Attractions in Cork City

The historical gateway to Irelands maritime heritage, the second largest city of Ireland has a lot to offer. From food markets to historical sights and much more. It is a must visit on the island of Ireland. 

Built to serve an empire and constructed during a time of rebellion, maritime trade and mass emigration, Old Cork Waterworks stands proud on the Cork hillside overlooking the River Lee commanding the western approaches to Cork City. Our renovated Victorian buildings offer a Visitor Experience, Primary Science education space, Corporate Hire and Conference facilities. 


Cork’s iconic English market has been trading since 1788.  One of the oldest and certainly the best covered market in Europe, it has survived famine, flood, war, fires, and multiple recessions to remain a strong part of Cork’s retail environment. 

A historic tour of UCC telling its story from its foundation as Queens College Cork in 1845 to a world class research & teaching university today. This tour visits the Aula Maxima, Queen Victoria Statue, Ogam Stone collection, university grounds and gardens, the Honan Chapel and Crawford Observatory.

Housed in a historic 16th century fort with panoramic views of Cork harbour, Blackrock Castle is today home to a research observatory, science centre and a beautiful café/restaurant serving lunch and dinner.

Generations of Cork people have strolled through the park, relaxed and enjoyed its calm tranquil atmosphere among the trees, shrubs and sculptures. To one side is the River Lee with swans, beyond lie the verdant gardens of Sunday’s Well, sloping down to the river bank, with here and there a smal slip peeping out, evoking memories of days when residents regurlarly went punting on the river.