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Things to do in Kerry, Cork + the Southwest

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Kerry, Cork + the Southwest. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Kerry, Cork + the Southwest attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Kerry, Cork + the Southwest to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Kerry, Cork + the Southwest.

  • An Teach Beag

    An ideal pub with traditional music and the feel of Old Ireland. More
  • Ballybunion

    Description: If Ireland can be said to have rocked the game out of its cradle and raised it on creamy stout, the brawniest of its brood is Ballybuni ... More
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    Ballymaloe Cookery School

    Daylong classes on the 100-acre organic farm includge mushroom foraging, wine tasting, and raising chickens. Indulge in a class taught by Rachel Al... More
  • Cork Butter Museum

    The collection includes medieval-looking churns and old butter-block wrappers with sublime graphics, but the pièce de résistance was an ancient cor... More
  • Drombeg Stone Circle

  • English Market

    Cork's best artisans and purveyors gather here to sell products like soda bread, organic greens and seafood. The 1780's brick structure's interior ... More
  • Holden Leather Goods

    The shop has a line of sophisticated bags by designer Conor Holden that you won't see anywhere else. More
  • Lakes of Killarney

  • Lisbeth Mulcahy

    The weaver sells her wool and linen throws and wall hangings, along with leather goods. More
  • Lough Hyne

    The hike to the top takes a solid half-hour, but the vistas on the way up are worth it if the visibility is good. More
  • Ma Murphy's

    Writers from the West Cork Literary Festival soak up local atmosphere at this classic pub. More
  • Manning's Emporium

    A stand stocked with West Cork cheeses: Ardrahan, Garrigaline, Coolea, Durrus, Gubbeen. More
  • Michelle Mitton Design Gallery

    A collection of works by West Cork ceramicists Sara Flynn and Mary Neeson, whose porcelain lanterns are like miniature Mariko Mori sculptures. More
  • Old Head Golf Links

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