At The Hibernian Hotel in Mallow, we understand how precious family time is, and while on a family break you have to make the most of it, keeping the children happy and entertained is a top priority. Our Hotel is perfectly located to showcase all that Cork has to offer, right on our doorstep there is plenty to discover and loads of things to do in Mallow and its surrounds and many family activities that you and your family will remember forever. From our in house facilities, to local historical sites, boutique shopping and golf, we have activities for you and your family to make your family break a memorable one. Check out our special offers page for some great deals on your hotel stay.
We are fortunate to have a wonderful swimming pool on site. We are eco-friendly here in the Hibernian Hotel and we have one of the very few Rain Water pools in the country. Use of the rain pool is complimentary for all hotel residents. We harvest rain and use it to feed our swimming pool. The rain water is treated with UV and it is fully tested to ensure it is safe to swim in, the rain pool provides a much nicer swimming experience for you as we need to add very little chlorine to ensure its safety for our swimmers. Due to restrictions at the moment booking is advised.
Our in house gymnasium is perfect to work out those stresses and keep you on top of your training while you are away. The gymnasium is open to all residents over 16 and is fully equipped with Technogym equipment, with our fully qualified and friendly instructors on hand to help if you need it.
Over the past few years Cork County Council have developed the Castle Park Walk, a beautiful walk along the banks of the River Blackwater, with a footpath all the way. You can go to the rivers edge in places where you can teach your children to skim stones or if your brave enough you can dip your toes. It has some beautiful scenery along the way with loads of open spaces for the children to burn off all their energy.
We are extremely lucky in Mallow to not have one castle but two, the original was burned in the 1600's and a new more modern was built in the grounds just adjacent. The old castle ruins are still there and are a sight to behold, both castles can be viewed from outside while you amble in the gardens, take your picture with a dragon or frolic in the water font.
While ambling around the castle grounds, keep an eye out for the herd of White Deer one of only two in Europe. A gift from Queen Elizabeth 1st of two deer they have grown into a herd and are a great attraction for young and old alike.
Stands tall and proud at the end of Mallow, close to the castle. Renovated recently and now home to offices. It is of the same Tudor style as the Hibernian Hotel and has a fully working clock that chimes on the hour.
As you head from the clock house along the Spa Road, keep an eye out for the Lions Heads and the famous hot Mallow springs in Tip O'Neill park, you will see the steam rise from the springs on the colder days. In days gone by the Mallow Spa was visited by people from all over Europe to enjoy and bath in the springs.
Just a 10 minute drive from the Hibernian Hotel, you will find this hidden gem, a 500 acre estate looked after by the OPW. Entry is free and there is a great children's play park, the park has beautiful gardens and forest walks. There is a café on site but there is also plenty of picnic tables so please talk to reception and they can organise a picnic feast for you to enjoy. As you take a walk keep an eye out for the herds of deer, the many ducks and the garden maze. Doneraile house which is within the park has recently been refurbished and is open to visitors for a fee, please ask at the Hotel Reception for a concession before you visit.
Located a 15 minute drive away just outside the village of Liscarroll you will find The Donkey Sanctury, a charity run farm set up to care for abandoned donkeys, visitors are welcome and entry is free. Take a walk along the paddocks, view the donkeys, learn their names and if your lucky you will be able to give them a rub, feed them some grass and see their personalities shine. While there you can amble through the gift shop, where you can leave a donation or adopt a donkey. There is a picnic area on site where you can enjoy your lunch or pick up some small snacks from the gift shop.
This place ticks all the boxes, if your looking for a fun day out, full of memories then this is a gem, its about 15 minutes by car from the hotel. It has loads of land, height and water based activities such as a water park on the lake, wake boarding, zip line, archery, axe throwing to name but a few. They offer day camps for all ages as well as full or half day activity packages. Please contact reception in the hotel before you book, as we offer hotel residents a concession when they visit.
Just a 20 minute drive towards Cork, the farm in Grenagh will keep you and the little ones busy. Watch the animals, have a ride in the barrel run, visit Tractor Ted and milk the cows. With a play park on site and a restaurant it makes for a great family day out. Entry fees vary and booking may be required, please contact the farm directly on 0214629816.
Just a 20 minute drive from the hotel, Blarney castle and grounds is a must when you visit Cork. There is of course the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone but there is also wonderful gardens and forest walks along the River Martin. Take a stroll through Blarney, visit the square, and all the beautiful cafes and craft shops. Booking may be required so best to ring before you go, their contact number is 0214385252.
We are privileged to have such a facility on our doorstep, Mallow Golf Club is just 5 minutes away and they are open for day visitors, with reduced green fees for off peak bookings, please contact Mallow golf club on 02221145.
Just 30 minutes from the hotel, Cork City Gaol is a wonderful experience. A former gaol which is now a museum, it gives visitors an insight into what life was like for those who spent some time in the gaol. Please contact hotel reception before you visit as they can offer concessions on visits.