Heritage Attractions in the area
Doneraile Wildlife Park
Doneraile Wildlife Park was named as Ireland’s fourth-most-popular ‘free to enter’ by Fáilte Ireland, attracting over 480,000 visitors last year!
The Park comprises approx. 166 hectares and is an outstanding example of 18th Century landscape. The park is a place for all ages & the pathways are generally accessible for people with special needs. Explore the numerous trails and walks as well as a number of deer herds which can be viewed along many of these walks, have a picnic by the lake while watching the swans or letting the kids enjoy the playground.
Doneraile Court is the stunning centrepiece of one of Ireland’s most beautiful estates. Located on the banks of the Awbeg river in north Co. Cork, the house dates from the 1720s, when it was built by Arthur St. Leger, the first Viscount Doneraile and father of the renowned Lady Freemason.
The house was modified extensively in the 19th century by later generations of St. Legers, creating the imposing and characterful building that can be enjoyed today. The kitchen wing from this period now serves as the home of the Doneraile Court tearooms and is a perfect way to start or finish your visit.
The St. Leger family remained in residence until 1969, when the property was sold to the Land Commission. The house then passed to the care of Irish Georgian Society, before coming to the stewardship of the Office of Public Works in 1994.
Today, Doneraile Court has opened its doors once again and resumes its rightful place at the heart of this great estate. The OPW is delighted to partner with the Crawford Art Gallery to share some significant works from the Gallery’s collection at Doneraile. From 27th March 2020, book a tour with one of our experienced guides to learn more about the fascinating history of the house and estate
For more information click here http://doneraileestate.ie/opening-hours/
Distance: 22 km /25mins
Lough Gur Archaeological & Heritage Centre, Bruff
Discover the horseshoe-shaped lake at the heart of this magical landscape is one of those wonderful rural adventures so typical of Ireland’s Ancient East. Between the towns of Herbertstown and Bruff, it’s hidden away amid hills and green scenes scattered with standing stones, burial mounds, Iron Age forts – and, so locals will tell you, the home of the King of the Fairies.
Blarney Castle, Blarney
Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy, it has been attracting attention ever since making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.
Distance: 52.9 km /47min
King John’s Castle
King John’s Castle is situated on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City. A brand new visitor experience that brings together the Castle’s remarkable archaeology and 21st century technology to help you discover the history of Limerick and King John’s Castle. The stunning new exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history.
Distance: 39.2 km/34mins