There’s no escaping the fact that Ireland spends the majority of the year under an umbrella. Without the rain, the Emerald Isle certainly wouldn’t be so green. However, it can put a bit of a damper on your visit, especially if your time is limited. Fortunately, Cork offers many great indoor and sheltered activities. So stop playing Casumo in your hotel room, switch off your phone and grab a coat: remember, you’re on holiday and Cork awaits!
Visit the English Market
Head for the heart of the city and take shelter in the beautiful covered market. This roofed food market showcases a huge range of local produce. From seafood to cakes, fresh fruit and veg to artisan chocolate, this market has it all. But it’s not only your appetite that can be satiated. Enjoy the banter and the buzzing atmosphere, or relax in a cafe and watch the world go by. It’s open from 8am to 6pm Monday through to Saturday.
Cork City Gaol
This majestic former prison is easy to mistake for a castle, but this 19th century building was certainly not a nice place to spend your time. Visitors get the opportunity to discover the day to day life of an average prisoner, many of whom did time here before being shipped off to Australia. Stroll the corridors alone with an audio guide, or take a guided tour. There are even night tours, though these must be booked a week in advance.
Visit a Craft Brewery
Head for the Franciscan Well Brewery, built on the site of a 13th century monastery. This craft brewery and brew pub was the first in Cork. Tours run every evening at 6:30 pm and are a fantastic way to learn about a modern Irish craft. Enjoy a fresh pint afterwards. The other brewpub in town is called Rising Sons, and it’s also well worth a visit.
Visit the Jameson Experience
Take a short train ride to Midleton and discover everything there is to know about the iconic Irish whiskey. The interesting tour occasionally ends with a shindig night, not to be missed!