Top picks for things to do in Cork with kids

If you are looking to get away on a last minute family break there is plenty to do in Cork to keep your little ones entertained. Cork city is great for kids and the city has been voted the “top 10 in the best cities to visit” by the Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2010”.

Checkout some of our top picks for things to do in Cork with kids.

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Singin’ in the Rain this Summer at the Cork Opera House

If you are looking for ways to keep the kids entertained this Summer, the hit musical “Singin’ in the Rain” is set to take place in the Montenotte Hotel Cork from the 23rd July until the 16th August.

The classic MGM music about Hollywood in the 20’s is a light hearted spoof of frantic Hollywood featuring some of  some of the best-loved comedy routines, dance numbers and love ballads every written. Classic family entertainment that everyone will love, the musical is set to feature classic songs such as “Singin in the Rain”, “Good Morning”, “Make Em Laugh” and many more.

With tickets from only €20- €30 per person or €70- €100 per family this home-grown production is sure to keep the family entertained. The Cork Opera House is located just a 6 minute drive or 25 minute walk from the Cork Opera House. For the best value family breaks this Summer visit and remember to book direct to get the best deal.

Schools out for the Summer!

Now that school is out for the Summer, for family breaks in Cork look no further than the four star Montenotte Hotel Cork. Choose from a range of all inclusive family breaks and enjoy the host of attractions Cork has to offer your family.

schools-out-for-summer-1Choose from our fantastic range of accommodation options including 107 comfortable guest rooms and two-bedroomed apartments, an ideal alternative for those in need of extra space.

Complimentary access is also included in all of our packages including 20 metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and gym.

With a range of kid’s activities right in the city to keep the little ones entertained, they will be spoilt for choice. If you are strolling around Cork city centre take a walk up to Shandon and ring the bells. Near the Shandon Bells, pop into Lenihans traditional sweet shop who have been expert hard sweet makers for decades. Also worth checking out is a show in either the Cork Opera House or the Everyman Palace Theatre who both are running special shows during the school holidays.

Within a short drive of the city is Leahy’s Open Farm, Monkey Mave as well as Fota Wildlife Park, one of Europe’s most progressive Wildlife Parks with now over 90 species of wildlife.

For the best value family breaks this Summer, don’t forget to book direct to get the best deal!

Pulses of Tradition at the Triskel Christchurch in Cork

The highly acclaimed traditional Irish music, singing and dance spectacular “Pulses of Tradition” is set to run at the Triskel Christchurch Cork every Thursday and Friday night during the Summer until mid-September.

The show which is a celebration of our musical heritage is current, engaging and it gives a new lease of life to traditional music. The show features internationally-respected professional traditional Irish musicians as well as world- champion Irish dancing. Exciting and entertaining, comments on Tripadvisor have described the show as “exhilarating”, “superbly authentic” and a “must see when in Cork”.

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Live at the Marquee

With only a few weeks to go exciting is building for this year’s Live at the Marquee Festival.  For hotels in the heart of the festival atmosphere this Summer choose the Montenotte Hotel.  The hotel is located just a short drive away from the showgrounds on Monaghan Road, close to Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Live at the Marquee is the only Irish Festival which spans the entire summer. The very first Live at the Marquee began 10 years ago in 2005 when the city of Cork was given the title of European Capital of Culture.

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Hen and Stag Parties at the Montenotte Hotel Cork

For all brides and grooms to be, Cork city is the perfect destination for a hen or stag party. In fact Cork city was recently named by the Lonely Planet guide for being among the top 10 best cities to visit, saying “Cork is at the top of its game right now, sophisticated, vibrant and diverse, while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quick-fire wit”.

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St. Patrick’s Weekend and Family Easter events at Cork Opera House!

St. Patrick’s Weekend and Family Easter events at Cork Opera House! Our top picks are Kilfenora Ceili Band, Paddys Night Fleadh and Jurassic Adventures! Pop into us for some pre or post show dining, or book a room and make a night of it!


Celebrations are the reel deal at Cork Opera House

St Patrick’s Festival

Kilfenora Céilí Band Saturday 14th March, 8pm

Paddy’s Night Fleadh Tuesday 17th March 8pm



From Saturday 14th March, the city of Cork promises to a hub of activity and entertainment with the annual St. Patrick’s Festival. Cork Opera House is delighted to once again be part of the festivities with two very special concerts, celebrating traditional Irish music and song.


The world-renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band kick off the festivities on Saturday 14th March as they make a much anticipated return to the Cork Opera House stage. Their performance coincides with the March 13th release of their brand new album, Now Is The Hour.


