What to see in Cork in 3 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Cork (Corcaigh in Irish), is a beautiful city in the south of Ireland, the capital of the county of the same name. It is the second most populous city in the country after Dublin. Located on the southern end of an island in the River Lee, the city of Cork will win you over with its mix of tradition, culture and hospitality. A peaceful holiday, between cozy pubs, live music and a rich gastronomic history. Lose yourself in the many alleys of the sixteenth century, stroll through the elegant avenues full of boutiques and cafes and enjoy the wonderful views from the top of this wonderful city. Let's find out together what to see in Cork in 3 days.


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  4. How much does a weekend in Cork cost
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1 day

1 - Morning: breakfast, Crawford Art Gallery, English Market

We start with a sweet breakfast at Tara's Tea Room where we order a slice of cake accompanied by hot tea; we spend about € 6,00 each. We then head towards the Crawford Art Gallery (Emmet Place). We take advantage of it to cross the bridge over the River Lee. To get to your destination it takes about 6 minutes on foot. The Gallery is a real cultural and national institution: dedicated to Irish visual, historical and contemporary art with paintings, sculptures and video installations. Do not miss the collection of Greek and Roman casts brought to the city in 1818 by the Vatican Museum in Rome. Admission is free, Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 16:45), on Sundays and holidays from 11:00 to 16:00.

Our next stop is theEnglish Market, the covered market dating back to the th century, just 4 minutes walking distance from the museum (on Princes St.). You will be overwhelmed by a wave of crazy flavors and aromas with so many local food stalls of all kinds, from fish, to meat, to spices, cheeses, fruit and many other products. The vaulted ceiling and Victorian style columns are characteristic.

2 - Afternoon: lunch, Triskel Arts Center, Elizabeth Fort

For lunch we stay in the English Market where there are numerous restaurants where you can stop. We choose the Farmgate where we taste the typical Irish lamb stew; we spend about € 20,00 each with drinks and desserts included.

We proceed on foot for about 4 minutes towards the Triskel Arts Center (Tobin St), a former church used as a cultural center with an art gallery, cinema and music hall. An interesting journey to discover the visual arts. Admission is free, open from 10:00 to 20:00 every day from Monday to Saturday, Sunday from 13:00 to 21:00.

After the visit we move with a very short walk of about 4 minutes towardsElizabeth Fort (Barrack St) to admire the city from above at sunset. We cross a pedestrian bridge over the river and go up a small hill where we arrive at the fort dating back to the seventeenth century perfectly preserved with the walls, cannons and a breathtaking view from the ramparts. Under the fort's walls is Keyser's Hill, considered Cork's first 'street'.

3 - Evening: dinner, BarBarella pub

About 200 meters from Elizabeth Fort, we stop at The Flying Enterprise restaurant (Sullivan's Quay, S Gate Bridge), where we order a good cheeseburger with fries and a good mug of beer. Price for dinner about € 20,00. We want continue the evening in the surrounding area in a traditional pub, making us overwhelmed by the true Irish atmosphere of party and fun. We then stop at the BarBarella Pub (Barrack St, The Lough, just 2 minutes walk from the restaurant), where we sip, like good "Irish" people, a refreshing pint of beer at a cost of about € 5,00. The best way to end the evening in Cork.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 21 min
  • Places visited: Crawford Art Galllery, English Market, Triskel Arts Center, Elizabeth Fort
  • Cork: Hop-On-Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour (Cork Hopper)
  • Breakfast at Tara's Tea Room (Get Directions), Lunch at Farmgate Cafe (Get Directions), Dinner at The Flying Enterprise (Get Directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: breakfast, City Gaol, Fitzgeralds Park

We start our second day in Cork at the Vikiss Cafe and Wine Bar (Sunday's Well Rd,) where we fill up on energy with pancakes and cappuccino. We spend about € 7,00 each.

In about 3 minutes of walking we find ourselves at City Gaol (Convent Ave, Sunday's Well), the old city prison. A truly exciting experience that helps to understand how it unfolded the life of the prisoners who have lived there, from the cells, to the mannequins that reproduce the prisoners and their suffering caused by the cruelty of the guards. The ticket costs € 10,00 for adults, € 6,00 for children, open every day of the year, from April to September from 9:30 to 17:00, from October to March from 10:00 to 16 : 00.

We then head towards Fitzgeralds Park in about ten minutes on foot (Mardyke). On our way we also cross the famous Daly's Bridge, the pedestrian bridge over the River Lee, also known as Shakey Bridge. We relax in the shade of beautiful green trees and strolling through flower-filled avenues and sculptures, without forgetting the magnificent central fountain. Admission is free, from 8:30 until early or late evening depending on the season.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Cork Butter Museum, St. Anne's Church

We take bus 208 from the Western Rd stop and in about 15 minutes we arrive at the Gourmet Burger Bistro on Bridge St, to enjoy a real Irish organic burger. Cost of lunch about € 15,00 per person.

After the meal, we head on foot in about 8 minutes towards the Cork Butter Museum in O'Connell Square, the Museum that tells about the production and sale of salted butter, one of Cork's typical specialties. A really interesting and original visit. The ticket costs € 4,00 for adults, € 1,50 for children, open every day from 10:00 to 17:00.

We continue our tour in the beautiful Shandon district where the Church of Sant'Anna with its famous bell tower acts as queen, also known as the "four-faced liar": his 4 watches in fact, seem to indicate 4 different times. An experience not to be missed is ringing the bells at the top of the tower and admire a beautiful panorama of the city. Inside the church you can also admire a baptismal font dating back to 1629. Cost of the visit € 5,00.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Sin É

After visiting the church, a few meters away is Murphy's, a small, mostly takeaway place (76 Gerald Griffin St). We decide to take and take away the typical sausages in batter, battered sausages, paired with beer and fries. Cost about € 10,00. We decide to eat in one of the many squares in the Shandon district.

