Things to do

Things To Do

Treat the family this year to a break away at the Oriel House Hotel. Arrive to a warm Cork welcome from our friendly front desk team who will check you in to your new temporary home. Family welcome pack given on check-in which includes kiddie colouring pack to entertain your little ones, information on the family friendly activities in and around Ballincollig and Cork. See below some of the fantastic attractions close to Oriel House.

Local Attractions:

Whatever your reason for visiting Cork, Oriel House Hotel is the perfect choice for your accommodation. There are many local attractions such as the Ballincollig Regional Park, Supernova Indoor Play Centre, Jameson Centre & Midleton Distillery, Cork Opera House, Shandon Bells, Titanic Heritage Cetre, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blarney Castle, Farran Woods, Spike Island, Rumley’s Open Farm, Fota Wildlife Park & many more!

Ballincollig Regional Park

Includes a former Gunpowder Mill and measures approximately 130 acres in size containing 52 structures in varying stages of decay surviving from the gunpowder manufacturing process. The site is approximately 2.4 kilometres in length and the River Lee runs the entire northern length of the site. The park contains soccer pitches, a rugby pitch, walkways, a skateboard facility, and free-to-use outdoor fitness equipment.

Cork Greyhound Track

Looking for something fun that all the family can enjoy? Check out the thrills, the experience and the excitement that is a Night at the Dogs. With stadia throughout Ireland boasting excellent facilities combined with fun & food, as well as top-class racing... we are sure you will want to come back again and again (and again)!

Supernova Indoor Play Centre

Supernova located in Ballincollig in Cork is an Activity Centre that is great for party venues as not only does it have an indoor play area called McCools but also has seven outdoor soccer pitches for you and your family and friends to enjoy.


Rollerjam is rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations for children and adults alike proudly boasting Irelands largest roller rink, it's the perfect place to hold events, birthdays, celebrations or just for families or friends looking to pop on a pair of skates and join in on the fun. Rollerjam caters for food, snacks, teas/coffees and we also serve wine strictly to the adults of course.

Blarney Castle & Grounds

By kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, it is claimed that one can receive the "Gift of the Gab" (eloquence, or skill at flattery or persuasion). The Castle grounds are as breathtaking as the castle itself – with beautiful flower lined walkways and picnic areas.

Blarney Woollen Mills

Built in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills was originally known as Mahony's Mills. It was a water powered mill, producing mainly tweeds and woollens. After closing in the early 1970s, the mills was re-invented by local entrepreneur Christy Kelleher as a gift store servicing tourists visiting the village. It is to this day a favourite with visitors to the small tourist village.

Farran Woods (Childrens play area, wildlife)

Farran Forest Park has ample car parking and a playground. Other notable features include a wildlife enclosure and a large duck pond. The wildlife enclosure holds a small herd of red and fallow deer which can easily be viewed from the way-marked Enclosure Trail that skirts the boundary fence. The duck pond is home to duck species such as mallard, teal, widgeon, shoveler and greylag, white fronted, barnacle, snow and Egyptian geese.

Lifetime Lab (Old Cork City Waterworks)

Lifetime Lab, on the banks of the River Lee, is a unique attraction for visitors of all ages with its modern interactive exhibition, themed playground, beautifully restored buildings and equipment and scenic views over the River Lee.

Fitzgeralds Park & Public Museum

Cork Public Museum is housed in a two storey Georgian house commanding a central position in Fitzgerald Park, Cork. The collections of Cork Public Museum are as rich and diverse as the history of the city itself. They have an original archaeological collection that features some of the most important archaeological finds from the Cork region. Classical archaeology is also represented in Cork Public Museum with a small but impressive collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt and Greece.

Hop on Hop off Bus Tour

There is no better way to see Cork City than the “Hop On, Hop Off” Tour. See all of Cork’s famous sights such as the Cork City Gaol, St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, City Hall, the English Market, City Library, the Triskel Art Centre, Cork Opera House, St. Anne’s Church, the Shandon Butter Museum, the Custom House, City Library, the Courthouse, Museum & Fitzgerald Park, & Elizabeth Fort. With a ticket that is valid all day, you can get on and off as often as you wish. A complimentary map and discounts off certain admissions is included.

Kart World

Kart World, a purpose-built Kart circuit, 800m long and 8m wide, has the largest floodlit hire facility in Watergrasshill, Cork. With up to 20 karts on the track at any one time, Kart World can cater for any size group. Computerised race meetings and lap times on an Arrive and Drive basis. The track is flood-lit for your night-time enjoyment. The track is licensed by R.I.A.C. for all classes of Racing karts.

Lee Valley Golf

Located only 10 minutes from Ballincollig, the 18 hole Championship golf course was designed by Irish Ryder Cup star Christy O’Connor Jnr and has been included in the top 100 Irish Golf Courses by Golf Digest on three separate occasions. A test for all golfers, the parklands course has modern clubhouse and catering facilities, and is the ideal destination for a golfing break in Ireland.

Blackrock Castle & Observatory

A trip to CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory is filled with fun and educational things to do for kids, families, school groups and science enthusiasts. Tours of the historic dungeon and turret take place on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays at 1.30 pm & 3.30pm Play The Comet Chaser at Ireland’s first interactive theatre and virtually save the Earth as part of the Cosmos at the Castle interactive exhibit. The professional astronomical observatory, integrated with our public exhibition, makes BCO a unique national astronomy centre.

Carrig Waterski & Wakeboard (Macroom)

All levels of ability are catered for at Carrigwaterski and Wakeboard Centre, Macroom, with wet suits, life jackets, skis, boards and coaching included in the fee. The site is located on a beautiful secluded lake with two ski nautique boats, full changing and shower facilities and use of the club house kitchen. Picnic tables are available for those who wish to spend the afternoon on site.

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