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An intriguing heritage can be found in this eastern corner of County Cork. Countless historical sites and buildings of cultural interest, including ancient castles, monasteries and an old walled port, can be explored. Nowhere else in Ireland will you find such a collection of fascinating heritage sites, heritage towns and maritime fortifications.

Visit our Heritage Trail for locations of some of these exciting sites
Youghal Heritage Town
Youghal is a unique designated Heritage Town of Ireland and an old walled port. The town walls survice to this day. In its day, it was one of busiest ports in the British Isles.
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Spike Island
Site of historical intrique since Christianity first came to Ireland.
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St Colmans Roman Catholic Cathedral
The magnificent neo-Gothic St Colmans Cathedral, a triumph of the master architects Edward Welby Pugin and George Ashlin & Thomas Coleman, stands on an elevated platform overlooking the magnificent Harbour of Cobh and Cork

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Belvelly Castle Belvelly Bridge and the Martello Towers in the inner harbour
Belvelly Bridge and Castle provides visitors with breathtaking historic scenery as they pass over the only bridge linking Cobh with the mainland.
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St. Mary's Collegiate Church Youghal
The National Monument of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church is of  unparalleled historical importance for Ireland and one of the oldest churches in the country.  It occupies a site devoted to religious worship since early Christian times.
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Cobh Heritage Town
The Heritage Town of Cobh is located on Great Island, at the heart of Cork Harbour, 25km from the City of Cork.
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Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens
Experience life in an Irish great house and enjoy an array of unique activities specially organised for our Family Fun programme. Excitingly, this year, the Big House will see the return of its original art and effects.
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Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills
Ballincollig Royal Gunpowder Mills lie in what is now Ballincollig Regional Park and is Ireland's largest industrial archaeological site. It can be accessd via Inniscarra Bridge as well as via the East Gate by the new Aldi in Ballincollig.

The white round tower at the entrance to the park was once a watch house for the gunpowder mills where workers were searched upon entering the complex.  It is possible to enjoy a walk along the designated paths and see the ruins of other  old buildings associated with gunpowder manufacture. These include a charcoal mill, a sawmill, a huge circular coal store and two magazines at the eastern end, a boiler house in the middle for drying the powder and the weir and Inniscarra Bridge at the western end.

One of the most important features of the site is the main canal which runs the length of the complex and which acted as a means of transport within the factory as well as providing the power to drive the waterwheels of the mills.
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