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East Cork Visitor Attractions

East Cork Visitor Attractions

Last Updated: 10th Oct, 2019

Cobh previously known as Queenstown, was the centre of Irish emigration, the last port of call for the Titanic, and the place to which survivors of the Lusitania were brought. Visit the Queenstown Story - a multimedia exhibition at Cobh's Victorian Railway Station. Visit also Cobh's Cathedral with its wonderful architectural work, its many mosaics, stained glass windows and statues. Enjoy the stunning views over the town of Cobh (pronounced Cove) and out to Spike Island and take in the views over Cork Harbour and back toward Cobh with the Cathedral standing in all its glory above the town.

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Cobh Visitor Attractions - Things to see and do

  • Cobh Cathedral
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Boat trip out to Spike Island
  • Titanic Experience Cobh
  • Cruise Liner watching in the Summer months

Barryscourt Castle, Carrigtwohill

Barryscourt Castle located in Carrigtwohill, dates from the same period as Bunratty and Dunguaire Castles. Built in 1206, it was the seat of the Earl of Barrymore until 1700. The castle was opened to the public after extensive renovations. Here you can stroll the fruit and herb gardens and enjoy an informative tour of the castle also. Located just 20 minutes from Cork City or 10 minutes from Midleton, it is well worth a visit, Belvelly Castle is also close by just after the entrance for Fota Wild Life Park, while small and not open to the public it is in a lovely setting.

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Ballycotton Sanctuary & Wetlands

Ballycotton Sanctuary & Wetlands. A bird sanctuary of international importance stretches from Ballycotton around the bay to Ballymacoda.

East Cork Bird Watching

Just looking out to Ballycotton Lighthouse you will see a multitude of bird life activity and now with tours out to Ballycotton Lighthouse you will have a wonderful view.

Beaches in East Cork

Youghal Beach

Beaches in East Cork, there are 3 beautiful beaches in the area of Ballycotton, Garryvoe and Youghal. Popular with water enthuasits, surfers, kayers and swimmers alike.

Garryvoe Beach

Bird Watching in East Cork

East Cork Bird Watching

Bird Watching, Angling and Sea Fishing in East Cork. For the birdwatchers East Cork is a hive of activity with lots of different wildlife and birds to be spotted, from Waders, Grebes, Golden Plover and many many more. The area of Cork is popular with many different species of birds due to our varied landscape such as mudflats, beach and lagoon areas, reedbeds and rocky shorelines. Some areas to visit include Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve and the Rostellan area, Ballycotton, Garryvoe and Ballycotton Cliff Walk area.

East Cork Bird Watching

Ballycotton especially in East Cork offers a range of fishing, such as deep sea fishing and shore fishing in Ballycotton and Garryvoe area. You have a range of Beach area here to choose from such as Ballyandreen, Ballycotton Pier, Ballybranigan Beach and Ballycrenane, Youghal and Knockadoon Head. Boats can be charted out for fishing, and some will have rods and tackle hire options, boats also available in some case for Ballycotton Lighthouse tours, island visiting and sight seeing tours.

Fota Wildlife Park, Fota Island

Fota Wildlife Park East Cork

Fota Wildlife Park, Fota Island here you will see over 70 species of wildlife from all 5 continents, roam freely past bird-filled lakes, monkey islands and flamingo parks. A great family day-out.


Shanagarry a village renowned for its superb pottery. Enjoy viewing the lovely Stephen Pearse pottery in his shop and cafe. Fota Wildlife Park East Cork. See the latest designs and crafts at The Kilkenny Cafe Shanagarry or visit the renowned Ballymaloe House, Gardens and Cookery School and stop off for lunch in the cafe.Fota Wildlife Park East CorkLocated 20 minutes from Midleton or 40 minutes from Cork City. There are some wonderful beaches just on its doorstep Ardnahinch, Garryvoe and beautiful Ballycotton.

Jameson Heritage Centre

Jameson Heritage Centre

Today, every drop of Jameson is produced in Midleton. It's here you'll come face-to-face with the largest pot still in the world, see our new micro-distillery in action, experience our live maturation warehouse, and taste our whiskeys along the way.

For more information or to book now, visit or call Jameson Heritage Centre directly on (021) 461 3594.

Jamesons Distillery Midleton

Take home a little souvenir from Ireland from the gift shop or just take time out in the restaurant. Midleton town is easily accessible with lots of bus services and train station close by.

Historic East Cork

Cloyne Round Tower

East Cork offers a number of historic sites of interest from Cloyne's Round Tower, Barryscourt Castle, Belvelly Castle tower house and the heritage trail in Youghal and views from its old town walls and Youghal's Clock Gate Tower. Lots for visitors to East Cork to see and do. Barryscourt Castle


Youghal Lighthouse East Cork

The ancient town of Youghal was occupied by the Danes and Normans and was also part of the great tract of land that was granted to Sir Walter Raleigh. His home, Myrtle Grove, still stands today and is open to the public. Tradition has it that it was here he planted the first potatoes. The main street is spanned by the beautiful Clock Gate built in 1777.

Youghal Lighthouse East Cork
  • Explore the heritage trail in the town of Youghal
  • Visit the old Youghal town walls
  • See the Collegiate Church Of St. Mary
  • Tour Youghal Clock Gate Tower
  • Water activities
  • Enjoy Youghal's boardwalk beside the sea
  • Take a morning swim in Youghal beaches
  • Family entertainment at Perks Funfair
  • Youghal Pitch and Putt
  • Youghal nights out at the Greyhound Racing

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