13 fantastic places to eat during your Ring of Cork 2020 staycation

In our previous staycation blog posts, we looked at where to stay and activities to do while you’re there, but now more importantly it’s time to look at where to eat!

The Ring of Cork has many fabulous restaurants and eateries that just can’t wait to welcome guests from June 29th onward.
1. The Castle Glanmire 

We are very excited to announce The Castle Glanmire will REOPEN on Monday June 29th at 4pm. They will be serving pizza and drinks Monday to Sunday.

They are really looking forward to welcoming you all back safely. Its important to book ahead, as space can be limited.

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2. La Trattoria Family Restaurant

La Trattoria Family Restaurant are delighted to let everyone know they are re opening the restaurant on Monday, June 29th from 7.45 a.m. They will be open 7 days until 9pm every night. Booking now is advisable and can be done by phoning restaurant 021 463 1341 message them via their Facebook page.
3 & 4. BiteSize – Ballincollig | BiteSize – Midleton

The staff at BiteSize in Ballincollig and Midleton are still getting up at 4am to ensure the most tantalising cakes and treats you’ve ever had are ready from Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am to 5pm in Ballincollig and Wednesdays to Saturdays, 9am to 5pm; Sundays, 10am to 6pm in Midleton. They have been open since June 25th, and they’ve also added seating outside the cafes for all of their guests.

You can also order online if you choose to grab and go.

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5. Ballymaloe House

Ballymaloe House is a must dine in experience within the Ring of Cork, and are reopening for guests for dinner from July 2nd and will continue to add more services as the summer goes by. Join them on the following dates:

Thursdays from 2nd July – Dinner only
Fridays from 3rd July – Dinner only
Saturdays from 4th July – Lunch & Dinner
Sundays from 5th July – Traditional Sunday Lunch only

Overnight guests will be welcome from Wednesday 22nd July, and from this date the restaurant will also be taking bookings as follows:

Lunch: Thursday to Sunday

Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday

Their 7 private dining rooms allow you to meet as a family, enjoying the Ballymaloe experience whilst complying with social distancing guidelines.

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6. Cush

Overlooking beautiful Ballycotton Lighthouse and a stones throwaway from the Ballycotton Cliff Walk, Cush is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy the views of beautiful Ballycotton harbour.

They are only taking bookings for the moment through email which you can book a table.

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7. Aherne’s Townhouse & Restaurant 

Ahernes Townhouse & Seafood Bar are reopening for guests to join them on July 1st in addition to their drive through takeaway service (the only drive through in Youghal).

They will continue to use the freshest local produce, especially seafood from that day’s catch in Youghal harbour or off the South Coast of Ireland, locally reared beef & lamb, seasonal vegetables and a delicious array of homemade desserts and breads.

Table reservations will be essential.

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8. Ferrit & Lee

Ferrit & Lee, Midleton is located just off the main street, within 50 yards of the Midleton Heritage Centre and will re-open on Tuesday 30th June. Any booking enquiries can be made through email: info@ferritandlee.ie.

When they re-open, they plan on providing takeaways alongside regular service for those of you that may not yet feel comfortable eating out!

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9. The Granary Foodstore, Midleton

The Granary have been open since April 30th for takeaway only, however there is plenty of outdoor space where you can sit and enjoy a coffee, a lovely granary sandwich, salad or slice of quiche . They won’t be able to provide table service so just pop up to the counter order and takeaway your food . They will also continue with their very popular click and collect and with their current opening hours of Tuesday – Saturday 9.30 – 4.30.

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10. Tradehouse Central

Tradehouse Central are delighted to announce that they are re-opening on Thursday, July 2nd and customers can look forward to enjoying the Tradehouse experience that they know and love. Booking is essential!

They will reopen initially from Thursday to Sunday at the following times:

Thursday: 12pm – 11:30pm
Friday: 9am – 00:30am
Saturday: 9am – 00.30am
Sunday: 12pm – 3:00pm

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11. The Old Thatch in Killeagh

The Old Thatch in Killeagh is reopening from June 29th. They have used the recent forced closure to make some renovations without losing the unique charm and appeal of the pub.

They are taking bookings now all you have to do is phone us (024) 21859 or email us at theoldthatchbarandrestaurant@gmail.com. They will also be taking walk ins but to avoid disappointment, bookings for large numbers would be advised.
12. The Elm Tree, Glounthaune

The Elm Tree, Glounthaune have been operating their Elm Tree at home service for a few weeks now. The Elm Tree’s success is very much based upon their team, who enjoy providing quality and service in all areas of the business, and this is something they can not wait for you to join them again

The Elm Tree Glounthaune will reopen from Monday, June 29th. And of course will still offer their Elm Tree at home service every day from 4pm.

