Hidden Gem Experiences in Cork

Looking for hidden gem experiences in Cork? This guide contains our top picks of attractions worth visiting in Cork City. Are we missing anywhere? Let us know in the comments below…

Make sure to check out our online guide of things to do in Cork. Also, our highly rated Cork Walking Tour is a must-see when you come to the city.

Whale-Watching Off the Coast

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Whale-watching adventure, Cork

Experience a true wonder by watching these glorious creatures in their natural environment. The protected waters around the Cork coast are home to Risso’s Dolphins, Minke Whales, Basking Sharks, Atlantic Sunfish, Common Dolphins, Fin Whales and Humpback Whales.

Sailings take place almost all year. You’ll spot different sea creatures on their migratory path at different times of the year. This experience is weather-dependent. There are a number of boat operators.

The Crawford Art Gallery in the centre of Cork city is a must-see in the city if you love Art and Culture. Home to the best of the best in Irish and International Art exhibits.

This free gallery also houses a cafe where you can stay for lunch. Learn about Art, Cork history and local culture on a 30 min visit.

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Crawford Art Gallery Cork

Cork Harbour Greenway Cycle

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Family enjoying the Cork Harbour Greenway

Feel the stiff Atlantic breeze in your hair, stretch those legs and spend a quality three to five hours on the Cork Harbour Greenway Cycle. Experience the outstanding views of the world’s second largest natural Harbour.

For directions and further details check out our free guide by visiting the link below…

The English Market

Visit the home of food in Cork. Sample local and exotic delights at the English Market in Cork City center. Offering a selection of fish, meat, vegetables and other foods.

The English Market is famous all over Ireland as being a destination for foodies.

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Breakfast at the Farmgate

The Mutton Lane Inn

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Dara on the Rebel City Tour

Visit the Mutton Lane Inn in Cork city for a friendly pint. Cork City’s oldest pub has a great atmosphere and a wide selection of drinks. Ask about their own brand of famous Craft Beer, from the Rising Sons Brewery.

This city centre situated bar is a stones-throw from the English Market in the centre of the city. If you’re in the city, stop by for a drink or three!

St. Finbarr’s Cathedral

Visit this historic Cathedral. This breathtaking Cathedral is a must-see when you come to Cork. Designed by William Burges, this 19th-century Gothic architecture Cathedral is a spectacular sight.

Immerse yourself in a rich Cork city cultural experience by visiting this wonder.

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The beauty of St. Finbarr’s Cathedral

The Lough (pron. ‘lock’) Nature Reserve

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The Lough, Cork

Visit the birds and wildlife in the Lough. The Lough is a place of outstanding natural beauty near the city. Famous throughout Ireland as a place of tranquility, home to wildlife and birds.

Feed the variety of wildlife and birds, including swans, ducks, geese and other feathery friends. 

Take a Day Trip to Cobh Village

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Cobh Cathedral, Cork

Experience the wonders of picturesque village Cobh (pron. Cove). Known as the Gateway to the New World because over 1 million Irish emigrants passed through the port on their way to North America, Cobh was also the last stop of the doomed Titanic ship.

Check out the beautiful Cathedral, the Heritage Museum, the Titanic Experience. Plan to spend around 4 hours in this gorgeous town.

The 30 min train journey from Kent Station to Cork city is another highlight. As the train snakes its way around the nature protected reserve in Cork Harbour. Directions below lead to the train station in Cork city…

The Marina Market

Visit this Cork city market. Cork’s famous Marina Market near the city docks houses all kinds of stalls and shops. A great place to pick up small gifts and stop by for lunch.

You can find almost every food here including burgers, pizzas, hotdogs along with a wonderful selection of coffee and teas.

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The Marina Market, Cork

Hidden Gem Experiences in Cork

Am I missing any must-see hidden gem experiences in Cork City? Let me know in the comments below.

Dara Burke is a local storyteller and True. Cork. Rebel. When he’s not helping guests experience the real ‘Rebel City’ on his Rebel City Tour of Cork, featuring local food, local drink, and exciting Rebel tales, he’s creating guides of things to do in Cork. Join him on his exciting Cork walking tour to immerse yourself in real Cork culture and make the most of your time in the city.

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