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What to see in Cork

Cork Attractions


When deciding what to see in Cork, it is a good idea to keep your itinerary flexible to compensate for the unpredictable Irish weather; however, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor attractions. Popular things to see in Cork include the 19th-century Cork City Gaol, the protestant Finbarr's Cathedral, the Church Tower of Shandon, and the Cork Museum, which is largely given over to the nationalist struggle in which Cork played an important role. The most popular places to shop in Cork are the Old English Market, a foodies dream with top quality fresh produce of all kinds, and Patrick Street, a road full to bursting with restaurants and shops and with many quaint pedestrianised side streets.

Cork is a wonderful base for explorations in the south of Ireland. Blarney Castle, one of Ireland's most famous attractions, is just outside of the city and dates back to 1446. Popular day trips from Cork include Kinsale, a picturesque and interesting coastal village known for its culinary delights; and the beautiful coastal scenery of County Kerry, including the Dingle Peninsula.

Cork is known to have less traffic than Dublin and it is a relatively easy city to navigate; for this reason, and because visitors usually intend to explore the many wonders beyond the city, visitors to Cork often choose to hire a car. However, Cork has a decent public transport system and visitors won't struggle to get from attraction to attraction within the city.


Church Tower of Shandon

Positioned on a hill overlooking the River Lee, the Church Tower of Shandon (Old Fort) is possibly Cork's most famous…

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Old City Gaol

The old Cork City Gaol looks the same as it did in Victorian times with its barred windows, cells, bare corridors and…

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The English Market

The 16th century Princes Street Market is a covered food market in the centre of Cork. A large sign now designates it…

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