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13. Colins Bar at the Carrigaline Court Hotel

If you are looking for a first class Cork restaurant & bar, look no further than Collins Bar!

In line with current Government restrictions, the bar will only be able to host guests that wish to avail of food offerings on a table service basis.

Visitors to the hotel will also need to follow a one-way walking system to manage the flow of customers when visiting the bar and restaurant; please arrive at Collins Bar by entering only through the main Hotel entrance.

The hotel will also be implementing a ‘Meet, Greet & Seat’ dining approach where guests will be greeted on arrival to the Bar and Restaurant, and then will be shown to their seats.

There will be a capacity restriction due to social distancing measures, and Customers are encouraged to make reservations in advance due to limited table availability. A reasonable timeframe will also be allocated for each sitting to ensure everyone enjoys their visit.

For table reservations, please dial 021 4852100.

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Tourism accounts for one in every ten jobs in Ireland, so now is the best time to enjoy what’s on offer locally and enjoy your perfect staycation staying local during the COVID-19 pandemic. Share your Ring of Cork staycation images with #rocstaycation #ringofcork on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Your Summer guide on where to Staycation 2020 in the breathtaking Ring of Cork

Summer is here and we’re looking to Staycation Summer 2020 within the Ring of Cork within East Cork and Cork Harbour. Obviously 2020 is an exceptional year so far, but there are still plenty of places to relax and enjoy right here at home.

We’ll look at the re-openings as they happen, where to stay, things to do over the next few days, so let’s start with where to stay!
Where to Staycation
There are so many places to Staycation at home and escape from it all. Let’s take a look at a few of our favourites. There are a wide variety of choices for families, romantic getaways, or just escaping the world.
Family Escapes
If you’re looking for the perfect staycation idea for the family, our guide to family escapes will help you decide:
Retreat to the beach Quality Hotel Youghal

Quality Hotel Youghal are opening their Holiday Homes for rental from the 29th June. Guests will have their own front door to the wide-open spaces and fresh sea air of Redbarn’s Blue Flag Beach to enjoy for a great family staycation. Three, five and weekly deals available.

It will be good old-fashioned fun, like building sandcastles, going for walks on the beach, scampering through Glenbower Woods, trekking at Knockadoon Cliff Walk, visiting Fota Wildlife Park  or other attractions, such as Leahy’s Open Farm.

The Hotel and Leisure Centre will not be opening this year for the health and safety of guests.  With just Holiday Homes on offer, footfall will be reduced by 50%, so we feel that parents will have a much more relaxing holiday break and manageable social distancing. There are also a number of take-away options locally and a brilliant new Pop Up, Happy Grillmores, right outside the door to ensure that everyone gets a holiday!

Our Holiday Homes will be deep cleaned and sanitised before arrival and best practice will be observed in relation to all contact with members of the   team. Our primary focus is the health and well-being of your family and our staff and we will take every action possible to ensure your safety.

Call 024 93050 or visit www.qualityhotelyoughal.com
Immerse in relaxation in the Carrigaline Court Hotel & Spa

The Carrigaline Court Hotel has announced that it will reopen its doors to the public on Monday 29th June in line with Government recommendations.

The hotel is already accepting bookings for accommodation stays from June 29th, and are delighted to be opening Collins Bar for food service on the same date, both for residents and non-residents. Locals will be able to visit the hotel for breakfast, morning pastries, lunch and dinner.

In line with current Government restrictions, the bar will only be able to host guests that wish to avail of food offerings on a table service basis. Visitors will be encouraged to book in advance by contacting 021 4852100, and menu’s will be available to view on the hotel website www.carrigalinecourt.com

The hotel’s Bistro restaurant will also be opening for dinner service on Saturday evenings from 6pm.
The Great Family Escape at Radisson Hotel & Spa Cork

Treat the whole family to what will be your greatest escape ever, at the Radisson Blu Cork this summer from €179 per night. Opening July 2nd.

Let the fun begin on arrival with a Global Explorers Gift Pack for each mini guest. With pictures to colour, games and treats included, the kids are guaranteed to be kept entertained for hours.

Enjoy a stay in one of our spacious Family bedrooms which cater for up to 2 adults and 4 children sharing. Choose from either one room with a double and a single bed or two interconnecting rooms, each of which can be kitted out with microwaves and cots upon request.

