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Visit Cork

Welcome to Cork

Cork Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world and a river estuary at the mouth of the River Lee. Built on marshlands, and originally a monastic settlement, Cork City (‘Corcach Mór Mumhan’ which means the ‘great marsh of Munster’) is set on the northwest of the harbour and upstream on the River Lee. The centre of the city is nestled between the two channels of the River Lee which splits at the western end, surrounding the city before merging to flow outwards via the quays and docks towards Cork Harbour.

Cork Harbour and City have been a maritime gateway to Ireland since records began and the region is steeped in history. From monastic settlement, Viking trading post, capital of the Kingdom of Desmond to the rule of the Anglo-Normans, who fortified the city with stone walls. The city was then defended by two castles – the Kings Castle and the Queen’s Castle, which are now depicted on the Cork City Coat of Arms. During the Napoleonic Wars, the British built strategic fortifications to defend the harbour, many of which survived and have become important tourist centres. In somewhat recent history, over three million emigrants travelled through Cobh to flee poverty and make a life elsewhere.

Visit, Explore, Discover, Dive in to Cork Harbour

Cork Harbour has so much to offer the visitor; travelling from Roche’s Point Lighthouse on the east side of the harbour to Camden Fort Meagher on the west side there is a wealth of heritage sites, water and shore activities, picturesque towns and villages, galleries, food markets, walking trails and communities and their stories to explore and experience.

Cork City has fast become a friendly and vibrant cultural centre. Explore the narrow streets where you will discover the rich history of Cork at every corner. Learn about its culture and heritage through visiting the city’s museums and galleries. There is a choice of great restaurants and bars serving fresh, local produce, as well as unique, characterful shops to while away an enjoyable day.

But, no visit is complete without stepping into the hustle and bustle of the English Market which offers locally produced foods, cheeses and breads as well as chat and banter with the friendly stall holders.

Welcome to Cork!

Experience the... sights sounds food culture personality ...that is Pure Cork

Crawford Art Gallery

Cork’s public art gallery and museum in the heart of the city. Known informally as the Crawford, it was designated a ‘National Cultural Institution’ in 2006
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Shandon Bells

Enjoy the Unique experience of ringing the world famous
Shandon Bells. Climb 132 steps to see spectacular 360 degree views of the city at 36.65m
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Blackrock Castle 

Take a tour through Blackrock Castle’s history of smugglers and pirates, tour the dungeon and fire the cannon; explore our self-guided science and Send a Message to Space.
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The English Market

Situated in the heart of Cork City, the English Market is a roofed food market which has been trading since 1788 and is one of the oldest municipal markets of it’s kind.
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Elizabeth Fort 

The fort has been pivotal in the history of Cork City for over four hundred years. It has been in continuous use, only closing as a Police station in late 2013. The fort has just recently been opened to the public.
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Cork City Gaol

Cork is rich in historical and archaeological heritage and much of it still in evidence today. Part of this heritage, Cork City Gaol, is a magnificent castle-like building which once housed 19th century prisoners.
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Blarney Castle

Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy. Kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words
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Nano Nagle Place

The heritage buildings have been lovingly regenerated and now house educational charities and the chapel which has been turned into a heritage centre that engagingly tells the story of Nano Nagle and the city in which she worked to educate and care for the poor.
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The Glucksman Gallery and UCC

Graceful concrete-and-glass university building showcasing regular temporary art exhibitions.
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Camden Fort Meagher

A fine example of a classical Coastal Artillery Fort which played a key role as a strong strategic position for the defence of Ireland and the west coast of England and Wales.
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Spike Island

The island’s rich history has included monks and monasteries, rioters and redcoats, captains and convicts and sinners and saints
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Cobh Town 

Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. Known as the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912  and the last resting place for some of the victims of the  sinking of the RMS Lusitania
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Casual Dining 

Café Life in Cork 

Cork is famous for it’s excellent casual dining showcasing delicious local fare. Here are some suggestions to wet your appetite during your stay in Cork. The weekends are busy in the city so we’d recommend booking a table where applicable.


Les Gourmandise, Cook Street, Cork
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Star Anise, Bridge Street, Cork
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Gallaghers, MacCurtain Street, Cork
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Greenes, MacCurtain Street, Cork
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Orso, Pembroke Street, Cork
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Café Paradiso, Western Road, Cork  (V)
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Market Lane, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork
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Elbow Lane, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork
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The Castle, Blackrock Castle, Cork
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Serendipity, Western Road, Cork
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Jacques, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork
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Liberty Grill, Washington Street, Cork
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The Quay Co-Op, (V) Cork
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Club Brasserie, Lapps Quay, Cork
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Isaacs, MacCurtain Street, Cork
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Cronins Seafood Bar, Crosshaven, Co Cork
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The Bosun, Monkstown, Co Cork
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We are very proud of our Independent Cafe scene in Cork, each bringing their own brand of uniqueness with most supporting local food producers accompanied by a fine selection of coffees from around the world including some excellent local roasts.


Iyers, Popes Quay, Cork (V)


Union Grind, 4 Union Quay, Cork


Miyazaki, Evergreen Street, Cork


Idaho Cafe, Caroline Street, Cork


Dukes Coffee, Careys Lane, Cork


Crawford Gallery Café, Emmett Place, Cork


House Café, Emmett Place, Cork


Nash19, Oliver Plunket Street, Cork


Three Fools, Grand Parade, Cork


Fellinis, Carey’s Lane, Cork


Alchemy, Barracks Street, Cork


Filter, 19 Georges Quay, Cork


Cork Coffee Roasters, Bridge Street and French Church Street, Cork


Myo 34, Popes Quay, Cork


Gulp’d Triskel, Christ Church Lane, Cork


Cafe Gusto, Washington Street, Cork


Siopa gan anim, 3 Cornmarket St, Centre, Cork


Tara’s Tearoom 45 MacCurtain Street, Cork


Tirimasu, 17 Proby’s Quay, Cork


Central Café The English Market, Cork


The Fish Wife, MacCurtain Street and Grand Parade, Cork


Farmgate Restaurant, The English Market, Cork


 

A Night to Remember 

Entertainment


The Everyman Theatre – What’s on!


The Opera House – What’s on!


The Oliver Plunkett – Live music 7 nights a week


The Corner House – Live Music


Crane Lane – Live Music 


Sin É – Trad Session Nightly

Getting Around Cork


Taxis – Taxi ranks are situated throughout the city


Bike Hire – Coca-Cola City Bike Hire 


Car Hire – Compare Site


Public Buses – Timetables and Booking


Trains – Timetables and Booking


Boat Hire – Cork Harbour Boat Hire