Playful Culture Pirate Trail

Are you looking for interactive, educational, and playful things to do with your kids this summer?

 A new Playful Pirate Culture Trail has been launched for the summer months.



Throughout July and August, the city’s vibrant museums, galleries and visitor attractions will add pirate fun to their offering so families can explore culture, heritage and the city’s green spaces in an imaginative and playful way.  

It’s the perfect opportunity to get your kids to say ‘aye-aye’ to cultural adventures so gather your hearties and navigate them to great culture and green spaces in the city using the specially created Playful Pirate Culture Trail treasure map. 

Museums, galleries, and historic sites are of course all keepers of treasure so there’s lots for your crew to discover and explore! The map includes a special treasure to be found at each site, along with other challenges. It also lists 20 child friendly activities to do in the city from spotting pirate ships and cannons, to digging for hidden loot and searching for golden angels!


Families participating in the trail will have the opportunity to hop through labyrinths at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, design costumes for superheroes at Crawford Art Gallery, find their Bog Age at the Cork Butter Museum, trace tombstones at St Peter’s Church, make daisy chains at Nano Nagle Place, enjoy the playground at the Old Cork Waterworks, and lots more.

Make sure you also look out for the play trail mascot Bláithin, a little green environmentalist pirate lizard, who will play hide and seek at each venue.  As a pirate who lives on the sea, she encourages everyone to learn about the environment and keep the city and planet clean and healthy!

 And above all, make sure your little pirates get a stamp at every venue to fill their maps with their bounty!  



Participating venues include:

  • Blackrock Castle Observatory
  • Old Cork Waterworks Experience
  • Cork City Gaol
  • Cork Public Museum
  • The Glucksman
  • St. Fin Barre's Cathedral
  • Elizabeth Fort
  • Nano Nagle Place
  • The Crawford Gallery
  • St. Peter's Cork
  • Butter Museum
  • Shandon Bells and Tower
  • Blarney Castle
  • The Military Museum