As green as it is beautiful, Cork provides no shortage of parks and public gardens in the city centre – and beyond. From the historic Fitzgerald Park, lined with museums and ornate fountains, to the ancient Ballybrook Woods, there are plenty of scenic places to unwind. Here’s our lowdown on the best parks to visit in and near Cork city in Ireland.
A two-mile-long (3km) riverside walk that winds its way around the River Lee, this trail ends with panoramic views of Cork’s centre. The path runs parallel to the Twopot River and past the scattered ruins of Bishopstown House, which includes an ornamental lake and a crumbling limestone hut. Across the river, there’s a stone-encircled grassy field – a rural, out-of-the-way park that’s blissfully close to the city centre. You’ll need to hike a short while to get here, and the park is worth exploring as part of a more extensive walking tour – but it rewards visitors with impressive views of the city. This destination is a 15-minute car journey from Cork’s centre, and public transport is also available.