Things to do in Cork!

Fota Wildlife Park - 6KM

Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is located on 100 acres at Fota Island 10km east of Cork City and has an annual attendance of 440,000 visitors. It is currently the second largest visitor attraction in Ireland outside of Leinster. Fota Wildlife Park’s vision is to inspire people to understand and conserve the biodiversity of our natural world. The Park’s core values of conservation, education, research and entertainment have ensured that we are uniquely placed to foster greater public understanding of the threats to plant and animal habitats and decreasing global biodiversity. Fota Wildlife Park has made considerable investment in the past 5 years upgrading its infrastructure and is currently near completion of an additional 27 acres’ development that focuses on Asian animals and plants. The Rochestown Park liaises with Fota Wildlife to offer great all-inclusive packages for families.

Blackrock Castle - 4KM

The castle's observatory houses an interactive astronomy centre which is open to the public, and has exhibits including a "tour of the universe" and a radio telescope that beams messages composed by school groups towards nearby stars.

The castle also houses labs staffed by astronomical researchers from Cork Institute of Technology.

English Market - 4KM

Situated in the heart of Cork City, the English Market is a roofed food market and has been trading since 1788. Developed and still owned by Cork City Council, the Market is one of the oldest municipal markets of its kind in the world. The trading stalls are held under 21 year leases from the City Council.

Live at the Marquee - 4KM

Live at the Marquee is an annual music festival which takes place in Cork, Ireland during the summer, usually over multiple days in June and July.
The first event occurred in 2005 when Cork was the official European Capital of Culture. It was then decided to continue with the event in the years that followed. In 2007 the event was relocated from Monahan Road to the Docklands on Centre Park Road in Cork.

Jameson Heritage Centre Midleton - 21KM

All tour experiences are guided and take in the exterior and interior of their distillery grounds. The Jameson Experience Tour is an ample introduction to Irish whiskey, but for those who want to impress their mates, the Behind The Scenes Tour and Premium Whiskey Tastings will certainly do the trick. 

Trabolgan- 35KM

Trabolgan offers a great range of family days out and day visitor experiences. They have indoor and outdoor children’s play areas, entertainment including favourite children’s characters and the choice of par 3 golf, one Adventure Sport Activity or access to our subtropical indoor swimming pool. 

The Rochestown Park offer great family packages which includes passes for the Trabolgan Activity Centre. 

Greyhound Track - 9KM

If you're looking for something different for a great night out, you’ll find it at Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium. Nothing beats the excitement of greyhound racing, and some of the most prestigious greyhound fixtures of the year take place right here.

Curraheen Park is within easy access of Cork City Centre, so you have no shortage of things to do before or after your night of greyhound racing. You can watch all the action unfold from the comfort of the bar. Or maybe from your table in our bright and atmospheric restaurant, where you can relax and place a bet with their table-side Tote service.

Shop while you stay

Douglas Village is located only a 5-minute walk from the Rochestown Park Hotel. Enjoy a selection of shopping centres, boutiques, cafés and bars all within a short walking distance from the hotel reception.

Mahon Point Shopping Centre is one of Irelands number one spots for shopping with over 60 different stores to choose from and only a 5min drive from the Hotel.

Local Shopping Centres

For further information on any of the above, please do not hesitate to ask the reception team.

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