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.
Choose from the selection of our top picks of activities to enjoy while visiting Cork.
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
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.
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.
Run by Atlantic Sea Kayaking, slip under the bridges and see the city centre from a unique and unusual perspective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.