15 Best Things to Do in Cork, Ireland

15 Best Things to Do in Cork, Ireland

A city full of history and beautiful scenery- Cork is one of the gems of Ireland that wouldn’t fail to amuse you with its beauty! Let us show you the top 15 things to do when you’re in Cork, Ireland.

Blarney Castle and Garden

Blarney castle and garden
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If you are a fan of Barbie movies, and have always craved to live and breathe in a beautiful and old castle full of huge walls and lustrous bricks, this blarney castle got you covered! It is a medieval castle with an attached outdoor ground that is full of colourful flowers and lush greenery.

The castle also has a small beautiful cafe inside which is the perfect spot for foods, tea, beverages etc. It is the perfect place for nature photography for the rocks and scenery in this place is truly worth capturing. The theme of the whole castle, the trails in the ground and the aesthetic vibe are truly worth a visit.

The blarney stone in the middle of the grounds is a great tourist attraction and there is no reason for you to miss out on it. It is a legendary stone, and people visit to kiss the rock, and it is described to be worth the climb. The views from atop the castle are mesmerising and beautiful.

Visit the Fitzgerald Park

Fitzgerald Park
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This beautiful park in Cork is full of greenery and colourful flowers; it has beautiful small trails all around the park for you to walk on, or to simply go bike-riding, or for casually hanging with friends or family.

There are a lot of areas to sit in the park, and also has a duck pond with seating for your entertainment needs. The park is full of amazing well-defined, clean, well-maintained and beautiful trails for hiking.

The paths are full of beautiful and outstanding views; the trails are pretty easy and cater to the needs of all age groups! You can go walking, hiking, and bike-riding or basically do anything your heart wishes here!

This is a great place for wildlife photographers, and even for common people who want to take aesthetic pictures of the environment or themselves with pretty backgrounds to flaunt on their gram. There are interpretive all along the trail, making it a very informative and fun experience.

Do not miss out on this spot if you love hiking, or just want to enjoy the subtle beauty of nature!

The English Market

English market
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This extremely famous 18th century food market is definitely worth a visit when you are in Cork. It is an old style market that is completely filled with fruits, vegetables and meat. The whole market looks super colourful and attaches a fresh feeling to it.

You can find fresh fruits, fish, meat, cheese, seafood, vegetables and all different kinds of food and dairy products here and you can buy as many as you like.

There are a lot of small cafes in this market where you can go for cute and aesthetic dates and lunch with your peers. The place overall, is very aesthetic, and the interiors are very interesting to look at.

The quality of the food is promising at such pocket friendly rates. Do not miss out on this amazing market.

Fota Wildlife Park

Giraffes in Fota wildlife park
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This nature and wildlife preserve in Cork is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Homing hundreds of species of birds and animals, the Fota wildlife park is one of the most known wildlife preserves in the town.

The preserve is very well-maintained and kept clean. The animals in this preserve are well taken care of, and are healthy. You can get a chance to view and pet some local, as well as exotic wild animals and birds like lions and tigers, or meet cute little bears here.

You can meet and feed the giraffe some lettuce leaves, or pet some cute koala bears. You can also photograph all different species of animals and birds.

This preserve is a great place to teach your kids about the importance of local wildlife and give them the first hand experience of these friendly and cute animals. The train ride that takes you around the preserve is the best part about this park. It is a perfect spot for a picnic date, and we definitely recommend you to pay a visit here.

Bowling at Entertainment Centres Cork

This entertainment centre in Cork is absolutely unmissable especially if you are visiting with kids, even though this place caters to the wishes of all age groups because fun has no age.

The park offers different kinds of games like laser tags, bowling, air hockey and many more that people from any age group would enjoy. The centre also comes with the experience of a 9d cinema which you most definitely must take.

Airstatic entertainment centre is another one of Cork’s gems and provides the ultimate source of gaming, food and fun. The ultimate combo of food, fun and beverages is truly unmissable and you should definitely check these entertainment centres out.

Blackrock Castle Observatory

Blackrock castle observatory
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The Blackrock castle observatory is a very interesting place from where you can get the most amazing of views. With the best landscaping of the whole town, this spot offers the most historical of castles, which is now turned into Science Centre.

