The 4 Best Neighborhoods in Cork Ireland for Tourists
Cork retains much of its Medieval architecture and has two distinctive cathedrals, St Mary’s and St Fin Barre’s. The main street of the city, St Patrick’s Street, (known to locals as Pana), is the main shopping area and has twice won the award for the best shopping street in Ireland. Its curved shaped streets follow the River Lee and lead to another notable area, Oliver Plunkett Street. Here you can find the Theatre Royal, built on the site of an 18th Century amphitheatre constructed by impresario, Pablo Fanque. The Grand Parade runs from St Patrick’s Street to South Mall and is picturesque, lined either side by trees. Alongside shops are offices and the financial district of Cork.
One of the most famous buildings is the Shandon church tower, which can be seen from the whole North side of the city. Built in the 1700s and overlooking the River Lee, some consider it to be the most iconic emblem of Cork. Skiddy’s Almshouse and Cork City Hall are two further examples of buildings that have had an important cultural impact on the city and remain visually arresting.
As with many other popular city destinations in Europe, Cork and Dublin are the rival cities of Ireland, which is particularly notable at Gaelic football matches!
1. City Centre (The English Market, Cork Opera House)
The City Centre hosts the cultural hub of the Cork Opera House, with different shows on offer all throughout the year. The English Market is a great place to eat, drink and catch up with friends.
North of the River Lee is the Victorian Quarter neighbourhood. The city has reinvested heavily in the area and it now boasts new attractions and festivals. Most notable is the Soul in the City Festival which combines soul music with great food.
The neighbourhood of Shandon sits North of Cork City Centre. It is part of the old fort and was almost destroyed during the Seige of Cork, 1690.
Tourist attractions include St Anne’s Cathedral, offering impressive views of the city, and the home of Annie Moore, the first migrant processed on Ellis Island.
Cork Kent Railway Station is the fifth busiest station in Ireland and serves all major towns on the Cork to Dublin mainline. From here, you can also easily access Kerry Airport, ideal for tourists.