Freebies In Cork City

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And just like that- Spring is upon us! Who hasn’t heard someone marvel at the ‘grand old stretch’ in the evenings or some of the milder temperatures we’ve been experiencing? Indeed, it’s true! Excuse the pun but Spring is starting to spring and here at Hotel Isaacs, we are starting to feel the beginnings of an exciting tourist season fast-approaching. We’re also busy putting the finishing touches to our brand new Spring menu in Ireland’s number one cocktail bar-Cask. Is there a better way of celebrating the start of a new season than with some new food and drink discoveries?

Of course, one of the questions we often get asked by our guests is about local visitor attractions. Simple question but given the wide variety of things on offer, it can sometimes be quite a tricky one to answer.

One of the many things we love about Cork City is just how many things you can do within walking distance of our boutique hotel. Not only that but we also love how many of these attractions don’t have to cost you anything either.

Allow us to give you just a quick sample of some of Cork’s best free attractions:

1. English Market:

Cork wouldn’t be Cork without its famous English Market. Founded in 1788, it has survived wars, economic downturns, pandemics, and everything in between. It’s completely free to take a wander through this quintessential visitor attraction. Expect a full assault on the senses as you take in the aromas of the tempting array of fare on display. We dare you to leave empty-handed!

2. Churches:

Regardless of your faith, there’s no denying that the Rebel City has its share of some true architectural masterpieces with its large number of churches. Pop in for a few moments quiet and marvel at some truly impressive craftsmanship. Our personal favourites are Saint Peter and Paul’s Church, just off St Patrick’s Street and the Honan Chapel on the serene grounds of University College Cork.

3. University College Cork:

Speaking of the university, no trip to Cork would be complete without a visit to the pretty campus and its quadrangle. Who needs Oxford and Cambridge when you have such picturesque grounds waiting to be explored? Relax in the President’s Garden, stroll down the Stone Corridor, take in the famous ogham stones, or simply sit on the amphitheatre and watch the world go by. Don’t forget to pop into the student centre for a delve around the campus bookshop—a treasure trove for unique gifts and your next great read.

4. Cork Public Museum:

Possibly one of the most comprehensive ways of gaining insights into the history of our favourite city, spend a morning at the Cork Public Museum in the colorful grounds of Fitzgerald’s Park. With a collection spanning 40,000 objects covering the history of Cork from the Stone Age right up to modern times, there is always something new to discover.

5. The Great Outdoors:

Whether you just want a breath of fresh air or a proper workout, Cork City has you covered with a huge variety of walking trails to choose from. From leisurely strolls along the banks of the River Lee (watch out for the resident otter) to afternoon picnics at Fitzgerald’s Park and the Lough to more lengthy adventures to the popular Lee Fields and Blackrock Castle– you’ll be spoiled for choice.

6. Elizabethfort:

Short on time but still want to tick off some of the sights? Travel back in time at Cork’s seventeenth century star-shaped fort. It even contains an air-raid shelter built during World War II. If history isn’t your thing, the fort boasts stunning views of the city and St Finbarr’s Cathedral. The perfect spot for your Instagrammable selfie!

7. Crawford Art Gallery:

Bang in the centre of Cork City is one of the city’s best art galleries. From the Canova casts to the renowned Harry Clarke stained glass windows to the ever-changing exhibition schedule- you just never know what to expect. With a regular programme of events including free weekly Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon guided tours, this gallery is one that will keep you coming back for more.

8. Glucksman Art Gallery:

Tucked away in the lower grounds of the university campus, it’s impossible to miss the architectural gem that is the Glucksman Art Gallery. Think eclectic contemporary art exhibitions! Even if the exhibition is not to your tastes, we can guarantee the building itself will enthral along with its quirky gift shop and river-side café.

9. The Marina Market:

Combine a refreshing walk with a visit to one of Cork’s premier food emporiums with over thirty-five food and drink vendors. Just want a quick coffee or craving something more substantial, expect a multicultural fusion from wood-fired pizza to world cuisine.

10. Self-Guided tours:

Pop into Cork City Tourist Office for a map of the city and choose from a variety of trails. Our favourite is the Street Art trail showcasing the works of some of the city’s best artists.

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