The Metropole - Cork City Breaks

Stay in the heart of the City and experience all Cork has to offer

Ireland’s second largest city, Cork, is the perfect destination for a city break. Nestled on the Banks of the River Lee, the City offers a rich and vibrant welcome that you simply will not get anywhere else. The Metropole Hotel is ideally located in the city centre, in the Victorian Quarter, making it the perfect base to explore the city’s shopping, food and entertainment destinations. The Metropole Hotel is the ideall location for your weekend break in Cork. 

Here is what one of our guests had to say 

A jewel in Cork City Center - Damien, Ireland.

"This rustic hotel is on Mc Curtain Street, a lively street with bars and restaurants in the Citycenter (it also has its own bars and restaurant). The rooms are clean and the staff efficient and extremely friendly. The highlight for me was the fantastic buffet breakfast served on the weekends until 1200 noon ... A lifeline for us owls. Highly recommended!!"

Cork City has a lot to offer a shopping enthusiast, from the high street right through to high end boutiques, the “Real Capital” has it all. St Patrick’s Street, the main street in Cork, has many established names, including Marks and Spencer’s, Debenhams, Penneys and Brown Thomas. The city’s newest shopping street Opera Lane offers even more well-known brands including H&M, Next and Top Shop. These well-known established brands are complimented by the independent and unique shops that shape the shopping scene in Cork. The city is home to the Best Street in Ireland and the UK, Oliver Plunkett Street. The award was bestowed upon this diverse street in 2015 by the London's Academy of Urbanism. The street is home a variety of shops, Cafés, bars and restaurants that makes it the one stop street for many people.

The city has a huge array of cafés, bars and restaurants to whet your appetite. The hotel is located in the heart of the Victorian Quarter in the City, which in recent years has become the food hub in the city. The MacCurtain Street area is the go to place for food in the city. Many of these local eateries pride themselves on the good quality and local food they use, a lot which is sourced from local producers who base themselves in Cork’s own English Market.

The English Market is a must visit for any food enthusiast who visits the city. The roofed food market is one of the oldest municipal markets of its kind in the world. Meats and fish, herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, sauces and oils, chocolates and cakes, cheeses and pastas – the Market caters for all culinary tastes and all eating occasions!! You’ll also find crockery, t-shirts, novelty items, clothes alterations and art – an eclectic mix itself creating a diversity of customers, adding further to the unique atmosphere of the English Market.

For those who wish to spend their time in the city exploring the local tourist attractions there is a wealth to choose from. The Shandon area of the city is one of the areas to consider a visit to while here. Within this small area you can ring the bells from The Four Face Liar, St Anne’s Church, while getting a spectacular view of Cork City from the tower’s balcony under the salmon weather vane. Just beside St Anne’s is the Cork Butter Museum, which pays homage to the market that sold butter by the firkin all around the world. Learn about the daily running of this historical market, that made Cork the biggest port in Ireland at one time and saw people come from all over Cork and Munster to sell there butter for the best price.

There are many fantastic outdoor spaces in the city itself, from Bishop Lucey Park just across from The English Market to Fitzgerald Park on the Mardyke Walk. This are the perfect places to eat a picnic or relax and take in the amazing atmosphere of the city. Fitzgerald Park is within walking distance of the City Centre is home of Diarmuid Gavin’s Chelsea winning Sky Garden, Cork Public Museum, Riverview Café, sculptures, a waterlily-bedecked pond, a variety of sculptures, playground and even a skate park. Daly's Bridge, built in 1926, connects Sundays Well Road with these charming formal gardens. This pedestrian bridge is made from timber planks and is known locally as the “Shakey Bridge”.

For lovers of art there are a number of well-established art galleries, none as well known as The Crawford Art Gallery. The former Custom’s House and Art School has been an Art Gallery since 1979. It is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The permanent collection comprises almost 4,000 works, ranging from eighteenth century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations.  

The city offers a rich and diverse entertainment scene with The Metropole Hotel Cork being within the walking distance from all the major venues in the City. The Everyman Theatre is just a couple doors down from the hotel while other destinations in the city including The Cork Opera House and Live at St. Luke’s are within a short walking distance.  These venues offer an expansive variety of acts throughout out the year. Cork is also a hub for festivals with a huge choice throughout the year. There is a huge focus of food, culture and the arts when it comes to festivals in the city. Some of the most well-known festivals include The Cork Jazz Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork Film Festival and Live at the Marquee.

Whether you are looking for City Break that will allow you to shop, eat, learn or be entertained, Cork City has it all and is the perfect break away.

To book a city break at the Metropole Hotel Cork, click here.

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