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Welcome to Walking Tours

  1. The City Centre Island Walk
  2. The Shandon Walk
  3. The South Parish Walk

There are three elements to these walks. The leaflets describe the walks and the sights along the way. They also have a detailed map. There are directional signs (blue walking symbols) throughout the walk to help orient and guide you. 12 information panels are located at various interest points along the route. These feature short descriptions of places and events in these locations.

Along the route there are many buildings of interest open to the public and which carry information leaflets. In addition the Tourist Office, on the Grand Parade, has further guides of the City and the greater Cork area. Please linger along the way, taking the time to go inside our churches, museums, and cafés.

We hope you enjoy the Cork Walks.


The City Centre Island Walk‌

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A city carries the imprint of the people and events that have shaped it over time. These stories never reveal themselves in a simple line: the old sits beside the new; the new reinterprets the old. A small detail can be as revealing as a large building.


The bridges that span the north and south channels of the River Lee are also a crucial part of Cork’s story. Different types of bridges were built to facilitate shipping and rail services. Each bridge in its own way contributes to the story of the time in which it was built.
This walk traces how the city centre island of Cork developed following the infilling of a number of river channels that ran between a series of marshy islands. At the heart of the city, the main thoroughfare, St Patrick’s Street, was at one time just such a waterway, as were the Grand Parade and the South Mall.

Fundamental to the city’s economic success was its port and the wealth generated by trade in commodities such as butter and the provisioning of ships for the British navy made Cork one of the most important places in Western Europe during the 19th century.

Continuity and renewal are interwoven in the life of a city. We hope that this walk will contribute to the understanding of these processes in the life of this city.

City Centre Island (454KB)

 

The Shandon Walk

Walks-ShandonThis walk traverses some of the most historically significant parts of Cork. At its centre is the Butter Exchange complex, the most successful part, but only a part, of the city’s international trading enterprise. Its imposing architecture speaks of the wealth and power which the merchant princes of the city once exercised, merchants now known only from the street names which they bequeathed to the city.

The churches encountered on the walk also tell a tale: Anglican dominance in the 18th century; Catholic resurgence in the 19th century. The naming and renaming of streets gives a glimpse of the city’s political history.

The walk is not simply a tour through the past. Shandon Street, the North Main Street, and Paul Street remain busy trading thoroughfares. The old Custom House is now incorporated into the Crawford Gallery; the Butter Exchange complex is now home to heritage and cultural bodies.

Continuity and renewal are interwoven in the life of a city. We hope that this walk will contribute to the understanding of these processes in the life of this city.


Cork Walks Shandon (766KB)

 

The South Parish Walk

Walks-South ParishThis walk shows the development of the City from its watery beginnings to the industrial development from mills to breweries and traverses some of the most historically significant parts of the south side of Cork.

The religious diversity of the City is celebrated on this route and includes some places as St Finn Barre’s Cathedral, Nano Nagle’s grave at the South Presentation Convent, the Red Abbey as well as the Synagogue on South Terrace.

In addition, the prominent families and individuals from Cork’s past are also remembered in the place names encountered along the route.

Continuity and renewal are interwoven in the life of a city. We hope that this walk will contribute to the understanding of these processes in the life of this city.





South Parish Walk (786KB)