Whatever the weather, family fun is guaranteed, be it in our spacious gardens or in our indoor Swimming Pool where you can avail of our special children’s swimming hours (8am–7pm daily) so that they have a chance to run, splash and swim to their heart’s content. We also offer a special Kids Turn Down Service of cookies and milk delivered to your room before bedtime!

During your stay make the most of your location, with a visit to our neighbouring Fota Wildlife Park, Blarney Castle, Blackrock Castle or take in the many cultural attractions in Cork city. Knowing holiday time with the kids can be more stressful than it sounds, our team have compiled their favourite Nearby Family Attractions to help you out.

Given the current climate, we would also like to reassure you that our new Caring For You policy here at the Radisson Blu Hotel Cork will ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and safety throughout your stay. These will be regularly updated on the below link, and a member of our team will also be in touch in advance of your visit, to ensure total peace of mind.

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An Stór Townhouse

An Stór Townhouse is offering accommodation in Midleton Town Centre. They offer a range of room types, including a self-catering apartment. Which is an ideal base for exploring the sights of the Ring of Cork.

All their rooms are ensuite and linked to WiFi. They come in a wide range of accommodation. The family rooms can accommodate up to six, using double beds and the ever-popular bunks for the children.

For smaller groupings, many of our rooms have a double bed and two singles, a versatile arrangement which caters for twin, double or triple groupings. Breakfast is served in our dining room, but we also have the bonus of a self-catering dining area where guests are free to make tea, bring in or prepare their own food in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. This is ideal for families.

The large sitting room is comfortably furnished, with TV and piano.

Book direct, on their site www.anstortownhouse.com for best prices.
Something for the whole family in Midleton Park Hotel
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Midleton Park Hotel is located in the town of Midleton. And right now they have discounted rates on family packages throughout July including Kids Stay Free and their Fota Family package from €199 for a family of 4 for one night, which includes breakfast and a 3 course dinner.

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Escape to a Romantic Getaway
Now more than ever escape is extremely important for your perfect staycation. Here are some of our favourite romantic getaways:
Relax in style at Ballymaloe House

Ballymaloe House is situated near Shanagarry and reopens for bookings from July 22nd 2020. Ballymaloe House is a family run country house hotel and restaurant on 300 acres of farmland located in beautiful East Cork countryside. Internationally recognised as the birthplace of Modern Irish Cuisine, Ballymaloe House offers you the very best of Irish hospitality and food and a unique Irish Country House experience.

Voted Ireland’s Favourite Food Experience by Independent readers and World Restaurant Award winners for the world’s best Trolley of the Year for their unique dessert trolley offering and experience. Luckily you don’t have to wait until July 22nd to enjoy Ballymaloe as the restaurant can take limited bookings from July 2nd.

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Staycation in luxury at Castlemartyr Resort & Golf Club

Castlemartyr Resort & Golf Club will be reopening to guests to stay from July 16th and are excited to welcome guests after recently winning overall 5 Star Hotel of the Year, Wedding Hotel of the Year and Luxury Hotel of the Year from the Irish Hotel Awards 2020. The safety of guests and the Castlemartyr Resort team is of paramount importance at Castlemartyr Resort, with this in mind, they will continue to ensure that your stay is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Castlemartyr Links Golf Club is now taking visitor bookings for June 29th and beyond. Click here for more information, or to place your booking, contact 021 421 9001, or email golf@castlemartyrresort.ie.

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Garryvoe Beach Homes

Garryvoe Beach Homes are new contemporary and modern self-catering accommodation in Garryvoe right on the Atlantic Ocean. Its only a two minute walk to the blue flag beach.

Garryvoe is located in picturesque East Cork. It offers an unspoilt sandy 5 km beach, with incomparably beautiful views of Ballycotton Bay and its lighthouse. Just a 10 minute drive to Ballymaloe Cookery School, Castlemartyr Resort and Golf Club, Ballycotton Fishing Village; all of which have an abundance of famous restaurants such as Ballymaloe House

Booked up for summer, but will have places in September.

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Knockeven House

Knockeven House is an 1840 Victorian House which offers luxury accommodation in spacious bedrooms and will be following all HSE recommendations They look forward to welcoming all their guests back. Knockeven House is steeped in history and heritage that you will find it easy to step back in time and savour the experiences of bygone eras.
Tailor made for peace and quiet, this 1840 period house offers respite from the hectic pace of everyday life, in the finest traditions of Country House hospitality.

