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Steeped in history, CORK CITY is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe's hippest cities. Like Venice, the city is built upon water, and the city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centre are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air.

Exploring Cork is an enjoyable, multi-day pursuit.  Ring the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St. Anne's Church, and marvel at the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre's Cathedral. You will discover unique shopping and dining options, including the English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world, and numerous pedestrian walkways and sidewalks flanked by smart boutiques and major department stores. At every corner you'll come across another panoramic view, another interesting architectural feature and some of the best art galleries, theatres and museums in Ireland.

Culture & Festivals - Cork is renowned for its culinary flair and vibrant cultural scene. The city was the European Capital of Culture in 2005 and listed by the Lonely Planet Guide among the top ten cites for ‘Best in Travel in 2010’. A strong festival programme attracts the best of film, jazz, folk, literary and musical talent year round. You certainly won’t be short of things to do.

The English Market

Opened in 1788 and influenced by the covered markets built in English cities, the market was completely restored in the early 1980s. Today both tourists and locals enjoy a diverse range of Irish food and culinary delights on offer  -  including quality meats and fish, herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables,  cakes, cheeses and much more. The Queen's Visit - HM Queen Elizabeth II visited Cork's English Market on the final day of her Irish visit. The Queen met traders and staff at the market, which is one of Cork city's top attractions. features lots more information including details of the market traders, recipe ideas, history and a gallery.

The English Market is open to the public from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday

to Saturday.

Red Abbey - Dating from the Middle Ages, the Red Abbey is a National Monument and the oldest structure in Cork City. The square tower was once part of an Augustinian abbey.

Cork Public Museum - The collections at Cork Public Museum, in Fitzgerald Park, Cork City, cover the economic, social and municipal history of the city and surrounding area from the Mesolithic period onwards. T: +353(0)21 4270679

Crawford Art Gallery - Emmet Place - This Gallery was built in 1724 as the Custom House, when this street was then the King's Dock.  It operated as a Custom House up to 1832.  While you are at the Art Gallery note the Queen Anne style house frontage across the road, which has been restored.

Bishop Lucey Park  - Was opened in 1986 during the Cork 800 celebration year. Immediately inside the gates you will see a portion of the old city walls which have been excavated and restored.

Cork City & County Archives -  

Home to an extensive archive of various documents. These include record holdings relating to all aspects of Cork history.

T: +353(0)21 4505886

Shandon Church and Bells (Church of St Anne) - With its spectacular bell tower and distinctive Italianate architecture, St. Anne's Church is one of Cork's most iconic landmarks. It is said that a true Cork City local must be born within earshot of the famous northside bells. T: +353(0)21 4505906

South Mall - Along the South Mall on the left hand side going towards the City Hall, you will see a series of steps leading up to various offices.  The arches under the steps were originally built for boats going to the warehouse behind the dwellings.

Blackrock Castle Observatory - overlooks the River Lee on the outskirts of Cork City harbour. T: +353(0)21 4357917

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City Hall - was opened in 1936 and replaced the previous structure which was burned down on 11 September 1920. It is located in the heart of Cork City and now houses Cork City’s administration.

T: +353(0)21 4966222

Fitzgerald Park - Is the original site of the 1902 International Exhibition held in Cork and named after Lord Mayor, Edward Fitzgerald. Located on the banks of the River Lee, the park on Mardyke Walk is a short stroll away from the Cork Public Museum. T +353(0)21 4270679

Cork City Gaol & Radio Museum Experience - Sundays Well, Cork.  Tel: 021 - 4305022 Check both attractions for opening times.

Cork City Gaol is located 2km n/w from Patrick’s Street and while the magnificent castle like building is now a major and unique visitor attraction, this Gaol once housed 19th century prisoners. Visitors get a fascinating insight into day to day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape and denied law abiding citizens the opportunity to see one of the finest examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage.

Cork Vision Centre @ St. Peter's Located in the heart of Cork's historic centre, and within walking distance of the city's artistic commercial and visitor attractions.  Admission to the Centre is free. North Main St, Cork. Tel: 021-4279925

Cork English College, Saint Patrick’s Bridge, Cork.  

Tel: 021-4551522  

E: - Cork English College was established in 1978 and since then has taught English to thousands of students. CEC IS AN OFFICIAL EXAMINATION CENTRE FOR CAMBRIDGE, TOEIC, BULATS & IELTS

Cork English College

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University College Cork (UCC) - Dates back to 1845 and its seamless combination of the old and new provide an inspiring place to visit in Cork City. UCC is located on the western part of Cork city, about 1km from the city centre.  There is also a Visitors Centre at the heart of the main campus and it is the starting point for regular walking tours at the university . T: +353(0)21 4901876

Cathedral Of St Mary & St Anne - Known locally as the North Cathedral, is located in the heart of historic Cork City. The house of worship celebrated its dedication in 1808, though the site’s first church was constructed in the 1730s. T: +353(0)21 4304325St. Fin Barre's Cathedral - stands on the site where the city of Cork was founded in the 7th century. A five-minute walk from the Tourist Office on Grand Parade, the cathedral features splendid stained glass windows, marble mosaics and rich sculptures. T. +353(0)21 4963387

Cork Courthouse - Designed by Paine Brothers in the 1830’s. It has a most imposing entrance from Washington Street.

St Finbarr's South Church - Is the oldest Catholic church still in use in Cork City. It was built in 1766 and extended in 1809 to accommodate an increase in attendance. It features a work by renowned Irish sculptor, John Hogan. T +353(0)21 4272989

Cork Butter Museum -  Churn up the history of butter making at this unique museum located on O'Connell Square, within earshot of the Bells of Shandon, in nearby St Anne's Church. T: +353(0)21 4300600

The Jameson Experience, Midleton - is where distilling took place from 1825 until 1975. Learn how Jameson became the worlds largest selling Irish whiskey.  A guided tour includes a visit to the grain stores, water wheel building, and still house where you will see the largest pot still in the world.  Taste the famous Jameson brand after your tour and maybe become a certified Irish whiskey taster! The Malt House Restaurant and Jameson Gift Shop are open all year round. Tours 7 days per week, all year.  Exact times Ph. 021 4613594.