Below, in list view, are some great visitor experiences in the South West. Click on 'Map View' to see their proximity to each other. If using a a mobile device in Ireland, you can use the 'nearby' function in search to see what's close to your location.
Travel back in time
Elizabeth Fort Barrack Street, Cork City
Elizabeth Fort is one of the oldest upstanding structures in Cork City which has been in use for over 400 years. This 17th century fort was built in the aftermath of the Battle of Kinsale.
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Take the Whiskey Tour!
Jameson Distillery Midleton Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland
The Jameson Distillery is home to the award winning Midleton Distillery where whiskey was first distilled in 1825 and continues to this day, located on the 15 acre distillery.
Open Daily Year Round
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The picturesque town of Kenmare
Kenmare The Square, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The picturesque town of Kenmare is the perfect location from which to discover the South West of Ireland, linking the internationally famous Ring of Kerry with the rugged Ring of Beara.
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An engaging experience
Paddle and Sea Cahersiveen Marina, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Try sea kayaking or canoeing to bring you around the scenic Fertha estuary or even out to the mouth of the Valentia harbour.
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Europe's only Toy Soldier Factory
Toy Soldier Factory Kilnamartyra Village, Macroom, Co. Cork, Ireland
The Toy Soldier Factory offers groups a combination of fun and hands on experience with a difference all in one location! Where fantasy becomes reality. One of Ireland’s best-hidden secrets
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Paradise Island of Ireland
Valentia Car Ferry runs continuously to and from the mainland during the summer months. The top tourist attraction is Geokaun Mountain & Cliffs.
Operates Apr to Sep
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Youghal’s medieval treasures
Youghal Heritage Tours Youghal, Co. Cork
Visit Youghal Clock Gate Tower to learn about its diverse past as a local time-keeper, gaol and centre of trade, and explore St. Mary’s Collegiate Church.
Open Year-Round
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Where the land meets the sea
Great Lighthouses of Ireland Various locations throughout the Island of Ireland
Great Lighthouses of Ireland offer a truly unique experience around Ireland’s stunning coastline in 14 breath-taking locations.
Open dates vary
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fun for everyone
Airtastic Entertainment Centres Little Island, Co. Cork
Airtastic Cork offers Inflata bounce, ninja, bowling, golf, amusements, and American Style dining. All your favourite activities are joined together in an Inflata and Ninja Park.
Open Daily Year Round
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steep yourself in history
Ardfert Cathedral Ardfert, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
A monastery was founded in Ardfert by St. Brendan 'The Navigator' in the 6th century. There are three medieval churches, two ogham stones and a number of early Christian.
Closed for 2020 season
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Where the blarney began
Blarney Castle and Gardens Blarney, Co. Cork, Ireland
Nestled in the charming village of Blarney is one of Cork’s greatest treasures. Built nearly 600 years ago, Blarney Castle is known the world over for the famous Blarney Stone.
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Enjoy a day at the beach
Blue Flag Beaches in Kerry and Cork Co. Kerry and Co. Cork, Ireland
With such an extensive coastline along the two counties of Kerry & Cork you would expect to find quality beaches.. and you won’t be disappointed.
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On the edge of Europe
Caherdaniel Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland
If you are looking for a holiday that combines the great outdoors with heritage and history then Caherdaniel is the perfect choice for you.
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A Unique Friendly Cruise
Cape Clear Island Ferry Service (Farantóireacht go Cléire) Cape Clear Island, Skibbereen, Co Cork, Ireland
Cape Clear is rich in archaeology history with ancient standing stone, Bronze Age monuments and amazing stone walls.
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Great tourist destination
Castlegregory Castlegregory Visitor Information Centre, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The village of Castlegregory is located at the foot of a sandy peninsula called the Maharees separating Brandon Bay to the west from Tralee Bay to the east.
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History, emigration, convict ships!
Cobh Heritage Centre – The Queenstown Story Deepwater Quay, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland
Cobh Heritage Centre features a dramatic exhibition of the origins, history & legacy of Cobh, a unique Irish port town.
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National Cultural Institution
Crawford Art Gallery Emmet Place, Cork City, Ireland
Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary.
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Memorial Church
Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church O’Connell Street, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The church bears the name of Daniel O’Connell, “The Liberator”, who was born in Cahersiveen and who worked in his political career in the 19th century to bring about Catholic Emancipation.
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the home of the great liberator
Derrynane House Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Derrynane, the Oakwood of St Fionán, stands at the very tip of the Iveragh Peninsula in Co Kerry. Sheltered within the woodland stands Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell
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Experience the magic
Dingle Peninsula Dingle Tourist Office, The Quay, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Famed for its rugged beauty and indigenous cultural heritage, Dingle Peninsula has something to offer every visitor.
