Local Attractions

Crawford Art Gallery

 Emmet Place Cork Republic of Ireland T: +353 21 4805042 E: info@crawfordartgallery.ie W: www.crawfordartgallery.ie


Crawford Art Gallery, a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, is dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. Located in the heart of Cork City, beside the Opera House, the Gallery is a critical part of Ireland's cultural and tourism infrastructure, welcoming over 200,000 visitors a year.

The Gallery’s permanent collection comprises over 2,000 works, ranging from 18th century Irish and European paintings and sculptures, through to contemporary video installations.

One of the Gallery's focal points is a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, brought to Cork in 1818 from the Vatican Museum in Rome. Irish art, from the 19th and early 20th century, is another of the Gallery's main attractions. Visiting exhibitions, featuring the work of major and emerging artists, are frequently hosted.

Admission to the Gallery and to exhibitions is free.


St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

Bishop Street Cork City Cork Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4963387 E: cathedral@cork.anglican.org W: www.cathedral.cork.anglican.org


Situated near the heart of Cork, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral is the most recent ecclesiastical site located where the saint is believed to have founded his monastic school in the 7th century.

The present Neo-Gothic cathedral, designed by English architect William Bruges, is made from Cork limestone and marble, as well as Bath stone. This Church of Ireland cathedral was consecrated in 1870.

Noteworthy features of its magnificent interior include stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments, marble mosaics from the Pyrenees while the sanctuary ceiling portrays Christ, surrounded by angels. The building contains more than 1,260 sculptures, a particularly ornate pulpit and even a 24-lb cannonball, a legacy of the Siege of Cork in 1690


Shandon Church and Bells (Church of St Anne)

Church Street Cork Cork Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4505906 E: shandontower@gmail.com W: www.shandonbells.ie


Built in 1722. the Church of St. Anne is one of the most important early-18th century churches in Ireland. Reached by a maze of winding streets, the church features a barrelled, vaulted ceiling; colourful stained glass windows and a stone baptismal font that dates from 1629.

Standing 50 metres high above the surrounding Shandon neighbourhood, visitors can climb the narrow stone steps to the bell tower, topped by a 3-metre gold fish weathervane.

This weathervane symbolises both the early Christian symbol for the Lord and also the salmon inhabiting the nearby River Lee.

The bell tower offers spectacular views of the city and surrounding areas spread below, while visitors also have an opportunity to ring these bells, commemorated in music and verse. A selection of sheet music is available for would-be campanologists, (bell-ringers) who tackle the eight famous bells, weighing six tonnes.

Admission Prices

Adult €5.00, student/senior €4.00 and family €12.00.

Open all year round, please see website or contact us for details. Summer opening hours June to September, Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Sunday 11.30am to 4.30pm


Everyman Palace Theatre

The Everyman is one of Ireland’s leading middle scale presenting and producing theatres. The beautiful 650 seat theatre is a jewel of late Victorian architecture. A listed building, the theatre is steeped in history and is a favourite with audiences and performers alike for its intimacy and atmosphere.

Presenting an extraordinary range of live entertainment, the Everyman has hosted performances in recent years by artists and companies as diverse as Ed Harris, Druid, Gate Theatre, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Abbey Theatre, Sir Tom Courtenay, Edward Fox, David Suchet, The Godot Company, Chinese State Circus, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Frames, Steven Berkoff, Opera Theatre Company, Paul Brady, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Tommy Tiernan, Herbie Hancock, Keith Barry and many more.

Opened: 1898

Capacity: 650

Address: Ireland

Phone: 021 4501673


Function: Theatre

Architect: H. Brunton



Cork Opera House

Cork Opera House has had a glorious history of both culture and architecture dating back to its inception in 1852 when it was first built on Anglesea Street to house the National Exhibition. As it was designed by the much celebrated architect Sir John Benson, the structure was deconstructed brick by brick to be rehoused on Emmet Place or as it was known then, Nelson Place. When first built this beautiful structure was known as the Athenaeum, after which it went through a number of name changes including the Munster Hall, The Great & Royal Opera House Company and, finally became known as Cork City’s beloved Cork Opera House in 1877

Opened: May 21, 1855

Phone: 021 427 0022

Address: Emmett Pl, Cork, Co. Cork




Triskel Arts Centre

Address: Tobin Street, Cork, Co. Cork

Phone:(021) 427 2022



Originally founded in 1978, the mission of the newly-refurbished Triskel Arts Centre is to commission, present, and promote the contemporary arts in Cork.

