Here is a list of places that you might like to visit when you are staying in  or near Cork City.  They are relatively convenient to get to by either foot, bike, car or public transport and they come recommended by many trustworthy travelers.

A good deal of work has gone into ensuring that the details are correct, but if they are not, please revise. And if you have visited anywhere else that fits the category, i.e. easily accessible from Cork City and you can recommend it as a good sight for tourists to visit, list it and a Cork native may be able to check it out firsthand.

The phone numbers quoted are all local. If you are phoning from outside of Cork City/County put 021 in front of the number. If you are phoning from outside of Ireland put 00 353 21 in front of the number. The numbers in brackets preceeding some sights indicates that other sights are reasonably near.  For example Blarney Castle and Blarney Woolen mills have been given a 1 meaning they are located within a reasonable walking distance of each other.

  • (1) Blarney Castle    http://www.blarneycastle.ie/
  • (Phone 4385252)
  • Located at: Blarney, 10 miles from City
  • Transport get bus from the Bus Station or drive.  There are scheduled bus services to/from Blarney and there is also a tour bus that leaves there twice each day.  See www.buseireann.ie
  • Open: 7 days per week, 9am to 5pm, last entry 4pm  (Stays open til 6pm in Summer months Mon to Sat)
  • No Group reductions.
  • (Parking: Yes, lots)
  • Entry: €12 Adult, €5 child under 14 or student. (Student must have an ID card)
    Worth Visiting: Yes.  It’s quirky, it’s kitsch, it’s interesting.
  • Down Side:  Very touristy, some staff are abrupt.
  • Visit can last at least 2 Hours (including gardens)
  • (1) Blarney Woolen Mills     http://www.blarney.com/
  • (Phone 4385280)
  • Located at: Blarney, 10 miles from City
  • Transport get bus from the Bus Station or drive.  There are scheduled bus services to/from Blarney and there is also a tour bus that leaves there twice each day.  See http://www.buseireann.ie/
  • Open: 7 days per week 9:30am to 6pm (10am on Sunday)
  • (Parking: Yes, lots)
  • Entry: Free
  • Worth visiting: Yes.  It has all kinds of Irish goods to suit all budgets.
  • Down Side:  None really, except that it can be very busy as tour buses stop there.
  • Visit can last at least 1 hour.  There is a café there, and Christys hotel next door.
  • (2) University College Cork (UCC)      http://www.ucc.ie/
  • (Phone 4903098  -Breffni O’Sullivan - bosullivan@pres.ucc.ie if you want to organise a walking tour, or 4901876
  • Located at: Western Road. 
  • Transport: 15 minutes walk, or get No. 8 bus from city centre
  • Open: Grounds open 24x7x365
  • Parking: None available to tourists on site
  • Entry: Free
  • Worth Visiting:  Yes for a stroll around the beautiful campus.   Tours on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 2:30pm.  There is a small charge for the walking tour which takes 1 hour, is given by interested students themselves and is fascinating.
  • Down Side: None really. 
  • Visit can last: as long as you wish.
  • (2) Glucksman Gallery     www.glucksman.org
  • (Phone 4901844)
  • Located at: Just outside city centre at University College cork. (U.C.C.)
  • Transport: 15 minutes walk, or get No. 8 bus from city centre
  • Open:. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Sunday 12pm to 5pm. Till 8pm on Thursday. Closed on Monday.
  • (Parking: None available to tourists on site).  It is best that you walk to this sight from the city centre (about 15 mins)
  • Entry: Free
  • Worth visiting: Yes.
  • Down Side:  None really.  Not a very big building but the design is interesting
  • Visit can last at least 1 hour. 
  • (2)St Finbarres Cathedral     www.cathedral.cork.anglican.org/
  • (Phone 4963387)
  • Location: Near City Centre at Dean Street
  • Transport: About 10 minutes walk from Grand Parade. Very limited parking in the forecourt.
  • Open: 7 Days per week 10:00 - 12:45 and14:00  – 17:00
  • Parking: Very Limited
  • Entry: €5 Adult, €3 under 18.  Free entry if you are just visiting to say a prayer.
  • Worth visiting:  Yes, but may be too boring for young children.  Try and organise to get on one of their tours which are only available on request.  If you email the cathedral you can organise a personal guided tour with Angela Nicholls. It takes about 45 minutes.
  • Down Side:  You will not understand the significance of this site without the help of a decent guidebook or guided tour.
  • Visit can last anything from 30 minutes to 60 minutes (on the guided tour)

