Things to Do
Everyman Palace Theatre
15 MacCurtain Street. Tel:+353 (0)21 4501673.
The Everyman Palace is located right next door to The Metropole Hotel Cork and 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 favorite with audiences and performers alike for its intimacy and atmosphere. To view their full line up visit their website.
The Cork Opera House
Emmett Place, Cork. Tel:+353 (0)21 427 0022.
The Cork Opera House is less than a 10 minute walk from The Metropole Hotel Cork and is southern Ireland’s premier venue for the best concerts, comedy, drama, dance, family fare, and, of course, opera. Located in the heart of Cork City, the Opera House has been a Cork cultural institution for over 160 years and will continue to strive to present and produce both indigenous and international top class acts for the people of Cork and further afield.To view their full line up visit their website.
Crawford Art Gallery
Emmett Place, Cork. Tel: (021) 480 5042
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, the city art museum for Cork, is dedicated to informing a wide audience about the significant role that the visual arts play in contemporary life and culture. For more information on current exhibitions visit their website.
City Limits Comedy Club
Coburg St., Cork. Tel:+ 353 (0)21 450 1206
City Limits Comedy Club is known to be one of the best comedy clubs. Eddie Brill American comedian and who books the comedy acts for the David Letterman show in the US stated, “ my favourite comedy club in the world” City Limits is the perfect size to see a comedy gig, big enough for 200 people, but still intimate enough that you can still see the passion in the comics eyes, come in and see for yourself this great club where comedians such as Tommy Tiernan, Dara O Briain , Colm Murphy and Jason Byrne began their comedy careers’. City Limits is a world class comedy club in the heart of Cork city. Located on Coburg Street opposite The Corner House pub. To view their line up visit their website.
Fitzgerald's Park & Cork Public Museum
The Mardyke, Cork Tel: +353 (0)21 427 0679 (Museum)
Cork Public Museum is housed in a two storey Georgian house commanding a central position in Fitzgerald's Park, Cork. Originally built in 1845 by the Beamish family, the building, then known as “The Shrubberies” was their family home for decades. The property and surrounding land was eventually purchased by Cork Corporation for the purpose of housing the Cork International Exhibition of 1902 and 1903. The site of the exhibition was opened as Public Park in 1906. A site of some 18 acres of landscaped gardens; the park is a magnificent setting for the museum. Flanked by U.C.C. 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 Park also has a lovely playground for children to have some fun.
Lewis Glucksman Gallery
University College Cork, Cork. Tel:+ 353 (0)21 4901844
The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts. Located at University College Cork’s main entrance on Western Road, the Glucksman is an award-winning building that includes display spaces, lecture facilities, a riverside restaurant and gallery shop. For more information on current exhibitions visit their website.
University College Cork Visitor Centre
North Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork, Cork. Tel: +353 (0)21 490 1876
The UCC campus is noted for its mature well-wooded grounds containing several Californian Redwood trees. These form a splendid setting for the Gothic revival-style Main Quadrangle buildings, modelled on a typical Oxford college by the renowned Cork architect of the mid 19th century – Sir Thomas Deane.
A variety of shows from drama to opera, musicals and comedy are available over the coming months. For more information visit their website.
Lifetime Labs at The Old Cork Waterworks
Sunday's Well, Lee Road, Cork. Tel: +353 (0)21 494 1500
Visitors of all ages will enjoy a visit to the Lifetime Lab with its modern interactive exhibition, steam plant, beautifully restored buildings, children’s playground and marvelous views over the River Lee. Summer opening hours are Mon – Fri: 9.00 – 17.00 and Sat/ Sun/Bank Hol: 11.00 – 17.00. For more information visit their website.
Cork Vision Centre at St. Peter's
North Main St, Cork. Tel: +353 (0)21 427 8187
The Cork Vision Centre offers visitors an opportunity to appreciate a fine example of conservation in action, and to explore Cork’s evolution from past, through present, and onwards to future development. Exhibitions throughout the year. For more information visit their website.
Blackrock Castle Observatory Centre
Blackrock, Cork. Tel: +353 (0)21 432 6120
Blackrock Castle, on the banks of the River Lee is now home to an 80 seat licensed restaurant, 40 seat Cinema / Lecture Hall, 12 seat Tower Conference Room, 20 seat classroom with interactive whiteboard, 30 m2 fireplace lobby that serves as a reception area. The venue has a unique location and ambiance with a magnificent courtyard and fully restored buildings. Plenty of free parking and use of all in house AV equipment and on site technical assistance.
The Cinema houses 16 LCD screens which can be configured to display the same content as that being projected on the main screen. The Exhibit Space features 4 large screens can be configured to display custom content. Free Wi-Fi / Internet. For more information visit their website.
Cork Heritage Park
Bessboro, Blackrock, Cork. Tel: +353 (0)21 435 8854
The Park offers the visitor a varied and fascinating introduction to different aspects of Corks rich heritage ranging from the story of the Pike family (who lived on the estate from 1820 to 1921), local ecology, Corks Archaeological Heritage, Corks Maritime Heritage, the History of Corks Fire Service to the story of Corks Transport.
Kinsale – Historical Fishing Town
The medieval town of Kinsale is not just about food. it’s also about traditional bars, beautiful buildings, narrow streets, shops and galleries and lots of activities on land and sea. You’ll find Kinsale’s not just a place – it’s more a state of mind!
Cobh Heritage Centre
The Queenstown Story Cobh Heritage Centre, Deepwater Quay, Cobh, Co. Cork Tel: +353 (0)21 481 3591
Cobh is situated on the southern shore of the Great Island in one of the world’s finest natural harbours. Between 1848 and 1950, over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland – over 2.5 million from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration in the country. Cobh was the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic. Later the steamers and ocean liners continued carrying the Irish to new lives and new lands. For more information visit their website.
West Cork Model Railway Village
Inchydoney Road, Clonakilty, Co. Cork Tel: +353 (0)23 883 3224
Take a trip to http://www.modelvillage.ie/ for a fun and memorable day out on your visit to Clonakilty and West Cork. Walking into the model village you step back in time and see life as it was in the 1940′s. See the old West Cork railway line portrayed in delightful miniature serving the towns. The models and figurines are handmade at the model village to a scale of 1:24. For more information visit their website.
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