Explore Cork city and County

Cork city and county offer a great variety of activities, sights and attractions to visit.
From the word famous English Market, to historical Blarney Castle, impressive Crawford Art Gallery or Titanic Experience in Cobh, there is so much to discover.

Blackrock Castle

A trip to MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory, a home to Cosmos at the Castle, is a fun and educational activity for kids, adults, and groups. Situated in a historic 16th century castle, nestled in the River Lee Harbour, in Cork city. Blackrock Castle is today an award winning science centre and active research observatory.

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Blarney Castle

Built almost 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftans, a must see when visiting Cork. The legendary Blarney Stone steeped in myth, for over 200 years pilgrims journeyed to Blarney to kiss the stone and receive a gift of eloquence. Explore the gardens, avenues, and parklands set on 60 acres of land.

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The Butter Museum

Located in the historic Shandon area of Cork city, one of the great success stories of Ireland - the butter trade. The museum describes how internationally important Butter Exchange in 19th century Cork was, traditional craft of butter making and the modern success of the Kerrygold brand.

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Camden Fort Meagher

Internationally recognised as being ‘One of the finest remaining examples of a classical Coastal Artillery Fort in the world’ for almost 400 years the fort played a key role as a strong strategic position for the defence of Ireland, the west coast of England and Wales, fort is located in Crosshaven, Co. Cork.

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Cobh Heritage Centre

Whether you are interested in the ‘Queenstown Story’ the story of Irish Emigration, tracing your ancestors, learning more about the ill-fated Titanic and the Lusitania, or immersing yourself in our naval and military history, and so many stories to tell, a trip to Cobh Heritage Centre is a must.

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Collins Barracks

The Military Museum opened in 1985 and was situated in the Clock Tower Block. In 2005 the Museum was moved to the Old Guard Room, one of the oldest buildings in the barracks. Its purpose is to tell the history and traditions of the Defence Forces and the story of General Michael Collins.

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Cork City Gaol

A magnificent, castle-like building once housed 19th century prisoners. Rich in history and archaeological heritage, a trip back in time to see what life was like inside prison walls. Wander through the wings of the Gaol, accompanied by the shuffling feet of inmates and the jingle of the warders’ keys.

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Cork Harbour Cruises

Cork City Harbour, is the second largest natural harbour in the world, steeped in history, and one of the most beautiful destinations in Ireland with its natural harbour, scattering of islands, and proximity to Cork city. A range of cruises is available such as Sunset Cruises, Cork City Cruises, private boat hire and more.

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Crawford Art Gallery

Located in the heart of Cork city, the Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The collection comprises over 3000 works ranging from 18th century to the present day. The gallery opens daily, and entry is free.

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English Market

Trading since 1788, the English Market at the heart of Cork city is one of the oldest, covered markets in the world, having survived famine and war. Renowned as a food market, it plays an important part in food culture, with emphasis on fresh, local produce. An essential stop while visiting Cork city.

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Fab Food Trails

Cork Tasting Trail will bring you places that are off the usual food route where tastings are generous and people lively. A relaxed, but focused food stroll takes around 2.5 to 3 hours to complete. The experienced and knowledgeable guide will also include some culture and architecture along the way.  

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Fota Wildlife Park

Opened in 1983, Fota Wildlife Park is a second largest attraction in Ireland. Located on 100 acres of land, in the heart of Cork city harbour, offering its inhabitants the most amazing scenery. Exploring the park will give you the opportunity to walk amongst the animals from all over the world.

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Nano Nagle Place

An unexpected oasis in the centre of bustling Cork city, a heritage centre set amongst beautiful gardens, telling the story of 18thcentury Cork and the remarkable pioneer Nano Nagle. The complex includes a museum, heritage centre, design shop and Good Day Deli, an award-winning café.

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The Glucksman

The Glucksman is a contemporary art museum located in the lower grounds of historic University College Cork. A leading museum presenting exhibitions of Irish and international art alongside a range of events and activities designed to encourage participation from all visitors.

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Titanic Experience

Located in Casement Square in the heart of Cobh Town, the original White Star Line ticket office where the infamous ship picked up its last 123 passengers before embarking on its journey. The Titanic Experience endeavours to recreate the events, the atmosphere of the Titanic's maiden voyage to New York.

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