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Basic information

  • Area: 7,457 km² (2,879 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +353
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 481,295
  • Official language: Irish, English
  • Time Zone: WET (UTC+0)

Cork – Places to Visit

St. Finn Barre's Cathedral

Built on the site where St. Finbarr founded his monastic school in the 7th century, attracting scholars from all over Europe, this triple-spired is an excellent example of early French-gothic architecture, designed by William Burgess of London, and opened in 1870. It has an eight-bell peal and has some very fine carvings, which constitute a rich source of religious ritualistic symbolism.

Cork Vision Centre

This centre is on North Main Street and houses a 1:500 scale model of the city. There is also a display of Cork, past, present and future, a video presentation about Cork's history and attractions, and various temporary exhibitions.

Shandon Church, St. Anne's

Located over North Gate Bridge on a hilltop to the north of the city Shandon Church's tower is clearly visible. Varied interpretations of Ave Maria and Danny Boy from its eight-bell peal can be heard all over the city. Visitors can even play themselves from the 'music' cards provided.

The Crawford Gallery

For art lovers, this gallery is home to an intriguing assortment of sculptures. These included some Rodin bronzes, a heroic size statue by John Hogan and an exquisite collection of paintings both by modern Irish artists and old Masters.

The Old Gaol

This attraction aims to educate visitors about what everyday life was like for the prisoners in the 1800's and early 1900's. Several of the original cells have been restored and visitors can learn about the gaols history in an audio-visual presentation. The Irish Radio Museum is also based here.

The City of Cork

The City is due to undergo a great deal of redevelopment over the coming years, which includes park and ride, retail etc but ensuring the monuments and historic places are protected. As of 25th May 2009, Cork City Council formalized the adoption of the Cork City Development Plan 2009 - 2015