Things To Do

at Midleton Park

Things To Do

There are so many things to see and do, here are a few and make sure to contact our reception staff that will help plan your perfect trip. Contact us on 021 4635100 or email us.

Midleton Farmers Market (5 mins):

This bustling market town has its own Farmers Market every Saturday from 10am to 1.30pm and is one of the best in the country. Fresh fish, home baked breads, wonderful vegetables, and even a Jazz Duo on certain dates make this a must see attraction when visiting Midleton.

The Jameson Experience (5 mins):

Built in 1825, a 1 hour tour takes you through the buildings, the large water wheel and the largest pot still in the world. Gift shop and restaurant on site. Discount available from Midleton Park Reception for residents of the hotel.

Barryscourt Castle (10 mins):

OPW run the Castle over 3 levels incorporating a ground floor exhibition on the Arts in Ireland with the upper levels containing reproduction furniture and utensils in both the Main Hall and the Great Hall. The grounds feature a replica of a medieval garden, an orchard stocked with mature fruit trees and a 16th century herb garden surrounded by a wall with corner towers.

Fota House & Gardens (10 mins):

One of the finest examples of regency architecture in Ireland, set in superb gardens and with a world renowned arboretum. Exciting discovery and educational activities for children on site.

Ballymaloe House & Cookery School (15 mins):

Located in nearby Shanagarry, visit the restaurant, food shop or take a weekday cookery course at the world famous Ballymaloe Cookery School - afternoon cookery demonstrations weekdays 2pm-5pm. The Cookery School Gardens include an ornamental fruit garden, a vegetable garden, a shell house, a maze, an herb garden and an herbaceous border.

Queenstown Heritage Centre (20 mins):

This award winning Heritage Centre tells the story of millions of Irish people who emigrated to the USA from Cobh. Exhibition on the building of The Titanic as Cobh was her last port of call.

Cobh (20 Mins):

This is one of the largest natural harbours in the world and some of the biggest cruise liners in the world dock here and are a sight to behold. On certain dates family events are held to welcome the arrival of the cruise liners. The annual Cobh Regatta in August is also a great event. Visit the Annie Moore statue - the first immigrant to disembark at Ellis Island. A visit to the amazing Cobh Cathedral is a must.

The Titanic Trail (20 Mins):

A fascinating guided heritage tour which explores the town of Cobh including St. Colmans Cathedral, the Lusitania Peace Memorial, Spike Island & The Famine, Convict Transport and of course the Titanic Monument. Operating since 1998 the tour has featured on National Geographic, the BBC and Australian TV. In April 1912 the Titanic sank with a loss of more than 1,500 lives and in 2012 it will be the 100th anniversary with a number of events being held to mark the occasion. The tour takes place year round at 11am and in June/July/August at 2pm also. Pre-booking is recommended. Cultural afternoons, group tours, mini-van guided tours and ghost walks also available email

Titanic100 - Cork, formally Queenstown in Cork Harbour, was the last port of call for the magnificent cruise liner Titanic. To mark the centenary of the Titanic voyage, Cobh Town Council has initiated a programme of inspiring events running throughout the centenary year of 2012 to pay tribute to the Titanic and the people associated with her.

Spike Island Tours (20 mins):

In the last 1300 years Spike Island has been host to a 6th century Monastery, a 24 acre Fortress, the largest convict depot in the world in Victorian times and centuries of island homes.  The island's rich history has included monks and monasteries, rioters and redcoats, captains and convicts and sinners and saints. 

Today the island is dominated by the 200 year old Fort Mitchel, the star shaped Fortress which became a prison holding over 2300 prisoners.  Take the scenic ferry ride from Kennedy Pier, Cobh, and enjoy a fully guided tour of our island and fortress, and relax in our cafe and picnic areas.  Get captured in the history and mystery of this magical heritage island.  WINNER of EUROPE'S LEADING TOURIST ATTRACTION 2017 at the WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS!  

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Old Midleton Distillery: (5 minutes)

A tour of the Old Midleton Distillery is a journey through the story of Irish whiskey by means of an audio-visual presentation (available in 8 languages). Follow the old distillery trail through mills, maltings, stillhouse, warehouses and kilns - some of these buildings date back to 1795.

View the largest pot still in the world prior to sampling the internationally renowned Jameson Whiskey in the bar (minerals for children). Perhaps you'll have the opportunity of becoming a qualified Irish whiskey taster in the Jameson Bar? The Malt House Restaurant has gained a reputation for serving excellent homeamde food. All the main courses are entirely prepared and cooked on site using the local fresh ingredients.
The Malt House is open Nov - March: Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00-16.00, and April - Oct: Daily, 10.00-16.00.


Eire Bass (20 minutes):

First ever licensed saltwater fly fishing boat for bass, sea trout, pollack, mullet, mackerel, bream fishing. Fishing from the shore also available with equipment supplied

Cork Vision Centre @ St. Peters (20 minutes):

One of Corks foremost cultural visitor attractions and has won several national and international awards. It embraces a diverse range of subject material and styles and presents an innovative perspective on Cork and the wider world. the centres focal point is a 1:500 scale model of Cork City.

Blackrock Castle Observatory (20 mins):

A 16th century castle with space age technology located 4km from the heart of Cork City on the River Lee. Home to Cosmos at the Castle, an international award winning interactive science exhibition, a fun and exciting location to learn about the Universe and BCO Labs which is a working observatory. Guided tours of the castle and dungeons also available along with a courtyard restaurant. Theatre in the Castle also available on certain dates.

Theatre (25 minutes):

When in the area why not catch a show at the Cork Opera House or the Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork City?

Shanagarry Design Centre (15 mins): Kilkenny shop, artisan cafe and arts and crafts studios open 7 days.

Cork City Gaol (25 mins): A step back in time to see what 19th/early 20th Century life was like in Cork both inside and outside prison walls. Lifelike figures, furnished cells, sound effects and fascinating images. Also incorporates the "Radion Museum Experience" dealing with the eraly days of Irish and International radio broadcasting.

Cork City Tour (25 mins): Offering an Outer Limits Tour and the Cork City Tour, you can hop on and off as you please and experience the sights and sounds of Cork. Tours operate daily from March. Start the tours opposite the Tourist Office on Grand Parade.

Blarney Castle (45 minutes):

Open year round, it is most famous for its stone which has the traditional power of conferring elequence on all who kiss it! Other attractions include wishing steps, a witch's kitchen and a Druids cave.