Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, third largest on the island of Ireland, and largest in the province of Munster.
Whether you are an avid history buff, passionate foodie, animal lover or curious about the universe around us, Cork has something for everyone. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
A fifteen-minute walk from St Patrick’s Quay brings you to a vibrant, bustling food market brimming with fresh seafood, colourful fruit and vegetables, hand-made breads, aged cheeses and so much more. From dramatic archways and stained-glass lunette windows to the stunning cast iron central fountain, the building’s striking, mid-19th century architecture and fresh, tasty produce are a must-see.
Just 20 minutes by foot from your Cork drop-off point is this stunning 19th century French Neo-Gothic cathedral with awe-inspiring features including colourful stained glass, an elaborate organ and 12th century carved stone heads. It was on this site that Cork’s patron saint Fin Barre founded a monastery in the 7th century AD.
Journey into deep space just two kilometres from Cork city at the Blackrock Castle Observatory. This iconic castle fort dating from 1582 features interactive exhibits about Earth, the universe and the potential for life in outer space! Make friends with Cosmo the virtual astronaut, discover how the universe came into existence and play the award-winning Comet Chaser game to virtually save the Earth!
Set amidst 100 acres only a short drive from Cork city centre, this wildlife and nature reserve is home to a wide variety of animals from all over the world who roam free in their natural habitats. Get up close with ring tailed lemurs, giraffes, elephants and prairie dogs and learn about the importance of conservation and biodiversity.
This immersive experience welcomes you aboard The Titanic as one of the 123 final passengers to board the vessel on Thursday April 11th 1912 before its onward journey to New York. Experience turn of the century conditions aboard the luxury liner and the precise moment disaster struck through an enthralling cinematographic experience. Explore the exhibit afterwards for details of the rescue mission and the survivors.
Steeped in more than 1300 years of history, Spike Island is a short ferry ride from Cobh, 25 minutes from Cork city centre. It is the site of a former monastery, a fortress, and later a prison and facility for convicts before they were transported to penal settlements in Australia. Find out about the island’s history through the site’s museums and exhibitions, and relax in the café with a cup of coffee while reflecting on the island’s fascinating past.