Cork English Market Tours
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Dating from 1788, Cork English Market is among Ireland’s finest foodie destinations. Set inside a Victorian heritage building with a vaulted ceiling, the market is filled with vendors selling the finest and freshest of local produce, from grass-fed beef and smoked salmon to homemade jam, duck eggs, and fresh fruit and vegetables.
The English Market is an essential stop-off for any visitor to Cork city, whether you want to admire the elegant interior, stock up on fresh food, pick up ready-to-eat treats, or simply people-watch. While many visitors explore independently, others come as part of organized day trips from Dublin or Cobh, which often incorporate visits to Blarney Castle. The English Market typically features on Cork walking tours too, whether guided or self-guided via audio guides.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The English Market is a must for foodies.
- Bring along cash as not all traders accept credit cards.
- The market is wheelchair accessible via level entrances on Princes Street and Grand Parade.
- There is a sit-down café at the market, as well as several takeaway spots selling sandwiches and prepared foods.
How to Get There
The English Market is situated in Cork city center. The city’s main railway station, Kent station, is about a 20-minute walk away. Alternatively, catch the 205 bus, which stops at St. Patrick’s Street, just steps from the market. Other local bus services (203, 207, 208, 209A, 214, and 215) also stop at St. Patrick’s Street.
When to Get There
The English Market is busiest between 11am and 4:30pm, with Fridays and Saturdays drawing the biggest crowds. If you want the space to explore, and savor the smells and sights at your leisure, go early in the morning. The market is especially atmospheric during the run-up to Christmas when traditional festive fare, such as turkeys, geese, and hams are sold.
What to Try at the English Market
The English Market presents lots of opportunities for hungry travelers to try some Irish specialties. Pick up white pudding (oatmeal sausage), black pudding (blood sausage), and Irish bacon (cut from the loin)—all staples of a full Irish breakfast. Other Irish delicacies include freshly baked Irish soda bread and barmbrack, a fruit loaf with sultanas and raisins that is popular during the run-up to Halloween.
Address: Princes Street, Cork, Ireland
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Cork English Market
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To experience the culinary scene in Cork, don't miss this foodie-friendly guided tour designed for travelers to embrace the city's burgeoning culinary world. The highlight of your tour is a visit to the famed English Market where you can chat with local traders (or have the craic, as locals might say), while feasting on local treats like fish and bread, as well as tasty sweets. Wrap up your gastronic outing with a light pub lunch, included in the price.
Save money by opting for an audio walking tour of Cork rather than joining a pricier guided tour. A self-guided audio tour is perfect for visitors wanting to learn more about the history or Cork, but wanting to explore at their own pace. Download the audio file and a fully detailed map of the tour and then you’ll set out for a stroll through Cork’s historic St. Patrick’s Street, the English Market, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, and more.
This is a walking tour of Cork city with commentary on the food and drinks history of the city going back to Viking days. Start at the City Art Gallery, where the merchants lived and traded in times past as the city developed from the confines of its medieval walls. See how this city was built on the trading of Butter, meat and whiskey. The English Market is central to the food history of the city and we meet some of its key traders. Enjoy selected food tastings finishing at the Market in the city centre. The tours with set times are not private however if you wish to organise a private tour outside of these times please contact us directly.
Make the most of your time in port on a shore excursion from Cobh and discover county highlights, including Blarney Castle, Kinsale, and Cobh Cathedral. Enjoy round-trip transportation for seamless transfer between dispersed locations, and gain insight into the region from your guide’s on-board commentary. Benefit from tailored departure times according to the duration your docking.
Shoot amazing Instagrams, because image is imporant. On Cork's only Instagram Tour, you will meet a local Instagram Influencer/expert photographer who will bring you to 5-7 spots of Cork city over 90 minutes. During the tour: - You will go you to the most Instagrammable spots of Cork - You will be shown photography techniques - You will be taught great Instagram skills - You will hear stories about Cork At the end you will have several great photos as memories of your tour of Cork and be ready to try out your new photography skills on your next set of locations!
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Cork English Market?
The best ways to experience Cork English Market are:
- Cork Culinary Tour
- Cork Self-Guided Audio Tour
- Cork Food and History Tour
- Cobh (Cork) to Blarney Castle & Kinsale - Shore Excursion
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