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Here is a list of places that you might like to visit when you are staying in or near Cork City. They are relatively convenient to get to by either foot, bike, car or public transport and they come recommended by many trustworthy travelers.
A good deal of work has gone into ensuring that the details are correct, but if they are not, please revise. And if you have visited anywhere else that fits the category, i.e. easily accessible from Cork City and you can recommend it as a good sight for tourists to visit, list it and a Cork native may be able to check it out firsthand.
The phone numbers quoted are all local. If you are phoning from outside of Cork City/County put 021 in front of the number. If you are phoning from outside of Ireland put 00 353 21 in front of the number. The numbers in brackets preceeding some sights indicates that other sights are reasonably near. For example Blarney Castle and Blarney Woolen mills have been given a 1 meaning they are located within a reasonable walking distance of each other.
(3)Cobh – The Queenstown Story http://www.cobhheritage.com/
(4)Fota Wildlife Park
(8) Blackrock Castle Observatory http://www.bco.ie/
(Phone 021 435-7917Location: Blackrock, Cork 4 miles from Cork City
Transport: Best to drive. Large free car park adjacent. Alternatively take number 202 bus from Cork city centre to Blackrock Village and walk 15 mins to castle. Alternatively HOHO BLUE bus, June to August only, will take you right to the castle gate.
Open: Mon-Fri & Sun 10-5,Sat & Bank Holidays 11-5
Parking: Plenty of free parking just around the corner and down the hill. (3 min walk)
Entry: €6 Adult, €4. Family and Group rates available
Worth Visiting: Yes – The exhibits are interactive and school going kids will enjoy. The exhibits could do with some upgrading and the facility needs a good dusting. Acess to the actual observatory is not permitted. There is a very good cafe/restaurant on the grounds of the castle. This is run as a separate enterprise to the observatory.
Visit can last up to one hour.
(9) Prince August Toy Soldier Factory. http://www.toysoldierfactory.ie
Toy Soldier Factory, Kilnamartyra, Macroom, Cork. Tel: 026 40222
45 minute drive from Cork City. 12 minute drive from Macroom.
Transport: Best to drive. Take the N22 through Macroom town towards Killarney, turn left after 8 Kilometers at The Mons and follow the signs for about 4 KM. Extremely well signposted.
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Open: All week. Mon-Fri 9 to 17:00, Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 10 - 17.00.
Parking: Free parking at factory and in the village.
Entry: Free admission include a free casting demonstration. Workshops are available and start from €9 per person.
Worth Visiting: Yes, it is the only toy soldier factory in Ireland, and has a visitor center filled with hand made and painted miniatures unique to Prince August. Suitable for ages 7+. Adults enjoy it too. There is tea and coffee available as well as other refreshments. No time limit on visits. Workshops can take 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on choice.
Cork City Tour – Open Topped bus