Top Playgrounds in Cork

We asked Families from all around Cork to share their favourite playground

We asked Families from all around Cork to share their favourite playground with us, and here’s what they had to say:

  • THERESA @eatplaylovecork

Treasa shared some East Cork favourties: Garryvoe, Glounthaune, Bally cotton, Whitegate . All have a common theme next to water and can grab a coffee nearby.

Garryvoe – lovely playground and across from Garryvoe beach. Usually a coffee van there and has garryvoe hotel across the road if you want something more substantial. Promenade up and down the beach if you want a scoot or a short walk.

Glounthaune – trains passing by the playground, always a win with a toddler. Looking out to water. Coffee from Rising Tide or Fitzpatricks nearby. New widened Walkway from Glounthaune to Elm tree great for walk/cycle/scoot.

Ballycotton – fab playground looking out to breathtaking views. Seachurch across the road for coffee or food. Gorgeous spot. cliff walk for older kids nearby.

White gate – lovely playground near the people’s path if you want to accompany it with walk or scoot on the people’s path from Whitegate to Rostellan. Days of Whitegate Spar for coffee/icecream.


  • CIARA @ciara.o.halloran

One we love and go to regularly is Murphy’s Farm playground in Bishopstown. It is a favourite as it works well for our family with multiple kids in different age brackets. We love that it feels open and in nature but is also enclosed and easy to keep an eye on them. The play zones feature natural materials which gives the space a nice feel. There are seating areas for parents and often a coffee dock open also. The only drawback is there are no toilets on site but other than that it’s a great outing.”


  • CHELSEY @sincerely_chelsey

Our current favourite playground is Clonakilty. It’s just outside the town , it’s never too busy and newly refurbished. It’s interactive for all ages and a playground both my 6 and 9 year old enjoy . It is also enclosed, with the seating areas for parents inside the gates, which is a huge plus for us.


  • FIONA @dollydowsie

We love Little Island playground. This is a newly refurbished playground, with things to suit older and younger kids. My older two love the climbing frame and zip line while my toddler loves the swings and the spinner. It’s a perfect place to let the kids run around and with a great loop walk beside the playground, it’s perfect for getting some steps in too. There’s plenty of parking, it’s by the sea and a dog-friendly area so perfect for all the family.


  • GEMMA @the.way.we.play

Innishannon Playground is a particular favourite for its variety of equipment that appeals to a span of children’s ages and easy parking. The huge bouncy bridge, the more advanced high climbing apparatus, zip line and a good sized toddler area with loads of swings. Extra plus points are the big Centra across the road and Wildflour Bakery in the village too. We often combine it with a walk around the loop of the GAA pitch too to run off more steam.


  • SAOIRSE @saoirsefindaly

Our favourite playground is the Inniscarra GAA Playground, about 10 mins from Ballincollig. It’s well equipped, always quiet and has plenty of benches, Picnic tables and toilets!


  • ORLA @orla_mcandrew_food

We absolutely love Stake Park in Donoughmore. We go regularly as it is beside the Community Centre and Sports Hall. It serves as a fabulous community hub with the GAA pitch and walking track right alongside. It entertains all in the family, from our 11 year old right down to my 2 year old niece.


  • STEF @kinderama

Stef very kindly took a video to show us exactly what’s on offer at their favourite playground, Mallow Castle Playground. Follow the link to see exactly why they love it so much! CLICK HERE


*We’d love to know your favourite playground! Is it in the list above? Or is it missing and deserves a mention? Let us know in the comments below.

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