Top family friendly things to do in Cork this Summer

Cork’s Vienna Woods is offering a free bucket and spade for children under 12 with any of their family breaks this summer.

The country house hotel, which is located on 22 acres, enjoys a great location on the outskirts of Cork City and is ideally positioned for those who want to enjoy proximity to the city or easy access to the many family friendly attractions and destinations in the area, including Fota Wildlife Park, Trabolgan, Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cobh town, Kinsale and the beaches of East Cork!

We’ve put together the top 8 things to do during your stay…

  • Hit the beach in Cork!

Grab your bucket and spade and head off to one of the many wonderful Cork beaches, within an easy 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel. For sandcastles and swimming head to Fountainstown, Kinsale or Garretstown beach.  For a scenic walk make your way to the pebble stone beach at Garryvoe just past Castlemartyr, which has picturesque views and fantastic wildlife.  On clear summer days it’s even possible to see Ballycotton Island with its lighthouse from the beach!  Make sure you also make a visit to Shanagarry Design Centre while you are there for some tasty treats and artist displays.

  • Pack some adventure into your holiday at Trabolgan.

Trabolgan Holiday Village is the ultimate family fun destination and offers great value day-visitor admission.  Located in East Cork, the holiday village offers lots of amenities and attractions including an indoor pool paradise complete with wavemaker, a super waterslide and toddler pool, adventure sports centre with zorbing, a climbing tower, go karts, a bounce zone, a 9 hole Crazy Golf Course, a Bird of Prey Adventure Centre and live entertainment with character meet and greets!

  • Go Wild at Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park is one of the top attractions for families in Ireland so you won’t want to miss this experience, especially as it’s only 10 minutes from Vienna Woods. Whether you’re searching for your child’s favourite animal, an outdoor activity, children’s holiday camps, or just a great place to spend a day, you’ll love the activities and the atmosphere at Fota

  • Blackrock Castle Observatory

Blackrock Castle Observatory on the outskirts of Cork City is a wonder for kids of all ages.  They can interact with exciting exhibits from exploring space and alien lifeforms, to  castle battlements, gunnery and the castle’s rich maritime history.  There are also plenty of events on.  See for updates.

  • Monkey Maze

Monkey Maze, 5 minutes from the hote, is the largest indoor activity centre and party venue for kids in Cork. The giant 4 level adventure play maze complete with football, basketball, rope bridges, slides, ball pools, shooting cannons and more. This provides some fun indoor entertainment for children up to 11 years old. A soft play area for younger kids and toddlers caters for mini monkeys suitable for 1 years to 4 years of age. While the children have fun parents can relax at their coffee dock enjoying a cup of coffee or scone.

  • Leahy’s Open Farm

Leahys Open farm is perfect for a family day out regardless of the weather as there are both indoor and outdoor facilities. They have fun attractions like the Ice cream & chocolate factory, farmers fun house, Indoor play barn, Farmer cottage indoors. Outdoors there are activities and attractions everywhere from climbing towers, Adventure trails, a go kart track, crazy golf, a digger park with real JCB mini diggers and more.

  • Keep it simple with a Woodland Walk! 

You don’t have to go far for family fun when staying at Vienna Woods – this hotel is an authentic Irish Country House dating back to the 18th century. The grounds are nestled in the romantic setting of Glanmire with beautiful views overlooking the Glashaboy River. Simply step outside to discover magical woodlands, rivers and mystical walks. Follow the trail through the woods and bring your imagination, you might just discover it is filled with enchanting creatures and maybe even fairies!

  • Discover the charming port town of Cobh

The scenic and historic coastal town of Cobh in East Cork is an ideal location for a family day out.  It has a unique appeal for families because it has a myriad of fun and educational attractions within easy walking distance - perfect for little legs!  Watch cruise ships dock in the port, hear the bells ring at St Coleman’s Cathedral, take a boat trip on the harbour, dress up in Vintage clothes and get a family photo at Cobh Past-times, explore Spike Island fortress or visit one of the many museums including Cobh Heritage Centre and the Titanic Experience.  For more see 

  • Explore the famous harbour town of Kinsale

The famous colourful town of Kinsale, at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way route, is also just a 30minute drive from the hotel.  Here you can visit a picturesque beach, have fun in the playground, walk around the quirky streets, and enjoy fresh markets.  Make sure you also visit the historic Charles Forte – your kids will love climbing all over the fort walls, running up and down the grassy hills and jumping off of stone ruins, while you enjoy stunning views.

  • Visit vibrant Cork City!

Vibrant Cork City is in Lonely Planet’s Guide top 10 recommended cities to visit. It is only a ten-minute drive from Vienna Woods Cork and boasts the world’s largest natural port, allowing visiting ships to moor in the city centre city, a fantastic sight for all the family. Enjoy amazing shopping, parks, gallery’s, Irish music sessions and many tourist attractions such as The Old Gaol, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, The English Market, Cork Opera House, St Peters Cork, and the Shandon Bells.  You’ll also find Cork’s oldest sweet shop, Shandon Sweets, where all the sweets are made on the premises using the same pure ingredients since 1928.  And of course, we can’t forget the shopping!


Cork’s Vienna Woods Hotel is a family run hotel so benefits from a unique understanding of family holiday needs. All guest rooms affordable luxury accommodation with a super king-sized bed for parents and up to three additional single beds and/or a travel cot will ensure the stay is restful for everyone! The Family Guestrooms are spacious, bright and airy and well suited for younger guests who may like to sprawl on the floor, colour, read or play. Cuddle up and watch something from your own Netflix account which can be accessed from the room’s flat screen TV or have a movie marathon by picking something from the extensive DVD collection in the hotel. As an extra treat, milk and cookies can be delivered straight to your door by the friendly staff! Alternatively, why not book one of their self-catering villas which can sleep up to 8 people, their amazing value 3-night package also includes complimentary access to leading local attractions!


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