What to do and see in Cork, Province of Munster: The Best Things to do Adventurous

August 24, 2021 Harland Bartelt

Plan to cross many bridges when in Cork. Ireland's third-largest city began life as an island and now spans both banks of the River Lee, with watery channels running beneath some of its main thoroughfares. The best way to experience this hilly southern seaport is on foot, following the signposted walking tour past St. Finn Barre's Cathedral and the riverside quadrangle of University College up the hill to red and white Shandon Church. Along the way, you'll meet plenty of the city's talkative residents.
Restaurants in Cork

1. Atlantic Sea Kayaking

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Atlantic Sea Kayaking

Based in the South West of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way and established in 1995. We are Ireland's premier sea kayaking company. We believe in providing a safe, enjoyable and memorable experience for all who join us. We also hire sit on top kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards. We include cultural and wildlife experiences.

2. Cork Ghost Tour

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Cork Ghost Tour

Horrible Hilarious Histories, Tall Tales, Ghastly Ghost Stories & Shenanigans! A walking tour in Cork city, that takes in the sights, interweaving local Ghost stories, Cork's dramatic history and Boo-Scares. Factual & Comic, we give an unusual and honest slant of Cork by bringing it's unique history to life! Damian Cork Ghost Tour

3. Wild Atlantic Cycling Tours

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Wild Atlantic Cycling Tours

Mizen to Malin with Wild Atlantic cycling is an end-to-end bike tour of Ireland. Think of it as the Irish equivalent of Britain’s Land’s End to John O’Groats, but with rugged coastline, Irish music, unique landscapes and lively pubs. Ireland's end-to-end really is something different.

4. Play Gaelic Games

Saint Finbarrs Hurling and Football Club Togher, Cork 100 Ireland +353 86 152 0046 [email protected] http://www.playgaelicgames.com
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Play Gaelic Games

Reviewed By gww123 - London, United Kingdom

2 hour intro into Hurling and Gaelic football. Great afternoon for our 20 person stag do. Would definitely recommend

5. Ocean Escapes

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Ocean Escapes

As Cork's largest RIB operator, we are delighted to hold Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2015 & 2016! We offer regular RIB boat trips, high speed safaris, tours and charters around Cork’s magnificent coastline and wildlife. Choose from group, family, corporate or unique Stag & Hen trips. ​ Don't see something that fits in with your plan? We will happily arrange a bespoke trip to fit in with your needs. Enjoy a high speed trip around the worlds second largest natural harbour, a family adventure,a Hen or Stag with your friends and even the odd dolphin for company! ​ On board with Ocean Escapes you will discover a wealth of information about the worlds second largest natural harbour and surrounding areas. You will have a chance to explore our beautiful Coastline from a unique perspective and take in breath taking views. Our RIB offers the chance to escape from the hussle and bussle and discover remote coves, leading to encounters with wildlife that call our coastline home. Join us on a unforgettable experience along the most dramatic coastline that will bring you to the heart of the action. Our tours combine the versatility of a fast, custom built RIBs with expertise of local knowledge creating opportunities for a once in a lifetime experience along the Cork coast. Follow in the footsteps of the legendary Titanic, taking in views of Fort Camden, Spike Island and Cobh. You will also have a chance to see some of the vast wildlife that call out coast home, from bottlenose dolphins to minke whales, even huge Basking sharks! a trip with us is a truly unique experience. be sure to bring your camera!

