Ah spring!  Long time, no see!  It’s been a while!  Is there really any better time of year than spring? Seeing the evenings getting longer, hearing the birds singing again and watching the daffodils dancing in the breeze-it’s almost enough to inspire a poem that Wordsworth himself would be proud of.  Alas, you are stuck with me and my humble blogging with some of my favourite things to do this spring in our favourite city of Cork, all from our little oasis of calm that is Hotel Isaacs in the heart of Cork City’s Victorian Quarter.

Fitzgerald’s Park and the Lee Fields:  

Spring time walks are the best.  After months of being cooped up inside with night starting at 5pm, is there anything quite as refreshing as an evening walk through the picturesque grounds of Fitzgerald’s Park, knowing that you can dip into the Cork Public Museum should a shower threaten to put a dampener on your spirits? Feeling extra energetic?  Why not extend your walk along the river down through the Lee Fields?  Head back to our award-winning Greenes Restaurant for a delicious meal where our residents can avail of a 15% food discount.
Purple sky Cork City

Festivals: 

Ireland’s biggest festival is fast approaching and for many, marks the start of the holiday season with the fun and exhilarating St Patrick’s Day Festival from March 13th-17th.  Expect plenty of fun, green beer, a show-stopping parade, endless music sessions, food markets and did I mention green, shamrocks and maybe even some leprechauns?  Movie buffs will love the French Film Festival in early March while writers will be sure to appreciate the Spring Poetry Festival and of course, let’s not forget the Choral Festival coming up the end of April.

Kinsale:

Arguably one of Ireland’s prettiest towns, the charming fishing town of Kinsale is located a leisurely 40 minute drive from our boutique hotel, making it one of the most accessible places to explore this spring.  Choose from a tour of one of the town’s historic star forts: Charlesfort and Jamesfort or simply select one of the beautiful coastal walks (my personal favourite is the Scily Walk connecting the town with Charlesfort) to admire views of the harbour.  Deemed the gourmet capital of Ireland, you won’t go hungry with an astounding variety of places to eat and drink.  Return to the city and raise a toast to spring in our very own Cask Cocktail Bar complete with heated courtyard.


Charles Fort Kinsale

Blackrock Castle:

Yes, you’ve all heard of Blarney but it would be a crime not to include Blackrock Castle on your Cork itinerary.  Dating back to 1582, this castle has a rich and varied history with regular guided tours but most interestingly, an interactive science exhibit and a planetarium.  The guides are possibly the most enthusiastic you’ll meet on your trip to Ireland, you’ll discover what time of the month is best to see Mars as well as having views of some of the main landmarks in Cork harbour.  A walk along the harbour is a must afterwards.

Cobh:

Ireland is not renowned for its great weather and even our spring days can bring an unexpected rain shower or some chilling breezes.  A safe bet in all weathers is undoubtedly the port town of Cobh, boasting the second largest natural harbour in the world along with enough history to write a few history books.  Cobh was the final port of call for the doomed Titanic and a trip to the Titanic Experience will provide you with an eerie insight into the lives of the 123 passengers that boarded the ill-fated liner from Cobh.  For those with an interest in genealogy, the Queenstown Story looks at the history of emigration from the town and has its own resident genealogist on site to help you trace your roots.



Cobh Port at Nightime
Of course, these are just my personal favourites.  Find our best available rates and explore Cork this spring.


About The Author

Colette is a hotel receptionist working at Hotel Isaacs Cork. Her favourite part of the job is meeting the many guests coming from all corners of the globe and sharing with them all the wonders that Cork City and County has to offer. One of her great passions is travelling and exploring new places especially museums, galleries and castles. "One of the things I feel very strongly about is how so many people in Ireland are completely unaware of some of the hidden treasures right on their door-steps. When people go abroad, they push themselves to see all the cultural delights on offer but too often, they have no idea how great what is right in front of them, readily available every day is. I came to Cork as a student in 2008 and I too limited myself and didn't push myself to explore. It took a friend to take me off and show me how truly amazing this city and county is and this is what I want to share with my guests and readers.

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