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Best things to do in Cork

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Lovely park to walk about or enjoy a picnic. During the summer there is weekly yoga and concerts.”
51 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Always a lovely place to visit. Especially wonderful when there are markets and events on Emmet Place, e.g. the Midsummer Festival, Cork Jazz Festival etc. Get onto a free Sunday tour if you can - incredibly informative and enlightening. ”
42 locals recommend
Market
“According to Rick Stein, it's the best covered market in the UK and Ireland. Right in the heart of Cork City Centre -so a bus ride from Crosshaven or 30 mins drive I am not a foodie myself, so I don't quite understand the popularity of this one but people love it. They have a huge range of fresh fish, meat, olives, coffee and other local produce. The Queen of England visited it when she was in Cork (that's when I realised I need to be more of a foodie). I don't think I can represent this very popular tourist site myself very well, so do check out the website and definitely drop in to see it, if you're already in Cork City Centre - it's a "must see" if you come to Cork... apparently! http://www.englishmarket.ie/”
37 locals recommend
Museum
“The Gaol is a 10 minute walk. Head west on Blarney Street, turn left onto Strawberry Hill, then turn left onto Convent Avenue and the Gaol is on your left. www.corkcitygaol.com”
37 locals recommend
Pub
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“ideal for tourists who want the irish dancing, music and food. check out their website for more details”
31 locals recommend
Establishment
“Cork City has a very lively Arts , Culture and Live Music scene. It also has an abundance of excellent restaurants including vegetarian and vegan. I'll always have a copy of What's On In Cork here for you. The Crawford Gallery and the Cork School of Music have lunchtime concerts many of them free. ”
24 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Local cork brewery. Great pizzas and beers! Highly recommended. The terrace is a great place to be at any time of the year! IPA beer is great!”
28 locals recommend
City Hall
“I would highly recommend visiting Cork City and doing the hop on hop off bus tour - You can buy tickets here and there are numerous sites to visit. https://www.corkcitytours.com/tours/hop-on-hop-off-tickets/”
27 locals recommend
Church
“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”
30 locals recommend
Church
“Corks best known landmark and loved by The Cork people...even though we call it ''the 4 faced liar''. (this is because there are 4 clocks on its walls , and none of them tell the correct time...us Irish don't mind, it's a great excuse to be late) The best part is climbing past the bells and up onto the balcony where you have a great view of Cork City (the passages are narrow in places , and also if you have bad knees or hips it might be awkward)”
26 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A wide selection of stores can be found at Mahon point- see their website for full details https://mahonpointsc.ie Also has a large grocery store- "Tescos" that do home deliveries if required. ”
11 locals recommend
University
“Only a 10 minute walk from the city centre to the heart of the university, Stroll around the quadrangle, through the main building where a visitors centre is located on the ''stone corridor'' with ancient celtic Ogham Stones.. (book a fab tour if you can...so informative and so cheap) Go visit the Honan Chapel , with it's beautiful celtic carvings, stained glass windows and mosaic floors. Enjoy the beautiful grounds of the campus...it's all free and a wonderful place If you have heard of Boolean Allegera , the basis of computer language, you may know of George Boole who was professor of mathematics way back in the 1850's. ”
27 locals recommend
Market
“You'll notice something different everytime you visit. Known for its unique sights and smells, you never know what you'll find. ”
19 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Hands down the best eggs benedict in Cork. Friendly staff, very reasonable prices and a great atmosphere means it gets busy but it is worth the queue.”
19 locals recommend
Pub
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“very very traditional pub, small and cozy. If you enjoy live Irish music, this place is a must go.”
22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“You can order great Irish meat or some fresh salad and both it will taste amazing. Everything is made with fresh ingredients. You need to go there and see if they have availability.”
21 locals recommend