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Museums, Galleries. Listed by county. Free things to do with Kids has been a big hit in the UK for a number of years. With around a million page views a year we are now adding the Free Things & Stuff To Do in the Republic of Ireland by county.

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Free Days Out in County Cork and Cork City, ROI

Barryscourt Castle, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork.

The castle was originally built in the 12th century and rebuilt in the 16th century. Its largely intact bawn wall and corner towers, is a fine example of an Irish tower house.

Both the First floor Main Hall and the Second Floor Great Hall have been extensively restored with fittings and furnishings reinstated.

The Orchard has been restored to an original 16th century design and an herb garden has been reinstated in the bawn.

Location: Near Carrigtwohill off the Cork-Youghal Road (N25).

Opening Hours: Daily 10.00 - 18.00 from 26th May - 28th Sept

Average Length of Visit: 1 Hour

Last admission: 45 minutes before closing.

Admission charges: Free of charge

Telephone No: +353 21 488 2218

Facilities: Exhibition, toilets, car park.

Restaurant / Tearooms

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery,
Emmet Place, Cork

Crawford Art Gallery is the city art museum for Cork, dedicated to informing a wide audience about the significant role that the visual arts play in contemporary life and culture.

Admission to the Gallery and to exhibitions is Free.

Tel: 021 4273377

Doneraile Wildlife Park, Doneraile, Co. Cork

11kms north-east from Mallow; Turn 6kms off the Mallow-Limerick road into R581; Turn 15kms off the Mallow-Mitchellstown road into R522

The Park comprises approximately 166 hectares and is an outstanding example of an 18th century landscaped park in the 'Capability Brown' style.

Mature groves of deciduous trees, several restored water features and a number of deer herds can be viewed along the many pathways within the Park.

The pathways are generally accessible for people with special needs. Doneraile Court, the former residence of the St. Leger family, is situated within the Park.

DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS THERE IS PEDESTRIAN ACCESS ONLY TO THE PARK. WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED. It will be opened to the public in the future, following completion of necessary restoration and safety works.

Telephone No: +353 87 251 5965

Open Summer ~ Mon - Fri 08.00 - 20.00 Sat, Sun, Bank Holidays 09.00 - 20.00 / Winter ~ Mon - Fri 08.00 - 17.00 Sat, Sun, Bank Holidays 09.00 - 17.00

Average Length of Visit: 1 - 2 hours

Admission Free

Car park, Picnic areas and Toilets.

The Donkey Sanctuary, Ireland
Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork, Ireland

The Donkey Sanctuary, Ireland

The Donkey Sanctuary is set in the beautiful rolling countryside of County Cork, just outside the village of Liscarroll.

When you arrive in Liscarroll, take the turning up past the castle and the Sanctuary is about 500 metres up that road on the right.

The Donkey Sanctuary, Ireland has, over the years, taken in around 3,000 donkeys rescued from all parts of the country. Many donkeys have been abandoned or put in a field and given little or no attention after having worked for their owners for years, hauling peat or pulling a cart. The Donkey Sanctuary, Ireland strongly believe that the donkey's suffering should cease!

Opening times: Mon - Fri, 09.00 to 16.30 / Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays, 10.00 to 17.00

The Sanctuary is Free admission

Tel: +353 (0) 22 48398


Fota Arboretum and Gardens, Fota Island, Cork Harbour, Carrigtwohill, Cork.

Fota Arboretum contains an extensive collection of trees and shrubs extending over an area of approx. 11 hectares (27 acres) and includes features such as ornamental pond, Italian and walled gardens.

The collection includes many tender plants that could not be grown at inland locations with many examples of exotic plants from the southern hemisphere.

The Gardens at Fota were laid out by James Hugh Smith-Barry in the first half of the 19th century.

Open For vehicles: Apr - Oct: Mon - Sat 09.00 - 18.00 / Sun 09.00 - 18.00
Nov - Mar: Mon - Fri 09.00 - 17.00 / Sun 09. 00 - 17.00

For pedestrians: Open all year round as times above.

Average Length of Visit: 1-2 hours

Admission Free

Facilities: Picnic area, public car/coach parking, toilets, gardens accessible to disabled

Tel: +353 21 481 2728

Below this line, in the grey area, we are adding alternative days out to the Free listings that DoFreeStuff is renowned for. This is to help you plan your family days out. The attractions listed below make a charge for admission!


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