P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Cork in Ireland as a Port-of-Call.
Cork is Irelands second largest city.
Here you can visit St Finbarrs Cathedral, Cork City Museum and the 19th Century Cork Jail. Dont miss your opportunity to visit Blarney Castle, a short ride away, to kiss the Blarney Stone!
A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Cork as a Port of Call can be found here:
P&O Cork Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Cork Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.
Blarney Castle and Irish Coffee
Visit the historic Blarney Castle with its lovely grounds before indulging in an Irish coffee and browsing the craft centre.
The medieval Blarney Castle towers above the village of Blarney with its majestic oblong keep and battlements that are typically Irish in form. At the top of the Castle lies the legendary Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. If you wish, you can hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquent speech. Surrounding the Castle are extensive gardens, with several paths leading off to some interesting natural rock formations, such as Druid’s Circle, Witch’s Cave and the Wishing Steps.
After the tour of the Castle, you’ll stop for a well-deserved Irish coffee, before visiting the Blarney Woollen Mills. This is one of the finest craft and gift centres in Ireland and you’ll have the chance to browse the high quality range of Waterford crystal, Irish linen, hand-loomed Donegal tweed, knitwear, bone china and Celtic jewellery.
On the return journey, you will be able to see landscapes of rivers, fields and hedgerows as you travel along country roads to the city of Cork. Enjoy a short panoramic drive around the main highlights of Cork and see how this large city still manages to retain the pleasant charm of a country town.
Cork Countryside and Kinsale
Enjoy a scenic journey through County Cork’s charming countryside and visit the picturesque coastal town of Kinsale.
Cork has some of the finest scenery in Ireland, with its lush valleys and beautiful coastline. Your journey will take you past rolling landscapes of fields, flowers and hedgerows, through tunnels, over bridges, along rivers and by small villages. A brief stop will be made to photograph the views over the Bandon River, before arriving in Kinsale.
The pretty little town of Kinsale, believed to have been founded by the Anglo Normans around 1177, lies snug between hills and valley. It has won the European Prize for Tourism and the Environment, Entente Floreale, National Tidy Town and Gourmet Capital awards. Kinsale owes its unique character to the fact that it was an important naval base for over 300 years and this is reflected in the many 18th-century structures, which still stand alongside the more recent Georgian homes and Dutch influenced architecture. There will be free time to meander through the quaint streets and admire the varied architecture before indulging in a spot of shopping or relaxing with a drink in one of the cafés or pubs.
On the return journey, a stop will be made at Charles Fort located above Summer Cove, for views over Kinsale Harbour, before continuing along the country roads back to the port.
Panoramic Cork and Whiskey
Enjoy a drive around Cork before visiting the ‘Jameson Experience Midleton’ to discover the traditions and taste of Irish whiskey.
Travel along the shores of Cork Harbour by coach to the charming university city of Cork. Your guide will provide an interesting commentary and point out the local landmarks as you drive down the main streets to the French Quarter, English Market, Father Matthew’s statue and Bishop Lucey Park. You’ll hear about the local history as you pass the Old Courthouse, the impressive limestone City Hall and the renowned Bells of Shandon, before stopping at the magnificent Gothic style St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral for photos.
Leaving the city, travel to the village of Midleton, where the famous rare Irish whiskey gets its name. A visit to the Jameson Experience will take you right to the heart of the cherished whiskey making tradition. There will be an hour-long guided tour of this beautifully restored 18th century self-contained industrial complex, unique in Britain and Ireland. There is a fully operational water wheel and a 32,000 gallon copper pot still, which is the largest in the world. Enjoy an audio-visual presentation which will breathe life into the Irish whiskey legend.
After the tour there will be the opportunity to sample a glass of whiskey whilst you relax in the atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub.
Discover the rich historical past of this most vibrant of European cities on a guided walking tour of Cork.
Arriving by coach at the Imperial Hotel, you’ll commence your walk on South Mall, one of the most gracious streets in the city. A stop will be made on Parnell Bridge to absorb the panorama of the city, from the elegant, classical City Hall, the fluted columns of the Savings Bank to the modern lines of the College of Commerce and Morrison’s Island.
Continuing along the quays to the Parliament Bridge, you’ll see the slender spire of Holy Trinity Church rising up across the River. As you approach the South Gate Bridge, the 3 spires of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral suddenly appear on the skyline. A visit around this early French Gothic structure will reveal highly ornamented mosaic work and rich carvings.
Afterwards, stroll down Sharman-Crawford to the tranquil and quaint Clarkes Bridge, one of the most atmospheric places in the city, before moving on to the hustle and bustle of the main thoroughfares. Here, you’ll see the classical limestone façade of the Courthouse, located in a street full of red brick buildings, one of the most enduring sights of the city. As you walk on to North Main Street and through Castle Street, you’ll find yourself in a very cosmopolitan part of the city. There will be free time to explore the English Market, and at almost 400 years old, this is one of Cork’s finest assets.
Landscapes of Kerry and Killarney
Combine the magnificent scenery of Kerry with a visit to Muckross House and free time in the award winning town of Killarney.
Travelling out of Cork, you’ll pass the busy market town of Macroom, whose castle dominates the centre of the town, before stopping in the Gaeltacht area of Ballyvourney for morning coffee. Further on you will enter the Kingdom of Kerry with its spectacular scenery, unusually mild climate, and rapid changes in light and weather – a bewitching place of intense beauty against which the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountains, rise as an impressive backdrop. You’ll travel to Kenmare and join part of the Ring of Kerry at Moll’s Gap. A photo stop will be made at Ladies View, one of the best locations to enjoy the spectacular Lakes of Killarney.