Now housed in the restored Christchurch building and surrounded by its beautiful grounds, the centre is now home to exhibitions, concerts, a new arthouse cinema, Plugd record store and Gulpf Café.

Christchurch guided tours take place on Tuesdays at 12.00 & Thursdays at 14.00. The tour includes an introduction to the newly-renovated building, the medieval and early modern history of the church, the building’s distinctive features, its historical characters, graveyard and crypt.

The Main Gallery is now the home of The Black Mariah – an artist-led project and exhibition space, focused on cultivating new audiences for contemporary art in Cork by facilitating and presenting innovative practices.

The move to Christchurch has been a remarkable development, and has transformed Triskel Arts Centre into one of the key arts venues in Ireland


Cork City Gaol & Radio Museum Experience

Convent Avenue Sunday's Well Cork City Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4305022 E: corkgaol@indigo.ie W: www.corkcitygaol.com


Two of Cork City's leading tourist attractions are housed in this unique building, located a stroll away from Cork city centre and the famous Shandon church bells.

Step back in time to see what 19th and early 20th century life was like in Cork, both inside and outside prison walls. The exhibition shows amazingly lifelike figures, furnished cells and sound effects that allow the visitor to experience the day-to-day life of prisoners and gaolers.

Situated in the former Governor’s House, the Radio Museum Experience incorporates the restored 6CK Radio Broadcasting Studio. The experience is complemented by an audio-visual presentation on Marconi, particularly his Irish connections, and a wonderfully nostalgic collection of artefacts from the early days of radio, including the RTE Collection.

Adult: €7 Student / Senior: €6 Child: €4 Family (2 adults and up to 4 children): €


Blackrock Castle Observatory

Blackrock Castle Castle Road, Blackrock Cork City Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4357917 E: info@bco.ie W: www.bco.ie


CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory - the Space for Science is Cork’s fun and exciting location to learn about the Universe.

Over 400 years ago the fortification which is now Blackrock Castle was built at the river Lee where the narrowing channel leads to Cork, and has been part of the city’s history ever since.

Today the Castle is a science centre and is home to Cosmos at the Castle, an award winning interactive astronomy exhibition which highlights recent scientific discoveries and their implications for life in outer space. Cosmos at teh Castle is self guided and has approximately 1 hour worth of content.

To see the areas that still remain as a Castle then ‘behind the scenes’ guided tours take place at set times only. During the summer months of July and August the tours take place at 13.30 and 15.30 daily and at winter they only take place at weekends and bank holidays at 13.30 and 15.30 also. Your tour guide will bring the past present and future together and take you down to the Dungeon, a National Monument out on to the lower roof where you can take in views of Cork Harbour.

A working research observatory with a 16” robotic telescope is managed by BCOlabs at the Castle. This team comprises of a team of researchers from CIT engaged in searching for new planets around distant stars using telescopes at BCO and abroad. Please note that as BCOlabs is a full time research facility public access cannot be granted to the Observatory at this time.


Fota Wildlife Park

Carrigtwohill Cork Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4812678 E: info@fotawildlife.ie W: http://www.fotawildlife.ie


Fota Wildlife Park is located in Carrigtwohill, just 15 minutes from Cork city, County Cork. It is a joint project between the Zoological Society of Ireland and University College Cork.

Fota Wildlife Park cares for several different animal species in danger of extinction. Through long-established breeding programmes, which are run cooperatively with other institutions around the world, the park is helping restore populations of some species while protecting the very survival of others. Some of these endangered and exotic species from around the world include cheetahs, giraffes, penguins, and zebras to name but a few. What makes Fota Wildlife Park different from the rest is that visitors come face to face with the animals as they roam freely around the park or observe twice-daily feeding times. Fota also offers education programmes and a host of child-friendly facilities such as a playground and picnic area or visit the Serengeti giftshop and Oasis restaurant.

