Cork, Ireland (Cobh - For Blarney Castle)

Founded in the 7th century by St. Fin Barre, Cork is your gateway to romantic Ireland. Stroll down narrow country lanes or see the Lakes of Killarney. The intrepid visitor may scale the narrow passages of Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. The region around Cork is also home to one of the densest concentration of prehistoric monuments in Western Europe. And, in a land where fable and fact blend to become folklore, it was near Cork that the great Tuatha De Danaan, a race with magical powers, was driven underground by the conquering Celts.

Cobh was the single most important port of emigration from Ireland.

Note: Your ship will dock in Cobh which is about 15 miles from Cork.

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Points of Interest

  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woolen Mill Shop
  • Kinsale
  • St. Fin Barre's Cathedral
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • St. Colman's Cathedral
  • Killarney National Park
  • Muckross House

More about Cork, Ireland (Cobh - For Blarney Castle) Points of Interest

  • Blarney Castle

    Set in a sprawling park, this romantic ruin was the stronghold of the McCarthy clan, and features thick stone walls. Those who kiss the Blarney Stone are said to be gifted the power of eloquence.

  • Blarney Woolen Mill Shop

    This converted mill is Ireland's largest Irish gift store selling traditional Irish goods, including Waterford crystal, Irish linen, hand-loomed Donegal tweed, knitwear, bone china and Celtic brooches.

  • Kinsale

    Kinsale is a historic fishing port featuring a pretty harbor, along with many well-preserved, 18th-century houses. It was off the coast here that the Lusitania was torpedoed by a U-boat during World War I.

  • St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

    This French, Gothic-inspired cathedral designed by William Burgess was built on the site of Fin Barre's 7th-century monastic settlement. It boasts mosaics, rich carvings and medieval gargoyles.

  • House of Waterford Crystal

    The manufacture of glass has a long history in Ireland. Ireland's famed Waterford Crystal dates from 1783.

  • St. Colman's Cathedral

    Built in 1868 and completed in 1915, ornate St. Colman's Cathedral is made of granite and limestone, and features elaborate stained glass windows. It boasts views of Cobh harbor and also has 49 bells.

  • Killarney National Park

    Killarney National Park boasts stunning views of the countryside set against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks, and covers 26,000 acres, while the lakes of Killarney are famous for their beauty.

  • Muckross House

    This delightful 19th-century manor house features a gorgeous sunken garden, folk museum and crafting workshop. The interior of the house features beautiful hand-made Victorian furnishings.

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Best of Cork & Countryside

8 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 1 0 0
  • Blarney Castle
  • Kinsale

This unique day-long tour is perfectly designed for the first time visitor to Ireland, with a visit the town of Kinsale . Visit Blarney Castle and the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill Shop to enjoy shopping in this converted mill for traditional Irish goods.

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Rock of Cashel, The Vee & Lismore

8 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 1 1 5

Spend a day exploring the picturesque countryside of south Ireland. Visit Cashel, site of the Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland's most spectacular archeological sites. After a tasty lunch, enjoy free time in the pretty village of Lismore, home to the medieval fortress known as the stunning Lismore Castle.

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Scenic Killarney

8.5 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 1 2 0
  • Killarney National Park
  • Muckross House

Discover a true Irish gem as you travel to Killarney National Park for sweeping views of the stunning Killarney Lakes before exploring Muckross House, a 19th-century,Tudor-style manor that features an elaborate sunken garden. Enjoy a traditional Irish lunch before shopping in Killarney.

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Scenic Killarney

7 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 1 2 1
  • Killarney National Park
  • Muckross House

Discover a true Irish gem as you travel to Killarney National Park for sweeping views of the stunning Killarney Lakes before exploring Muckross, home to Muckross House, a 19th-century,Tudor-style manor that features an elaborate sunken garden. Enjoy a traditional Irish lunch in Killarney.

