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A Concierge Guide to Cork – Top Things To Do

Concierge and Guest Relations Manager, John Coleman welcomes you to Cork.


Hello, my name is John Coleman, Concierge and Guest Relations Manager here at The Metropole Hotel Cork, where we want you to check in as a guest and check out as a friend.



As we prepare to welcome you back or if this is your first time to witness our home from home experience, we want to remind you that we are on hand to enhance your guest experience even further and help you make Cork and The Metropole Hotel your staycation destination.

Any queries or concerns you have to do with your hotel booking I am more than happy to answer.

If you would like to know the dining options or what chemicals are used to prepare your bedroom or perhaps you have a preference for check in and check out procedures? Any request will be a pleasure not a chore.



There is just so much to see and do in Pure Cork. I will give you a few examples to whet your appetite…


Let’s start in Cobh:

You can visit Cobh which was the last port of call where the Titanic left from in 1912 or have your picture taken alongside the statue of the famous athlete Sonia O Sullivan or simply enjoy a lovely walk along the promenade overlooking Spike Island and Ireland’s naval base in Haulbowline.

Why not let me pre-book a visit to Fota Wildlife Park for you where you can ramble around the 200-acre park and see  but pre-booking is essential in their current setup.

Remembering all of this in Cobh is only a 20 min drive from The Metropole Hotel Cork or 24 minutes by train, and the station is just 5 minute walk from our hotel!


Off to the Wild Atlantic Way:

Kinsale is only 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel also and is a colourful laid back style town where you can wonder through the narrow streets or along the waterfront you can sit and have an ice cream, a cold beer or a glass of wine or a coffee and watch the world go by. You will find some lovely art galleries and a visit to Kinsale Museum is a must.

Kinsale is often referred to as the seafood heaven with the local restaurants servicing locally supplied fresh fish from the sea daily and a chat to one of the fishermen on the quayside is a must.

Right On Our Doorstep:

Now to concentrate on what is on the steps of our iconic Metropole Hotel. Within walking distance you will find some lovely bars and restaurants on Mac Curtain Street referred to also as The Victorian Quarter. If you would like to pre-book a booth for 90 minutes in one of the bars to ensure peace of mind and allow you to enjoy the atmosphere I would be happy to do this for you.

Now within The Metropole Hotel there is so much on offer such as Afternoon Tea in The Met Tea Room, lovely cocktails in The Met created by our in-house mixologists and a beautiful dining experience in The Met Restaurant.


Secrets of the City:

A visit to the famous Shandon Bells or known locally as the four faced liar is a must. These bells first rang out on the 07th December 1752 it’s lovely to hear the bells sing as you wonder up the narrow streets.

The English market first opened in 1788 and has remained open since they have a great system in place to adhere to social distancing. Some restaurants in the area serve a producer’s plate which is a selection of some renowned products in the market.

Nano Nagle Centre is a must and an unexpected oasis and haven in the city centre it has a museum, lovely book and gift shop you will also find the fantastic good day deli where pre booking is essential in the garden.


A Taste Of Ireland’s Ancient East:

Blarney Castle is only

a 15 mins drive from the hotel and you can explore the 60 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens that change with the seasons.

The place has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch’s Kitchen, Druid’s Cave and many other delights telling a story of centuries past.

Highlights include:
  • The chance to kiss the world-famous Blarney Stone (not available at present during Covid 19)
  • Historic Blarney Castle – magical and warlike all at once
  • The new ‘Poison Garden’ where toxic plants are kept in cage-like structures
  • The Fern Garden & Ice house, a Victorian version of a modern refrigerator!
  • Rock Close, a centre of worship filled with ancient trees and stones
  • Blarney Lake


hotel concierge in corkContact Me:

Now finally there is so much more to tell you but that is for another day all I ask is that you please contact me @ jcoleman@themetropolehotel.ie @Conciergecjohn on Twitter and Instagram or on 083 1795945 and I can guarantee you will have a great staycation here with us at The MET.

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