One of the most popular and comfortable ways of seeing any city is taking a guided bus tour. Cork City Bus Tour’s sightseeing tour takes in some of the best known attractions in the city. Passengers on the hop-on hop-off bus get to see our best know sites like The English Market, Cork City Gaol (a former prison, now a museum) and other great Cork attractions.
The distinctive red double decker bus travels around the sites and navigates our famous hills easily. Tours depart regularly from the Tourist Office on Grand Parade.
If you wish to travel further afield, then why not take in The Jameson Experience in nearby Midleton. This day trip tours the famous distillery and is a real unique experience, with some of the buildings dating back to 1795. The package, which includes return coach transfer from Cork City and the Jameson Experience Tour, departs twice daily from from St.Patrick’s Quay.
The Jameson Experience is located in Midleton, Co. Cork in the old Cork Distilleries Company distillery. This distillery operated for 150 years, from 1825 until 1975, when the workers clocked off on a Friday in July, to start work in the new Midleton Distillery the following Monday. Thankfully, the old distillery was kept intact – and beautifully preserved – it is now one of the most striking and interesting tourist attractions in Ireland.
A tour of the Jameson Experience is a journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey. Guided tours are available throughout the year and all tours commence with an audio-visual presentation, retracing the history of whiskey in Ireland. Guests are then guided through the old distillery, where they can admire the old kilns, mills, maltings, water wheel, still house, distiller’s cottage, cooperage and warehouses.
Cobh Heritage Centre
Best known as the last stop for the ill fated Titanic, which sank on her maiden voyage the Cobh heritage centre provides a fascinating insight into the history of this port and the sea liners that stopped here. Explore the conditions on board the early emigrant vessels, including the dreaded “coffin ships”, and witness the tragic story of the Lusitania, which sank off Cork Harbour.
Cork Butter Exchange and Museum
Cork Butter Museum (known locally as The Butter Exchange) is located within a stones throw of hotel under the shadow of St Anne’s Church (Shandon). The Museum showcases the internationally important Butter Exchange in nineteenth century Cork, the traditional craft of home butter making and the modern success of the Kerrygold brand. At one stage the Butter Exchange was the largest butter exchange in the world.
Crawford Art Gallery
Crawford Art Gallery, a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, is dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. Located in the heart of Cork city, beside the Opera House, less than 3 minutes from the hotel, the Gallery is a critical part of Ireland’s cultural and tourism infrastructure.
The Gallery´s permanent collection comprises over 2000 works, ranging from eighteenth century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations. At the heart of the collection is a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, brought to Cork in 1818 from the Vatican Museum in Rome. The collection is particularly strong in Irish art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Through its temporary exhibitions, publications and education programmes, the Crawford Gallery is committed to fostering recognition, critical assessment, and acknowledgement of historical and contemporary art practice. There is a Café on site open Monday – Friday 9.30-4:00pm Sat 9.00am – 4:00pm