You can get the tour of the whole castle and find in it the most amazing planetarium show, as well as interesting science exhibits. The castle now comes with an inbuilt cafe which will take care of all your food cravings.

You can simply get a coffee and enjoy the tour, or go outside to enjoy the landscaping. This experience will not only be the most eye-catchy, but it will be wholesome for the same time. It is a big time recommended spot that you shouldn’t be missing out on.

Spike Island and Tours

Spike Island tour boat
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The spike island is a very beautiful and historical place where you can go boating in the river and get the tour of the whole fort. The scenery is pretty amazing and the shores are very clean and well-maintained.

You can get a tour of the fort through a ferry or simply spend some time near the shore, for the vibes are amazing.

You can spend a whole day in this amazing place without feeling bored for a minute. Both the history and the scenery of this place are very interesting. Do get a tour of this island rich with history while you are in Cork, Ireland.

Costigan’s Pub

This is for the people who want to experience the night life of Cork, Ireland. The Costigan’s pub comes with the best food, beverages and bar and is crowded with visitors due to its yummy food and happy vibes.

The bar offers live music at night to add to your experience o the city. It is an amazing place to drink away your woes in the city.

The Butter Museum

The butter museum
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This strange museum offers the experience of getting to know how butter was made in Irish. It is a very strange, exotic and interesting place to learn about the history of Irish butter.

The museum is filled with artefacts that are fun to look at.  Do pay a visit this place if you are a fan of strange and weird facts about history!

Crawford art gallery
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We believe that art museums hold eternal beauty and no other historic place could ever be as beautiful and significant as a place that holds art. Let us take you to Crawford art gallery in Cork, Ireland. The gallery displays divergent exhibits- from older classic art to newer modern abstract forms of art.

The gallery has in display modern Irish artwork which is unconventional and stunning to look at. The aesthetics of this art gallery are beautiful and wouldn’t fail to mesmerize you. This art gallery has a collection of various forms of artwork collected from all around the world.

The best parts about the gallery are its collection abstract paintings that evoke different kinds of feelings in different people. People from all around the city visit this gallery to view the astonishing paintings, sculptures and other works of art making a very famous and fascinating art gallery to visit in the city.

Do get the experience of this beautiful site whenever you are in and around the town. The Triskel art centre and the Sirius arts centre are another two very interesting visual arts centres to visit in Cork.

Cork Opera House

Cork opera house
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This is probably going to be the most fun place you visit in Cork. The Cork Opera house is a beautiful piece of art situated in the heart of the city. The site is the best place for experiencing live music from the world’s most renowned bands.

You can attend the best musical concerts in this house. The site is beautifully lit in the evening and is amazing to look at.

This place can offer you the most amazing and gorgeous experiences of your life, just make sure you attend the shows during full house days, because those are the most fun.

Saint Patrick’s Street

Saint Patrick’s Street
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The Saint Patrick Street is a very famous tourist site and is usually very crowded, but that is what makes this street come to life. It is the main shopping street of Cork and is filled with different stores, you can call this the fashion street for this place lives and breathes fashion and clothing.

It is the perfect place to go to if one wants to go for shopping or if simply just wants to visit the most famous shopping street in town. The vibe of this place is relaxed, yet very cheerful. Do pay a visit to the Saint Patrick Street and you will be in for a treat.

Garnish Island

Garden in Garnish island
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The garnish island in the middle of the city is a beautiful, clean and well-maintained island with pretty nice views for you to enjoy. The island is full of framed gardens where you can find the most beautifully coloured flowers.

The whole island is lush green and filled with coloured flowers. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in town and people from far away come here just to admire the beauty of nature and life here.

You can take a ferry to visit this island and get to experience the seals. There is also an old tower in this island, adding a feature of history to this place! Visit the garnish island and experience it with your bare eye, for words fall short to describe the beauty of this place.


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This beautiful harbour in Cork is going to mesmerise you. It is the perfect spot for walks, watching the boats dock and undock, enjoying the view of the sea or for simply hanging around.

The harbour is usually busy and is very well-maintained. The waters are crystal blue and the landscaping is amusing. There are cute little bakeries by the harbour where you can have some amazing desserts.

The whole area full of positive vibes and pretty and we recommend you to check it out.

We truly believe that the true nature of travelling is hidden in the art of exploring! So explore this miraculous city and find places that soothe your soul.