At Knockeven house Bed & Breakfast, splendid oversized guestrooms are individually decorated with impeccable taste and style. Gracious living is evident throughout with authentic fabrics and exquisitely detailed furniture.


Tourism accounts for one in every ten jobs in Ireland, so now is the best time to enjoy what’s on offer locally and enjoy your perfect staycation staying local during the COVID-19 pandemic. Share your Ring of Cork staycation images with #rocstaycation #ringofcork on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Look out for our next post about What to do while on your staycation, and where to eat on your staycation.

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22 Amazing Activities for your Staycation 2020 in the Ring of Cork

In our last staycation post we looked at where to staycation in the Ring of Cork. There are plenty of activities and things to do along the Ring of Cork that you can still socially distance while enjoying the family.
Outdoor activities are going to be the easiest and safest for your 2020 Ring of Cork staycation. Here are some of the most amazing activities available on your doorstep:
1. Lose yourself in another world with Ballycotton Sea Adventures

Are you ready for an exhilarating, unique and magical experience? Ballycotton Sea Adventures is one of the best things to do in East Cork!

Enjoy the fresh Ballycotton sea air and be mesmerised by the natural beauty and stunning views that Ballycotton Island has to offer. Ballycotton Sea Adventures offers a truly magical memory-making excursion.

The Ballycotton Lighthouse lantern was first lit in 1851 and 141 years later the last lighthouse keeper was taken off the island due to the automation of the light. Now, for the first time ever, you can step foot onto the wild, natural and unspoiled island, climb the original iron staircase and enjoy the same incredible views from the lantern balcony that up until now only resident lighthouse keepers could have enjoyed.
2. Captain a harbour adventure with Cork Harbour Boat Hire

Cork Harbour Boat Hire have been open since June 8th, at a reduced capacity. They are offering 1 hour Self Drive Boat Tours of Cork Harbour and also 1 hour High Speed Rib Tours of the harbour. These staycation tours are ideal Social Distance days out. All their boats and life jackets are cleaned and disinfected between each tour.

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3. Wow your family at Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park is not like an ordinary zoo and is perfect for a staycation visit. Set on 100 acres of land, wherever possible animals are chosen that thrive in a free-range environment, allowing them to roam free, mixing with other species and human visitors! Visit the Asian Sanctuary which houses Sumatran Tigers, Warty Pigs, Visayan Spotted Deer, Lion-Tailed Macaques and Indian Rhino. Don’t forget your camera, you won’t be disappointed.

Fota Wildlife Park is currently operating a pre-booking essential system, visit www.fotawildlife.ie for the most up to date booking information.
4. Experience the Titanic Trail

The Titanic Trail Guided Walking Tour of Cobh is open and operating daily from June 9th.

Only online or phone bookings accepted.  For everybody’s health and safety, participants are expected to bring and wear their own facemasks. Social distancing will be operated during the tour.

The fascinating content of the tour itself is not diminished in any way.

Booking direct on www.titanic.ie
5. Cycle at sunsets with Youghal Bike Hire

Youghal Bike Hire is open now. This allows you to set your own pace and experience the fun & freedom cycling offers to explore Youghal and its surrounding areas. Collect route maps for all abilities and distances for you to explore and discover the historic town, local beaches, villages, cliff walks and woodlands, or take the opportunity to cycle a section of The Ironman bike route. We recommend nearby natural beauty attractions like Redbarn Strand,

With a new fleet of light-framed Ammaco, 21 gear bikes, they will help you pick a bike that suits you and provide the friendly advice you need to plan and enjoy your trip. Helmets, hi vis vests, locks and breakdown service are included in the price of hire. They also offer a drop off / collection service once arranged in advance. We can provide competitive rates for group bookings, team building events or longer duration rentals;

Call us on 087 092 1225 or Book Online.

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6. Fly through the treetops at Zipit Farran

Zipit is a treetop high ropes forest adventure park with a difference. A place for young and old, where children can let their imagination run wild and where adults can embrace their inner child.

You can climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, even ride a BMX across a bridge, before zipping down one of the many ziplines.

Children from age 7 to adults can enjoy up to 3 hours of excitement and adventure.

Zipit is reopening from June 29th.

