Top Things To Do In Cork City
Cork City, situated in the south of Ireland, is a fascinating destination for both educational and corporate visitors. While ‘Corkonians’ call the city the ‘Real Capital’, there is no doubting the vibrant nature and diverse offerings available to all visitors to this part of the country. Easily accessible by road, train or through numerous airports, it is a city that offers something for everyone, from its rich history to its lively culture, stunning architecture, and warm hospitality. Here are some of the top things to do in Cork city, in no particular order!
Cork is a magical place, full of interesting facts and unique stories. From being the largest county in Ireland to having the first potato planted in 1588 to being the place where Michael Collins was ambushed and killed in 1922 – there are no shortage of history, heritage and culture to be found here.
Where to start? Well, of course, we are biased. So we are going to start with our unique, educational, active immersion into the cultural phenomenon that is Gaelic Games. Thus, number one on the list is our own Experience Gaelic Games.
Step 1: Experience Gaelic Games Cork
The most unique activity you can try in Cork city. Mixing culture, craic and soft activity, this is a deep dive into Ireland. These games form the centrepiece of over 2,200 communities up and down the country. One can’t experience Ireland without learning about and trying Gaelic Games. With a 97% excellent rating on TripAdvisor, this truly is an activity not to be missed.
Based on Fairhill in Na Piarsaigh GAA Club, overlooking the city, you will start your experience with a 30 minute cultural introduction in our visitor centre. This will talk about the history of the games, the structures, the amateur ethos and why our games are so popular in Ireland. Then, warrior up and get ready for a fun outdoor experience learning the skills of Gaelic Football and Hurling. Hurling is an ancient stick and ball game which lays claim to be the oldest and fastest field sport in the world. Don’t miss out! Book today. The best part about the experience, talking with the locals and learning about the logo, the red hand of Ulster.
Step 2: The English Market
The English Market is an iconic food market located in the heart of Cork City. It has been a part of the city’s history for over 200 years and offers visitors the opportunity to taste some of the finest local produce and delicacies. It even features in the brilliant TV show ‘The Young Offenders‘ which shows the beautiful location and the friendly atmosphere that will meet you when you make your way towards the market.
Step 3: Cork City Gaol
Cork City Gaol is a former prison that offers visitors an insight into the harsh living conditions of prisoners in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The prison is now a museum and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
Step 4: Take a Walking Tour of the City
Cork City has a rich history, and taking a walking tour is an excellent way to learn about the city’s past. There are several guided tours available, and they offer visitors an opportunity to explore the city’s hidden gems and learn about its fascinating history. All the while, you will be spending the day in local company and enjoying hearing the unique stories about the different elements that make Cork tick.
Step 5: Cork City Museum
The Cork City Museum is a fascinating museum that tells the story of the city’s history from medieval times to the present day. It has a vast collection of artefacts, documents, and photographs that offer an insight into Cork’s rich cultural heritage.
Step 6: Páirc Uí Chaoimh
If you are one of the lucky ones who is in Cork during a busy weekend of GAA action in Cork City, Páirc Uí Chaoimh is the ideal destination to soak in the atmosphere and passion during either a Hurling, Camogie or Gaelic Football match. Visit us to learn the rules and the passion behind the games and then make your way towards this wonderful, modern stadium to experience the roar and the ‘clash of the ash’.
Now you’ve made it to the evening! We have only one bit of advice for you on this. Walk around and soak it all in. Cork City has a lively and vibrant nightlife scene that offers something for everyone. From traditional Irish pubs to trendy cocktail bars and nightclubs, there is no shortage of places to enjoy a night out in the city.