Popular local attractions set in and around our Cork City centre hotel and further out in Co. Cork.
In and around Cork city you will find a wide range of attractions. Many that are within walking distance of our hotel and if not, only a short trip by bus, train or taxi.
When paying a visit to Cork City you should not miss the English Market. Ireland’s most famous covered food market. You’ll find a massive selection of food from Irish sausages sandwiches, to home-made macaroons to Irish chocolates. Some of the stalls include an Irish smokehouse, several cheese sellers and a large wine vendor. Upstairs you’ll find multiple cafes where you can enjoy lunch.
A museum like no other, make sure you pay a visit to Cork’s Butter Museum, a spot to celebrate and educate about Ireland’s extremely successful butter trade. This museum is located in Shandon, a historic part of Cork city. Recently reviewed by the New York Times as a must see.
Located a leisurely stroll from our hotel (2.7km) you’ll find a spot soaked in history at the Cork City Gaol. If you don’t fancy the walk just grab the hop on hop off city tour bus. At this museum you will be shown the day to day life of 19th century prisoners, the cells, yards and high walls. It is even available for event hire.
Also known as the North Cathedral, this magnificent Gothic building is located on the top of Shandon Street. Built in 1808, many changes have taken place to the cathedral over the last 200 years most considerably after it was set on fire 1820. It has undergone recent renovations again in 1996.
Over the years, many different churches and cathedrals were located on the sport where you will find the gothic Saint Finn Barre’s Cathedral. Designed in 1862 by William Burges, after he won a competition to build it for £15,000 and consequently became well known for extremely underestimating the cost of his design: the final costs was £100,000. The architect William Burges also designed the mosaics, sculptures, furniture and metal work which gives this cathedral a truly unique style.
Just down the road from our hotel you’ll find Cork Kent Station, where you can hop on a train towards Fota leaving you right on the doorstop to Fota Wildlife Park. Recently a large investment was made towards the park which means it just keeps getting better and better. You’ll see a wide range of wildlife and indigenous plants, there are lovely spots to picnic or stop in one of the cafes for coffee or lunch.
Further down the train line from Fota you’ll find Cobh, a picturesque fishing village and port town. Cobh(formally Queenstown) was the exit port of over 2.5 million Irish emigrants to North America and the final port of call for the Titanic before it set off on its fateful voyage. Cobh village has so much to offer from charming pubs, to delicious eateries, a Titanic museum, the Victorian St. Colman’s Cathedral, fishing, water sports and much more.
Take a guided tour of the Jameson Distillery, which is set in over 15 acres of land. Learn all about the history of the Jameson family and the whiskey, finished off with a complimentary glass of Jameson. You can also take a masterclass in whiskey tasting. April - October a tour bus leaves from Patrick’s Quay bringing you straight to the distillery.
Visit Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney stone and get the gift of the gab! Located 10km from our hotel in Blarney village, you will find this historic 900 year old castle and its beautiful gardens. Explore the castle with a self-guided tour and learn all about the varied history of this stronghold. While in Blarney make sure you pay a visit to the town square as well as the Blarney Woolen Mills.
Blarney is served by the 215, 235 bus routes.