We are passionate about our city and county and the incredible activities, sights and attractions in Cork! The Montenotte Hotel offers the perfect base to explore Cork City and County. 

The Montenotte Hotel is located within a 15-minute walk of Cork city centre, explore cultural hubs and museums, art galleries, such as the Crawford Art Gallery or the Glucksman Gallery, and foodie hotspots and markets, such as The English Market

The Montenotte Hotel is also located less than 20-minute drive from Jameson Distillery Midleton, Fota Wildlife Park, Blarney Castle & Gardens and much more. Within 10 minutes of the hotel, you will be at Nano Nagle Place or the Blackrock Castle Observatory one of Cork’s hidden gems..

Explore this list of our favourite Top 21 things to do in Cork, in no particular order. We hope this helps you to experience the best of what world's 3rd friendliest city has to offer!

#1 English Market

Trading since 1788, the English Market at the heart of the city is one of the oldest covered markets in the world. Considered by Rick Stein to be ‘the best covered market in the UK and Ireland’ it is an essential stop while in Cork.

#2 Blackrock Castle

Situated in an historic 16th century castle and nestled in the River Lee Harbour, a trip to CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory is filled with fun and educational things to do for kids, families, school groups and science enthusiasts.

#3 Crawford Art Gallery

Located in the heart of Cork city, The Crawford Art Gallery is your art oasis. This free entry National Cultural Institution is open daily and home to a collection of national importance. A must see for locals and tourists!

#4 Ring The Shandon Bells

St. Anne's Church, one of the oldest churches in the city, was built in 1722. Enjoy the unique experience of ringing the world famous Shandon Bells. Climb 132 steps to see spectacular 360 degree views of Cork city at 36.65m or 120ft.

#5 Cork City Gaol

Explore Cork City Gaol, a magnificent castle-like building which once housed 19th century prisoners. Take a trip back in time and wander through the wings of the Gaol and learn about the social history and lifestyles of 19th century.

#6 The Jameson Experience

Take a tour of the world famous distillery at Midleton! The Jameson Experience Tour is a fully guided tour of the original Midleton Distillery, which brings the stories of Jameson's rich heritage to life and includes a comparative whiskey tasting.

#7 Blarney Castle

The famous castle, built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftans, is a must see when visiting Cork. Home of the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our tower. Kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words.

#8 Spike Island

In the last 1300 years Spike Island has been host to a 7th century Monastery, a 24 acre Fortress and the largest convict depot in Victorian times. Today the island is dominated by the 200 year old Fort Mitchel, which became a prison with over 2300 prisoners.

#9 Fota Wildlife Park

Walk amongst animals from all over the world. No holiday to Cork is complete without exploring Fota Wildlife Park, its inhabitants and the amazing scenery of an Island that is located right at the heart of one of the biggest natural harbours in the world.

#10 Nano Nagle Place

Nano Nagle Place is Cork city’s most beautiful heritage centre. Set amongst stunning gardens, it tells the story of 18th century Cork and the remarkable life of social pioneer Nano Nagle. Onsite you will find an award winning cafe and design shop. 

#11 Franciscan Well Tour

Craft beer is having a renaissance in Ireland and the country’s number 1 craft brewery is a great place to learn about the process and sample its results. Tours and tastings run Monday to Friday.  The brew pub is open every day, serving pizzas and of course, craft beers.

#12 Cork Opera House

The best live entertainment in Cork for 160 years, Cork Opera House is the place to go for theatre, concerts, dance, musicals, films, opera and much more. Also incorporating The Half Moon Theatre for more intimate events, there’s always something worth seeing.

#13 Cork Butter Museum

The Butter Museum is a unique institution, celebrating one of the great success stories of Ireland, the butter trade. The Museum describes the central role of dairy culture in Ireland, the internationally important Butter Exchange, the traditional craft of home butter making and the modern success of the Kerrygold brand.

#14 Triskel Arts Theatre

Triskel Arts Centre is a vibrant cultural HUB in the heart of Cork City. The main auditorium Triskel Christchurch is housed in a refurbished neoclassical Georgian Church. This state of the art venue hosts live music, with a focus on Classical and Jazz concerts, cultural cinema, visual art exhibitions and literary events

#15 St. Finbarre's Cathedral

Not to be missed on any visit to Cork is this gothic cathedral designed by noteworthy architect William Burges. Its flamboyant grandeur includes spires, gargoyles, elaborate sculptures and even a cannonball embedded in a tower during the 1690 Siege of Cork. Occasionally hosts classical music recitals too.

#16 The Titanic Experience

Located in the original White Star Line ticket office where the infamous ship picked up its last 123 passengers before embarking its journey, the Titanic Experience endeavours to recreate the events and atmosphere of the Titanic’s maiden voyage to New York. 

#17 The Everyman Theatre

Just down the hill from The Montenotte Hotel, the beautiful 650 seat theatre is a jewel of late Victorian architecture. The theatre is steeped in history and is a favourite with audiences and performers alike for its intimacy and atmosphere.

#18 Cork City Tours

Trace the 800 year history of Cork City, the current day sights and sounds of this vibrant city and the characters of Cork, enjoy a unique tour of Cork's Culinary delights as you stroll along quays and streets, or discover the city on a Cork city cycle tour!

#19 Patrick's Street Shopping

St. Patrick's Street is the main shopping street in Cork and the heart of the city. Since its redevelopment in 2004, it has twice won the award as Ireland's best shopping street. It has a quirky mix of old and new shops, markets, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

#20 Golf

Cork is a golfer’s paradise and the county is home to some truly exceptional courses. From the breathtaking links at the Old Head of Kinsale, perched on the edge of the Wild Atlantic Way, to the outstanding natural landscapes of Fota Island Golf Club.

#21 Fishing

With some of the best deep sea, shoreline and river fishing, Cork is a fisherman’s heaven. Take a charter boat out of the harbour to catch ray, bass, cod and much more. Or take yourself off to one of our many beaches or cliffs to reel in the mackerel.

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