If you are planning a romantic city break or a family getaway to Cork, be rest assured the city has so much to offer and you’d have enough to keep busy during your cork city break. we’ve put together a list of some of Cork’s most famous attractions and landmarks, these places should definitely be on your to-visit list as you plan your ideal hotel city break to Cork.
From the grand parade, cross over the pedestrian bridge and walk a short distance to Elizabeth Fort on Barrack Street. It is a 17th Century Star Fort, with beautiful views of the entire city from the bastions. Walk throughout see the great cannons and grounds.
St Fin Barre’s Cathedral
From Elizabeth Fort, head to St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, a great neo-Gothic Anglican church situated on a site of Christian worship since the 9th century. Explore the grounds, the Cathedral, and don’t forget to look out for the large gilded angel on the roof of the eastern end of the Cathedral. You may get to hear a choir or organist at play.
Fota House & Gardens
So much more to do and see at Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens. Spend some time with them and look into the lives of the Smith-Barry family and the staff who served them through generations. Learn of their colourful backstories and the interesting and curious tales of life in the big house, recalled for you by our friendly and knowledgeable guides.
Contrast the magnificence of the stately rooms with the hard-working conditions of the servant’s quarters.
Theirs is a story of an upstairs/downstairs parallel universe, a fascinating history of the house and its people. If you liked ‘Downton’, you’ll love this. The wonderful team at Fota House can’t wait to show you around.
Nano Nagle Place
From St Fin Barre’s Cathedral take a stroll over to Douglas Street, experience the tranquility of Nano Nagle Place, an oasis of serenity and beauty. The complex houses a museum, gift shop, heritage rooms, and gorgeous gardens. Also after all this exploring why not take 5 and enjoy the delights of the wonderful Good Day Deli, where you can enjoy a mix of local, seasonal, and organic food.
Crawford Art Gallery
Looking for further cultural stimulation head back towards the city, to Emmet Place to explore Crawford Art Gallery, which is in the momentous heritage building once the cities custom house. This gallery is home to works of much-loved Irish artists and runs temporary exhibitions.
The Lewis Glucksman
After your tasty lunch, why not seek out some more culture and why not head over to the grounds of University College Cork to discover the award-winning building which houses the impressive Glucksman Gallery. The gallery is over 3 floors, displaying temporary and long-term exhibitions.
The gallery aims to make contemporary art and creative practice available to all, whether you are a first-time gallery-goer, an expert, or somewhere in between.
Clayton Hotel Silver Springs
Ready to go on your city break in Cork? The 4- star Clayton Hotel Silver Springs is ideally located just outside Cork City centre. With free parking, you can park your car and explore all that the city has so much to offer to ensure you have an adventure-filled holiday.