Tuesday, April 26, 2022

A Visit To Kilcrea Friary | Free Places To Visit In Cork

We love visiting historical places within Ireland and of Ireland's beautiful historical sites is Kilcrea Friary, located in County Cork. 

Kilcrea Friday was founded in or around 1465 and it's ruins stand today for people to visit and explore.

I love sharing free places to visit within Cork, when I stumble across them and Kilcrea Friary is a real find for history lovers to enjoy.

As a family, we love visiting historic places and Kilcrea Friday is a real gem to visit, situated in Ovens, on the Cork to Bantry Road - it's very easy to find via Google Maps.

For ruins, a lot of the friary is actually quite well preserved and burials still take place there today. For history lovers, there's a lot to see and the friary itself had quite a magical feel to it - as do most historic sites in Ireland to be fair.

It's a lovely peaceful site, surrounded by grass lawn, trees and a little river nearby. We visited with our two boys (9 and 5) and they enjoyed exploring it too.

On the other side of the road, a quick walk through a farmer's field - right of way is given but please respect the land, is Kilcrea Castle. 

We also went here for a look, but be warned and wear shoes with good grip as it was incredibly muddy at the castle and the field is used for cows.

The castle itself remains well intact but we didn't venture up it.

If you're looking for a nice, peaceful spot, steeped in history and free for all to visit then I'd recommend a visit to Kilcrea Friary.

 For more days out inspiration or places to visit within Cork visit my Cork section for all our previous adventures and travels within the county.


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