Five attractions to see
FITZGERALD PARK AND MUSEUM
Tel: 021 427 0679
For a free afternoon in the city, try a stroll around the lovely Fitzgerald Park followed by a visit to the local museum which has some good Civil War and War of Independence displays.
CORK CITY GAOL
Tel: 021 430 5022 Web: corkcitygaol.com
This building is – allegedly – one of the most haunted in Cork . Great interactive visitor experience accurately recreating life in a 19th prison, along with some lovely grounds.
FOTA WILDLIFE PARK
Tel: 021 481 2678 Web: fotawildlife.ie
The wildlife park is within a 20 minutes commute of Cork city (also accessible by train) and has enjoyed significant investment in recent years to make it one of the best facilities of its kind in the country.
Cork’s English Market is one of the oldest in Ireland and the UK and enjoying renewed popularity following the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. Take time out to have a coffee in one of several cafes, browse the large fish counters or sample some of the great organic produce on offer.
Shandon Web: shandonbells.ie
Shandon is one of the great under-valued areas of Cork city. It has many attractions from St Anne’s Church, Linehan’s sweet factory, the Cork Butter Museum and the Firkin Crane cultural centre.