Cork Attractions Guide

Below are some of the popular attractions in Cork. Gougane Barra Forest Park Gougane Barra Forest Park, in the Shehy mountains extends from the steep slopes of Cuain Rua through Green Valley Desmond to the shorelines of Gougane Barra lake. The visitor will encounter 20 different tree species as well as a plethora of grasses, sedges and herbaceous plants. Wildlife is teeming in the park. The river Lee flows from its source within the park to Gougane Lake. Activities available include 5km of motor trail, 10km of hill walks, view points and a nature trail. The park is always open, except for tree harvesting activities. There is ample parking, picnic areas, guided tours by appointment. Mizen Head Signal Station Visitor Centre Mizen Head Visitor Centre, at Ireland's south western point, is a true experience. Strolls down the cliff, across an arched bridge out to the Irish Lights signal station offer spectacular views of two coasts. When at the signal station, take a tour around the displays in the former keeper’s quarters. The theme of safety at sea with a state of the art navigational aids simulator, a 25 ft cutaway model of the Fastnet Rock lighthouse and an automatic weather station are on display. English Market This is an enclosed market, the origin of the English Market can be traced back to James I in 1610. The present building was erected in 1786. Long utilized by locals as a place to meet, eat and shop, visitors can now partake in the atmosphere and choose from cornucopia of goods from traders presenting their fare have in this unique market. Cork City Gaol & Radio Museum Experience Two of Cork's most popular attractions are housed in the museum building. Be transported back in time to learn what 19th and early 20th century life was like in Cork both inside and outside the prison walls. Shockingly lifelike figures, completely refurbished cells, eerie sound effects and enthralling exhibitions allow the visitor to experience daily life for prisoners. Located in the unusual setting of the former Governor's House, the "Radio Museum Experience" deals not only with the early days of Irish & international radio broadcasting. but with the significance of its invention to all of us. Dursey Island Accessed by cable car, the island is in the most westerly end of West Cork’s inhabited islands. Dursey is situated across a narrow sound and is a relaxing getaway from the stress of modern living. The rugged island is home to Ireland’s only cable-car, which runs approximately 250m above sea level and accommodates six people or one huge animal at a time! The island is part of the Beara Way walking trail, but offers relief from shops, pubs or restaurants. It does offer the pedestrians a one of a kind experience of calm spiced with spectacular views of the Beara peninsula. Bird watcher’s will feel like they are in paradise spotting rare birds from Siberia and America with regularity. Monks from Skellig Rock are believed to have founded the ancient church of Kilmichael on Dursey. Unfortunately, the church is now just a ruin. O’Sullivan Beara’s Dursey castle was demolished by English forces in 1602 who then tossed local inhabitants into the sea. On a positive note, several of the once derelict houses have been restored and are now used as holiday homes. Charles Fort Unique with its star shape, this military fortress was erected between 1677 and 1682, during the reign of King Charles II. It was commissioned with the task of protecting the town and harbor of Kinsale. As one of the largest military forts in the country, Charles Fort has been linked with some of the most important events in Irish history.