Fun Family Things To Do In Cork

Indoors or out, there’s a world of adventures to discover when you stay at Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City. Indoor fun can be had in our amazing 20m pool and kiddie’s pool. Plenty of other indoor activities are also located nearby such as the Blackrock Castle Observatory. Outdoor adventures can be found at attractions such as Fota Wildlife Park and Cork Sea Safari. All attractions are easily accessible from Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City.

Hotel Activities


Our leisure centre is home to an amazing 20m family-friendly pool. We also have a separate kid’s pool available, where the littles ones can splash around and practise their swimming skills safely. Children are welcome in the pool area until 7.00pm daily, while under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Outdoor Adventures

Fota Wildlife Park

17.5km away and 25-minute drive from hotel

Unlike any ordinary zoo, whenever possible the animals roam free, mixing with other species and us humans! Fota Wildlife Park is just a short drive from Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City and consistently voted one of Irelands’ best visitor attractions.

Cork Sea Safari

23.5km and 30-minute drive from hotel

If you and your family are a fan of the outdoors, and you’re keen to get some fresh air Cork Sea Safari have some great harbour tours that are full of adventure and excitement.

Rumleys Open Farm

11km away and 19-minute drive from hotel

One of the most amazing petting farm experiences in Cork Rumleys Open Farm is ideal for family day outs, birthday parties and school tours. It has both indoor and outdoor activities making it an ideal day out whatever the weather!

Cobh, The Titanic Experience

22km away and 28-minute drive from hotel

This historical Cork attraction is situated in the original ticket office for the white star line where the final passengers for the Titanic’s maiden voyage would have boarded. Steeped in history the fantastic Titanic Experience is just 30 minutes’ drive from Cork City.

Cobh, Spike Island

22km away and 30-minute drive from hotel

Voted one of Europe’s leading tourist attractions, this former prison is now the perfect family day trip! Take a boat to Spike Island to see how the prisoners used to live and enjoy the beauty of the Island. Or for the very brave, take the evening “Ghost Tour” but warning, this is not for the faint of heart!

The Donkey Sanctuary

51km away and 50-minute drive from hotel

In the beautiful rolling countryside just outside Liscarroll, you will find The Donkey Sanctuary.  This amazing charity has rescued over 5200 donkeys from all parts of Ireland who are now living their life on this lovely petting farm. There is also stunning walkways to enjoy and plenty of complimentary parking.

Indoor Fun

Because Ireland is Ireland, and it very often rains in this beautiful part of the world, we need to provide a contingency plan to keep the family entertained during your trip to the beautiful South West.

The Lifetime Lab

2.7km away and 6-minute drive from hotel

The Lifetime Lab in Cork provides an interactive exhibition into the world of science and a whole host of other activities that will keep the minds of your little ones occupied for hours!

Blackrock Castle Observatory

5.7km away and 15-minute drive from hotel

The CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory has ongoing exhibitions throughout the year that will teach people of all ages about the universe in an exciting and engaging environment.

Cork Butter Exchange and Museum

150m away and 2-minute walk from hotel

The Butter Exchange and Museum is a great place to learn about the history of Irish butter, it was the primary butter exchange in Europe and is situated right on our doorstep here in Shandon.

Monkey Maze

7.1km away and 13-minute drive from hotel

Monkey Maze is also an ideal location if you have younger kids that you would like to keep occupied. It’s Europe’s largest indoor activity centre and is a real hit with the kid’s in Cork.

Contact Us

Please be sure to check these activities before your arrival, to ensure they have re-opened in time for your stay.

To book, contact us on +353 (0)21 452 9200 or email

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