County Cork

Founded by a German visitor who fell in love with Schull, the Republic's only planetarium is tucked around the back of Schull Community College at the south end of the village. During summer the 45-minute star show is on three or four times a week at 8pm (5pm on Fridays only in September); call or check the website to confirm times.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby County Cork attractions

1. Cape Clear Heritage Centre

5.98 MILES

This small museum has exhibits on the island’s history and culture, and fine views north across the water to Mizen Head. It's 1km east of the ferry…

2. Mara Farm

6.36 MILES

Take a tour of Mara Farm to see Kerry cattle, Kerry bog ponies and rare-breed pigs, and enjoy home-baked goodies at the farm shop and cafe. It's 1km…

3. Kilravock Garden

6.57 MILES

Travel a world of plants at Kilravock Garden, which has been transformed over two decades from a field of scrag and stone to a feast of exotic plants by…

4. Baltimore Castle

7.93 MILES

Baltimore harbour is dominated by the stone tower of 13th-century castle of Dun na Sead (Fort of the Jewels). Inside, the great hall houses seasonal art…

5. Barleycove Beach

10.56 MILES

Vast sand dunes hemmed in by two long bluffs dissolve into the surf, forming West Cork's finest beach. Rarely crowded, it's a great place for youngsters,…

6. Bantry House & Garden

11.29 MILES

With its melancholic air of faded gentility, 18th-century Bantry House makes for an intriguing visit. From the Gobelin tapestries in the drawing room to…

7. Abbeystrewery Famine Cemetery

11.36 MILES

This graveyard, 1km west of Skibbereen beside the N71 road towards Schull, contains the mass grave of 8000 to 10,000 local people who died during the…

8. Bantry Historical Museum

11.73 MILES

Housed in a shed tucked away behind the fire station, this vast collection of crockery, vintage bottles, ironmongery, old photographs, cutlery, tradesmen…