Midleton Tourist Information, Local Attractions & More..July 28, 2015
Don’t forget to add a visit to Midleton to your holiday Itinerary. Midleton, a bustling market town, is the centre of East Cork in Southern Ireland and is only a 20 minute drive from Trabolgan Holiday Village.
Drawing on the rich resources of the surrounding countryside, Midleton is renowned for its fine food culture and lively pubs.
Legend has it that it was here in Ireland that whiskey was invented. In fact, the town boasts the largest pot still in the world. A stopover to the Old Midleton Distillery is a must. This beautifully restored 18th Century distillery is now a renowned tourist attraction and visitors have the opportunity to become certified whiskey tasters!
History of Midleton
Midleton derives its name from ‘Mainstir na Corann’ meaning ‘The Abbey of the Choir’. This name came from a Cistercian monastery, founded here in the 12th Century, but sadly, destroyed in the 19th Century. St. John the Baptist Church is believed to be the site of the old Abbey with records dating back to 1302.
Nearby the historic villages of Cloyne, Castlemartyr, Killeagh, Shanagarry and Whitegate will woe visitors with their tales from the past and 21st century crafts. Cloyne, with its 11th Century Round Tower and Cathedral, was home to two very famous Bishops. Shanagarry was home to William Penn, the founder of the state of Pennsylvania in America and here, you will now find the famousStephen Pearce Pottery and the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School.
Things to Do in Midleton
Midleton offers a huge variety of activities and attractions for all including superb sea angling, sea adventures, kayaking and sea trips, a variety of walks, miles of Blue Flag beaches. Fota House and Gardens and a wildlife park Fota Wildlife Park. Adding to that are a variety of festivals and exhibitions which make the area your perfect breakaway location – and all within a short drive of Cork City!
There are lots of bar and restaurants including La Trattoria restaurant in Midleton town centre.
Ballycotton, a picturesque angling village, overlooking Ballycotton Lighthouse and is enowned for its relaxing ambience and spectacular cliff walk, this quaint little port is legendary for its sea angling and maritime history. It was off Ballycotton in 1837 that the famous steam ship the “Sirius” was lost. She had previously been the first passenger steam ship to cross the Atlantic.
Tourist information on Midleton
So go on, book your family self catering break at Trabolgan TODAY, the fun starts here!