Top 10 Things to do in Ballincollig, Ireland

February 5, 2018 Timmy Ribble

Ballincollig (Irish: Baile an Chollaigh) is a satellite town and largest town in County Cork, Ireland, approximately 9 km west of Cork city. It is located beside the River Lee on the R608 regional road. In 2016 the population of the Ballincollig Electoral Division was 18,621. The nearest towns include: Ballinora, Carrigrohane, Kilnaglory, Ovens, Killumney, Inniscarra, Blarney (home of the Blarney Stone), and Tower. It is located beyond the Green Belt from the Cork city suburbs of Bishopstown and Wilton. Many people from Ballincollig commute to the city for work. It is a mainly residential town.
Restaurants in Ballincollig

1. Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney, Ireland +353 21 438 5252
Excellent
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Blarney Castle & Gardens

Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offedning. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk. LAST ADMISSION IS 60 MINS BEFORE CLOSING TIME

Reviewed By ssycats - RapidCity,SD

We rented a car and drove from Dublin in a snowstorm to Blarney. We really enjoyed this. Thought it was going to be just a tourist trap but really enjoyed the castle, kissing the Blarney Stone, and walking the trails. There were several miles of trails and we spend probably an hour or two walking around. The castle was very cool too. We got there late in the afternoon and all the tour busses were gone. I think it was a good time to visit. We did not have to wait in line to kiss the Blarney Stone. Allow 2-3 hours to visit here. I think the cost to get in for 2 adults was $44 US.

2. Mary O Connells Bar

Main Street, Ballincollig, Ireland
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Mary O Connells Bar

Reviewed By Steven2212 - Wylie, Texas

My Wife and I had lunch here today. We both Had the Fish Goujons and chips and of course I had to have an Irish Coffee. The food was brought out to us Extremely Fast even though they were pretty busy and it was Very Nice. The Coffee was as well.

3. Nano Nagle Place

Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland +353 21 419 3580
Excellent
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5 based on 112 reviews

Nano Nagle Place

Nano Nagle Place is a restored walled convent with beautiful hidden Gardens and graveyards, the fab Good Day Deli garden café and design & book shop in the centre of bustling Cork city. Our state of the art heritage centre tells the extraordinary story 18th century Cork and how Nano Nagle worked tirelessly to educate the poor of the city. History, heritage, culture, great food & coffee, stunning architecture & landscaping and a very warm welcome await! Come and explore all that's good in Cork!

Reviewed By Sarah H

Nano Nagle Place was such a wonderful experience. The grounds are heavenly as is the small cafe situated there. Agnes at the welcome desk was so kind and thoughtful and I can’t thank her enough! The museum was interactive and very engaging. Would highly recommend...MoreSarah - Thanks for the lovely generous review. I'll be sure to pass on your compliments to Agnes. Do come and see us again - we are starting to curate regular cultural events - Concerts, lectures, book launches, Exhibitions etc. Kind regards, Shane Clarke (CEO)

4. Blarney Woollen Mills

Blarney, Ireland +353 21 451 6111
Excellent
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4.5 based on 703 reviews

Blarney Woollen Mills

What was once a small souvenir shop in a thatched cottage on wheels is now the largest Irish store in the World. Located in the small village of Blarney which is famous for the Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills now occupies a space of 60,000 square ft and is a key feature of the renowned Irish village.

Reviewed By vannsandra - Bundaberg

Our Irish friends took us here and ensured that we got some lovely woollen coats and throws. There were souvenirs galore as well, and we came away with lots of fun trinkets, t-shirts etc for both family and ourselves. Well worth a visit - don't forget your purse. They were also very good at setting up a tax-free card for us, so that we could either get our tax back there and then, or when we left Ireland. Friendly and efficient.

5. Blarney Chocolate Factory

The Square, Blarney Cork, Ireland +353 21 438 2808
Excellent
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4.5 based on 111 reviews

Blarney Chocolate Factory

An oasis of chocolate happiness in the beautiful Blarney Village. After kissing the famous Blarney Stone and enjoying the fabulous grounds of Blarney Castle Estate, Blarney Chocolate Factory is your next stop. Beautiful hand made chocolates, great coffee, hot chocolate and a warm welcome always awaits.

Reviewed By michael k - Dublin, Ireland

Lovely shop with great great chocolate- pity for the management that it can be so easily missed due to an anonymous shop front. A BIG window showing the inside of the shop is all that is required to entice people in. Lovely shop that deserves a bigger footfall.

6. Annie Moore Statue

Westbourne Place | Waterfront, Cobh, Ireland
Excellent
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4.5 based on 283 reviews

Annie Moore Statue

Reviewed By Judith38Cork_Ireland - Cork, Ireland

My family were in Cobh and we were drawn to this statue of Annie Moore with her brothers.
Annie Moore was the first passenger to be processed at Ellis Island in America, when it officially opened on January 1, 1892.
Annie and her two younger brothers (Anthony & Phillip) had sailed from Cobh to the USA, on the S.S. Nevada. They left their native Irish shores on December 20, 1891 with 148 steerage passengers then spent 12 days at sea.
It must have been a strange journey for such a young family, knowing that they would never return to their homeland and yet looking forward with hope to the promise of a future, away from poverty, famine and hardship.
They finally arrived in New York on New Year's eve 1891 to start their new life.

7. Lime Kiln

51.885506,-8.617629 , Coolroe Road, Ballincollig, Ireland
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4 based on 3 reviews

Lime Kiln

Reviewed By Cillian I - Ballincollig, Cork, Ireland

I had walked/driven past this about a million times before I finally stopped and actually had a proper look at it. It is amazing to see something like this still around in such a constantly growing town. It is nice to see it wasn't knocked and built over when the road was built along side it.

8. Ballincollig Castle

Castle Road, Ballincollig, Ireland
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3.5 based on 4 reviews

Ballincollig Castle

Reviewed By Jackie C - Cork, Ireland

Came across this place by mistake. Its slightly tough to get to as it involves hoping a small fence and walking through a filed or two . The castle itself is basically a tower with 3 floors . Its hard to actually get into the tower as the entrance is high of the ground . Unfortunately the local gangs seem to hang here and the ground floor is covered in cans and bottles of beer . There were also a lot of bats and birds flying about and as the steeps are very tight its not very nice at times . The top of the tower is nice however . Overall its a decent place to visit if you like history .

9. Fitzgerald Park

Mardyke Walk, Cork, Ireland +353 21 427 0679
Excellent
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4.5 based on 497 reviews

Fitzgerald Park

Reviewed By cocktailsfor2 - Cork, Ireland

Here is a gem in the middle of the city where you can stroll feed the birds and most of all engage and enjoy the true Cork man or woman at there best they love their city and their sport it’s an educational experience to listen ‘ friendly and sincere I’ll be back BOI ❤️❤️❤️❤️

10. St. Peter and Paul's Church

Paul St. | Cork City, Cork, Ireland +353 21 427 6573
Excellent
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4.5 based on 187 reviews

St. Peter and Paul's Church

Reviewed By James O - Cork, Ireland

There is something within this most magnificent church for everyone, whether you are religious or not. Firstly on walking through the doors into the dimly lit church the peace and quiet envelopes you, as not a single sound of the external hustle and bustle penetrates into this sanctuary of peace.
For the non religious the stained glass and timber carvings are a sight to behold, and the pulpit is one of the most beautiful timber carvings I have ever seen. The craftsmanship associated with every genre within the church is unsurpassed.
For everyone entering the sense of peace and quiet contemplation is priceless, an oasis of calm for your brain to contemplate anything or nothing as you so wish.
Well worth a visit to recharge your spirit.

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