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Cork City Gaol : Heritage Centre and Radio Museum, Sunday's Well
There are two attractions located at this site: the heritage centre at Cork City Gaol brings you back in time to over a hundred years ago to see how peple lived both inside and outside prison walls. Situated in the same building, the radio museum traces the history of Irish and International Radio and examines the impact it has had on all our lives.
Entrance for Adult: €6.00 Children: €3.50 Concession: €5.00
See or call + 353 21 4305022 for more information.

Jameson Distillery, Middleton
Trace the history of world famous Jameson Whiskey on the guided tour at the old Middleton Distillery just 12 miles outside Cork City. Guided tours start with an audio visual presentation and culminate in the bar with a Whiskey tasting session and the chance to become a qualified whiskey taster - just don't practise don't much!!
Entrance for Adult: €7.95 Children: €3.50 Concession: €6.25
Call + 353 21 4613594 for more information.

St. Fin Barre's Cathederal, Dean Street
The site of St. Fin Barre's cathedral has been a place of worship since the 7th century, it is a building steeped in history. The building is currently undergoing rennovation to conserve and restore the present cathederal, it is without doubt one of the premier buildings in the city of Cork. Services are conducted daily and guided tours are available upon request.
Entrance for Adult: €7.95 Children: €3.50 Concession: €6.25
See or call + 353 21 4613594 for more information.

Shandon Steeple, Shandon Street
Shandon Steeple Shandon Steeple, located on the northside of Cork City, is the most famous landmark in the city.Shandon or Sean Dun, means 'old fort'.It is 170 feet in height with walls 7ft. thick.The present 'pepper pot' shaped tower was built in 1722,using the sandstone from the old Shandon Castle and the limestone from the Fanciscan Abbey which was located on the North Mall. The limestone faces limestone country to the south and west while the northern and eastern sides face sandstone country.

Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles, an ancient stronghold of the McCarthy's, Lords of Muskerry, and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster. Blarney Castle is famous for its stone - The Stone of Eloquence - which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it.
See for more info or call + 353 21 4385252 for more information.

Things to do

Fota Wildlife Park, Cobh Island
Fota Wildlife Park, just 10 miles from Cork on the Cobh road, is among the most modern wildlife parks in Europe. The wildlife park is a 'not for profit' charity and all income is re-invested in the animals. Established in 1983 with the primary aim of conservation Fota has a vast array of exotic wildlife in open natural surroundings with no obvious barriers. A great day out for kids and adults alike.
Entrance for Adult: €8.00 Children/Concession: €6.00
See or call + 353 21 4812678 for more information.

Curaheen Park Greyhound Stadium, Bishopstown
Enjoy the excitement and thrills of live greyhound racing in a world class stadium. 10-race programmes run every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday with the fun of betting, a fine dining restaurant, live music and private hospitality suites and bars all available. Racing commences at 7.50pm sharp and courtesy buses will return you to the city centre once the races are over. Free secure parking is also available. Entrance for Adult: €7.00/8.00 Children/Concession: €4.00
See theIrish Greyhound Board or call + 353 21 4543095 for more information.

The English Market, Princes Street
Half way down Princes Street, on the right-hand side, is an entrance into the English Market. On sale is a fascinating array of fresh produce and unusual delicacies. Local farmers have stalls here and a heady mixture of noise and smells makes it quite an experience. If you are not planning to make a purchase, head upstairs to the Farmgate café for an aerial view of the bustling activity.


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Isaac's Restaurant, 48 Mac Curtain Street ()
Isaacs' one of Cork's busiest restaurants, is a Bistro Style informal eating place. It is situated in a converted Victorian warehouse with high ceilings and real brick walls, it is packed with atmosphere. The food served in the restaurant is wide ranging in i's style from Oriental dishes to traditional Irish fare.
Call 00 353 21 503805 for bookings and more information.

Jacques Restaurant, 9 Phoenix Street ()
Jacques Restaurant serves modern Irish cuisine using local produce - Farm reared Ducks, Wild Game, Lots of very fresh Fish and organic vegetables.
Call 00 353 21 503805 for bookings and more information.

Sciaccamare, Ristorante Siciliano, 21 South Mall ()
Sciaccamare, Ristorante Siciliano is a relatively recent addition to the dining scene in Cork, having opened in 1999. The restaurant has a native Italian chef and serves traditional Italian dishes as well as Vegetarian and Seafood dishes.
Call 00 353 21 4278735 for bookings and more information.

El Gaucho, Popes Quay Cork()
El Gaucho's is a casul dining restaurant serving American style food. It is located near St. Mary's Church, across the river from the Opera House.
Call 00 353 21 551494 for bookings and more information.

Luigi Malones, 1-2 Emmet Place()
As the name suggests, Luigi Malones serve up a tantsalizing array of cuisine from all around the world. Traditional Irish dishes, Italian Pizzas and Pastas, American style burgers and steaks and spicey Mexican dishes are all available. The restaurant is child friendly and has a specific kids menu making it ideal for families also.
Call 00 353 21 4278877 for bookings and more information.

Jacobs on the Mall, 30a South Mall Cork ()
Jacobs on the Mall, a former Turkish baths and bank in it's time is a delightful restaurant with an efficient, friendly staff. Simplicity and harmony are the keys to the success of this restaurant, which serves simple and natural cuisine in a romantic setting.
Call 00 353 21 4251530 for bookings and more information.

Cafe Paradiso, 16 Lancaster Quay, Western Road ()
This renowned vegetarian restaurant, under the careful direction of Head Chef Dennis Cotter, attracts even the most die-hard carnivores. Its refreshing, innovative combinations of garden-fresh, seasonal produce has earned Café Paradiso numerous Awards for Excellence for its vegetarian dishes.
Call 00 353 21 4277939 for bookings and more information.

Pubs and Clubs

There is no shortage of pubs to be found in Cork city and if you are after live music you won't have to go far to find it either. The main area for pubs in the city is in and around Oliver Plunkett Street and Washington Street. There is quite a variety of entertainment to be found in pubs, offering something of interest to all. Here are just some of the pubs and niteclubs in Cork City:

Thsrsty Scholar
Western Road

Club FX
Lynchs Street, ph. 021 4271120

Washington Inn
Washington Street, ph.086 8446198

Globe Nightclub
Washington Street, ph. 021 427 3351

Teac Beag
Oliver Plunkett St

Havana Browns
Washington Street, ph. 021 427 9105

Washington Street, ph. 021 4271 969

Carey's Lane, ph. 021 427 5530

Mulligans Bar
Parnell Place, ph.021 427 6111

The Comedy Club
16 Coburg Street, ph. 021 450 1206

The Long Valley
Winthrope Street, ph.021 427 2144

The Grapevine
Lynchs Steet, ph. 021 427 1106

The Lobby Bar
1 Union Quay, ph.021 431 1113

Side Tracks
Oliver Plunkett Street, ph. 021 427 5850

Scotts Bar
Oliver Plunkett St, ph.021 431 1217

Carrey's Lane, ph.021 427 6228

Bodhran Bar
42 Oliver Plunkett St., ph.021 427 4544

An Crannóg
74 Oliver Plunkett St, ph.021 427 0752

Have a look at our Cork travel guide for more tips on things to do in and around Cork.