Family Staycation in Cork

When planning your next annual family holiday, why not look closer to home and enjoy staycation holidays in Cork! Cork has so much to offer with a large range of activities, experiences and some of the most beautiful sights in all of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy for a relaxing staycation.

We’ve done the hard work for you with a list of staycation activities for you to choose from below. Whether you are interested in a weekend staycation or summer staycation, all you need to do now is book your stay with us and enjoy a hassle-free, fun-filled Irish staycation!

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Instead of travelling abroad this year, why not explore all the experiences Ireland has to offer! We have the perfect family friendly staycation planned for you and don’t worry, we have plenty of indoor options for all weather conditions!

Family Staycation Itinerary

Check out our five-day itinerary for your family:

Day 1


Visit one of Cork’s top family attractions, Fota Wildlife Park! Unlike any ordinary zoo, whenever possible the animals roam free, mixing with other species and us humans! Fota Wildlife Park is just a short drive from Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City and consistently voted one of Ireland’s best visitor attractions. Please note that pre-booking your visit to the park is now essential.


Visit the beautiful Fota House & Gardens nearby, free of charge. Why not have some lunch in the popular Bakestone Cafe.


Fitzgerald Park, a ten-minute walk from the hotel, is situated on the bank of the River Lee. Enjoy Cork’s largest playground, manicured gardens and 18 acres to run free, or even bring your bikes and enjoy free open-air concerts throughout the summer. Bring a picnic to enjoy or visit the Natural Foods Cafe at Fitzgerald Park.

Day 2


Take a trip to Cobh and hop on a ferry to Spike Island, formerly the world’s largest prison. Today you can explore the museums and see what prison life looked like, beautiful scenic walks, child-friendly areas, cafes and more. Voted Ireland’s leading tourist attraction in 2017!


No trip to Cobh is complete without a trip to the Titanic Experience in the town, where the final passengers for the Titanic’s maiden voyage would have boarded.


After a busy day, relax at the hotel and enjoy a delicious taste of Cork evening meal in our Grain & Grill Restaurant followed by a family movie night in our theatre room.

Day 3


Wake up to rain? It won’t dampen your trip! Why not start your day with a dip in our Club Vitae pool & kiddies pool, you may even get to relax in our Jacuzzi and sauna! You can also visit Monkey Maze, Cork’s largest indoor activity centre just a short drive from the hotel.


Take a trip to Air-Tastic Cork for a full afternoon of fun! They offer trampolining, bowling, adventure golf and ninja bounce fun. Hotel guests also receive 10% off entry fees! You can also have lunch in their NY Kitchen.


Just a seven-minute walk from the hotel, Cork’s Gate Cinema is the perfect way to spend an evening. Enjoy a pre-show meal in our Bells Bar before heading to enjoy a movie!

Day 4


Time to explore the majestic Wild Atlantic Way! Kick-off your day in Clonakilty at the Model Railway Village, hotel guests receive 10% off admission fees!


Time to hit the beach! Visit Inchydoney Beach, one of Cork’s largest and most beautiful sandy beaches.


Stroll through Cork City and choose from one of Cork many family restaurants from Milanos, Luigi Malones, Scoozis and many more!

Day 5


Have fun at Rumley’s Farm where you can enjoy a range of activities from petting areas, indoor and outdoor play areas, crazy golf, zip-wire, tractor rides and much more! There is also 10% off entries for hotel guests available.


Blarney Castle & Gardens is another famous Cork experience on our doorstep. Don’t forget to kiss the Blarney Stone when you’re there!


Visit Blackrock Castle for a delicious evening meal in the castle cafe. Where better to finish off your trip to Cork than in the beautiful castle setting and miles of scenic walks just outside.

More Family Activities

Some other activities you can include during your stay:

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Please be aware, some of these activities may be closed until the 29th March 2020.

To book, contact us on +353 (0)21 452 9200 or email

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Common Questions

  • Location & Parking

    What is the history of the hotel?

    Constructed in 1720, our building was the North Infirmary Hospital serving the people of Cork until its closure in 1987. After period of dereliction it was converted into a hotel and subsequently acquired and upgraded to the 4 star Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City. Read here more of our history.

    How far away is Cork city centre?