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West Cork Adventure
Fastnet Rock Tour Ionad Fiontair, Cape Clear Island Baltimore or Schull, Co. Cork, Ireland
For many generations the majestic and isolated Fastnet Rock has fired the imaginations of onlookers, both locals and visitors alike.
Operates Apr to Sept
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Irelands Wildest Attraction
Fota Wildlife Park Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, Ireland
If you’re wondering what to do for the weekend in Cork, then why not make your way to Fota Wildlife Park and enjoy a day outside amongst some of the world’s most amazing animals and plants?
Open Daily Year Round
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a haven of history
Listowel Castle The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland
A 15th century castle standing on an elevated steep bank, overlooking the river Feale, above the location of a strategic ford.
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Delve into history
Michael Collins House 7 Emmet Square, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Visit Michael Collins House in Clonakilty, a museum dedicated to revolutionary hero, Michael Collins. It brings history to life through interactive displays, artefacts and more.
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irelands most south westerly point
Mizen Head Signal Station Mizen Head Signal Station, Goleen, Co. Cork
The cliffs of Mizen Head rise high above the Atlantic Ocean, where the currents meet from the west and south coasts and waves from the mid-Atlantic crash into the land.
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Entertainment for all the family
Perks Entertainment Centre and Indoor Funfair Seafield Business Centre, Youghal, Co.Cork
Indoor Entertainment for all, including bowling, lazer tag, Indoor softplay Funfair rides, snooker/pool, a fast food diner and an arcade full of hands on interactive games.
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Celebrating 50 Years
Shannon Ferry ShannonFerry Group, Tarbert, Co. Kerry, Ireland
ShannonFerry will take you and your vehicle on this 20 minute journey across the estuary linking the iconic tourist destinations of the Kingdom of Kerry to the Banner County of Clare.
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Skibbereen......the famine story
Skibbereen Heritage Centre Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland
Skibbereen Heritage Centre has two primary exhibitions – one on the Great Famine, the second on Lough Hyne, and also provides a genealogy service for the greater West Cork area.
Open Apr to Oct
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once the worlds largest prison
Spike Island Carrig House, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland
“Winner of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2017”. Discover Captains and Convicts, Rioters and Rebels and Sinners and Saints at Spike Island Cork.
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Unique setting for a Wildlife park
Stonehall Wildlife Park Curraghchase, Kilcornan, Co. Limerick, Ireland
This location offers a unique setting for a purpose built Wildlife park which has now developed from a pet farm into a wildlife park/Zoo for families to experience fun and education.
Open Apr to Oct
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Live the history, feel the story
Titanic Experience Cobh 20 Casement Square, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland
You will experience life aboard Titanic and learn a little about the conditions on board for third and first class passengers.
Open Year Round
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Extraordinary island
Valentia Island Iveragh Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The idyllic setting for sailing, fishing, kayaking, diving, coasteering, cycling, walking, rock climbing and lots more.
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Seaside resort town
Youghal Youghal Tourist Office, Market Square, Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland
Youghal has many historic buildings and monuments within its ancient town walls. It is one of the few towns in Ireland where the medieval town walls still survive.
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For a splashing good time
Aqua Dome Dan Spring Road, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The Aqua Dome is one of Irelands Largest Indoor Waterworld's & Premier Tourist Attractions located on the Wild Atlantic Way.
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Ireland's largest working windmill
Blennerville Windmill Blennerville, Co. Kerry
Blennerville Windmill was restored to working order in the 1980s and is the largest working windmill in Ireland. Learn the history of the area and take a guided tour of the Windmill.
Open Apr to Oct
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The place to be!
Bowling Buddies Unit 2 Manor Business Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Bowling Buddies is not just any ordinary bowling centre…it’s so much more! It’s the place to be. It’s extraordinary!
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See the sights of Cork
Enjoy Cork Sightseeing Tours. Take the Cork City Tour to see the sights of Cork from an open-top doubledecker bus. With Cork Day Tours, visit the Ring of Kerry or West Cork & Mizen.
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Enjoy a scenic crossing
Cross River Ferries Ltd Westland House, Rushbrooke, Cobh, Co. Cork
Cross River Ferries is operated and owned by the Doyle Shipping Group. Two ferries, the “Glenbrook” and the “Carrigaloe”, service the River Lee connecting both sides of the harbour.
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an award-winning gallery
Glucksman Gallery University College Cork, College Road, Cork
The Glucksman Gallery is an award-winning public gallery that includes exhibition spaces and a gift shop. It was named one of the 1001 buildings you must see before you die!
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Torc Waterfall
Torc Waterfall Muckross Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Nestled at the base of Torc Mountain and standing at approximately 20 metres high, the waterfall is beautiful, rugged and at its most wild after a heavy downpour of Irish rain.
