Cork when you visit. More than just a zoo, this is a place where kangaroos hop in front of you as you walk, and cheetahs reach dizzying speeds in the twice-daily Cheetah Run exhibition. See penguins, Siamang gibbon, and seals being fed, and watch out for regular activities, including African drumming, arts & crafts, and festivals. There are plenty of play areas too.
Set in the old Cork City Waterworks on the banks of the River Lee, minutes from the city centre, Lifetime Lab is not your usual museum. No other such building has been as well restored and preserved, and the attraction now offers a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition for all ages, a themed playground, picnic area, sensory garden, and stunning views over the River Lee. Never has education been so interesting!
The model railway village in Clonakilty presents a miniature version of life as it was in the 1940's, with the old West Cork railway line serving the local towns. Scenes including busy market days are depicted in exquisite detail, and even the tea room is set in an old train carriage. You can also take a tour of Clonakilty aboard a road train called Choo Choo.
Take a trip on the RV Voyager, from Reen Pier in Castlehaven, and you never know what you might see. Minke whales, fin whales, common dolphins, and harbour porpoises are among the more visible local residents, but if you are lucky, you might even spot a humpback whale, blue shark, or a basking shark. The whale and dolphin tour takes about 3 to 4 hours, taking in some stunning West Cork scenery.
0.1km from Schull
Stay at one of these south-facing self-catering holiday homes on the edge of the West Cork village of Schull, overlooking the harbour. The three-bedroom self catering properties feature one double bedroom, one twin bedroom, and one single room. These holiday homes are an ideal base for touring the south west, or simply for relaxing and enjoying it all.
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0.2km from Cork City
Experience Cork city's reputation for culture in these beautifully situated self catering apartments.
Each apartment has two spacious and luxurious bedrooms.
Guests can relax and unwind in the comfort of electrically heated surroundings while enjoying a leisurely Irish breakfast. These superb 3-star self catering properties each contain a fully fitted kitchen and dining area, which are beautifully furnished throughout.
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1km from Youghal
Enjoy 4-star luxury in this family-friendly self catering complex in the beautiful seaside town of Youghal, East Cork. This complex features a selection of self catering properties available to rent for short and long-term breaks, including 2-, 3- and 4-bed villas and apartments. This particular property is a two-bedroom apartment that sleeps 4.
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0.4km from Cork City
The self catering apartments are equipped with a TV and a fully fitted kitchen with cooker, hob, fridge freezer and microwave. Bed linen and towels are supplied. This is a great location for holidaying families and business travellers. It offers complimentary internet connection and free use of the leisure centre, with its 25m pool, waterslide, gym, saunas, jacuzzi, rooftop hot tub, tennis courts, sunbeds and steam room.
3.6km from Clonakilty
This converted stone boathouse offers unique self-catering accommodation overlooking the bay near Clonakilty in County Cork. With its picturesque location, Clonakilty is an ideal destination for those who wish to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of city life.
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