If you have only half a day in Cork, it is advisable to spend your time discovering the centre of Cork.
Start at St Finbarre’s Cathedral which according to tradition is where St Finbarr founded Cork in the 7th Century. From the Cathedral make your way down Barrack’s Street, passing the Elizabeth Fort, which played a major role in the Siege of Cork in 1690 and is now home to a Garda (Police) Station in Cork. At the bottom of Barrack’s Street, cross the road and walk along the South Gate Bridge which marks the beginning of Medieval Cork. Stop and admire the beautiful Beamish and Crawford Building, where beer has been brewed in Cork for centuries before turning up Tuckey Street and onto the Grand Parade.
Enter the English Market at its Grand Parade entrance and wander around the market enjoying the aroma and colour of the food on display. Have a coffee in one of its quirky cafes or if you want lunch, head upstairs to the Farmgate Restaurant.
From the English Market make your way to the Crawford Art Gallery which is located next to the Cork Opera House on Emmet Place, just off Patrick’s Street. Here you will enjoy excellent exhibitions of Irish art.
For the best views of Cork head to St Anne’s Church in Shandon which is only 5 minutes walk from the Crawford Art Gallery. Climb the stairs of the church and be amazed at the views of the city. On your way down, ring the bells of Shandon and your song will be heard all over Cork.
No trip to Cork would be complete without going shopping. Finish your trip by wandering up the main shopping streets on Patrick’s Street and Oliver Plunkett Street before ending your day with a coffee in one of the numerous cafes which can be found around the centre of Cork.