We then walk 9 minutes to end the evening at Sin É (8 Coburg St,), an authentic traditional Irish pub with live music. Really cozy and with a huge variety of beers. We spend about € 10,00 each in total.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,4 km / 1 h 22 min
  • Places visited: City Gaol, Fitzgeralds Park, Museum of Butter, Church of Sant'Anna, Sin è
  • Cork Self-guided Audio Tour
  • Breakfast at Vikkis Cafe and Wine Bar (Get Directions), Lunch at Gourmet Burger Bistro (Get Directions), Dinner at Murphy's Chip Bar (Get Directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Blarney Castle and Gardens

Our last day in Cork begins with a croissant and coffee at Three Fools Coffee in the center of the Grand Parade. We spend around € 5,00.

Right from the stop of the Grand library we take bus n ° 215 which in just over half an hour takes us to Blarney Castle. We get off at the Blarney Village stop (Woolen Mills). It is about an imposing medieval castle built before the eighteenth century and destroyed several times in the course of history and passed into the hands of numerous kings and counts. Today little remains of the original structure but it remains one of the major tourist attractions of County Cork and Ireland thanks to the famous Blarney stone o Stone of Eloquence (Blarney Stone). According to legend, by kissing the stone, eloquence is a gift. In the area around they are located wonderful gardens and paths that lead to the "Circle of Druids", the "Cavern of the Witch" and to the "Steps of Wishes". Also not to be missed Blarney House, a mansion inhabited by the ancient nobles built in 1874. The entire tourist site is open from 09:00 to 17:00 at a cost of € 18,00.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Shopping at Opera Lane

Leaving the Castle, just 3 minutes walk, we find the Muskerry Arms Restaurant where we order an excellent fish soup, fish and chips plus dessert. We spend about € 30,00 per person.

Fortunately, the stop to return to Cork is very close. We take bus n ° 215 from Blarnet Village (Church) and in about half an hour of travel, we get off at Camden Quay stop for indulge in some healthy and well-deserved shopping at Opera Lane, near Patrick Street. The avenue is full of shops, boutiques and cafes of all kinds. An evening of relaxation and fun with souvenirs and various gifts.

3 - Evening: dinner, The Crane Lane Theater

We choose to dine at The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St) just a few minutes walk from Opera Lane. It looks like a typical Irish pub serving tasty food of tradition. This time we choose one Irish lamb stew with potatoes, accompanied by a good glass of red wine and cheesecake al Baileys, the famous Irish cream liqueur known all over the world. The final bill is approximately € 32,00.

For ours last night in Cork we want to have some more fun with live music and great beer. So let's choose one of the most famous night clubs of the city, the Crane Lane Theater, in the adjacent Phoenix Street, about 200 meters away, which every day entertains its guests with live shows of all kinds. We spend about € 10,00. The right way to end our fantastic experience here in Cork.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 17,9 km / 3 h 45 min
  • Places visited: Blarney Castle and Gardens, Opera Lane, The Crane Lane Theater
  • Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle from Dublin Luxury Shore Excursion From Cobh: Blarney Day Trip
  • Breakfast at Three Fools Coffee (Get Directions), Lunch at Muskerry Arms Restaurant (Get Directions), Dinner at The Oliver Plunkett (Get Directions)

How much does a weekend in Cork cost

It is a city where prices are in line with Italy in many respects. The most economical aspect is definitely the transport; the main attractions are in fact close to each other and the distances can be easily covered on foot. Many attractions are free and the others are still very affordable. Even in restaurants the prices are very similar to those in Italy. The least economical aspect is definitely the overnight stay, which must be chosen well in advance.

  • Costs to eat: about € 25,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 37,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 10,00 per person (indicates costs for public transport, any taxis and transfers to and from the airport)
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 80,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, shopping)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Cork: from € 450,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Cork: from May to October, when temperatures are much more pleasant than in the harsh winter. The maximum temperature is around 20 ° between July and August, while in winter, in general, 2 ° -3 ° is perceived. But beware of sudden rains throughout the year. If you arrive in March, you will be swept away by the wave of fun typical of the St. Patrick's Festival, in honor of the patron saint of Ireland; between the end of April and May the Cork International Choral Festival dedicated to choral music is held; at the end of June we celebrate the midsummer party, the Cork Midsummer Festival with music, art, culture and entertainment - find out more
  • Cork International Airport (ORK) is only 8 miles from the city which can be reached by car in just 20 minutes. You can reach the city by shuttle bus n ° 226 every 30 minutes (about € 2,00 - in 25 minutes). Alternative, the taxi (with about € 15,00). There are no direct flights from Italy, only with stopovers from the main cities. Alternatively, you can land at Dublin Airport (264 Km) or the nearest Shannon Airport (123 Km). Flights to Shannon from € 50,00 -
  • the center of Cork is a lovely agglomeration of neighborhoods and quaint streets. St. Patrick Street is the main street, nearby is one of the most central and historic neighborhoods, the Old French Quarter with French Church Street and Carey's Lane. You will find many accommodations among b & b hotels, as well as numerous restaurants and various shops. Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • Getting around: on foot, the many tourist attractions are quite close together. For public transport, there are buses and taxis. A single bus ride costs € 2,40 per adult, € 1,40 per child; you can also buy a rechargeable card, the Leap Card with discounts up to 30% (up to 11 stages 1,68 per ride per adult). The cost of the taxi is € 1,20 per km + € 5,10 for the start of the journey. Find out how to get around Cork
  • Other: the official currency is the euro (€). The time zone is one hour behind Italy. It is advisable to buy a power adapter (the plug has a rectangular section with 3 poles - find out more)

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