What to do in
Cork County & City

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

On The Grounds

Art Exhibitions

The Ballymaloe Grainstore, located on the grounds of Ballymaloe House, hosts regular art exhibitions featuring a diverse range of Irish artists. The collection of artwork changes every 6 weeks, offering a unique and fresh experience for the visitors.

Art at Ballymaloe House

Several Fine Artwork pieces owned by Ballymaloe House are exhibited in the Drawing room and throughout the house. To learn about the pieces, we encourage residents to join the History Tour with Fern Allen on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10.30am.

Ballymaloe Shop & Café

The Ballymaloe shop and café is located on the grounds of Ballymaloe House, selling Irish-made gifts, crafts, knitwear and kitchenware. Ballymaloe Café is located at the rear of the gift shop, serving a range of homemade cakes, beverages and wine, both are open daily from 9.30am to 6pm.


A classic game of croquet on the lush green front lawn is a popular and enjoyable activity during the summer months. Located outside 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. The mallets, balls and the rules of the game are available from reception.

Sculpture Exhibition

During the summer months, the outdoor sculpture exhibition curated by Richie Scott, the owner of Richard Scott Sculpture opens daily from 9am to 9pm. The exhibition features sculptures by Irish artists and is an eye-catching display on the grounds of Ballymaloe House Hotel reflecting depictions of nature, objects, and people in a multitude of materials.

Summer Swimming

The outdoor swimming pool is open when the weather gets warmer, normally from May to September. If you are staying during the summer months, make sure to take a refreshing dip in our heated outdoor pool and then relax at the poolside with a favourite book.


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

Visit the Farm

Ballymaloe Farm is a home to variety of animals such as free-range hens, pigs and sheep, you can see on your walk. Throughout the grounds you will see other examples of nature initiatives such as owl breeding boxes and our own beehives.


Set on 300 acres of gardens, woodlands, and farmland, walking is the perfect way to explore the grounds. We will provide you with a pair of wellingtons, allowing you to wander effortlessly along the paths which are suitable for every fitness level. Walking maps are available from reception, detailing recommended walking trails, and average trail times.

Walled Garden

A fascinating experience for anyone interested in gardening and seasonal planting. Take your time to stroll through different sections and observe the variety of seasonal vegetables, herbs, and salads we grow. Weekly guided tours with the head gardener, Mags Coughlan take place on Wednesdays at 10:30, from April to October.


The yoga classes with local yoga teachers can be arranged for guests looking to unwind and rejuvenate. The classes are held 5 days a week and are led by experienced instructors, catering for all levels. Serene surroundings will help you relax, connect with nature, and find your inner peace. Pre-booking is essential, and charges may apply.