Things to do in the city
University College Cork (UCC)
Situated directly across from the Blarney Stone, the sprawling campus of Cork’s University is the ideal way to while away an afternoon. With a range of architecturally diverse buildings and a beautiful river way walk and gardens, UCC is sure to impress. Nestled within aged trees on the University grounds is the award winning Glucksman Gallery. A feat in architectural design, the Glucksman is a lure for visitors and Corkonians alike. Relax in the café before perusing the striking visual arts displayed in the gallery.
Cork City Gaol
Across the river Lee on the Northside of the city is the gaol. Take a tour through the gaol, as well as the radio museum which is housed there.
Audio tours are available in 8 languages. For the more daring, the haunting night time tour is a new addition to the schedule. (night time tour only available Oct – May)
A Cork institution, Shandon Church stands tall and proud over the city. A short walk from the main shopping district, Shandon Street is steeped in culture. Climb the 120 ft steeple to ring the bells of Shandon and gaze at the panoramic views of the city. Also located on Shandon Street is the Butter Museum.
Restaurants in Cork
Cork offers a wide range of dining options, with something to suit all tastes. Numerous award winning restaurants line the streets, with a good mix of traditional, European, and Oriental cuisine on offer. For a laid back afternoon, relax outside a café and watch the city go by.
Pubs and nightlife in Cork
Cork experiences a bustling nightlife you would expect from a major city. From traditional Irish pubs to cosmopolitan cocktail bars, a diverse range of bars and pubs ensure a venue to suit your preference.
Cultural life in Cork
Cork is a culturally developed city, appealing to anyone interested in art, music, or the fine arts. A range of art galleries throughout the city showcase the works of both local and international talents.
The Opera House and Everyman Palace Theatre run a diverse programme of music, plays, and dance throughout the year. With a number of annual Cork festivals, such as The Jazz Festival, Cork Arts Fest, and the Film Festival, it is clear to see why Cork was the European Capital of Culture in 2005.