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  • 1 Church of Christ the King Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Chemin Evergreen - Turners Cross

    Christ the King Church is a striking building built in 1937 to a design by Barry Byrne, an Irish-American architect who lived in Chicago, and his partner, J. R. Boyd Barrett. The interior is unornamented but the facade is decorated with a cubist-styl..

  • 2 St Anne's Shandon Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Easton Hill

    The tower of the Anglican church of St Anne's Shandon contains Cork's most famous attraction, a peel of eight bells installed in 1752, on which visitors can play the local «anthem». The tower is made of limestone on two sides and sandstone on the oth..

  • 3 Kinsale Regional Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Market Sq.

    The Regional Museum is located in what was the town hall. The building was constructed in the late-17C and is surmounted with distinctive Dutch gables. Several royal charters are displayed among the exhibits as reminders of the city's past. In the lo..

  • 4 Kinsale Harbour Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The 2.4km walk along the east bank of the Brandon Estuary up to Summercove is very pleasant. The only street in the village plunges towards a tiny port where English ships used to unload guns and provisions for their army during the siege of Kinsale ..

  • 5 St James' Church (Anglican) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Main St.

    The fine modern church was built in 1824. The grounds hold the ruins of St. Anne's Church, for which the foundations were laid in 1291. Thomas Davis, the Protestant patriot, was baptised in St Anne's in 1814.

  • 6 Drombeg Stone Circle Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    R 597

    Drombeg is probably the most impressive of the 60 cromlechs, or stone circles, built in prehistoric times in West Cork. Fourteen evenly-spaced stones form a enclosed circle 9m in diameter. Cromlechs usually have an uneven number of stones. Of similar..

  • 7 Clock Gate Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Main St.

    This unusual four-storey building straddling the Main Street was built in 1777 by the corporation to replace the Iron Gate, also known as Trinity Castle, part of the walls. The new tower was used as the town gaol until 1837; such was the state of ins..

  • 8 Fota House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Fota Island

    Behind a façade of restrained, almost austere, elegance, Fota House has an impressive well-proportioned interior, as evident in the hallway with its faux- marble columns and perspectives. Similar attention to detail is apparent throughout: estate off..

  • 9 Glebe Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens


    The gardens (12ha) were created in 1945 on gently-sloping ground leading down to a sea-estuary. They are designed for the romantic, with woodland glades. There are many rare and delicate plants, traditional walled kitchen gardens and exotic farmyard ..

  • 10 Dunboy Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R 572

    The Dunboy Estate, indicated by a tower from the R 572, is home to the ruins of two separate castles. Burnt down during the War of Independence, Puxley Mansion (19C) belonged to a Welsh family, which inspired Daphne Du Maurier's novel Hungry Hill. Du..

  • 11 Barryscourt Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R 624

    The ruins of this castle are located in a strategic position, on the main road between Cork and Waterford. The keep, built in 1420, is surrounded by a wall, which incorporates the ruined walls of a 13C Great Hall. It was fortified with two towers aft..

  • 12 Clonakilty Museum

    Museums and art

    N 71

    The Heritage Centre, located in a former school, retraces local history. Of particular note are the minute-books of the Clonakilty Corporation, established in 1675; photographs of St Maloga, the extraordinary steam engine which worked the line up to ..

  • 13 West Cork Model Railway Village

    Museums and art

    N 71

    This miniature railway, built in the forties, is a particular favourite of children. A trip down the track is rewarded with information on history and the environment at each stop and halt.

  • 14 Cork Harbour

    Nature and gardens

    Kennedy Pier

    A ferry crosses the River Lee between Carrigaloe and Glenbrook and there are boat trips from Kennedy Pier, offering views of the harbour's forts.

  • 15 St Colman's Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Cathedral Pl.

    This Catholic cathedral overlooking the city was built between 1868 and 1915 in a neo-Gothic style on designs by Pugin and Ashlin. Its tall spire, with its peel of 47 bells can be seen for miles around. The interior is decorated with polished marble ..

  • 16 Lusitania Memorial

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Casement Sq.

    Sculptured in minute detail by Jerome Connor (1876-1943) from Cork, this group depicting an angel and two sailors commemorates the 1500 victims of the Lusitania, torpedoed in 1915. The work was finished by Seamus Murphy upon Connor's death. Nearby, i..

  • 17 Cobh Museum

    Museums and art

    High Rd.

    An old Presbyterian church houses a collection of artefacts with a strongly maritime theme.

  • 18 Grand Parade

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    The thoroughfare through Cork's main business centre features some handsome late 18C buildings, with slate-covered projecting façades. Up to 1800, it was an open air canal lined with houses owned by merchants. The steps that would have led down to th..

  • 19 South Mall

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    South Mall

    The Chamber of Commerce, built in 1813 for the traders operating in the Butter Market, is now part of the Imperial Hotel, located at the far east end of the street. Right opposite, on the corner of Pembroke Street, an entrance bears the inscription C..

  • 20 St Patrick's Street

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    St-Patrick's St.

    The city's main shopping street offers a wide range of shops and specialist boutiques. A shopping mall was recently added on Merchants' Quay.

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