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October 18, 2018
MID TERM IN CORK CITY 

Are you making plans for this mid-term? Cork comes alive with this October with festivals throughout Cork city & county.  To help you plan your break in the award-winning Montenotte Hotel we have put together a list of wonderful experiences for you to enjoy during your time with us.

Cork City Gaol is located a short 15 minute drive from the Montenotte Hotel. It’s always a tad spooky in the dark corners of Cork City Gaol, but Halloween is when the halls and corridors really come alive. From Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November, kids are invited to arrive to Cork City Gaol in fancy dress and enjoy the Black Cat Treasure Hunt. They will also enjoy ghostly face painting, balloon making and storytelling – all in the historic surrounds of the city gaol, which first opened in 1824. For more information, click here

The highlight of the season is the 13th Annual Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade, which takes place on Halloween night itself Wednesday 31st October 2018. The parade starts at 7.00pm on the Church Street/Shandon Street junction, finishing up on Cornmarket Street at around 8.30pm. There are big crowds out in force for the parade – organisers are expect around 15,000 people (many of whom will be dressed up for the occasion). For more information, click here

Or if you have more time to explore our beautiful county, then take a 90 minute drive to the west cork village of Baltimore. Autumn is an ideal time of year to go whale watching as minke, fin and humpback whales are feeding in Irish waters. Set sail in a catamaran from Baltimore Harbour for a half-day tour of the leviathan’s feeding grounds, also enjoy a stop-off at Cape Clear to take in the stunning scenery.

Also be sure to check out our list of the top 21 things to do in Cork, click here. These experiences will make your stay truly unique, including amazing attractions like Spike Island, winner of Europe’s Leading Attraction Award and second place in the World Travel Awards 2018.  The Jameson Experience, take a tour of the famous distillery at Middleton with more than two centuries of tradition and craft to appreciate. Getting to taste the various whiskies is, of course, also a very good reason to visit.

For more information on what to explore while you enjoy your stay at the award-winning Montenotte Hotel speak with a member of our concierge team who will be delighted to assist you. 

To make a reservation please call 021 4530050, email us or click here to view our packages. 

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