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Modern bustling town
Tralee Tralee Tourist Office, Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The Tralee we see today took its form in the 18th century. There is plenty to see and do for all the family.
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Environmental activities
Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre Ballyard Road, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Discover the magnificence of the wetlands and the animals and plants living here.
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Famous for its Rose Garden
Tralee Town Park Tralee Tourist Office, Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Famous for its Rose Garden, which contains 35 varieties of roses over a 3 acre site and has been a feature of the park since 1987.
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A great lighthouse of ireland
Valentia Island Lighthouse Cromwell Point, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Valentia Lighthouse at Cromwell Point is maintained by the Commissioners of Irish Lights and is a harbour light to guide vessels from the sea and lead them through the northern entrance.
Open Easter to Oct
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Copper Mine Museum
Allihies Copper Mine Museum Allihies Village, Beara Peninsula, West Cork, Co. Cork, Ireland
In the mid-nineties a group of Allihies residents came together to discuss how they might preserve and present the local copper mining heritage of this unique area. The museum is the result.
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A great lighthouse of Ireland
Ballycotton Lighthouse Ballycotton Sea Adventures, Ballycotton Lighthouse, Ballycotton Island, Co. Cork, Ireland
Until recently, power for the lighthouse on Ballycotton was provided by an underwater cable which linked the Island with Ballycotton Pier.
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Exciting Aqua Park
Ballyhass Aquaparks Coolnagearagh, Coachford, Co. Cork, Ireland
Ballyhass Aquaparks; the perfect water activity for the Irish summer. Inflatable waterparks in two convenient locations in Coachford and Mallow.
Open May to Sept
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multi-award-winning
Ballymaloe Cookery School and Gardens Shanagarry, Co. Cork, Ireland
Welcome to the multi-award-winning Ballymaloe Cookery School which has been delivering a first class culinary education to students all over the world since 1983.
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Special Discoveries in the South
Claragh Loop Millstreet, Co. Cork, Ireland
Moderate 10km walk starting at St Patrick’s Church in Millstreet. Optional detour to summit of Claragh Mountain.
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Special Discoveries in the South
Clonakilty Inchydoney Island Road Retreat Walk Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland
Enjoy the views of Clonakilty Bay when you pass the Model Railway Village and Wildflower Garden.
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for daredevils young and old
Clonakilty Park Cinema, Golf & Adventure Centre Clogheen Road, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland
Clonakilty's family activity centre in the heart of West Cork. Located on on the complex of the Clonakilty Park Hotel, this superb adventure centre offers a host of exciting activities.
Open Daily July to Sept
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In Cork Harbour
Cobh Heritage Town Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland
Cobh dominates Cork Harbour and has experienced invasion, emigration, transportation and a wealth of maritime adventure. It was the last port of call for the ill-fated S.S. Titanic.
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fascinating exhibitions
Cork City Gaol Convent Avenue, Sunday’s Well, Cork City
Cork City Gaol is a heritage centre that allows you to take a step back in time to see what 19th/early 20th century life was like inside prison walls.
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A great family day out
Crag Cave Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Crag Cave is an ancient fossil cave system, older than mankind itself, within which can be seen the natural forces that created the complex and beautiful passages.
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An island garden of rare beauty
Ilnacullen Garnish Island Glengarriff, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland
The effects of the gulf stream and the protection provided by the surrounding woodlands results in a unique micro climate.
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Special Discoveries in the South
Kilbrittain Castle Walk Kilbrittain, Co. Cork, Ireland
Kilbrittain is situated midway between Kinsale & Clonakilty.
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A jewel in Killarney National Park
Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms Killarney National Park, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms is the jewel in the crown of the spectacular Killarney National Park.
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Journey through a bygone era
Old Cork Waterworks Experience Lee Road, Cork City, Ireland
The Waterworks is the best preserved of its kind in Ireland. The old buildings and machinery have been carefully restored and are now being used to tell the story of how water was supplied.
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Special discoveries in the South
Tarbert – John F Leslie Woodland Walk Tarbert, Co. Kerry, Ireland
A great walking trail to explore in county Kerry
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Experience breathtaking scenery
West Cork Co. Cork
Visit West Cork, which stretches from Kinsale to the Beara Peninsula and takes in Bandon, Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Macroom, Bantry and Sheeps Head Peninsula to name a few.
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Explore 1940's West Cork
West Cork Model Railway Village Inchydoney Road, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland
See the old West Cork railway line portrayed in delightful miniature serving the towns.
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Exhilarating treetop adventure
Zipit Forest Adventures (Cork) Farran Forest Park, Farran, Co. Cork, Ireland  
Zipit Farran Park is a treetop high ropes course with a difference with 91 activities and over 800 metres of Ziplines for you to enjoy.
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