1.Take a walk around the English market
The English Market is a roofed food market situated in the heart of Cork City, and has been trading since 1788. It is one of the oldest markets of it’s kind in the world and opens from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. It sells everything from fruit to fish to cheese and chocolate! It has a lovely atmosphere and the coffee dock in the middle of the market serves a great Americano and is an ideal people watching spot!
2.Wine and Cheese in Maynes
Arthur Mayne’s Pharmacy is a 120-year-old chemist turned wine bar. It has retained many of the old cabinets, products and pharmacy ledgers and is like visiting a museum each time we’re there! It’s well worth taking a walk around and having a peek at the old pharmacy display cases full of the unsold stuff of decades past, from collections of Old Spice aftershave bottles to powders and physiks, headache tablets, hair dyes, and dusty old bottles ,as well as lotions, lozenges, acetone and spirits, corn plasters and more. Maynes serve food until 1am and a meat and cheese board is a must here! Through the back door there is an entrance to late night venue, Crane Lane.
3.Ring the Shandon Bells
Shandon bells and tower are located in St Annes church,about a 10 minute walk uphill from the city centre. On the 1st floor you can ring the bells which can be heard all around Shandon! If you want a 360 view of the city, climb the 132 steps to the top of the tower! Entry costs €5 and opening hours can be found here.
4.Visit Foto Wildlife park
Foto Wildlife park is located on 100 acres at Foto Island 10km east of Cork City. It is beautifully laid out and has animals and birds from all over the world. As the park is all open-air, its best enjoyed on a dry day! Entry is €15.50 and opening times can be found here.
5.Titanic experience in Cobh
Just 20 minutes down the road from Foto Wildlife park is the picturesque town of Cobh. In the centre of the town is the Titanic Experience, which is situated in the original White Star Line office building, which was the Irish departure point for passengers of the Titanic. It begins with a 30 minute guided tour, which was very interesting, and then you are given free time in the museum area. The whole experience takes about an hour. At the beginning of the tour, each person is given the name of a passenger who boarded the Titanic from Cobh and at the end of the tour you can check if your passenger survived the sinking.
6.Have a drink in the
It’s worth a wander up the stairs to the HI-B bar on Oliver Plunkett street. It’s a tiny bar with a big cosy fire and great Beamish. Use of phones is not permitted in the bar….. so we just had to chat to each other (imagine!!!!).
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Until next time,