Book online www.zipit.ie
7. Sail Cork Harbour with SailCork, Cobh

SailCork has been involved in watersports training and holidays for over 50 years in Cobh and on the south coast of Ireland and is run by Eddie English. The English family has been involved in seafaring in Cobh for 4 generations. Eddie has been teaching sailing since 1969 and is one of the most experienced instructors in the sport. He is an ISA/RYA sailing and powerboat trainer/examiner. Eddie is also a yachtmaster instructor/examiner and races dinghies and cruisers.

They will begin with Junior Adventure courses for all ages from June 29th. Junior dinghy courses cannot be run currently. Junior boat owners can book Time on the Water sessions where they will provide safety boat. Adult Dinghy, Powerboating & Yachting + VHF courses run with reduced numbers to allow for social distancing.

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Walk the beaches of East Cork
If you’re looking for something more relaxing activities staycation break, grab a 99 ice-cream and walk some of Ireland’s best blue flag beaches.
1. Claycastle Beach

Claycastle Beach is located near Youghal and is an ideal spot for walking, swimming and relaxing. It is very popular with residents and visitors alike.

It is a great beach for walking, swimming and relaxing and there are lifeguards on duty during the bathing season.
2. Ballycrenane Beach

Ballycrenane Beach is located near Shanagarry. It is located on the long stretch of sandy beach from Garryvoe to Ballywilling. There is a car park with good access.

This is also a good spot for beach fishing.
3. White Bay Beach

This is a secluded little surf strand situated on the east side of Cork Harbour Inlet near Roches Point.

There are rocks either side, but a long cast out at low water puts you close to the main deep shipping channel, which is capable of producing some excellent fishing.
4. Front Strand Beach Youghal

Front Strand Beach is a sandy beach beside Youghal town.

It is most suitable for families, picnics and walking as there are plenty of amenities close by. There is also a public car park and toilet facilities are provided.
Relax in the Woods
Studies have shown time and time again that surrounding yourself in trees and nature is good for your health. And the Ring of Cork has plenty of nature and natural beauty around. Here are some of our favourites for your perfect staycation:
1. Ballyannan Woods

Ballyannan Wood is a beautiful mature mixed woodland of close to 25 hectares. There are a number of bygone features such as old stone walls and banks, stone gate pillars, ruined cottages and boathouses that are visible as you explore the wood.
2. Castlemartyr Woods

Castlemartyr Woods is a stones throw away from Castlemartyr Resort. This woodland was once part of a larger demesne that originated around the latter end of the 17th century. If you consider the wood along with the wider grounds of the Hotel you can imagine times past when landscape architects such as Lancelot ‘Capability‘ Brown were engaged to style the countryside. The old names of Mitchells’ Wood, Barn Wood and Pigeon Wood refer back to this era.
3. Explore Ballincollig Regional Park

Ballincollig Regional Park is Cork’s largest park. With walks and trails around the historic grounds of the old gunpowder mills, Ballincollig Regional Park has something for the whole family, history, playing pitches, a real life Fairy Trail, a skate park, canals, bird spotting all enclosed within 140 acres of parkland. Easily accessible with lots of wide open spaces and enough to explore for hours and still not see it all. Perfect for young families.

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Walk the Ring of Cork Cliffs
There are many cliff walks around the Ring of Cork for your perfect staycation, the most famous of which is Ballycotton Cliff Walk steeped in history such as the Mary Stanford Daunt Rock rescue and one of the best known cliff walks in Ireland.
1. Ballycotton Cliff Walk

Ballycotton Cliff Walk is the hidden gem of East Cork. It is located near a small picturesque fishing village which sits on a rocky-ledge overlooking Ballycotton Bay and is surrounded by sandy beaches. You can gain stunning views of Ballycotton Lighthouse (one of only two black lighthouses in Ireland) which was painted black in 1902 to distinguish it from the beacon at Capel. There are plenty of activities around Ballycotton to enjoy as well.

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2. Knockadoon Cliff Walk

Knockadoon Head Looped Walk is a mixture of cliff, track and road walks.

Knockadoon Pier is a favourite with locals especially during the summer time when people want to cool down with a dip in the ocean!

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The weather may not always be the best, but that’s okay as there are many indoor activities that you can enjoy while on your staycation and which comply with social distancing rules. Here are six of our favourites:
1. Explore the island fortress built to defend an empire that became the largest prison in the world

In the last 1300 years Spike Island has been an Island Monastery, Fortress, Prison and Home. Today the island can be visited by a short and scenic ferry journey from heritage town Cobh. Discover 200 year old Fort Mitchel, the 24 acre star shaped Fortress built to defend an empire. This same Fortress became the largest prison in the world in the 1850’s, and there has never been a larger prison in Ireland or Britain before or since. For tens of thousands of Irish men and women Spike Island was the last Irish soil they set foot on, as prison ships transported them to America, Australia and the Caribbean.