The Park also features a 2km Slí na Sláinte walking route, suitable for all levels of walkers

Fota House and Gardens

Fota Island Carrigtwohill Cork Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4815543 E: info@fotahouse.com W: http://www.fotahouse.com


Fota House is a fine example of Regency architecture with magnificent neoclassical interiors. Fota is surrounded by a world renowned arboretum and superb gardens. The house re-opened to the public in April 2009 after a major restoration project undertaken by the Irish Heritage Trust. Guided tours are now available on a regular basis, where visitors can enjoy these wonderful interiors and a fine collection of art and furniture. A café is also open at Fota and family events take place throughout the season as well as evening concerts and seminars. Fota House is also available for weddings, conferences and private dining.

Adult: €6.00 Child: €3.00 Senior Citizens/Students: €4.00 Group: (15+) €4.00 Family (2 adults + 2 children): €15.00

English Market

Princes Street / Grand Parade Cork Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4255100

51.898052,-8.474364 E: englishmarket@corkcity.ie W: http://www.englishmarket.ie

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II was one of the welcome visitors to the English Market during her state visit in May, 2011.

The origins of this market trace back to the times of King James I in 1610, some four hundred years previously and has been officially trading since 1788.

The rebuilding of the Princes Street Market following a fire in 1980 and the arrival of new traders in the mid-1990s - such as Mr Bells, Iago, On the Pig’s Back and The Real Olive Company - ushered in a new vibrant era for the Market.

A mix of traditional Cork fare and exciting new foods from afar, combined with long standing family-run stalls contribute to the unique appeal and atmosphere of this market.

Long recognised by locals as a place to meet, eat and shop, the English Market offers tourists and locals alike a tantalising range of Irish food.

Culinary delights include quality meats and fish, herbs, spices, fruit, vegetables, baked delicacies and speciality cheeses.

Some of the more unique traditional fare includes drisheen (blood sausage), tripe, spiced beef, buttered eggs and battlebord, (dried salted ling, a member of the cod family).

The Lewis Glucksman Gallery

The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts. Located at the main entrance to University College Cork on Western Road, the Glucksman is an award-winning building that includes display spaces, lecture facilities, a riverside restaurant and gallery shop.

Contact Us Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland T: + 353 21 4901844

51.898449,-8.474107 E: info@glucksman.org www.twitter.com/glucksman www.facebook.com/glucksmangallery

Opening Hours Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm Sunday 2 – 5pm

51.89935,-8.472605 Closed Mondays Admission Free / Suggested donation €5

Opera Lane offers the best shopping fashion mix in Cork and Munster. Home to premium fashion stores H&M, Gap, Topshop, Topman, River Island, New Look, Tommy Hilfiger, CC Viyella, Compu b, Therapie and the exclusive Kuyichi store. Visit Opera Lane soon and find inspiration in the heart of the city.

Cobh The Queenstown Story

Cobh Heritage Centre Cobh Cork Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4813591

51.849194,-8.299184 E: info@cobhheritage.com W: www.cobhheritage.com

From 1848 - 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland - over 2.5 million departed from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration.

Cobh Heritage Centre presents the Queenstown Story a dramatic exhibition of the origins, history and legacy of Cobh. Retrace the steps of the two and a half million adults and children who emigrated from Ireland via Cobh on coffin ships, early steamers and finally on the great ocean liners. Explore the conditions on board the early emigrant vessels, including the dreaded coffin ship and experience life on board a convict ship leaving Cobh for Australia in 1801. You can also learn of Cobh's special connections with the ill fated Titanic, which sank on her maiden voyage and relive the horror of World War I and the sinking of the Lusitania off Cork Harbour with the loss of 1,198 lives.

The Queenstown Story is a member of Heritage Island, while Cobh is a heritage town of Ireland. This attraction is recommened by Les Routiers

Titanic Experience Cobh

White Star Line Building 20 Casement Square Cobh Cork Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4814412

No co-ordinates E: info@titanicexperiencecobh.ie W: http://www.titanicexperiencecobh.ie

Titanic Experience Cobh is a new permanent visitor centre located in the original White Star Line Ticket Office in the centre of Cobh town (formally known as Queenstown) in what was the departure point for the final 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic.

