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Things to do by foot

Acknowledged as a top destination in the Lonely Planet’s “Best of Travel 2010” guide, Cork is a vibrant city with a wealth of cultural attractions and activities in the city and in its surrounding areas.

Whether you are looking for relaxing family hotel breaks or an energetic, action packed hotel break in Cork City, then look no further than Ireland's southern capital.

Choose from the selection of our top picks of activities to enjoy while visiting Cork.

Top 10 Cork Attractions to Visit by Foot

The English Market 

An essential for foodies and cultural vultures the English Market is home to long-established family businesses as well as a new generation of artisan producers. The famous market showcases a range of cafes as well as every delicacy from the finest meats to the best cheeses in the country 

Gluckman Art Gallery

Located in an award-winning building by University College Cork; the Gluckman Art Gallery is a cultural and educational institution that promotes research, creation and exploration of visual arts. 

Cork Sea Safari

Home to one of the finest natural harbours in the world, Cork Sea Safari offers a run and informative tour of Cork harbour and its many attractions, combined with an opportunity to experience high adventure and pure exhilaration. 

Cork City by kayak 

Run by Atlantic Sea Kayaking, slip under the bridges and see the city centre from a unique and unusual perspective.  

Shandon Church

Enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of Cork City and its surrounding areas from the Shandon Church. Built in 1722 the church reaches 37m high into the Cork skyline and is a much-loved landmark and tourist attraction. Its famous chime which can be heard throughout the city is from 8 bells which together weigh over 6 tonnes. 

St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Known as one of the premier buildings in the city, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral is known to be a place of worship since the 7th century.

Crawford Art Gallery

The 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. 

Artur-Mayne’s Heritage Pub

Arthur-Mayne’s Heritage Pub is a wine bar located in one of the city’s oldest commercial buildings, dating back to the early 1700’s. The quirky bar was once home to a chemist and today it features rooms filled with the paraphernalia of the chemist’s trade with cases devoted to medicines, cameras and perfumes.

Everyman Palace Theatre

As one of Ireland’s leading middle scale producing theatres, the Everyman Palace Theatre, home to a 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. 

Fitzgerald’s Park and Cork History Museum

Cork Public Museum is housed in a two-storey Georgian house commanding a central position in Fitzgerald Park. Originally built in 1895 by the Beamish family, the museum set on 18 acres of landscaped and magnificent gardens.