Things to do in Cork

Cork is a beautiful city and is the perfect location for a short break to Ireland. There are plenty of things to do in Cork for families, couples or solo travellers.

Set by the river Cork has a wonderful European feel. It is upstream from Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world. 

Cork is the third largest city in Ireland after Dublin and Belfast. It is full of heritage sites, stunning gothic architecture, theatres, and art and culture venues. But if that isn't you, don't worry, there are plenty of traditional pubs and markets for you to enjoy.






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Things to do in Cork

About the city

Must see sights in Cork Out of all the things to do in Cork you will not want to miss out on seeing the extraordinary panoramic views of Cork. To see this sight head up to St Anne's Church. Why you are there why not have a go at ringing the 300 year old bells of Shannon, that ring out across the whole of Cork.

We are sure you won't be able to miss the stunning French gothic architecture of Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral twin spires which dominates the skyline of Cork. Guided tours are available of the cathedral so you can learn more about the fabulous architecture and the story behind it.
Cityscape Cork in Ireland

Cork Ireland

Eating and drinking

For the freshest of local and international cuisine, make sure you take a trip to the English Market. This covered hall is bustling hub of the city, offering tantalising array of artisan foods, and has been visited by Queen Elizabeth II.

Or for a peaceful break from your exploration stop off at the Fitzgerald Park, which was refurbished to gorgeous effect in 2014. In this leafy, tranquil oasis you can wander past a Georgian House, relax in a cafe or simply relax by the side of the water lily pond.


Arts and culture

If you are looking for culture during your short break then you won't be disappointed with the things to do in Cork. We would recommend your first stop being the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, home to an incredible collection ranges from classical to contemporary. 

Or perhaps you want something a bit different? Then Cork City of Goal is the place for you! Step into the shoes of a 19th Century convict in this prison turned museum. Listen to the enthralling stories and escape plans of previous inmates. 

Or head to Balrock Castle a 19th Century Castle on the River Lee and home to an observatory. 

Cork Cathedral in Ireland

Cork Model Railway

Things to do in Cork as a family

Our top pick of things to do in Cork as a family includes visiting the prestigious FOTA Wildlife Park. Home to thousands of animals they have a well established breeding and conservation programme. They are real champions for conservation with success stories including breeding over 200 cheetahs since 1985.

Or the West Cork Model Railway Village is a great place for kids to explore! They will be able to see what Cork looked like in the 1940s with those stunning handmade models and figurines that make up the model village. 

Now that you know about some of the best things to do in Cork, book your ferry crossing from Cairnryan to Larne and plan your trip to Ireland today.

Set by the river Cork has a wonderful European feel. It is upstream from Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world.

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