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West Cork's Scenic Wonders (extended)

9 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 1 2 5

Explore the scenic wonders of West Cork. Enjoy morning coffee and free time in the quaint town of Clonakilty. Stroll through the idyllic seaside village of Glengarriff before sitting down with a scrumptious lunch. Then, journey to the magnificent Gougane Barra Forest Park, a region of wild and breathtaking beauty.

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West Cork's Scenic Wonders

7 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 1 2 6

Independently explore Bantry. Stroll through the idyllic seaside village of Glengarriff. Journey into the magnificent Gougane Barra, Ireland's first national park. Lunch is included.

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Local Connections: House of Waterford Crystal created by Master Craftsman

8 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 1 3 0
  • House of Waterford Crystal

Marvel at the beauty and heritage of Waterford crystal at a state-of-the art center. Delight in independently exploring Lismore, home to the medieval fortress known as the Lismore Castle.

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Blarney Castle

4 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 2 0 0
  • Blarney Castle

Set out on a panoramic drive through the beautiful emerald countryside. Visit the historic ruins of Blarney Castle. Shop for Irish goods at Blarney Woolen Mill Shop.

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Local Connections: Cork City Sights & Jameson Whiskey with Jameson Ambassador

4 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 2 2 0
  • St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

Discover Cork's colorful heritage on a narrated drive through the old city. Tour the Jameson Experience Midleton, home of Jameson's Old Midleton Distillery. Enjoy a guided tasting of three whiskeys, followed by a full glass or a serving of "Barrelman's Punch", a cocktail chosen exclusively for Princess by Brand Ambassador, Tommy Byrne.

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Easy Cork: Scenic Drive & Irish Coffee

3.75 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 2 9 0
  • Blarney Woolen Mill Shop

Easy Cork includes a city drive, exploration of the quaint village of Blarney with a stop for Irish coffee, and shopping at the Blarney Woolen Mill Shop.

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Easy Cork: Scenic Drive & Irish Coffee (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.75 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 2 9 1
  • Blarney Woolen Mill Shop

Easy Cork includes a city drive, exploration of the quaint village of Blarney with a stop for Irish coffee, and shopping at the Blarney Woolen Mill Shop. This tour is wheelchair accessible

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The History of Spike Island

3.25 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 3 8 5

Winner of Europe's leading tourist attraction in 2017, Spike Island sits off the coast of Cobh. From the island's monastery and fortress to the world's largest prison in the 1850s, storytellers immerse you in 1,300 years of Ireland's checkered and spooky past on a guided tour with independent exploration of the prison cells.

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Local Connections: Cork Harbour Sea Safari

3 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 5 0 0

Take off on a high-spirited rigid inflatable boat (RIB) cruise around Cork Harbour. Zip past Cobh's charming waterfront of colorful houses and shops, centuries-old forts, the Rochespoint Lighthouse and the Royal Cork Yacht Club. for a warming cup of Irish coffee before returning to your ship.

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Private & Exclusive Cork Cultural Show

2.25 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 8 6 0

Experience the historic ambiance of The Commodore Hotel, built in 1854 with lovely views of Cork Harbour when you attend a show of rousing Irish music, songs and dance accompanied by a refreshment. This private local experience delves into Ireland's heritage and features award-winning musicians and dancers .

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Private Spike Island Behind the Scenes

3.25 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 8 6 5

Spine-tingling stories and a dark past are found on Spike Island, off the coast of Cork. From the island's monastery and fortress to the world's largest prison in the 1850s, a behind-the-scenes tour immerses you in 1,300 years of Ireland's checkered history. Discover the unusual flavors of Spike Island rum.

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Best of Cork & Countryside for Small Groups

8 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 9 9 9
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woolen Mill Shop
  • Kinsale

A Small Groups tour offers an intimate experience while at the same time mirroring all of the sites and venues included in the Best Of program. Delight in independent exploration of Kinsale. View Cork City on a driving tour. Visit the historic ruins of Blarney Castle. Shop for Irish goods at Blarney Woolen Mill Shop. Enjoy an Irish lunch accompanied by musicians in a hotel.

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