Thinking of taking a trip to Cork and not familiar with the city? With so much information to be obtained, in books and in brochures, a good map is also well worth investing in and will not see you go astray! Situated on the banks of the River Lee, the good thing about Cork is that it’s pretty easy to get around on foot. Read on for more…
The following link will provide you with a very good Cork city centre street map.
Cork city was named the European Capital City of Culture in 2005 and is full of historical attractions, beautiful Georgian architecture, and a lively nightlife. Located in the South West corner of Ireland it’s the country’s second largest city. It’s also fairly compact so getting around on foot is really easy.
Saint Patrick’s Street is Cork’s main thoroughfare with a huge selection of shops including Brown Thomas, Coast, Debenhams, River Island, Oasis, French Connection, Marks and Spencer’s and the colourful shopping centre of Merchants Quay. There’s also a great selection of restaurants and pubs to choose from throughout the city centre.
There are also plenty public car parks scattered about the city. The city’s main train station is Kent Station, located a short stroll over the bridge out the Lower Glanmire Road. The main bus station is located between Merchant’s Quay and Anderson’s Quay. Patrick’s Street was given a makeover in 2004 and now boasts a sleek and modern look.
Like so many areas in the centre of Cork city, both the South Mall and Grand Parade were built over channels of the River Lee in the eighteenth century. Grand Parade is the widest street in the city and the South Mall is the financial services centre area of Cork. At Grand Parade you’ll find the headquarters of the tourism office for the Cork and Kerry area.
Cornmarket Street is again another area built over the River Lee and has in recent years secured a re-development plan for apartments to attract people wishing to live in Cork city, and an attractive business area in which to work and visit. Located off Patrick’s Street you’ll find many little side streets and lanes, again with a host of shops and eateries.
The River Lee is a sandstone river that starts in the beautiful and mountainous area of Gauganberra in West Cork. It travels 56 miles, winding its way through the city of Cork and is a prominent feature of the city. The city of Cork is a major Irish seaport with docks and quays scattered along the broad waterway of the Lee on the city’s east side.
Cork has much to see and do and has a number of top tourist attractions including:
The Shandon Bells…
The Shandon Bells are located in Saint Anne’s Church just north of the city centre. Built in 1722 this is truly an amazing sight that stands 37m tall with the bustling city nestled in its shadows. Take a trip to the top and admire the beauty of this wonderful European City and refer to your map for sights and landmarks. Admission is free and you can avail of two tours per day where you are also welcome to ring the bells!
Find out more about the Shandon Bells.
Cork Vision Centre…
The Cork Vision Centre is located in a former church at Saint Peter’s on North Main Street. Here you can see on display a large scale model of Cork city from times past to today.
Admission is free. For further details on The Cork Vision Centre you can telephone: 021 4279925.
Lastly, there’s no better way to explore and familiarise yourself with Cork city than with a good map. If you get lost you can always ask the friendly people of this city who will guide and advise you on your way.
If you’re planning a trip to Cork our advice is to book your accommodation in advance. We have an excellent selection of Cork city hotels to choose from.