The visitor experience is presented in two parts. The first is an exciting immersive audio visual tour retracing the steps of the 123 passengers who boarded Titanic from Queenstown on April 11th 1912. With Officer Boxall as your virtual guide, innovative audio visual technology and the replica interior ship set, experience the anticipation of the long journey ahead and the new life waiting for Queenstown’s passengers in America. Share the excitement of boarding the most luxurious liner of her time and feel the horror of the tragedy on that fateful night.

The second part of Titanic Experience examines how it all went wrong; the unbelievable and “almost” impossible sequence of events that occurred to cause Titanic to sink. With computer generated graphics recreating the collision and subsequent sinking, film analysis of the Titanic on the sea bed and expert interviews these interactive exhibits allow visitors to find out how and why the Titanic sank on that fateful night of the 15th April 1912.

Finally, the Story Room of Touchscreen Computers allows one to look at the personalities on board the ship and in particular to discover the fate of the 123 Queenstown passengers.

Spike Island


Spike Island occupies a key location in lower Cork Harbour, which is the second largest natural harbour in the world.The multi-cultural island has hosted a monastery, a fortress and a prison within its 104 acres, all of which have left their mark.

In July 2010 a new phase in Spike Island's history began as the State, specifically the Department of Justice and Law Reform, officially handed control over to Cork County Council, thus ending two centuries of institutional use.Cork County Council welcomes you to a unique visitor experience on Spike. The Council is seeking to develop the island as a vehicle for retelling the story of 1400 years of history and the Irish diaspora.It is hoped that the development of Spike Island as a visitor attraction will help build on the existing tourism and heritage infrastructure in Cork Harbour.


Boat trip to Spike Island : Adult €8, Child €5, Family €20 [2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children] Boat trip and Island Tour : Adult €14.50, Child €9.50, Family €40.

Lifetime Lab

Lee Road Cork Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4941500

51.896304,-8.508997 E: lifetimelab@corkcity.ie W: www.lifetimelab.ie

This multi award winning visitor centre is located in Cork City's former waterworks, overlooking the River Lee.

Lifetime Lab offers a fascinating insight into Cork's industrial heritage and environmental issues. Visitors can journey through the era of Victorian architecture and explore the machinery, including 100 year old engines and boilers used in the steam age.

Its series of interactive exhibits transforms adults and children alike into environmental detectives as visitors solve clues to discover how daily choices impact our world.

Lifetime Lab also offers a multitude of workshops, theme events and courses, while budding scientists on school tours will particularly benefit from a visit.

Even the Lifetime Lab playground is science themed while visitors can also relax in the sensory garden and picnic area.

Barryscourt Castle

Carrigtwohill Cork Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4882218

51.913779,-8.263779 E: charlesfort@opw.ie

This castle was the 16th century seat of the Barry family. The present castle, wtih its largely intact bawn wall and corner towers, is a fine example of an Irish tower house. Extensively restored and reinstated with fittings and furnishings, both the Main Hall and the Great Hall are now open to the public. The ground floor houses an exhibition entitled "The Arts in Ireland from the Invasion to the Plantation 1100-1600". The Orchard has been restored to an original 16th century design. In the castle courtyard, within the bawn, a 16th century herb garden has been reinstated.

Access to the Castle is via steps. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Castle is managed by the OPW in conjunction with the Barryscourt Trust

Cork Butter Museum

The Tony O'Reilly Centre O'Connell Square Shandon Cork Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4300600

51.903295,-8.47681 E: info@corkbutter.museum W: www.corkbutter.museum

The Cork Butter Museum describes the culture of dairying in ancient Ireland and the growth of the Cork Butter Exchange, at one time the biggest in the world, when tens of millions of pounds worth of butter was traded annually.

Learn about the craft of traditional butter making. This part of the museum includes a brief video presentation showing the making of butter by hand and an attractive video presentation of the development of Ireland’s most famous butter brand, Kerrygold.

New to the museum's collection of dairying parnaphelia including milk churns and a keg containing one thousand year-old butter, is a display of butter bricks.

For opening times, admission prices, facilities, etc, please see website

Cork Vision Centre @ St. Peter's

North Main Street Cork City Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4279925

51.900171,-8.479128 E: visioncentre@eircom.net W: www.corkvisioncentre.com

Cork Vision Centre @ St Peters offers visitors an opportunity to appreciate a fine example of conservation in action. Displays and presentations explore Cork's evolution from its rich past, through to the present, and onwards to future developments for the country's second largest city.