    We are located in the historic Shandon district of Cork city. The famous Cork Opera House is just across the River Lee with St Patrick’s Street a short stroll beyond. Our hotel is also between 5 and 15 minutes away by car from other important Cork attractions such as Pairc Ui Chaoimh, University College Cork and the University Hospital.

    How far is Cork airport/ Kent train station/ Parnell Bus Station from the Hotel?

    Cork Airport is a short 20-minute drive to the hotel, there is also a frequent bus to the city centre from and to the airport. Kent train station is a 15-minute walk from the hotel and Parnell bus station is only a 10-minute walk from our hotel. Our proximity to Cork’s main transport services makes travelling to or from Maldron Shandon Cork City easy and stress-free.

    Is car parking available at the hotel?

    Our guests can avail of special discounted rates at Carroll’s Quay Car Park, located only a 3 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Please arrive at the reception to check-in and we can provide these tickets to you.

    On-street metered parking is available in the immediate locality and there are a very limited number of parking spaces at the hotel allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Read full details of parking at Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City options and current rates.

  • Hotel Services

    How can I contact the hotel?

    If you have any further enquiries please contact reservations via phone +353(0)21 452 9200 or email

    What time is check-in?

    Check-in is at 2 pm on the day of arrival.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out is at 12 pm on the day of departure.

    Can I get an early check-in?

    Earlier check-in is subject to availability and can not be guaranteed until the day of arrival. If your room is ready early we will be happy to check you in. Otherwise, we are happy to store your luggage until your room is ready.

    Can I get a late check-out?

    Late check-out is available at a fee and must be arranged with the reception during your stay. Please note, that a late check-out is subject to availability.

    Does the hotel have WiFi?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City is pleased to offer complimentary WiFi in all public areas and bedrooms.

  • Rooms

    Are there ironing facilities in the bedrooms?

    Yes, we have ironing facilities in all of our bedrooms.

    Are there hairdryers in the bedrooms?

    Yes, we have hairdryers in all of our bedrooms.

    Are there smoking rooms in the hotel?

    No, we operate a smoke-free policy in Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City and therefore we do not have smoking rooms. Please note that a failure to adhere to this policy will result in an additional cleaning charge.

    Do you accommodate rooms for 2 adults and 3 children?

    Yes, we offer family rooms in the hotel which have 1 double and 2 single beds. We are happy to negotiate a rate for interconnecting rooms. Please contact us directly to discuss +353 (0)57 869 5900.

    Are cots available?

    Yes, cots are available. Please make sure to book your cot at the time of the booking as they are on a first booked, first guaranteed service.

  • Dining

    What times is food served?

    Our Grain & Grill restaurant serves breakfast from 7.30 am to 10.30am daily. Dinner is served at our Grain & Grill Restaurant daily until 9.00pm.

    Bells Bar is open from 12.00pm daily and serves food throughout the day.

    Limited room service, or “In-room dining” is available and you can order from our Click & Go Menu, available through our Guest Service Platform. The food can be collected from the collection area in our restaurant.

    Learn more about our new dining procedures here.

  • Booking

    Can I cancel or amend my booking?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City offers free cancellation up to 2pm on the day of arrival for almost all reservations made on or Some special offers and key dates may specify a special cancellation policy, these will be clearly outlined in the terms & conditions.

    Reservations booked on third party websites and online travel agents have their own cancellation policies, please refer to your confirmation email.

    Will my credit card be charged at the time of the booking?

    Bookings require a credit card for guarantee only unless otherwise stated. For some special offers and specific dates, full payment is required at the time of the booking but these terms will be outlined in the special offer terms & conditions. For all rooms that are being paid for in cash must be accompanied with Photographic Id. No rooms will be let unless payment is guaranteed.

    Can I claim back on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme?

    Our hotel is registered for the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme. If you stay with us between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021 you can claim up to €125 under this scheme, please see for details.

  • Facilities

    Does the hotel have a pool?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City has a 20m indoor swimming pool. Moreover, our guests have access to the Club Vitae leisure centre with a fully equipped gym, separate kids pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. We are proud to have some of the finest leisure facilities in Cork!

    Does the hotel offer family facilities?

    Yes, our complimentary Crafty Kids Club is available during school holidays. We also have a kids’ pool and large family bedrooms available. Check out more about family holidays on our website.

    Is the hotel accessible?

    Yes, we are proud to be verified as offering very good levels of accessibility throughout our hotel. Please click the button below for full details or contact us if you would like any additional information.

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