Find the nearest History & Heritage in Cork
Our History and Heritage category brings all Coast Radar’s Cork listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of historic or heritage based activity.
Finding the best things to see and do on a Cork day out with your family or friends is easy – simply explore the historic and heritage links below, hit the jump to my location button or use the search bar to plan your next Cork activity.
- Sherkin Island is 3 miles (4.8 kilometres) long by 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) wide. The island includes 3 beaches, Silver Strand (Green Coast Award), Cow Strand and Trabawn. You also have a Franciscan friary and Sherkin also has camp facilities. Please be aware that it is expected you take away everything you came with as there is no rubbish collection points.
- The Queenstown Story is a self-guided tour relaying the tales of Emigration to North America, transportation of Convicts to Australia, the story of the Irish slaves in the West Indies and, of course, the Titanic and the Lusitania disasters. The exhibition is full of stories and history and gives visitors the opportunity to explore the rich historic past and engage with the stories told.
- Blarney Castle is now a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and battlements. At the top of the castle lies the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone, visitors can be seen hanging upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquence. Surrounding the castle are extensive gardens.
- Ballincollig Royal Gunpowder Mills were originally opened in 1794 as a private enterprise, before being taken over by the British Government during the Napoleonic Wars as one of three Royal gunpowder mills that manufactured gunpowder for the British Government.
- St. Anne’s Church is one of the oldest churches in the city built in 1722. Enjoy the experience of ringing the world famous Shandon Bells from the first floor. View the internal workings of the clocks, the ‘Four Faced Liar’ and see the 18th Century bells in the Belfry. Climb 132 steps and see spectacular 360 degree views of the city at 36.65m/120ft.
- The Glucksman Gallery is an art gallery in University College Cork (UCC) and was named ‘Best Public Building in Ireland’ by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland in June 2005. The gallery has three floors of display spaces and the temporary exhibitions programme focuses on thematic shows.
- Desmond Castle is actually a tower house located in the town of Kinsale, Cork. The castle was originally built as a Customs House in the early 1500s. In 1641 it was no longer a customs house and got converted into a naval prison, in the mid-1700’s after a big fire killing many prisoners it was turned into a gaol, then during the Irish Famine, it was re-purposed as a workhouse. Since 1997, Desmond Castle has housed the International Museum of Wine, this exhibition tells the fascinating story of Ireland’s wine links with Europe and the wider world. The castle is open end of <March to mid-September.
- The Youghal Heritage Centre is in the old Market House, overlooking Youghal quay and jetty. The centre exhibits artefacts, images and models, illustrating the history of Youghal, the historic figures that formed this history, and the way of life. The centre is open all year round.