Cork City is steeped in rich history with a range of architectural delights dotted all over the city. If you are interested in learning about the history of this beautiful city then Maldron Hotel Cork is the perfect starting point.
Located just a minute’s walk from the hotel is a host of fascinating historical landmarks. First is the beautiful Shandon Bells, which can be seen from all parts of the city. These bells were originally in a fixed position and first rang in 1752 for a local wedding. St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork is located just a 20 minute walk from the hotel and it lies on a site where Christian worship has been offered since the 17th century. Cork City Gaol is a magnificent castle like building and major tourist attraction in this great city. It is located just 2km from the City Centre and provides a fascinating insight into the prison life in Cork long ago.
Blackrock Castle Observatory is a 16th Century located just outside Cork City and was built in the 16th Century as a watch tower for the people of Cork. Not only will you experience the historical significance of this landmark, but it has also been reopened in 2007 as a home to the Cosmos of the castle – an exciting discover of all life forms on Earth.
Blarney Castle is one of both Cork and Ireland’s most famous attractions. The six hundred year old castle has had millions of visitors down through the years, who have kissed the Blarney Stone to get “the gift of the gab”. There is more to the castle however than just the stone, and with its beautiful gardens located in the center of Blarney village, just 9km outside of Cork, it is a national treasure and has to be included in your itinerary. The castle is open year round and offers family tickets (2 adults and 2 children).
There are a number of tours or museums that you can visit during your stay in Cork. Most notably is Cork City Tour Bus which is a popular way of seeing the city, with experienced and knowledgeable tour guides. It takes in some of the best attractions in Cork including the famous English Market located in the City Centre.
Jameson Distillery is another popular tour while visiting Cork which takes you through the journey of Jameson Whiskey, the history of whiskey in Ireland and a glimpse at how it all works.
Crawford Art Gallery, located in the heart of Cork City is a critical part of Ireland’s cultural history. The collections comprise of over 2000 works which range from European sculptures and paintings to more modern, contemporary works. Cork Butler Museum is located just a few minute’s walk from the hotel which showcases traditional craft of butter in Ireland. Located in a small town outside of Cork City, Cobh Heritage Centre is the last stop of the Titanic – this provides an incredible insight into the history of the port.