Cultural Activities in Cork and visits to other Cities
Cultural visits in the Cork area and visits to other towns and cities
Each school can decide which excursion or cultural activity they are interested in before their arrival. In the following table you can find the cultural activities we offer.
Shandon Bells & Tower- approx. 30 minutes
Visit one of Cork’s oldest churches, built in 1722. Climb 132 steps to see a full 360 degree view of the city. You can also ring the bells in the tower yourself!
University College Cork (UCC)- approx. 1 hour
UCC is Cork’s main university with a beautiful campus. It was founded in 1845 as one of three Queen’s colleges located in Belfast, Cork and Galway. There are approximately 22,000 students enrolled in this university.
Cork Public Museum & Fitzgerald park- approx. 1 hour
Cork Public Museum is a city museum in Cork. It is housed in a mid-19th century building within Fitzgerald Park in the Mardyke area of the city, the museum’s exhibits focus mainly on the history and archaeology of the Cork area.
Crawford Art Gallery- approx. 1 hour
The Crawford Art Gallery is a public art gallery and museum in Cork city. It displays visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The Gallery’s collection comprises of over 3,000 works, ranging from eighteenth-century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations.
The English Market- approx. 20 minutes
Cork is known as the culinary capital of Ireland. The English market is proof of this. It is an 18th century covered market, where local traders sell their organic and locally produced food. For example, fresh fish, meet, baked goods, fruit and vegetables.
Cork City Gaol- approx. 1.5 hours
Visit Corks old prison, which housed 19th century prisoners. The cells are furnished with very life-like wax figures and graffiti on the cell walls which has been left there by the actual prisoners.
Elizabeth Fort- approx. 1 hour
Elizabeth Fort is a 17th century star fort opff barrack Street in Cork. It was originally built as a defensive fortification on high0ground outside the city walls. However, the city eventually grew around the fort. This fort was also used as a military barracks, prison and police station.
Titanic Experience Cobh- approx. 2 hours
Visit the titanic museum in Cobh which was where the Titanic last stopped before it sank. During this tour, you will learn about the Titanic, the passengers and view the pier where the Titanic stopped to board its final passengers.
Visit Outside Cork
The Dingle Peninsula stretches 48 kilometres into the Atlantic Ocean on the south-west coast on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Mount Brandon is located here, Ireland’s second highest peak. The magnificent coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs such as Slea Head, dramatic headlands broken by sandy beaches, with the award-winning beach at Inch in the south. The Blasket Islands lie to the west and the peninsula is dotted with lovely villages.
The Cliffs of Moher
These cliffs are one of Ireland’s most famous sights. They are entirely vertical cliffs, with the Aran Islands nearby. On a clear day, the views are spectacular. The cliffs run along the coast for 14 kilometers. Some of the cliffs reach up to 214 meters high.
Mizen Head is the most southerly point of Ireland. Walk along the bridge to Mizen head and look out at the Atlantic ocean, keep your eyes peeled as wildlife are commonly seen there- whales, dolphins, seals, etc.