Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Cork City

Cork City Gaol

This imposing former prison is well worth a visit, if only to get a sense of how awful life was for prisoners a century ago. An audio tour (€2 extra) guides you around the restored cells, which feature models of suf…
Top Choice Market in Cork City

English Market

It could just as easily be called the Victorian Market for its ornate vaulted ceilings and columns, but the English Market is a true gem, no matter what you name it. Scores of vendors set up colourful and photogenic…
Cathedral in Cork City

St Fin Barre's Cathedral

Spiky spires, gurning gargoyles and elaborate sculpture adorn the exterior of Cork's Protestant cathedral, an attention-grabbing mixture of French Gothic and medieval whimsy. The grandeur continues inside, with marb…
Gallery in Cork City

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery

Cork's public gallery houses a small but excellent permanent collection covering the 17th century through to the modern day. Highlights include works by Sir John Lavery, Jack B Yeats and Nathaniel Hone, and a room d…
Museum in Cork City

Cork Butter Museum

Cork has a long tradition of butter manufacturing – in the 1860s it was the world's largest butter market, exporting butter throughout the then–British Empire – and the trade's history is told through the displays a…
University in Cork City

University College Cork

Established in 1845 as one of three 'queen's colleges' (the others are in Galway and Belfast) set up to provide nondenominational alternatives to the Anglican Protestant Trinity College in Dublin, UCC's campus sprea…
Fort in Cork City

Elizabeth Fort

Originally built in the 1620s, and serving as a Garda (police) station from 1929 to 2013, this small star-shaped artillery fort once formed an important part of the city's defences. Recently opened to the public, it…
Gallery in Cork City

Lewis Glucksman Gallery

This award-winning building is a startling construction of limestone, steel and timber. Two floors of galleries with suitably paint-spattered floors display the best in both national and international contemporary a…
Historic Building in Cork City

Blackrock Castle

Blackrock Castle is a restored 16th-century castle that now, rather incongruously, hosts a science centre, planetarium and observatory. Kids love it and the pastoral location is worth the jaunt. It's on the south ba…
Museum in Cork City

Cork Public Museum

Located in a Georgian mansion with a modern extension, this museum recounts Cork’s history. The diverse collection of local artefacts tells the story from the Stone Age right up to local football legend Roy Keane, w…