  • (2)Cork Public Museum     
  • Location: Just outside city centre at Fitzgeralds Park, Mardyke Walk.. 5 Minute walk from main gate of U.C.C.
  • Transport: Same as for UCC (see above)
  • Open: Monday to Friday 11am-1pm and 2.15pm to 5pm
  • Saturday, closes at 4pm, Closed on Sunday.
  • (Parking: Yes, limited spaces on street)
  • Entry: Free
  • Worth Visiting: Yes.  Very small museum in a nice location. Café on the ground floor. Fitzgeralds Park is also worth walking around.
  • Down Side:  Very small.  Closed on Sunday, Closed at Lunch time.
  • Visit can last up to one hour including the gardens.
  • (2)Cork City Gaol      http://www.corkcitygaol.com/
  • (Phone 4305022)
  • Location: Just outside city centre at Convent Avenue, Sundays Well
  • Transport: Drive, walk or Hop on Hop off bus.
  • Parking:  On street parking outside the sight
  • Open: 7 Days per week. 10am to 4pm.
  • Entry: €8 Adult, €4.50 Child, Student €7, Family 2A + 4C €24  (self guided with tape)
  • Worth Visiting:  Yes.  Feedback is very good.  May not be suitable for small children.
  • Down side: None known.
  • Visit can last up to two hours.

  • (3)Cobh – The Queenstown Story      http://www.cobhheritage.com/
  • (Phone 4813591)
  • Location: Cobh, 10 miles from Cork City
  • Transport: Train from Kent Train Station or drive. Journey time about 20-25 minutes)
  • Open: 7 days per week, 9:30am to 5pm
  • (Parking: Limited outside the sight)
  • Entry: €7 Adult, €4 Student, Family €20
  • Worth Visiting:  Debatable.  Depends on your level of historical interest.  May not be suitable for young children.
  • Down Side:  Not known
  • Visit can last up to one hour.
  • (3)Cobh (Town)      http://www.cork-guide.ie/cobh.htm
  • Location: Cobh, 10 miles from Cork City  (Pronounced Cove)
  • Transport: Train from Kent Train Station or drive. Journey time about 20-25 minutes)
  • (Parking: On street parking)
  • Worth Visiting:  Yes on a nice bright day.  The short train trip is very pleasant as it travels for most of the journey along the harbour front.
  • Cobh has two main attractions, The Queenstown story heritage centre (already mentioned above) and St.Colemans Cathedral which is well worth the 20 minute to the top of the hill for the harbour views alone.  The Cathedral does not have guided tours and entry is free.
  • Down side: Not Known.
  •  You can organise a historical walking tour of Cobh called the Titanic Train which gets good reports. See www.titanic-trail.com
  • Visit can last up to two hours, more if the Queenstown story is visited.

  • (3)Spike Island Walking Tours (Cobh)  http://spikeislandwalkingtours.blogsp...
  • (Phone 021 4811485 or 021 4815211)
  • Location: Kennedy Pier, Cobh, 10 miles from Cork City
  • Transport: Train from Kent Train Station, Cork City or drive. Journey time about 20-25 minutes)
  • Open: This is currently seasonal: i.e.
  • (Parking: Limited outside the sight)
  • Entry: €14.50 Adult, €9.50 Child, Price includes 15 minute boat trip and tour.  Group rates negotiable.
  • Worth Visiting: Yes – The island is steeped in history.   The boat trip itself is very pleasant with wonderful views of the harbour as you travel.  Very suitable for children and babies in buggies.  Walking surface is very good.  Not sure if there is wheelchair access to the ferry. 
  • Down Side: The island is quite exposed and a lot of the tour takes place outdoors – so weather can be an issue.
  • Visit can last up to two hours.

    (4)Fota Wildlife Park and Fota House    
    (Phone 4812678)

  • Location: Fota, about 7 miles from Cork City and 3 miles from Cobh.
  • Transport:  Train from Kent Train Station or drive. Journey time about 20 minutes)
  • (Parking: Lots of Parking in Car Park – charge 3 euro)
  • Open: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4:30pm. Sunday 11am to 4:30pm
  • Entry: €14 Adult, €9 Student (Group and family discounts)
  • Worth visiting:  Yes, the kids will love it.  Adults too.  Entry to Fota Gardens is free, the charges mentioned above are for the wildlife park only.  There is a fast food restaurant and sweet kiosks on site.  Much nicer to bring a picnic though.
  • Downside:  Very dependent on weather.
  • Visit can last up to 3 ho
  • (4B)Fota House  (Self guided tour)
  • Located adjacent to Fota Wildlife Park.
  • Open: All Year Round, but check first to make sure. The house can be closed without notice. Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. sunday 11am to 5pm.  (Closes 4pm in Winter)
  • Entry: €7 Adult, €3 Child,  €18 Family (2 +3 children), 
  • Worth Visiting: Yes
    Downside: You don't get to see all of the inside of the house, as a large number of rooms are out of bounds.
  • Visit can last up to one hour.

