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Things to do in Cork

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Cork. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Cork attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Cork to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Cork.

  • An Teach Beag

    An ideal pub with traditional music and the feel of Old Ireland. More
  • Cork Butter Museum

    The collection includes medieval-looking churns and old butter-block wrappers with sublime graphics, but the pièce de résistance was an ancient cor... More
  • Drombeg Stone Circle

  • English Market

    Cork's best artisans and purveyors gather here to sell products like soda bread, organic greens and seafood. The 1780's brick structure's interior ... More
  • Lough Hyne

    The hike to the top takes a solid half-hour, but the vistas on the way up are worth it if the visibility is good. More
  • Ma Murphy's

    Writers from the West Cork Literary Festival soak up local atmosphere at this classic pub. More
  • Manning's Emporium

    A stand stocked with West Cork cheeses: Ardrahan, Garrigaline, Coolea, Durrus, Gubbeen. More
  • Michelle Mitton Design Gallery

    A collection of works by West Cork ceramicists Sara Flynn and Mary Neeson, whose porcelain lanterns are like miniature Mariko Mori sculptures. More
  • Rory Conner

    Rory Conner, an artisan cutler, has a studio crammed with rusty blade forms, drill presses, and grinders' wheels, carpeted with metal dust, and loo... More
  • Weir Bar

    A new-age bar in the Jury Cork hotel with plate glass and sleek iron fireplaces. More
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