Many of Cork’s key attractions are close to Ballyhooly, making it a smart choice as a place to base yourself during your visit. Two of the most interesting places to see are the fabulous Ballyhooly Castle and the fantastic Annes Grove Gardens. Also, be sure to check out the Mallow Golf Course and the Mitchelstown Golf Club.
Blarney Stone, one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country is located 17 miles (27 kilometers) to the southwest.
Those interested in exhibits and shows will find many unique cultural highlights in and around Ballyhooly. Take a guided tour, admire the architecture or simply enjoy the fascinating artworks at the Cork Vision Centre, the Cork Public Museum and the Beamish and Crawford Brewery. To experience Cork’s vibrant arts scene, book a show at one of the popular live performance venues such as the Opera House at Emmet Place, the Everyman Palace Theatre and the Triskel Arts Centre. Aspiring artists should admire the local artwork and other exhibits at the Crawford Art Gallery, Lavit Gallery and Glucksman Gallery.
If you are travelling with kids, take them to the child-friendly attractions nearby. Admire many kinds of interesting creatures at the Fota Wildlife Park in Fota.
If the weather is fine, get back to nature at Mitchelstown Cave in Mitchelstown. The natural parks such as Fota Island, give visitors an insight into the animals and plants that exist in the area. When the sun is out, explore Fitzgerald Park and the Cork Heritage Park, a place where you can escape the crowds.
Cork has some unique attractions including Blarney Castle in Blarney, Barryscourt Castle and the University College Cork. The Cork area features some evocative reminders of the past; begin your local history tour at Blackrock Castle. Those with a passion for religious history will appreciate the hallowed atmosphere at the St. Anne's Shandon Church.
Take a break from the tourist trail and work on your swing at the Water Rock Golf Course.
Hunt down a bargain, grab a bite to eat or just people-watch at nearby shopping hotspots like the Blarney Woolen Mills in Blarney, the Mahon Point Shopping Centre and English Market.
Sports fans vacationing in Ballyhooly should head to Pairc Ui Rinn to see the Cork GAA taking on visiting rivals. On game days the stadium overflows with blue and white, as local Gaelic football lovers join together to support their home-grown heroes.
At the end of a long day discovering the sights, sounds and smells of Ballyhooly, rest up in one of the area’s popular bed-and-breakfasts, hotels or short-stay apartments. The River Lee Hotel, the New Ambassador Hotel & Health Club and the Jurys Inn Cork are just three of the many great places to stay around here.