Top 5 places to go in Cork

No. 1 The English Market

The English Market is a food market in the centre of Cork, Ireland, occupying an area stretching from Princes Street to the Grand Parade. It is made-up of Princes Street Market and Grand Parade Market and is regarded for its mid-19th-century architecture and locally produced artisan food.

The market is well supported locally and has become a tourist attraction.There has been a market on the present site since 1788.

Foods from all over the world, as well as traditional Cork foods, can be purchased in the English Market located in the heart of Cork City Centre. Produce available in the English Market include Meat, fish, breads, organic fruit & vegetables, spices, clothes & gift ideas, you’ll also find eggs, speciality cheeses, olives, crubeens (pigs’ feet), and the Cork favourite Tripe & Drisheen available in the English Market just to list a few. You can also take time out in any number of the Markets Cafe Restaurants and enjoy some wonderful traditional Irish foods, or just have a quick snack or a cup of coffee tea and watch the world go by.

The English Market opening times – Monday to Saturday 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.


No. 2 Cork Public Museum & Fitzgerald’s Park

Cork Public Museum located in the peaceful oasis of Fitzgerald’s Park has been displaying a wealth of Cork’s History and more since 1910. It is well laid out in this new purpose-built building and with a cafe also for the family.

Having visited Cork Public Museum take a stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens, with its many outdoor pieces and sculptures, and enjoy a riverside walk beside the River Lee in Fitzgerald’s Park, which has flowers and colour throughout the year.

It is located just minutes from the University College of Cork and Cork City Centre itself.

No. 3 Kinsale

The picturesque yachting harbour of Kinsale (Cionn tSáile) is one of many colourful gems strung along the coastline of County Cork. Narrow, winding streets lined with galleries and gift shops, lively bars and superb restaurants, and a handsome natural harbour filled with yachts and guarded by a huge 17th-century fortress make it an engrossing place to spend a day or two.

Kinsale is a town on the southern coast of Ireland, in County Cork. Two 17th-century fortresses overlook the River Bandon: the vast, star-shaped Charles Fort to the southeast, and the smaller James Fort on the river’s opposite bank. 

No. 4 Charles Fort

Charles Fort (Irish: Dún Chathail) is a star fort located on the water’s edge, at the southern end of the village of Summer Cove, on Kinsale Harbour, County Cork, Ireland. First completed in 1682, Charles Fort was sometimes historically referred to as the “new fort” – to contrast with James’ Fort (the “old fort”) which had been built on the other side of Kinsale harbour before 1607.

One of Europe’s best-preserved star-shaped artillery forts, this vast 17th-century fortification would be worth a visit for its spectacular views alone. But there’s much more here: the 18th- and 19th-century ruins inside the walls make for some fascinating wandering.

No. 5 St. Anne’s Church

St. Anne’s has been described as,  “the most important ecclesiastical structure of any period, within the city of Cork and its immediate environs, it is also one of the most important early 18th century churches in Ireland and one of a small number which still retains their original 18th century bells”  – (2001 Architectural & Archaeological Appraisal – Colin Rynne for Southgate & Assoc.). It is the oldest church in continuous use in the city centre.

Built in 1722 as a chapel of ease to the former St. Mary’s Church Shandon, which was originally situated on this site but was destroyed in the Seige of Cork in 1690. The site where St Anne’s stands and St Mary’s stood, has been a site of worship since before medieval times. 

The Tower forms a striking landmark, visible from many parts of the city, with its red sandstone (North & East) and white ashlar limestone (South & West).  It is believed that the colours of the tower gave rise to the sporting colours of Cork.

Enjoy the Unique experience of Ringing the world famous
Shandon Bells from the first floor.

Climb 132 steps and see spectacular 360-degree views of the city at 36.65m/120ft.

View the internal workings of the clocks, the ‘Four Faced Liar’ and see the
18th Century bells in the Belfry.

Unwind and be at peace in the beautiful surrounds of St. Anne’s Church – one of the oldest churches in the city built in 1722.

There is so much to explore in Cork city and further afield in Cork. It’s a city not to be missed!

(photos are not our own, they have been sourced from Google Images)

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