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Your Guide to CORK CITY

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The second city in Ireland has become since 2005, when it was named European Capital of Culture, the most popular tourist destination as a city in Ireland, only after Dublin.

It is a liberal, youthful and cosmopolitan place, well known as a student's destination which give to the city a vibrant atmosphere that contrast with the cobbled street, the churches, the victorian building and the traditional pubs that keep the essence of the old Irish towns unspoiled.

Cork is also named as the Butter’s World capital. Nevertheless, people of Cork have been exporting this product internationally since the XVIII century.

Attractions in CORK CITY

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral

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Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral is a Gothic revival three spire cathedral in the city of Cork, Ireland. It belongs to the Church of Ireland and was completed in 1879. The cathedral is located on the south side of the River Lee, ground that has been a place of worship since the seventh century, and is dedicated to Saint Finbarr, patron saint of the city. It was once in the Diocese of Cork; it is now the primary of three cathedrals in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin.

Address:
Bishop St, The Lough

Cork

Website:

corkcathedral.webs.com

Cork City Gaol

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Cork is a city with a very rich historical and archaeological heritage much of it still in evidence today. Part of this heritage, Cork City Gaol, is a magnificent castle-like building which once housed 19th century prisoners. Take a trip back in time and wander through the wings of the Gaol, accompanied by the shuffling feet of inmates and the jingle of the warders’ keys.

The cells are furnished with amazingly life-like wax figures and Graffiti on the cell walls reveals the innermost feelings of some inmates. The audio-visual show will help you learn about the social history and contrasting lifestyles of 19th century Cork.

Address:
Convent Ave, Sunday's Well

Cork

Website

corkcitygaol.com

Things to do in CORK CITY

The English Market

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The origins of the market can be traced back to James 1st in 1610, but the present building dates from 1786. In 1980 it was destroyed by fire and was refurbished by Cork Corporation to an award-winning design by the Cork city architect T. F. MacNamara.

Foods from all over the world as well as traditional Cork foods can be purchased in the English Market located in the heart of Cork City Centre. You can also take time out in any number of the Markets Cafe Restaurants and enjoy some wonderful traditional Irish foods, or just have a quick snack or a cup of coffee tea and watch the world go by.

Address:
Princes St, Centre
Cork

Website:

englishmarket.ie

Blarney Castle

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Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures.

Now that might have something to do with the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our tower. Kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words.

Address:
Monacnapa, Blarney

Co. Cork

Website:

crawfordartgallery.ie

Crawford Art Gallery

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Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The permanent collection comprises almost 4,000 works, ranging from eighteenth century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations.

At the heart of the collection is a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, brought to Cork in 1818 from the Vatican Museum in Rome.

Address:
Emmett Pl, Centre

Cork

Website:

www.crawfordartgallery.ie

Food & Drink in DUBLIN CITY

Canty's Pub

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A historic city centre pub in Cork which has had the same name over its doors for over a century is stepping back in time to celebrate over 120 years in business.
First named Five Alley Lane, the present name came from city’s sheriff Thomas Pembroke in 1724. In 1867, the street was home to an hotel, spirit dealers, paper hanger, upholsterer, apothecary, posting establishments, and a dress-maker. Then, in 1892, Daniel Canty put his name over the door of the pub, establishing 120 years of tradition. The late Barry Buttimer, a former US Air Force pilot, bought the pub in 1978 and it has been in his family ever since.

 

Address:
6 Pembroke St, Centre

Cork

Website:

Canty's Pub

The Mutton Lane Inn

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A Cork pub much admired, the Mutton Lane Inn is probably one of the oldest drinking establishments in the city outside of the North/ South Main Street axis. Situated off St. Patrick’s Street, Mutton Lane is one of many alleyways that lead into the famed English Market and used to be where live sheep were run into the market at one time

Take some time to appreciate the important mural running the length of the lane. It was completed by Anthony Ruby and is as Cork-centric as you can get. There are a few stories embedded into the mural, which locals will be glad to share, and the work has never been vandalised – only ever admired.

Address:
3 Mutton Ln, Centre
Cork

Website: 

The Mutton Lane Inn

 

Market Lane Restaurant & Bar

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Mar­ket Lane is an award-​winning restau­rant and bar sit­u­ated on Oliver Plun­kett Street, in the heart of Cork city cen­tre. Serv­ing over two floors great food and amaz­ing value is offered. Where pos­si­ble,  ingre­di­ents from The Eng­lish Mar­ket and local arti­san pro­duc­ers are used to make up a menu which has a wide range of fish, sal­ads, meat, game and sand­wiches, in addi­tion to coeliac and veg­e­tar­ian dishes and a healthy kids menu..


Address:

5-6 Oliver Plunkett St, Centre

Cork

Website:

www.marketlane.ie

Shopping in CORK CITY

Opera Lane

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Opera Lane is a pedestrianised fashion paradise in the cultural heart of the City. In Cork it is the exclusive home of Topshop, Topman, H&M, Gap, Compu-b, Meg andTherapie. You'll also find New Look, Next, River Island, VILA, ONLY, Skechers and Tommy Hilfiger on Opera Lane. Just off St. Patrick's St and right next to the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork Opera House and the historic Huguenot Quarter, Opera Lane is just a two minute stroll from the world renowned English Market. Surrounded by independent boutiques and shops, fabulous restaurants and quaint coffee shops if you love the buzz of city life and the rich variety that Cork city has to offer then make Opera Lane your destination. 

Address:
Opera Lane
Cork

Website: 

operalane.com

St. Patrick's Street

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St Patrick's Street is the main shopping street of the city of Cork in the south of Ireland. Since its redevelopment in 2004, it has twice won the award as Ireland's best shopping street. St Patrick's Street is colloquially known to some locals as "Pana".

The street is home to a number of large retail outlets at the northern end of the street. The opposite end includes smaller units, with stores ranging from high end stores, video game stores and health stores. In the early 21st century, the street saw various modernisation and rejuvenation projects.

Address:
St Patrick's Street,
Cork

Website:

St. Patrick's Street

Getting around CORK CITY

Taxi

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They are many the Taxi Companies that operate in Cork City and County providing a large variety of services. From standard service to/from the airport to conference transfer or courier services.

Website:

www.cork-guide.ie

Open Bus Tour

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With our ‘Hop On/Hop Off’ tours, there is no better way to see the city's main historical landmarks and sites. See St. Finbarr's Cathedral, U.C.C., St. Anne's Shandon & Butter Museum, Cork City Gaol and much more.

Website:

www.cork.ie

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