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Top Attractions in Cork city

1. Take a true Cork experience with the Rebel City Walking Tour of Cork

The Rebel City Tour is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cork, and for good reason. This TripAdvisor, 5-star rated tour takes visitors on a journey through Cork’s struggle during the War of Independence. Showcasing its rebellious spirit and culture. Discover tales of heroes and villains from Cork’s rebel past. Book your place now.

Book your place on the Rebel City Walking Tour of Cork

2. Ring the famous Shandon Bells while looking over all of Cork city

St. Anne’s Church, also known as Shandon Church, is a historic church located in the Shandon neighborhood of Cork City. The church dates back to the 18th century and is known for its distinctive red and white tower, which can be seen from many parts of the city.

Ring the famous Shandon Bells

3. Pay respects to this feminist hero and Cork legend - Nano Nagle.

Nano Nagle Place is a cultural and heritage center located in the heart of Cork City. This former convent has been transformed into a modern space that celebrates the life and work of Nano Nagle, a Cork hero who educated young Catholic girls and boys in the city during the Penal Laws in the 18th century.

Spend an hour at Nano Nagle Place

4. Visit Cork’s favourite park and walk across the Shakey Bridge

Fitzgerald Park is a beautiful public park located in the heart of Cork City. The park features lush gardens, a pond, and several historic buildings, including the Cork Public Museum. One of the highlights of the park is the Shakey Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge that offers stunning views of the River Lee and the surrounding area.

Visit the beautiful Fitzgerald’s Park

5. Immerse yourself in Cork city history, visit Elizabeth Fort

Elizabeth Fort is a 17th-century fort located in the heart of Cork City. The fort was originally built in 1601 by Sir George Carew and was later rebuilt in 1624 by the English forces. It was named after Queen Elizabeth I and played a crucial role in the defense of Cork City during the Williamite War in the late 17th century.

Experience Cork history at Elizabeth Fort

6. View the spectacular St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral in the city centre

St. Fin Barre’s (pronounced Finbarr) Cathedral is a stunning Gothic-style cathedral located in the heart of Cork City. The cathedral was built in the 19th century and is dedicated to St. Fin Barre, the patron saint of Cork.

St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Map of Cork City

Our interactive map is packed with information about the best restaurants, bars, museums, and landmarks in Cork. Want to try some authentic Irish cuisine? We‘ve got you covered with recommendations for traditional pubs and restaurants that serve up the tastiest local dishes. Looking for a great spot to take in the city's rich history and culture? We've mapped out the top museums, galleries, and historical sites.

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24-hours in Cork city

Morning: Breakfast at the Farmgate

Indulge in a delightful culinary journey at the Farmgate Cafe nestled within the iconic English Market in Cork. Savor locally sourced ingredients transformed into delectable dishes that celebrate the region’s rich food heritage. Immerse yourself in the vibrant market atmosphere as you savor flavorsome creations, fostering a true farm-to-table experience that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Experience farm-to-plate dining at the Farmgate

After Breakfast: Visit Blarney Castle

Experience the enchantment of Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland, where legends come to life. Ascend the ancient stone tower, embrace the mystical ambiance, and unlock the power of eloquence by kissing the fabled Blarney Stone. Immerse yourself in history, folklore, and breathtaking views, leaving with the gift of persuasive speech and memories to last a lifetime.

Kiss the Blarney Stone

Lunch: The Mutton Lane Inn

Unwind and savor the essence of Cork’s historic charm at the iconic Mutton Lane Inn. Shop for lunch at the ‘Home of Food in Cork’ - the English Market next door. And eat your food after ordering a drink in this fine, authentic, Cork city centre pub. Nestled in a narrow lane, this beloved establishment offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere where you can enjoy a wide selection of premium drinks. From traditional Irish whiskey to locally brewed craft beers, Mutton Lane Inn provides the perfect setting to relax, socialize, and toast to an unforgettable evening in the heart of Cork City.

Stop for lunch and drinks at the Mutton Lane

After Lunch: Rebel City Tour

Embark on the Rebel City Walking Tour and uncover the fascinating history and rebellious spirit of Cork. Traverse the charming streets as knowledgeable guides share captivating stories of revolution, independence, and resilience. Immerse yourself in Cork’s vibrant culture, visit iconic landmarks, and discover the hidden gems that make this city a true rebel at heart.

Take the Rebel City Tour of Cork

Before Dinner: Visit St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Step into the majestic beauty of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork City, a breathtaking masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. Marvel at the intricate stained glass windows, intricate stonework, and the soaring spires that dominate the city’s skyline. Explore the tranquil interior, steeped in centuries of history, and embrace a sense of awe and serenity in this sacred haven of spirituality and architectural grandeur.

Visit the spectacular St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Dinner: Greenes Restaurant

Indulge in a culinary delight at Greene’s Restaurant on MacCurtain Street, Cork City, where fine dining meets Irish charm. Immerse yourself in an elegant and intimate ambiance while savoring an exquisite menu crafted from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Let the skilled chefs take you on a culinary journey, complemented by impeccable service, creating a dining experience that will leave your taste buds enchanted and your memories cherished.

