10 Deadly Things To Do In Cork City That Won't Cost You A Penny

By Sarah

May 24, 2019 at 12:03pm


Keen to explore the Rebel County but at the same time you've to count those penneys? We hear ya. We feel your pain.

Cork actually has heaps of amazing stuff to check out that's F-R-E-E. What a buzz! Here's 10 things to do in Cork city that won't cost a single shiny cent.

We know, we are sound.

1. Gaze at the stars at Blackrock Castle Observatory

Tickets for entrance into the castle itself to exhibitions are €6.50 but there's always free stargazing events and space education chats going on.

On July 27 there's a public observation Lunar eclipse and other planets including Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars rising from the East.



2. Check out Crawford Gallery

A three-floor gallery, Crawford hosts a wide range of exhibitions and is free in to wander around at your leisure.

The permanent collection comprises almost 4,000 works, ranging from eighteenth century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations and staff are on hand to point out interesting bits of info about each room.




3. Stroll around Nano Nagle Place

Nano Nagle Place is a newly restored 18th century walled convent, gardens, heritage centre & design shop in the centre of Cork city - you'd never know from strolling by that behind the front of the building lies a peaceful garden and a healthy restaurant cafe.

Free lunchtime concerts sometimes take place, so keep an eye out.



4. Feed your soul at The English Market

Okay yes, if you can't resist buying something from here then technically it's not free but on your head be it.

The English Market is jam packed of stalls selling the best local and Irish produce and it's always bustling. Pop in and weave your way through baskets of veg, artisan cheese, home baked goods and heaps more.




5. Have a picnic in Fitzgerald Park

A quite retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, with its beautiful tree lined avenues, brimming flower beds and rose garden to its many statues and sculptures and the large central fountain, this 18 acre park is worth a visit.

There's a playground for kids and a little coffee shop to refuel. Bliss.



6. Climb the Shandon Bell tower for a view

Even some locals in Cork city haven't done this. Climb 132 steps and see spectacular 360 degree views of the city at 120ft.

View the internal workings of the clocks, the ‘Four Faced Liar’ and see the 18th Century bells in the Belfry. The church is one of the oldest in the city, built in 1722.




7. Walk the Blackrock Castle Loop

One of Cork city's most popular walking and running routes, this 8km loop takes you by Blackrock Castle and Mahon.

It's largely flat with nice scenic views out over the river and harbour areas and provides plenty of opportunity for a coffee stop off. Ideal.

Check out more info here.



8. Get a culture fix at Cork Public Museum

Cork Public Museum is housed in a two storey Georgian house in Fitzgerald Park, and houses some great collections of memorabilia from over the years.

There's an emphasis on the trades and crafts of Cork which can be seen in their exhibition of Cork silver, pieces dating as far back as the late 18th century and their collection of Yougal Lace. There's also exhibitions on Cork sport and Cork's role in the Irish Independence.




9. Head to Mother Jones Flea Market

Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm, Mother Jones Flea Market on York Street is an Aladdin's Cave of vintage, antiques and retro bits 'n' bobs.

Whether you need books, furniture or clothes, you won't leave empty handed after a wander around here. Great for killing some time on a rainy day (it's completely covered!), plus there's cute little cafe inside if you want to grab a cuppa.


10. Explore UCC campus and visit the Glucksman Gallery

The Glucksman is a gorgeously designed building includes display spaces, lecture facilities, a riverside restaurant and a gallery shop.

Take a jaunt around the leafy campus of UCC before stepping into the Glucksman to check out one (or all! of their current exhibitions. Collections range from modern sculptures to installations on current topics such as international borders and identity conflict.



Save all your dosh for Cork's amazing food and drink instead... Genius.

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