Join Ireland’s best storytellers for a mesmerising insight into the personal stories of this unique corner of the Ancient East, winner of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2017. Entry includes return ferry, guided tour, free map and app and  access to the island activities such as the children’s fairy trail, access to all exhibitions and scenic island walks, cafe and gift shop on site.

Daily sailings to the island from June 29th and pre-booking is required. Boats will depart at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm to Corks international award winning island attraction.

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2. Something for grown ups at Jameson Distillery Midleton

Today, every drop of Jameson is produced here in Midleton, amid the lush fields of southern Ireland. Life is full of simple pleasures, and there’s not much more simple or more pleasurable than enjoying the world’s best Irish whiskey at source. Take a tour of the Jameson distillery and enjoy a host of unique experiences, from a Jameson Experience Tour or a Behind the Scenes Tour to develop a new appreciation of Irish whiskey, from grain to glass.

In line with the Irish Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, we are happy to confirm that Jameson Distillery Midleton, Co. Cork will re-open on July 13th 2020. The team are currently putting thorough measures in place to ensure all guests and staff will have a safe, comfortable & enjoyable experience for your indoor activities.

Online booking is now re-open here for experiences dated July 13th onwards, with pre-booking is strongly advised. Sláinte!
3. Step into the past in the Titanic Experience Cobh

Titanic Experience Cobh is re-opening on June 29th 2020. They will now offer our fully guided tours in smaller group numbers. All staff will wear appropriate PPE and new sanitation procedures will be implemented in line with government guidelines. PRE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Experience what it was like to board the ill fated Titanic by stepping back into time to 1912 in one of the must do activities in your lifetime.

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4. Indulge in 800 years of history at Saint Mary’s Collegiate Church Youghal

When you enter the church keep in mind that you are walking in the footsteps of some of the most prominent people of Youghal, such as Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Richard Boyle, world renowned poet Edmund Spencer and hundreds of years of Mayors, Alderman, Merchants and assorted influential figures. St. Mary’s Collegiate Church has been in use for nearly 800 years.

The beautiful St. Mary’s is the medieval parish church of the historic walled town of Youghal, and the second largest of its type on the island of Ireland. It sits imposingly at the top of Church Street, just west of the town’s medieval marketplace. From its thirteenth century foundation, Youghal became one of the most prosperous towns in Medieval Ireland, and the building of Saint Mary’s in the fashionable Gothic style, through the support of its citizens, reflected the status of this new Anglo-Norman seaport town that had wide-ranging trade contacts across Europe.

The church is built to a mid-thirteenth century cruciform plan, meaning the church is built in the shape of a crucifix. It has a detached bell tower and is surrounded by a hillside graveyard. Walking around it, the Gothic church layout of a nave, chancel and transepts to the north and south can easily be seen.  The nave is aisled and divided into five bays by the pillars of the nave arcade, maximising the space available for worship by the townspeople. The exposed oak timbers of the roof are constructed in an original scissors braced design and one of the oldest church roof structures in Ireland.

Join St Mary’s which is opening from June 29th at 9:30am in what we can only describe as the Ring of Cork’s unmissable historical activities.
5. Drop the little ones off at the Monkey Maze

Monkey Maze is the Ring of Cork’s largest indoor adventure play area which includes five amazing slides, two indoor ball courts, and a dedicated area for toddlers under 5 years. This is perfect for you to relax while the kids enjoy their monkey activities.
They have a café serving teas, freshly ground coffee, scones, muffins, sandwiches and hot food all freshly prepared each day.
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6. Enjoy the arcades at Perks Entertainment Centre

Perks Entertainment Centre are hoping to open in early July 2020 for a return to indoor activities. While they may not be open just yet they have introduced new interactive prize redemption machines into the arcade…. play the games… win your tickets. (Up to 500 to be won on some machines)… Collect a prize from their new PRIZE SHOP or save your tickets for even more fantastic prizes….. test your skills and luck.

If you are missing Perks, check out their Facebook page for a trip down memory lane with some of their old photos.

Tourism accounts for one in every ten jobs in Ireland, so now is the best time to enjoy what’s on offer locally and enjoying the activities for your perfect staycation staying local during the COVID-19 pandemic. Share your Ring of Cork staycation images with #rocstaycation #ringofcork on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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