6. Cork Harbour Boat Hire

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Cork Harbour Boat Hire

Cork Harbour Boat Hire allows you to explore the vast depths of Cork Harbour on a fantastic boating adventure. This is an ideal day out in Cork for groups of all ages and sizes, with the easy to drive boats making it very easy to navigate the waters with Cork Harbour Boat Hire. There is so much to explore in Cork Harbour, and this fantastic boat trip is an ideal way to take in the fresh sea air and see another side of Cork. The waters of Cork Harbour are full of fascinating history and captivating sights. With a vast array of wildlife known to inhabit the region, you will have great fun trying to spot all the different birds and sea creatures. Take a trip around Spike Island, the old monastic settlement and prison which resides in the middle of Cork Harbour. Cork Harbour Boat Hire makes this wonderful adventure on the open seas straightforward and accessible for everyone. These easy to drive boats make it possible for anyone to enjoy a brisk sail around Cork Harbour. With tours ranging from one hour to three and four hour adventure tours, there is something to suit groups of all ages. You will receive full training before setting out on the water, ensuring everyone can enjoy their trip around Cork Harbour safely. Cork Harbour Boat Hire are now open in Cork City and are based at The Port of Cork Marina. Take a trip under some of the historic bridges of Cork right up to the Franciscan Well or take a trip to Blackrock Castle and maybe spot a seal or two on your way! No matter which route you take, you are guaranteed an enjoyable boat trip. Our tours are led by a fully qualified safety boat guide, who allows you to independently explore and discover Cork Harbour while showcasing the Harbours natural beauty. From the water visit the Irish Naval base, cruise past Spike Island, spot the sights; St.Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh’s seaside Promenade, view the historic White Star line ticket office and original pier where the last Titanic passengers disembarked on its fatal voyage and more all while skippering your very own boat.

7. Kinsale Surf Adventures

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Kinsale Surf Adventures

Welcome to Kinsale Surf Adventures. We are corks premium Surf & Water recreational school based at Garretstown Beach, Kinsale, Co Cork,the only multilingual school in the country.We can conduct our lessons in English, French & Spanish. Our Location is on the south coast of Ireland along the Stunning Wild Atlantic Way.We offer Surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Coasteering, Monster Boarding & Yoga.

8. Ireland's Wildlife

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Ireland's Wildlife

Explore Europe's undiscovered wildlife frontier and experience the wilder side of Ireland on a small group wildlife, birding and natural history adventure with expert local guides. Ireland’s south coast is punctuated by dramatic headlands, jutting like fingers into the north Atlantic. These slivers of land are magnets for migrants and offer some of the best vantage points in Europe for spotting marine wildlife. The undulating coastline also conceals hidden coves and inlets, mudflats, estuaries, beaches and dunes. It's a haven for wildlife... and wildlife lovers. From weekend getaways to four-day breaks and six-day holidays, we'll show you a wild side of Ireland that few visitors experience. And if you're looking for something a bit different, just get in touch to ask about our custom itineraries and bespoke guiding services. We'll put together a wildlife and/or birding package designed just for you.

9. No Escape

21 Douglas Street, Cork T12 K65H Ireland +353 89 985 1771 [email protected] http://noescape.ie
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No Escape

Get locked in a specificaly prepered theme room for 60 minutes. Find clues, reveal secrets and solve brain and agility tasks. You do not need to have any special knowledge to solve the puzzles and have a good time. Immerse into a theme, cooperate and think outside the box to escape!

Reviewed By jana-agus - Cork, Ireland

Very nice and fun activity during a rainy day in Cork. We have organised hen party in No Escape and had a lot of fun!

10. Blarney Castle & Gardens

Monacnapa, Blarney, Cork T23 Y598 Ireland +353 21 438 5252 [email protected] http://www.blarneycastle.ie/
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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk. LAST ADMISSION IS 60 MINS BEFORE CLOSING TIME/Dogs Not Permitted/Drone Photography Prohibited

Reviewed By rulesnations - Tuscaloosa, United States

Our family had a great trip to Blarney, perfect weather and beautiful grounds are beyond what I expected. I imagine the busy travel season might be tougher on kissing the stone but we only waited 20-30 mins and the walk up is interesting as you read each plaque. The Stone was fine but I never expected the amount of other opportunities to be so good. Kids absolutely loved it, would highly recommend a full day there.

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