When exploring Cork, why not look for new ways to do so? From RIB harbour boat trips, jogging tours and ghost walks, here’s our top 5 out of the ordinary ways to see the city.
Cork has a number of fascinating attractions, a rich heritage and incredible scenery as it is situated on the southern coast of the Wild Atlantic Way. There is also an abundance of tours on offer, but we have picked out some of the more unusual ones so you can enjoy city break with a difference.
1. Put on your running shoes
Are you keen to get in your daily work out to make up for all the good food you’ll be sampling on holiday? Then choose Cork Jogging Tour. Run your way around the city highlights with like-minded people, past the university buildings, Cork Gaol and St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral (picture below). Tours are catered to each groups running ability so they are kept small. They take around 90 minutes and cover 8km. Conveniently, tours are in the morning and evenings so if you’re in town on business then you won’t miss out.
2. Meet the ghosts of Cork Gaol
The beautiful architecture of Cork Gaol is an impressive sight, yet something that was only kept for inmates as it was hidden behind large walls. Step inside where the walls and cells have many fascinating, tragic and gruesome stories to tell. Join the Evening Tour and meet prisoners and ghosts of the past with this incredible insight into the inner workings of this institution. This tour requires a minimum of eight people so if you are travelling with a large group this will be an evening to remember. If you are fewer, check out the jail during the day, as it is open year round to visitors.
3. Venture further into Cork’s underworld
What better way to learn about a city’s rich heritage than through storytelling? With Cork Ghost Tours some of these stories are rather dark, gruesome and downright scary, yet fun and entertaining. Delve into the city’s dark side with your enchanting guide but beware, as you never know who might be lurking around the next corner. Tours are available from June to August and last one hour.
4. Take to the harbor at high speed
With Cork Sea Safari you can explore Cork Harbour and the southern section of the Wild Atlantic Way, and what better way to do that than with a thrilling tour on a high speed RIB boat? They offer several tours from a one hour adventure, wildlife tours, Kinsale Sea Safari and a BBQ tour. Discover one of the world’s largest harbours and its estuaries, islands, cliffs, beaches and bays. If you are lucky, you’ll find yourself close to native marine and bird species, including playful dolphins. Tours are available between March to November.
5. Venture a little further
Venture out of the city and discover County Cork and beyond with Paddywagon Tours. Visit some of Ireland’s most stunning natural attractions, many of which are along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. These include the majestic Cliffs of Moher, mystical Ring of Kerry peninsula and the beautiful village of Kinsale. If it’s castles you are after, choose the Blarney and Cobh, or Kilkenny and Cashel tours and step into Medieval Irish history.
From the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork, you can indulge in a country retreat and enjoy the beautiful Irish countryside, with the convenience of being just 15 minutes from the heart of the city and its tours. So, with these great suggestions, which unusual way will you choose to learn more about the enchanting city of Cork?