After 105 years in the business, the Kilfenora Céilí Band are seen by many aficionados as the quintessential Irish céilí band. Their core repertoire of dance music, punctuated with an incomparable lift and rhythm, defines an unbroken tradition that dates from the beginning of the twentieth century. Despite this link with the past, their recent recordings and concert performances point to a broadening of the perceived boundaries of their genre. Collaborations with a diverse range of song and dance artists, experimentation with repertoire outside of the dance domain and complex harmonic arrangements speak to an ensemble who is pioneering new and exciting performance contexts for the céilí band genre.


2015 is set to be an exciting time for the powerful 13-member super group and their audiences. The new album, which features the lead single ‘My Heart’s Tonight In Ireland’ will showcase a musical gear change for the ensemble. Artistic tension between the dance music heritage and their big new soundscape has added spice to their large-scale theatre spectacle complete with pile-driving rhythms, slick dancers and the talented Don Stiffe on vocals.


A fitting close to the festival on St Patrick’s Day itself is the newest addition to the programme, Paddy’s Night Fleadhon Tuesday 17th March. A celebration of traditional Irish music and song, the concert presents a fantastic line-up featuring the legendary John Spillane, traditional Irish folk music legend and Cork native, Jimmy Crowley and internationally acclaimed singer Karen Casey who will perform with an impressive choir of 30 adults and children. The night will also feature performances from Elaine Cormican, Anna Mitchell, Niall Vallely, and the internationally acclaimed Pulses of Tradition.


The concert follows on from the recently sold-out Gradam Ceoil ceremony from TG4 and again puts Cork firmly on the map as a hub for traditional Irish culture. The perfect choice for those looking for an authentic Irish experience, Paddy’s Night Fleadh promises to be an exceptional evening of music and entertainment for young and old alike.


Come to Cork Opera House this St Patrick’s weekend and enjoy the “ceol agus craic” that comes with celebrating our National Holiday!


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Kilfenora Ceili Band: €26*

Date: Saturday 14th


Paddy’s Night Fleidh: €17*

Date: Tuesday 17th March, 8pm


Booking: Booking and information on or 021-4270022

*Booking fee may apply




The most exciting family show since time began

 is about to be discovered…

Jurassic Adventures

Cork Opera House

Friday 3rd April, 4pm


After performing to over 70,000 people all over the world, Cork Opera House is delighted to announce that Jurassic Adventureswill be bringing their epic new production to Ireland for the very first time on 4th April. Jurassic Adventures is a larger-than-life family show that merges culture, fun, history and prehistory into an entertaining and complete theatrical experience for the whole family.

Using a climate system that simulates artificial olfactory environments, state of the art lighting, sound and superb scenery to recreate a stage-styled theme park, the audience is not only transported to the park itself, but also participates in the adventure.

The cast of actresses, actors and puppeteers/stunt men unveil the most intriguing secrets of a theme park where everything is possible; from experiencing a cyclone, to interacting with two ‘real’ dinosaurs who make realistic body movements and sounds.

Accidents, technical failures, escapes, storms and many special effects will transport audiences to a prehistoric place full of fun, thrills and screams. With the birth of the first baby dinosaur of the park and exciting situations that culminate with two dinosaurs in an epic showdown, for parents and children alike, this is sure to be an event not to be missed!



Suitable for ages 3+

Date: Friday 3rd April, 4pm

Tickets: €15, €20, €25 (Booking fee may apply)

Booking: Booking and information on or 021-4270022

The Wedding of your Dreams!

Do you dream of a wedding venue that caters to all your needs and wants, with supportive staff to make your wedding day as stress-free as possible? Then look no further than The Montenotte Hotel. Our main aim is to ensure your wedding day goes according to plan and that you and your guests have an all-round day to remember!
The Montenotte Hotel offers wedding packages to suit all tastes and budgets in a stunning location with extensive views of the rebel county. We offer great personal care and service and will work with you to create a fabulous wedding experience that you will cherish forever!
We have just released our brand new 2015 wedding packages; Indulgence, Cashmere Delight and Velvet Bliss. Check them out in full detail here and take a step closer to the wedding of your dreams!
We also cater for Civil Ceremonies, Civil Partnerships & Humanist Ceremonies. We offer suites in the hotel and cater for 10 to 250 guests, beautifully set with red carpet aisle, flickering candles, fresh flowers and dimmed lights all with our compliments.
The Montenotte Hotel also hosts Pre & Post wedding Parties. If you and your family would like to arrange a pre wedding dinner party, get together before the big day or just to relax & unwind the next day with your friends & family in the Vista Bar, we have lots of options available from finger food platters, BBQ, Buffets to dining in the Vista Bistro.
For full information on all of our wedding packages and options, please check out our 2015 Wedding Brochure here. If you have any further questions or special requests, please do not hesitate to give us a call today on (021) 453 0050. We look forward to hearing from you.

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