Top things to do

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 guides you around the restored cells, which feature models of suffering pris…
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 sell some of the region's very …
Top Choice Vegetarian in Cork City

Cafe Paradiso

A contender for best restaurant in town of any genre, Paradiso serves contemporary vegetarian dishes, including vegan fare: how about sweet chilli–glazed pan-fried tofu with Asian greens in tamarind and coconut brot…
Top Choice Irish in Cork City

Market Lane

It’s always hopping at this bright corner bistro. The menu is broad and hearty, changing to reflect what’s fresh at the English Market: perhaps gamekeepers pie with celeriac bake, or mushroom and lentil pie with sto…
Top Choice Pub in Cork City

Sin É

You could easily while away an entire day at this great old place, which is every thing a craic-filled pub should be – long on atmosphere and short on pretension (Sin É means 'that's it!'). There's music most nights…
Top Choice Cafe in Cork City

Farmgate Cafe

An unmissable experience at the heart of the English Market, the Farmgate is perched on a balcony overlooking the food stalls below, the source of all that fresh local produce on your plate – everything from crab an…
International in Cork City

Nash 19

A sensational bistro and deli where locally sourced food is honoured at breakfast and lunch, either sit-in or take away. Fresh scones draw in the crowds early; daily lunch specials (soups, salads, desserts etc), fre…
Opera in Cork City

Cork Opera House

Given a modern makeover in the 1990s, this leading venue has been entertaining the city for more than 150 years with everything from opera and ballet to stand-up comedy and puppet shows. Around the back, the Half Mo…
Pub in Cork City

Franciscan Well Brewery

The copper vats gleaming behind the bar give the game away: the Franciscan Well brews its own beer. The best place to enjoy it is in the enormous beer garden at the back. The pub holds regular beer festivals togethe…
Pub in Cork City

Mutton Lane Inn

Tucked down the tiniest of alleys off St Patrick's St, this inviting pub, lit by candles and fairy lights, is one of Cork's most intimate drinking holes. It's minuscule, so try to get in early to bag the snug, or pe…