Fun Family Things To Do In Cork

Indoors or out, there’s a world of adventures to discover when you stay at Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City.

Hotel Activities


Our leisure centre has an amazing 20m pool plus a separate children’s pool for littler ones. Children are welcome in the pool area until 7pm daily and a family changing cubicle is available.

Kids Club

Our free Crafty Kids Club runs during school holidays with a fantastic programme of activities for children aged 4 – 12.

Outdoor Adventures

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 Irelands’ best visitor attractions.

Cork Sea Safari

If you and your family are a fan of the outdoors, and you’re keen to get some fresh air Cork Sea Safari have some great harbour tours that are full of adventure and excitement.

Rumleys Open Farm

One of the most amazing petting farm experiences in Cork Rumleys Open Farm is ideal for family day outs, birthday parties and school tours. It has both indoor and outdoor activities making it an ideal day out whatever the weather!

Cobh, The Titanic Experience

This historical Cork attraction is situated in the original ticket office for the white star line where the final passengers for the Titanic’s maiden voyage would have boarded. Steeped in history the fantastic Titanic Experience is just 30 minutes’ drive from Cork City.

Cobh, Spike Island

Voted one of Europe’s leading tourist attractions, this former prison is now the perfect family day trip! Take a boat to Spike Island to see how the prisoners used to live and enjoy the beauty of the Island. Or for the very brave, take the evening “Ghost Tour” but warning, this is not for the faint of heart!

The Donkey Sanctuary

In the beautiful rolling countryside just outside Liscarroll, you will find The Donkey Sanctuary.  This amazing charity has rescued over 5200 donkeys from all parts of Ireland who are now living their life on this lovely petting farm. There is also stunning walkways to enjoy and plenty of complimentary parking.

Indoor Fun

Because Ireland is Ireland, and it very often rains in this beautiful part of the world, we need to provide a contingency plan to keep the family entertained during your trip to the beautiful South West.

The Lifetime Lab

The Lifetime Lab in Cork provides an interactive exhibition into the world of science and a whole host of other activities that will keep the minds of your little ones occupied for hours!

Blackrock Castle Observatory

The CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory has ongoing exhibitions throughout the year that will teach people of all ages about the universe in an exciting and engaging environment.

Cork Butter Exchange and Museum

The Butter Exchange and Museum is a great place to learn about the history of Irish butter, it was the primary butter exchange in Europe and is situated right on our doorstep here in Shandon.


For that fun filled afternoon indoors then look no further then Rollerjam in Ballincollig – perfect for all those that enjoy roller skating – suitable for the whole family!

Monkey Maze

Monkey Maze is also an ideal location if you have younger kids that you would like to keep occupied. It’s Europe’s largest indoor activity centre and is a real hit with the kid’s in Cork.

Search our FAQs

Common Questions

  • How far is Cork city centre?

    We are located in the historic Shandon district of downtown Cork. The famous Cork Opera House is just across the River Lee with St Patrick’s Street a short stroll beyond.

  • Is car parking available at the hotel?

    Our guests can avail of special discounted rates at Carroll’s Quay Car Park, located only 3 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Please arrive at 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 first come, first served basis. Read full details of parking at Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City options and current rates.

  • Check in & Check out times

    Check in is 2pm on the day of arrival and check out is 12pm on the day of departure. Should you arrive to the hotel earlier, we are happy to store luggage, also if your room is ready early we will be happy to check you in but this cannot be guaranteed. Late check out is available at a fee and must be arranged with reception during your stay.

  • What times is food served?

    grain & grill restaurant serves breakfast 7.00am to 10.30am Monday to Friday and 8.00am to 11.00am weekends and bank holidays. Dinner is served daily in grain & grill restaurant from 6.00pm until 9.00pm. Lunch menus are also available for groups but do need to be reserved in advance.

    Bells Bar served coffees and pastries from 10.30am to 12.30pm daily and full bar food menu from 12.30pm to 9.30pm.

    Outside of these times we have 24 hour sandwich and pizza menu available from room service.

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

    Bookings require a credit card for guarantee only unless otherwise stated. For some special offers and specific dates, full payment is required at time of 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 cancel or amend my booking?

    Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork CIty offers free cancellation up to 2.00pm 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.

  • Does the hotel have WiFi?

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

  • Does the hotel have a pool?

    We have some of the finest leisure facilities in Cork! Guests enjoy full use of our Club Vitae leisure centre with fully equipped gym, 20m swimming pool, separate kids pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.

  • Does the hotel offer family facilities?

    Yes, our Crafty Kids club is available during school holidays. We also have a kids’ pool and large family bedrooms available.

  • 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 (057) 8695900.

  • 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.

  • 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?

    We operate a smoke free policy in Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City and therefore we do not have smoking rooms. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in an additional cleaning charge.

  • 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 more of our history here.

  • Contact details

    If you have any further enquiries please contact reservations on:

    (021) 4529200 or email


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