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B&B Ireland has over forty years experience and dedication in the promotion of bed and breakfast accommodation in Ireland. Guests enjoy comfortable surroundings, wonderful food and the opportunity to meet the real locals - your hosts. This is a guest blog post from Claire at B&B Ireland.

Visit Cobh, Co. CorkWith summer just beginning and the weather brightening up, there is no better place to plan a holiday to than Ireland. The Emerald Isle boasts so many fascinating things to do and see for all the family to enjoy. County Cork is renowned for its natural beauty, friendly atmosphere and great events. Cork is the ideal location for families who want to enjoy a relaxing and fun-filled vacation, but without breaking the bank! There is such a wealth of historical attractions, festivals and events, and stunning landscapes, all of which cost very little or nothing to appreciate!


In order to pack as much into your week’s schedule as possible this summer, a great touring base is essential. Cork Bed and Breakfast accommodation provides exactly this, as B&Bs are always located near all the local attractions. Everybody chooses different ways to spend their holidays in Cork but here are my top five things to do and see in Cork this summer, with something for everyone to enjoy:

  1. A visit to Cork City Gaol is a must! This former prison, located in Cork City, gives visitors a true insight into the life of prisoners over a century ago, with admission only €8 for adults and €5 for children. Audio guides are available, taking you around the restored cells which have models of suffering prisoners and their pitiless guards. It is one of Cork’s most memorable attractions and is sure to open your eyes to some of Ireland’s forgotten history.

  2. Blarney Castle, north of Cork CityFota Wildlife Park is Ireland’s premier Wildlife attraction. Just 15 minutes from Cork City, the park is home to endangered species from all over the world. Come face to face with the giraffes, penguins, zebras and many more animals as the roam around the park. Admission is €14.30 for adults and €9.20 for children and there are fantastic family deals on offer.

  3. Blarney Castle is a real treat. A visit to this early 1200s castle is a lovely way to spend a day out with the family. Explore the castle ruins and appreciate the beauty and history of the stunning rooms and battlements. Stroll through the castle’s vast landscapes and gardens, a carpet of green trees, shrubs and flowers with winding pathways. Kiss the Blarney Stone for the ever-lasting gift of eloquence!

  4. The English Market, Cork City.A day trip to the wonderful seaside town of Cobh comes highly recommended. Known as Cork’s gateway to the sea, this pretty town is ideal for spending a relaxing day taking in the beauty of the harbour and exploring all that the town has to offer. Cobh is linked to the sinking of the Titantic and the Lusitania and for this reason, there are many fascinating museums related to this historical events that are well worth a visit.

  5. The English Market in Cork City cannot be missed. It is known as Ireland’s most famous food market and for good reason as well! The English Market has been trading since 1788 and is the definition of gourmet food. You should leave yourself enough time to fully appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of the market as it really is an unforgettable day out. As well as food, you can also expect to find crockery, art and novelty items stalls.