  • (5)Shandon Bells (Church of St. Anne)      http://www.shandonbells.org/
  • (Phone 4505906)
  • Location: Church Street, off Shandon Street.
  • Transport: Must walk.  15 Minutes from City Centre.
  • Parking: None easy nearby (due to very narrow streets) 
  • Open: Monday to Saturday 10am to 3pm
  • Entry: €5 Adult,€2.50 Children.  Family €12.  Group rates can be negotiated
  • Worth Visiting: Yes (for the view at the top).  Great for anyone interested in photography.
  • Down side:  Opening times are erratic (phone first to be sure).  Quite expensive for just a trip to the bell tower.
  • Visit can last up to one hour.

  • (5)English Market   
  • Location:  City Centre. Three entrances off Grand Parade, Princes Street, Oliver Plunkett Street.
  • Transport:  Must Walk
  • Parking: None easy nearby (use the city Municipal car parks)
  • Open:  Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays
  • Entry: Free
  • Worth visiting:  Yes if you are a foodie and if you are looking for great fresh and reasonably priced produce.  Not really a place for young kids.  Café on the first floor called Farmgate. Food very, staff pleasant.  Also visit the Sandwich Stall on the ground floor, excellent hand made sandwiches.
  • Downside:  None.
  • Visit can last up to one hour.

  • (5)Crawford College of Art and Design      http://www.cit.ie/aboutcit.facultiesa...
  • (Phone 4273377)
  • Location: Emmet Place (city centre) beside the Opera House
  • Transport: Must walk
  • Parking: None easy nearby (use the city Municipal car parks)
  • Open: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
  • Entry: Free
  • Worth Visiting: Yes, nice medium sized gallery housed in a beautiful old building with very nice café on ground floor.
  • Downside: None
  • Visit can last up to one hour.

  • (6)Curraheen Race Track      http://www.igb.ie/Stadia/Cork/
  • Phone 4543095
  • Location:  Curraheen.  (about 5 miles West of City Centre)
  • Transport:  Drive or Taxi, no public transport
  • Parking: Lots of free parking on site.
  • Open: Wednesday, Thursday Saturday. Doors open 7.00pm, first race 8pm, last race 10pm.
  • Entry: 10 euro for adult, 50 cent for accompanied child.  Student 5 euro.  Plus various group packages which must be pre booked.
  • Worth Visiting:  Yes, see full details on TA Cork Inside Pages – ‘Things to Do’ – ‘ Cork Greyhound Track at Curraheen
  • Downside:  None really, except it’s location.  Evening entertainment only.
  • Visit can last up to 3 hours.

(7) Blackrock Castle Observatory http://www.bco.ie/

(Phone 021 435-7917Location: Blackrock, Cork 4 miles from Cork City

Transport:  Best to drive.  Large free car park adjacent.  Alternatively take number 202 bus from Cork city centre to Blackrock Village and walk 15 mins to castle.  Alternatively HOHO BLUE bus, June to August only, will take you right to the castle gate.

Open: Mon-Fri & Sun 10-5,Sat & Bank Holidays 11-5

Parking: Plenty of free parking just around the corner and down the hill. (3 min walk)

Entry: €6 Adult, €4.  Family and Group rates available

Worth Visiting: Yes – The exhibits are interactive and school going kids will enjoy.   The exhibits could do with some upgrading and the facility needs a good dusting.   Acess to the actual observatory is not permitted.  There is a very good cafe/restaurant on the grounds of the castle.  This is run as a separate enterprise to the observatory.

Visit can last up to one hour.

 

Cork City Tour – Open Topped bus
http://www.corkcitytour.com/

  • Phone: 4309090 or more details from tourist office at Grand Parade
  • Location: Begins at Grand Parade and stops at various points throughout Cork city.
  • Transport:  Not applicable
  • Parking: Not applicable
  • Open: 7 Days per week. 9:30am to last tour at 17:00.  Tour begins every 45 Minutes.
  • Entry: Adult €14, Senior Cit. €10, Student €10, Child U14 €4 and family tickets 2A + 4C is €34.  Group rates available on request.  Tickets can be bought at the Tourist Info office at Grand Parade or from the driver on the bus.
  • Worth Visiting.  Don’t know.  Try and choose to go on a dry day !
  • Downside – Only runs in the summer months. Also for the St.Patricks Weekend in March.
  • Visit can last as long as you like. Ticket valid all day.
  • Walking tours of Cork City
  • http://corkheritage.ie/
  • email: mccarthy_kieran@yahoo.com

  • (5) Cork City Pub Crawl   http://corkcitypubcrawl.com/
  • (Phone + 353 85 7142070)
  • Located at: GPO, Oliver Plunkett St, City Center.
  • Transport: Walk.
  • Open: Every Friday at 8:00 pm
  • Entry: Free
  • Worth Visiting? Yes. The tour includes free finger food, drink deals and free club entry. You can also find out very recent information about cork from the friendly guides.   Judging by photos on the website, it seems to be aimed at about early to late 20's age group
  • Downsides: The tour is only on Fridays. You may have a sore head in the morning! 
  • Email: corkcitpubcrawl@gmail.com.

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