The centre is located in a former Church of Ireland parish church, that dates from the eighteenth century although the first church was built on this site in 1199.

Operated by Cork Civic Trust, this arts centre houses a permanent exhibition entitled 'Echoes Of the Past' as well as a 'Model City' exhibit of Cork, audio-visual display and guided tours.

Cork Vision Centre frequently hosts a number of innovative visiting exhibitions

Blarney Castle & Rock Close

Blarney Cork Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4385252

51.932729,-8.567083 E: info@blarneycastle.ie W: http://www.blarneycastle.ie

This historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards, (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk.

Blarney Castle has long been famous because of the Blarney Stone but the less known Rock Close and castle grounds are well worth a visit in their own right. Many different gardens are to be found around the estate and exploration will be rewarded. There is a fern garden with the atmosphere of a tropical jungle to be found deep in the woods. The Poison Garden, adjacent to the battlements, contains an interesting and educational collection of deadly and dangerous plants from around the world, including caged specimens of deadly nightshade, wolfsbane and poison ivy.

The Rock Close is a mystical place where majestic yew and oak trees grow around an ancient druidic settlement. Follow the trail through giant gunnera leaves and bamboo and you will find such features as a dolmen, wishing steps and a witch's kitchen. A water garden with waterfalls adds the soothing sound of water to the visitor's experience.

There are pleasant walks along the riverbanks where you can sit and contemplate the reflections of the castle. In springtime the castle grounds are filled with thousands of bulbs and the ‘Belgian beds’, full of hybrid azaleas are in full flower. In autumn the whole place glows as the leaves turn red, amber and gold.

Features: Restored stable yard and cafe, two souvenir shops, bureau de change, refreshments, Blarney lake and wildlife, arboretums, pinetum, Irish garden, herbaceous borders, rose pergola, rhododendron beds, woodlands walks, fern garden, river bank walk, ice-house, lime kiln and caves

The Jameson Experience

The Old Distillery Midleton Cork Republic of Ireland

T: +353 21 4613594

51.915897,-8.168678 E: jem@jamesonwhiskey.com W: http://www.tours.jamesonwhiskey.com

Take a leap through history. Step through the doors and you will take a step back in time. Carts piled high with sacks of grain. The smell of malted barley drying in closed kilns. The largest pot still in the world, discover the Angels Share and of course, the finest of Irish whiskey.

All tours are guided through the distillery scene and offers volunteers the chance to take part in a comparison whiskey tasting, learning the differences between Scotch, American and Irish whiskey.

Once the tasting is complete, guests are rewarded with a much coveted Irish Whiskey Taster Certificate, as well as a complimentary glass of Jameson with a mixer of their choice

Cork Public Museum


Telephone+353 (0)21 427 0679 Fax:+353 (0)21 427 0931

51.896834,-8.494449 Email: museum@corkcity.ie Website: www.corkcity.ie Address: Fitzgerald Park, Mardyke, Cork City, Republic Of Ireland

Cork Public Museum is housed in a two storey Georgian house commanding a central position in Fitzgerald Park, Cork. Flanked by UCC on one side and the riverside gardens of Sunday’s Well on the other, the park bestows a sense of history that complements the ambience of the museum perfectly. The Riverview Café, recently opened in the museum’s extension, fully exploits the commanding views of the river Lee and provides the visitor with a tranquil haven to enjoy a coffee and a snack. The collections of Cork Public Museum are as rich and diverse as the history of the city itself. They cover the economic, social and municipal history of the city and surrounding area from the Mesolithic period onwards, with particular emphasis on Civic Regalia and the trades and crafts of the 19th and 20th centuries. They are particularly proud of the archaeological collection that features some of the most important archaeological finds from this region. Among them is Ireland’s oldest Pick and Shovel, discovered in a Bronze Age copper mine in Mount Gabriel, the Iron Age Cork Helmet Horns and the Garryduff Gold Bird, a triumph of Early Medieval skill and craftsmanship

Metropole Hotel in Cork City

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