County Cork is located in the South of Ireland and offers a wide range of sights and activities for both parents and toddlers. The County has recently established itself as a gourmet capital and the seafood and local artisan food are well worth sampling.
Cork city is small and easy to get around with a stroller. There are plenty of baby and toddler friendly restaurants and changing areas dotted around the city and you will be able to find all of your necessities in its many departments stores, supermarkets and pharmacies.
There are some lovely parks in and around the city and the beaches are within close proximity, although the water may not be warm enough for toddlers to paddle in barefoot.
Cork is also the largest county in Ireland and there is plenty to do outside of the city. Kinsale town is well worth visiting and offers a small and walkable town, formerly a fishing village which is now famed for it cuisine and its picturesque streets.
West Cork is ideal for a relaxed holiday with towns such as Skibbereen, Baltimore, Schull, Clonakility, Bantry and Castletownbere being ideal for families. Mizen Head lighthouse is set upon Ireland’s southernmost peninsula and offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the county.
There are also plenty of activities which will please toddlers sucha s petting zoos, open farms, the fairy walk in Rineen, donkey sanctuaries and of course, Fota Island Wildlife Park. There are also loads of activities which are suitable for rainy days such as soft play areas and indoor swimming pools with specially allocated baby and toddler sections. Trabolgan, located in East Cork is a family resort with a swimming pool, soft play areas, playgrounds and more (see ‘What to Do’ for more information).