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Cork, Ireland's second city, is a perfect base for family holidays spent exploring the beautiful countryside of County Cork and its majestic neighbour Kerry.

Things to do with kids in County Cork

Take the kids to visit the giraffes and tigers at Fota Wildlife Park, a 30min drive from Cork centre. 

Head for Blarney Castle and the Stone of Eloquence. Make sure to kiss the Blarney Stone to give the kids the Irish gift of the gab! 

Explore the Cork coastline. Head to the west of the county to discover unspoiled beaches perfect for the kids to swim or even surf off. 

Pub front, County Cork© Holger Leue 2003

Pub front, County Cork


Cork is Ireland’s culinary capital so you won't have any problem finding great places with kids. Make sure to stroll through the charming English Market in the centre, where you'll find the best of local produce. And take a trip to the beautiful seaside towns of Kinsale or Cobh to enjoy locally caught seafood at its best.

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

When to go to County Cork

Cork and south-east Ireland are great for family holidays year-round, though the coast clearly comes into its own in summer.

English Market, Cork© James Fennell

English Market, Cork


Cork has something to cater for all pockets, whether it be a budget family holiday or something top of the range.

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Capital city

Flying time1.25hrs All flight times are based on flights from UK London airports, to the capital or nearest destination airport.

Carbon footprint0.61 CO2 Estimated tonnes of CO2 produced for return flights for a family of four.



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Cork landscape© Holger Leue 2003

Cork landscape

Bridge, Cork

Bridge, Cork