Staycation for Couples & Friendcations

When planning your next romantic getaway or a ‘friendcation’, 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.

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!

Staycation Itinerary

Cork, the real capital of Ireland(!) has so much to see and do. Check out what we have planned for you below.

Day 1


Visit the English Market, just a few minutes walk from the hotel, one of Cork’s most popular attractions and the most famous food market in Ireland. Enjoy a coffee and a cake in the cafe overlooking the buzz of the bustling market.


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


For a true authentic Cork experience, head to MacCurtain Street, one of Cork’s oldest streets and #PureCork bars. This street is where the locals go and offers a selection of old-style Cork bars but also modern, contemporary restaurants and eateries. Perfect for a great night out in Cork!

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 and dine in our Grain & Grill Restaurant before heading into the city centre. Enjoy one of the many gigs on offer in the busy Cork bars or enjoy some cocktails in one some of Cork’s finest cocktail bars, stay going and hit one of the many lively nightclubs, all on our doorstep!

Day 3


After a late night, why not relax and treat yourself to 50% off a spa treatment in our sister hotel Clayton Hotel Cork City Essence Spa.


Hit the road and visit the picturesque town of Kinsale and spend the afternoon wandering the beautiful streets and take a trip to Charles Fort Castle.


No trip to Cork is complete without a trip to the shops! Late night shopping in Opera Lane, just a 4-minute walk from the hotel, is a must with shops such as River Island, TopShop, H&M and more available here.

Day 4


Feeling like exploring the Wild Atlantic Way? Head to Bantry to Bantry Bay Boat Hire, rent your own speed boat, kayaks or even experience a seafood tour in Bantry Bay!


While in Bantry, why not take the ferry to Whiddy Island and do one of the many walks around the island or visit the famous Garnish Island just a short drive away.


After a busy day, relax in the hotel’s Bells Bar with some drinks and local craft beer or cocktails and enjoy a taste of Cork evening meal.

Day 5


Visit one of Cork’s top attractions, Fota Wildlife Park, not just for kids! 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, 10-minute walk from the hotel, is situated on the picturesque bank of the River Lee. Enjoy the 18 acres of manicured gardens and enjoy free evening open-air concerts throughout the summer. Bring a picnic to enjoy or visit the Natural Foods Cafe at Fitzgerald Park. You can also visit the Cork Public Museum on-site for free and see Dermot Gavin’s Sky Garden creation.

More 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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