Book a table at Greenes restaurant

Evening: Traditional Irish Music Session at Sin É

Immerse yourself in the captivating sounds of traditional Irish music at Sin É (pronounced shin-ae) on Coburg Street in Cork City. Step into a warm and lively atmosphere where talented musicians gather to create an authentic and unforgettable session. Experience the soul-stirring melodies, foot-tapping rhythms, and infectious energy that will transport you to the heart of Irish music culture, leaving you with cherished memories and a deep appreciation for the vibrant traditions of Cork City.

Take in a trad. session in Sin É

Night: Party in the Crane Lane

Experience the vibrant nightlife of Cork City at Crane Lane, the ultimate destination for music and entertainment. Step into a world of live performances, energetic DJs, and a buzzing atmosphere that will ignite your senses. With a diverse lineup of genres and a stylish interior, Crane Lane guarantees an unforgettable night of dancing, socializing, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready to let loose and immerse yourself in the electrifying pulse of Cork’s nightlife at Crane Lane.

Party at the Crane Lane

More Cork city experiences

Experience the real Cork city with Rebel City Walking Tour of Cork

Step into the rebellious spirit of Cork City with the Rebel City Walking Tour. Expert guides will lead you through the vibrant streets, sharing captivating stories of rebellion, resilience, and revolutionary history. Discover iconic landmarks, immerse yourself in local culture, and uncover the untold tales that make Cork City a true rebel at heart.

Experience the Rebel City Walking Tour of Cork

Rent a bike and cycle to the breathtaking Cork harbour

Embark on an exhilarating bike ride along Cork City’s Greenway, an idyllic route that winds its way to the stunning Cork Harbour. Hire a Cork TFI bike in the city and pedal through picturesque landscapes, lush greenery, and scenic waterfronts, immersing yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you. As you reach Cork Harbour, witness breathtaking views, tranquil waters, and a sense of serenity that will rejuvenate your spirit. Enjoy the perfect blend of outdoor adventure, tranquility, and exploration as you discover the hidden gems of Cork City’s Greenway and create unforgettable memories along the way.

Hire a bike short-term in Cork

Visit the pirate castle and observatory Blackrock castle

Journey to Blackrock Castle in Cork City and immerse yourself in a captivating fusion of history, science, and stunning architecture. Explore the ancient fortifications, walk along the riverside promenade, and delve into interactive exhibits that unravel the mysteries of the cosmos. With panoramic views of the city and the chance to uncover the secrets of the universe, a visit to Blackrock Castle is an enriching experience that will leave you awe-inspired and with a newfound appreciation for the wonders of the cosmos.

Visit Blackrock Castle

Channel your inner Viking - try axe throwing

Unleash your inner Viking with an exhilarating axe-throwing experience on French Church Street in Cork City. Channel your strength and precision as you hurl axes towards the target, experiencing an adrenaline rush like no other. With expert instructors guiding you through the technique and ensuring your safety, this unique activity promises an unforgettable adventure filled with excitement, skill-building, and a sense of accomplishment. Get ready to embrace your wild side and unleash your inner warrior at the axe-throwing experience on French Church Street.

Experience axe throwing on French Church St.

Discover the beautiful wildlife sanctuary at The Lough

Escape to the tranquility of The Lough (pronounced lock) in Cork City, a hidden gem where nature’s beauty unfolds. Stroll along the serene lakeside, surrounded by lush greenery and captivating wildlife. Whether you seek a peaceful retreat, a scenic picnic spot, or a place for leisurely activities, The Lough offers a haven of relaxation and natural splendor, inviting you to immerse yourself in its enchanting atmosphere.

Feed the wildlife at the lough

Visit an authentic Irish village, take a train journey to Cobh

Embark on a picturesque train journey to the charming town of Cobh (pronounced Cove) in Cork, Ireland. As the train glides along the stunning coastline, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the sparkling waters and rolling green hills. Arriving in Cobh, you’ll be greeted by its rich maritime heritage, colorful architecture, and a warm welcome from the locals. Explore historic landmarks, visit the Titanic Experience, and soak in the charming atmosphere of this coastal gem. A train journey to Cobh promises an unforgettable adventure, blending natural beauty, captivating history, and a warm Irish welcome.

Visit idyllic Cobh town

Unleash your wild side - visit Fota Wildlife Park

Embark on a captivating wildlife adventure at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork. Explore sprawling landscapes where exotic animals roam freely in their natural habitats, providing an immersive and ethical experience. Witness up-close encounters with endangered species, participate in educational activities, and create cherished memories while supporting conservation efforts. A visit to Fota Wildlife Park promises an unforgettable day of wonder, learning, and appreciation for the incredible diversity of the animal kingdom. Best accessed by train - on the way to Cobh (see above).

Visit Fota Wildlife Park

Volunteer in Cork city!

Volunteering opportunities within 10km of Cork city centre.

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