- Plan­ning a break for the fam­ily

There is plenty in Cork to en­tice you

Irish Examiner - Supplement - - CONTENTS -

With its new African sec­tion boast­ing lions and tigers, many chil­dren will want to start their ad­ven­ture in the Rebel County at Fota Wildlife Park.

The park near Cobh has ex­panded hugely in re­cent years and has a whole host of an­i­mals on show, from screech­ing gib­bons to love­able pen­guins - and don’t for­get a trip to the hot­house to see but­ter­flies and other trop­i­cal guests.

While you’re in the area, drop into Fota House and Gar­dens next door - an ideal place to take a pic­nic.

Kids may also en­joy trip on the train up to Cobh, which has a large play­ground and a mu­seum mark­ing the fi­nal Ti­tanic jour­ney from the port more than a cen­tury ago.

Other fam­ily at­trac­tions in Cork in­clude Leahy’s Open Farm in Dun­gour­ney, East Cork, which boasts lots of an­i­mals and other at­trac­tions.

There’s a bar­rel train ride, an in­door play barn, crazy golf, an ad­ven­ture trail and go-karts. It is open ev­ery day from 11am to 6pm from April to Septem­ber.

Rum­ley’s Open Farm in Wa­ter­fall, just a few min­utes from the city, will also suit chil­dren who adore get­ting up close and per­sonal to an­i­mals.

Ac­tiv­i­ties there in­clude zip wire, mini-golf, go- karts, and a soccer area with goal posts.

Fam­i­lies can take day trips to Trabol­gan Hol­i­day Vil­lage, lo­cated on 140 acres be­side the sea near Mi­dle­ton.

It has a host of in­door and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties for en­er­getic kids and teens, in­clud­ing com­bat laser, ab­seil­ing, go kart­ing and zip-wiring. There’s also an in­door sub-Trop­i­cal swim­ming pool com­plex with panoramic views of the At­lantic and a wave ma­chine.

Head to Clon­akilty to marvel at the fa­mous West Cork Model Railway Vil­lage, where the mod­els and fig­urines are hand­made to a scale of 1:24. A great day out for young and old.

Fam­i­lies also flock to the Don­key Sanc­tu­ary in Lis­car­roll, North Cork, which has taken in over 5,200 don­keys res­cued from all parts of the coun­try. Vis­i­tors are wel­come to visit and meet all of the beau­ti­ful don­keys, foals and mules.

Church of St. Anne, Shan­don, Cork City

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