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How to Spend 1 Day in Cork

How to Spend 1 Day in Cork

Often overlooked in favor of the country’s more famous capital, Cork is a lively university town that’s home to a busy port, interesting architecture, and a youthful, cosmopolitan vibe. What’s more: it’s possible to see the best of it in a day. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Ireland’s second city.

Morning: Get a Taste of Local Food Culture

The south of Ireland is known for its cuisine, and Cork is a foodie town. The English Market, with its ornate Victorian-style vaulted ceilings and columns, is one of the city’s top landmarks and a good place to pass some time browsing the vendors selling local produce. Pick up some snacks or a take-out meal for a picnic in nearby Bishop Lucey Park.

For a closer look at Cork’s cheesemongers, delicatessens, bakeries, and markets, join a food-themed walking tour. An enjoyable way to discover lesser-known parts of the city, these tours typically include food and drink tastings.

Afternoon: See the Top Sights

Now that you’re fueled up with some authentic Irish fare, it’s time to check out the city’s main sights. If you want to learn more about Cork’s history, but prefer to go at your own pace, a self-guided audio walking tour is the perfect option. After booking, just download the audio file and map, then set out for a stroll.

Alternatively, a hop-on hop-off bus tour covers more ground in less time while still allowing you the freedom to explore at your own pace.The bus stops at attractions such as Blarney Castle and Cobh, and you can board and disembark where you wish.

Night: Sample Some Whiskey

Round out your day in Cork with a true taste of Irish culture and history at the Jameson Experience. Tours of the distillery are typically an hour long. Learn about the distillation process, and visit the restored 19th-century warehouse, where Jameson’s best-selling Irish whiskey is aged in oak casks. At the end, you’ll have an opportunity to sample some of the finished product. 

After the tour, continue drinking at the distillery’s on-site bar and restaurant. Or, head back into the city center for dinner at one of the restaurants or traditional pubs clustered around the Grand Parade.

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Skip the Line: Jameson Experience with Whiskey Tasting ticket in Cork

Skip the Line: Jameson Experience with Whiskey Tasting ticket in Cork

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The Jameson Experience in Ireland’s County Cork offers a true taste of Irish history. On this tour of the old Midleton distillery, you’ll learn about the distillation process, visit a restored 19th-century warehouse where Jameson is aged in oak casks and even have an opportunity to sample some of the finished product. Your visit begins with a short video detailing the history of Jameson, the world’s best-selling Irish whiskey.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • Free Cancellation
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US$26.43
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Cork Airport Private Transfer: Cork Airport to Killarney

Cork Airport Private Transfer: Cork Airport to Killarney

Are You coming to Ireland? Landing in Cork? Think about getting transfer from the airport to your hotel, guesthouse, B&B, in Killarney? Make sure your trip is hassle free!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • iconEnglish
  • Free Cancellation
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US$206.82
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US$206.82
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Cork Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Tour (Hopper Bus)

Cork Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Tour (Hopper Bus)

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See County Cork’s top attractions—and sightsee at your own speed—on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Choose from 24- or 48-hour tickets, and feel free to board and disembark where and when you wish. The bus itinerary will take you past landmarks the likes of Blarney Castle (where you can kiss the famed Blarney Stone), Cobh (the Titanic’s final port of call), the Jameson Experience, and much more.
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  • 2 to 9 hours
  • iconEnglish
  • Free Cancellation
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US$29.47
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US$29.47

Cork Self-Guided Audio Tour

Cork Self-Guided Audio Tour

This magical walking audio tour will take you strolling along popular St Patrick’s Street, the enchanting English Market echoing with the sound of the bell of St. Anne's Church. Perfectly suited for discovery on foot, our self-guided audio tour allows you to set the pace and explore at your leisure as you uncover the stories of this exciting city. Learn about the history of Cork, from its foundation on the River Lee and Saint Fin Barre’s establishment of a monastery, to Viking dominance, Norman rule, the War of the Roses, the Protestant Reformation and the Irish War of Independence. To discover this fabulous city in your own time and at your own pace just download this self-guided audio tour, pop in your headphones, open the map that comes with your download and start walking. The tour will take approximately two hours, but you can pause the audio guide when needed. Grab a bite to eat or do some shopping along the way. Please note that this tour is only available in English.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • iconEnglish
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US$15.29
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Cork City Cycle Tour - Experience the beautiful and historic City by bike

Cork City Cycle Tour - Experience the beautiful and historic City by bike

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Cork ranks among the most attractive cities in Ireland, with beautiful architecture and fine Lee River views—but seeing the best of the city on foot takes time and effort. On this tour, spin along Cork’s cycle lanes and riverside pathways by bike, and hit top attractions including Fitzgerald’s Park and St. Finbarr’s Cathedral with ease. With bike and helmet hire included, listen as your guide brings Cork’s history to life.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Free Cancellation
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US$51.70
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