Killarney is a charming landscape of lakes and wooded vales, rolling sandstone hills and rich green pastures. Enjoy a guided tour of Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Ireland’s leading stately homes, which is located within Killarney National Park. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyles of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement one can experience the working conditions of the servants who were employed in the house. Then, step into the superb Muckross gardens to admire the flora abundant with aroma and colour.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant followed by some free time in Killarney before your return journey.
This panoramic drive takes you on a scenic discovery through the lush, green countryside of the Emerald Isle.
As your panoramic drive passes Cork Harbour, you will see the fine residences that dot the banks where it becomes the River Lee. You’ll then travel eastwards through the fertile farmlands to reach Youghal (pronounced Yawl), a seaport with medieval origins. A stop will be made for photos at this pretty coastal resort, which was chosen as the setting for the film ‘Moby Dick’ in the 1950’s due to its resemblance of a New England fishing port.
Continuing northwards through the Blackwater Valley and West Waterford, you’ll arrive in the heritage town of Lismore. There will be the opportunity to photograph the magnificent Lismore Castle, temporary residence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, which towers over the Blackwater River. There will be free time in Lismore to shop for souvenirs, relax with a drink or simply absorb the atmosphere of this historic little town.
Kinsale RIB Adventure
Experience the thrill of a sea safari RIB ride as you pass stunning scenery en route to the picturesque sailing town of Kinsale.
Board your high speed RIB for an exciting journey to the historic town of Kinsale. Your exhilarating ride will take you past spectacular scenery and there will be regular stops to see the local landmarks and learn about their history. View the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest Yacht Club in the world, and enjoy the views of Camden Fort, Carlisle Fort and Roches Point Lighthouse, all of which date from the 1800’s.
Travelling past the last pick-up point of ‘The Titanic’ on her ill-fated voyage, you will arrive in Kinsale, site of the Battle of Kinsale in 1601. You’ll make a brief photo stop at Charles Fort, before disembarking in the town centre of this colourful cosmopolitan town for an interesting walking tour followed by some free time.
On the return journey back to Cobh, your Captain will do his best to track down the dolphins which inhabit the area. A rare opportunity to see these wonderful marine mammals in their own environment.
Sights and Sounds of Tipperary
Enjoy a day of stunning scenery as you travel to Tipperary to visit Cahir Castle and the renowned Rock of Cashel.
Tipperary, Ireland’s largest inland county, has plenty of varied and breathtaking scenery with hills, mountains, plains and river valleys. Renowned for its lush pasturelands, it boasts the best Irish dairy products in the country. Rich in ancient heritage, Tipperary has long been a place of great significance and was once home to Ireland’s High Kings.
As you reach the town of Cashel, you will see the imposing Rock of Cashel rearing up from the landscape in a series of limestone ridges and topped by the serenely beautiful Cathedral of St Patrick. You’ll visit the Rock, which is a remarkable pre-Christian settlement and was formerly the seat of the Irish kings of Munster. A stop will be made at a restaurant located beside this impressive Rock for a traditional Tipperary musical performance of instrument playing, singing and dancing before enjoying a delicious lunch.
After lunch, you’ll travel to Cahir, located on the River Suir. A visit will be made to Cahir Castle, which dates mainly from the 15th century. Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the Castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved castles. Rooms in the keep are whitewashed and contain armour displays and period furnishings from the 16th and 17th centuries.
A Taste of Rural Ireland
Immerse yourself in rural life as you tour a working farm and watch a cookery demonstration before sampling freshly baked scones.
A leisurely drive from the cathedral town of Cobh will take you through the rich fertile farmland of County Cork to an area of the Munster Provence known as the Golden Vale. A unique visit will be made to Ballinwillin Farm, set in 80 acres of rich pastureland in the heart of the Golden Vale’s most fertile region.
Your hosts, Pat and Miriam Mulcahy, will introduce you to their home and farm. Having lovingly restored their period home, they have built up a considerable and unique rare breed of animals including magnificent deer, tame wild boar, old Irish grazers, Iron Age pigs and Kerry and Charolais cattle herds. On a tour of the farm meet the animals and admire the surrounding flora and fauna before heading to the main house.
In the farm kitchen, a cookery demonstration will show you the art of baking the traditional Irish scone. Sometimes savoury but mostly sweet, the scone is a much loved traditional ‘cake’ in Ireland. You will be able to taste the results, warm from the oven, with rich dairy butter and jam accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee.
West Cork Panorama
Enjoy a leisurely drive through the spectacular and unspoilt scenery of West Cork before visiting a quaint town for refreshments.
The West Cork shoreline twists and darts in and out of creeks, bays and coves, whilst inland is a tranquil pastureland of soft green hills where fat milking cows graze. Enjoy the beautiful and diverse panorama of West Cork before stopping at the lively market town of Clonakilty.
Clonakilty has been designated as West Cork’s Heritage Town by the Irish Tourist Board. The attractive traditional shop fronts have 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 the gateway to West Cork, a region blessed with some of Ireland’s most spectacular and unspoiled scenery.
Refreshments of tea, coffee and scones will be served in a local hotel, after which you’ll have free time to browse the shops of this pretty town.
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