Clonakilty has been designated as West Cork's Heritage Town by Failte Ireland, and a visit to the town soon shows why. You'll feel at home here among the attractive traditional shop fronts and hand painted signs in English and Irish. The Post Office is housed in an old Presbyterian church and the Town Council and Library in a converted Corn Mill with the river flowing beneath. Narrow streets and lanes open into elegant squares. It is a town of tall spires, towers and historic buildings - the brewery buildings, the mills and the quayside warehouses, telling of the town's busy trading and industrial past. Clonakilty is an ideal holiday destination and base from which to tour West Cork, a region blessed with some of Irelands most spectacular scenery.
Clonakilty is known for its superb pubs which are rich in tradition and overflowing with talent. De Barra's is synonymous with having the best of traditional and folk music in West Cork with National and International top ranking performers regularly feature in the Folk Club.
Clonakilty Farmers Market, now in its eight year of trading offers you a wide range of goods varying from locally produced foods to crafts and giftware. Clonakilty is renowned as an old market town and visitors can sample specialised local bread, fresh fish and vegetables, home baking, beautifully grown local flowers and plants, and local crafts.
The Park Cinema offers Adults and Children alike a variety of new release films to enjoy with Dolby surround sound in their multi-plex cinema. With the latest showings every evening and matinees on the weekend, you’ll find there is something everyone whatever the weather. Tel. 023 8834141
The first of its kind in Ireland, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of life in West Cork during the 1940's. Situated beside picturesque Clonakilty Bay, The Model Village depicts in miniature, life and industry in West Cork as they were 50 years ago. The theme is enhanced by the miniature working railway. In addition to the model village, the "Tsu Tsu" – is an old style train that travels around the town at different stages during the day picking people up at the Quality Hotel & Leisure Centre, on its travels to explore the town of Clonakilty and Inchydoney.
Visitors enjoy a short audio/visual explores the Big Fella’s childhood, his family history, his school days and the important Collins’ sites around Clonakilty. A guide then continues the presentations, using slides, large photographs or film clips, the visitor is taken through the 1916 rebellion, War of Independence, Treaty talks and the Civil War. The tragic death of Michael Collins at Beal Na Blath and his legacy area also discussed. The presentations ends with a guided tour of the ambush trail, a life size replica of an ambush site complete with Crossley Tender and replica of Michael Collins famous Rolls Royce armoured car "Sliabh N mBan". Here the events at Bea na Blath and the history of the vehicles in the Collins convoy are explained in more detail. Visitors can then return to the cottage/theatre to view the exhibitions of photographs, documents and militaria. Tel. +353 (0)23 8846107,
It’s a breath of “fresh air” as you take a leisurely stroll in their 12 hectares of gardens and woodland walks with a variety of plants, trees, shrubs and flowers that flourish in their mild Gulf Stream enhanced climate. Enhanced by the natural features and contours of the valley with the trout filled Argideen flowing throughout, seasonal tickets are available for 2008/2009. Unlimited access to Lisselan Gardens is available all year round, a family ticket is €50 (2 adults/2 children).
Guided/unguided group bookings are available on request in the Gardens, Golf Club & Fishing. Lisselan is primely located just off the main N71, 4km from the award winning Clonakilty town. Tel. +353 (0)23 8833249
Learn about the Great Famine of the 1840’s when over a million died. Skibbereen was one of the worst affected areas in Ireland, as evidenced by the mass graves near Skibbereen, where almost 10,000 are buried. Rediscover this era through exhibits, dramatisations and interactive stations.
Discover Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve and unique salt water lake at the Lough Hyne Visitor Centre. Find our about the history, folklore and formation of this natural phenomenon and see the salt-water aquarium with common species found in the lake. Audio visual available in English, French, German and Irish. Full wheelchair access. Tel. +353 (0)28/40900
An award winning Maritimes Museum and Heritage Attraction, this authentic all-weather experience is a must-see with its spectacular location on high cliffs with swirling Atlantic-Ocean tides. The Mizen is famous for its wildflowers and sightings of wildlife, dolphins, whales, seals, gannets, kittiwakes, choughs – the bird migration north-south flights path is just a mile off shore. Tel. +353 (0)28/35115