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Top 10 Things to Do in Cork

Cork is known for the beautiful hills that preserve pockets of Irish history in their valleys. A town meant for the meanderer, Cork's hilly landscapes are topped by many a scenic bridge, allowing visitors to savor the big charm of this small city no matter where in Cork they visit.

Cork City Gaol

The Cork City Gaol is a former prison and present day museum. The prison was famous for a big breakout in the 1920s and today there are mannequins recreating the prison's past.

Church of St. Anne

The Church of St. Anne sits on a large hill, with a view of the River Lee. Be sure to take in the bells, which you can ring yourself. They were made famous by Francis Sylvester Mahony's song "The Bells of Shandon"

Blackrock Castle

The Blackrock Castle is a 16th century castle that now houses an observatory and visitors center. Cork's castle even hosts a restaurant with many diverse options, including meals suitable for vegetarians.

English Market

Covered markets in the United Kingdom are something of a tradition. Look no further than Cork's English Market to taste local fare from family run stalls, and to sample some of the regions organic products.

Blarney Castle

Built by the one and only Cormac Macarthy, Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's national treasures. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney stone, also called the stone of eloquence, you'll never be lost for words again.

Blarney Stone

The famous Blarney stone is found at the top of Blarney Castle. The stone itself is Carboniferous limestone and is said to give the gift of gab to whoever kisses it.

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral

Built in a Victorian style by William Burges in 1863, Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral is done in the French style that the architect favored. Sunday services occur twice in the morning and once in the evening.

Spike Island, County Cork

Accessible by boat, Spike Island was going to house a new prison and was instead turned into a historical site. The island is well located and was often used for defense. Today it is possible to take a guided tour of the island.

St. Patrick's Street

Two time winner of 'Ireland's Best Shopping Street', St. Patrick's street was just redeveloped in 2004 and has heaps of Irish labels. Known affectionately as Pana, the high street dates back to the 18th century.

Fitzgerald Park

After a long day of sightseeing and touring, nothing is better than a picnic in Fitzgerald Park. You can also enjoy a skatepark, sculpture garden, and pond filled with water lilies.

Planning Your Cork Visit

When to go?

The summer is the most popular time to visit Ireland. In the fall and spring it tends to rain often, but you get to see the landscape in a state of flux. The winters can be cold, but prices are often best.

Where to stay?

We recommend staying near Fitzgerald park. The park borders Cork Museum and Riverview Café, and you can enjoy the Cork nightlife as well as a night stroll through grassy Fitzgerald park.

How to get around?

Getting into Cork from other cities in Ireland is done easily and quickly via the motorways. Getting around the city itself can be done on foot, by bus, or by taxi. Public transportation in Cork is generally run by Irish Rail.

Good to Know

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  • Best time to visit
    April-May the weather is warming up and popular Cork Choral Festival takes place with visitors attending from all over the world. Summer is ideal for warmer days and less rain.

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What People Are Saying About Cork

Amazing, comfortable trip, adorable driver: I can only recommend. :)

We sang together with our nice & funny driver, he was very helpful and kind and we all enjoyed our trip. I'll come back with my family, too. ;) Well done! :)

Such a wonderful day tour! Plenty of time to see everything :D

This day tour was great! We had a very knowledgeable tour guide which made the ride more interesting and because he knew the route so we he times things wisely so we had plenty of time to see all we could! Would definitely recommend it and go back in a heartbeat! Thank you

Blarney Castle and Cork: Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Colleen, 06/26/2016

Looking for an adventure? Here you go! Great stuff !!!

Paddywagon is the best for doing this tour ! I had so much fun with the other people. There were all age groups but a big bunch of young people as well which I really appreciated. The hostels aren't breathtaking but that is called backpacking so don't expect too much!!! For me it was ok anyway and I thought I would be way more picky. Not all things are all inclusive, had to pay a fee for quite a few things but it was worth it. We saw a lot of this Ireland and that much beautiful places! The nights were awesome too, lot of great parties and and amazing pub nights ! For those who don't like parties, don't worry, there is always the chill-out-opportunity. Loved it ! Really would tell you to go if you look for an adventure !!

Best of Ireland 6-Day Backpackers Economy Tour Reviewed by Valentina, 06/06/2016

This tour is very popular, hardly to book it on that day.

The trip from cork is once a day. Need to book it advanced. But if you are student, book from agency directly can get a student discount.

Ring of Kerry Full-Day Guided Tour from Cork Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/03/2016

Knowledgeable Tour Guide (Sara) and Beautiful Scenery

Great tour through the Irish countryside and great tour guide retelling the history of Ireland focusing on the counties traveled through.

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