Stay. Eat. Shop. See!
|The Firkin Crane in Shandon,|
once the butter capital of the world
is another landmark. Visit and don’t forget to ring the bells. Cork was once the butter capital of the world and the is in the shadow of Shandon.
Staying north of the river, why not pay a call to the storied cells of the . is a lovely art gallery in the leafy grounds of the university while the well established is easily accessible in the city centre, next door to the . And don't forget Elizabeth Fort and the newly opened Nano Nagle Place. Always something interesting on at The Triskel, an arts venue in a converted church.
For a different experience head to every Thursday where you’ll find fantastic local cheese and meat and much more, including wild mushrooms, all within a few yards of the large .
|A city of bridges|
For something more traditional, including the music, there are quite a few with The Oliver Plunket being very central indeed. And, if you prefer craft beers then the on the North Mall is the place to go as they have a micro brewery right behind the counter. Other pubs with micro-breweries include Rising Sons (Cornmarket Street), Elbow Lane (Oliver Plunket Street, excellent food here also) and Cotton Ball (Mayfield).
If you are caught for time, stay at the Metropole and explore the amazing McCurtain Street, its pubs, theatre, cafes and restaurants.
Something on the traditional side? Why not the where you’ll be wined and dined and never be short of company as the locals come and go. Like it leafy? Then the Hayfield Manor and the Maryborough near Douglas are recommended as is the Radisson in Little Island.
Making a quick getaway? The is excellent. Heading north or west? Check the Commons Inn.
Like to try something more energetic? Then start at the and take a brisk riverside stroll through the Mardyke, into Fitzgerald’s Park, past the UCC Grounds and then onto the Lee Fields. Just remember you have to come back!
There is a very popular walk by the harbour starting at , another great place to visit with an excellent restaurant, the Castle Cafe. For something shorter but still interesting, do the circular walk around the Lough, a suburban lake full of swans and ducks and other wildfowl.
|Ballycotton cliff walk, just east of the city|
Strike off to the west and take in the impressive ruins of the abbey at . boasts magnificent beaches and good food producers whose products you may sample in restaurants such as the Pilgrim's (Rosscarbery), (Clonakilty), and Bastion (Kinsale).
For more detailed guides to the county, check out my East Cork and North Cork recommendations.
The Choral festival dominates in the spring and summer sings with the Midsummer Festival, followed by the International Folk Dancing Festival. is a big highlight. Night after summer night, the Marquee hosts top names. Bryan Adams, Cliff Richard and Elton John played this summer (2017).