What to do in
Cork County & City

Things to do on the grounds, in the locality and in Cork.

On The Grounds

Art Exhibition

Ballymaloe Grainstore, located on the grounds of Ballymaloe House, is a host to ongoing art exhibition featuring a diverse range of Irish Artists. The collection of art pieces changes every 6 weeks, offering a unique and fresh experience for visitors.

Art at Ballymaloe

Several fine art pieces owned by Ballymaloe House are exhibited in the drawing room and throughout the dining rooms. To learn about the pieces, join the History Tour with Fern Allen on Thursdays and Saturdays at11am.

Ballymaloe Shop & Café

The Ballymaloe shop is located on the grounds of Ballymaloe House, selling Irish-made gifts, craft, knitwear and kitchenware, open 7 days per week from 9am to 6pm. Ballymaloe Café is located at the rear of the gift shop, serving homemade cakes and beverages, open daily 10am to 5pm.


Residents of Ballymaloe House can enjoy a classic game of croquet on the lush green lawn, located at the front of the house. With its traditional charm and relaxed pace, croquet is a fun activity for all ages and skill levels. A perfect way to unwind and enjoy a day in the sun. Mallets and balls are provided.


Residents of Ballymaloe House can enjoy scenic cycling on the grounds of the estate. The picturesque route takes you through the gardens, along the paths, and past lush fields. A perfect way to relax and stay active during your stay. Bikes of several sizes are available.

Summer Swimming

Outdoor swimming pool is opened once the weather gets warmer, normally from May to September. Although heated, the pool is only opened through the summer season. The rest of the year, we give the space to aquatic wildlife, and in the Spring a home to hundreds of tadpoles.


Residents of Ballymaloe House can enjoy the use of a private, outdoor tennis court surrounded by lush greenery, offering a serene setting for a friendly match. Equipment is provided and pre-bookings are not necessary, what a great way to stay active.

Visit the Farm

Ballymaloe Farm is a home to variety of animals such as free-range hens and pigs, cows, and sheep. A visit to the farm will allow you to interact with animals up close, learn about sustainable farming practices and enjoy the fresh air. Throughout the grounds you will see other examples of nature initiatives such as owl breeding boxes and our own beehives.


There are many nice walks around the Ballymaloe gardens, woodlands & farm, these are all marked on a detailed map which is available at reception.


Ballymaloe House is set on 300-acres of gardens, woodlands, and farmland. Our guests are provided with a pair of wellingtons, allowing to wonder effortlessly along the paths which are suitable for every fitness level. Walking maps are available from reception, detailing recommended walking trails and average times.


Ballymaloe Grainstore offers yoga classes for residents looking to unwind and rejuvenate. The classes are held 5 days a week, led by experienced instructors, catering for all levels. With peaceful atmosphere, and serene surroundings, yoga classes at Ballymaloe are a great way to connect with your mind, body and spirit.

Pre-bookings are needed, and classes are subject to charge.