Top 5 free things to do in Cork, Ireland

The River Lee flowing through Cork City

5. Elizabeth fort – This star-shaped fort was built way back in 1601. It was set up to be a defense fortification and it took on many roles throughout its historic age. It was also used as a prison, a military barracks, and in more recent times a police station. As well as experiencing the history, you can witness great views over Cork City.

4. Nano Nagle place – This was described as an urban oasis in the heart of bustling Cork City. You can relax and unwind in the charming walled gardens. There is also an award-winning cafe inside which hosts many free lunchtime concerts. Perfect for when the sun is shining.

3. Cork public museum – The museum is housed in a mid 19th Century building. It mainly focuses on the history and archaeology of the Cork area. After you viewed the museum, you can walk through the peaceful Fitzgerald Park that it is located in.

2. Crawford art gallery – In 2006, the Crawford Art Gallery was designated as a National Cultural Institution. It is dedicated to visual arts both historic and contemporary. There is a permanent collection of over 4000 pieces dating back to 18th Century Ireland.

1. English market – Traders have been selling organic and locally produced food here since the 18th Century. Stroll through the market while soaking up the atmosphere and listen to local sellers tell their tales. On May 20th, 2011 Queen Elizabeth II visited here on her trip to Ireland and took an unscheduled walkabout along the Grand Parade greeting the public.

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