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Cork English Market Tours

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Cork English Market
Dating from 1788, Cork English Market is among Ireland’s finest foodie destinations. Set inside a Victorian heritage building with a vaulted ceiling, the market is filled with vendors selling the finest and freshest of local produce, from grass-fed beef and smoked salmon to homemade jam, duck eggs, and fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Basics
The English Market is an essential stop-off for any visitor to Cork city, whether you want to admire the elegant interior, stock up on fresh food, pick up ready-to-eat treats, or simply people-watch. While many visitors explore independently, others come as part of organized day trips from Dublin or Cobh, which often incorporate visits to Blarney Castle. The English Market typically features on Cork walking tours too, whether guided or self-guided via audio guides. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The English Market is a must for foodies. 
  • Bring along cash as not all traders accept credit cards. 
  • The market is wheelchair accessible via level entrances on Princes Street and Grand Parade.
  • There is a sit-down café at the market, as well as several takeaway spots selling sandwiches and prepared foods. 

How to Get There
The English Market is situated in Cork city center. The city’s main railway station, Kent station, is about a 20-minute walk away. Alternatively, catch the 205 bus, which stops at St. Patrick’s Street, just steps from the market. Other local bus services (203, 207, 208, 209A, 214, and 215) also stop at St. Patrick’s Street. 

When to Get There 
The English Market is busiest between 11am and 4:30pm, with Fridays and Saturdays drawing the biggest crowds. If you want the space to explore, and savor the smells and sights at your leisure, go early in the morning. The market is especially atmospheric during the run-up to Christmas when traditional festive fare, such as turkeys, geese, and hams are sold. 

What to Try at the English Market
The English Market presents lots of opportunities for hungry travelers to try some Irish specialties. Pick up white pudding (oatmeal sausage), black pudding (blood sausage), and Irish bacon (cut from the loin)—all staples of a full Irish breakfast. Other Irish delicacies include freshly baked Irish soda bread and barmbrack, a fruit loaf with sultanas and raisins that is popular during the run-up to Halloween.
Address: Princes Street, Cork, Ireland
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Cork English Market

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Cork Self-Guided Audio TourAudio Guides

Cork Self-Guided Audio Tour

Save money by opting for an audio walking tour of Cork rather than joining a pricier guided tour. A self-guided audio tour is perfect for visitors wanting to learn more about the history or Cork, but wanting to explore at their own pace. Download the audio file and a fully detailed map of the tour and then you’ll set out for a stroll through Cork’s historic St. Patrick’s Street, the English Market, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, and more.
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Cork Food and History TourHistorical Tours

Cork Food and History Tour

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This is a walking tour of Cork city with commentary on the food and drinks history of the city going back to Viking days. Start at the City Art Gallery, where the merchants lived and traded in times past as the city developed from the confines of its medieval walls. See how this city was built on the trading of Butter, meat and whiskey. The English Market is central to the food history of the city and we meet some of its key traders. Enjoy selected food tastings finishing at the Market in the city centre. The tours with set times are not private however if you wish to organise a private tour outside of these times please contact us directly.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Free Cancellation

Cobh (Cork) to Blarney Castle & Kinsale - Shore ExcursionDay Trips

Cobh (Cork) to Blarney Castle & Kinsale - Shore Excursion

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Make the most of your time in port on a shore excursion from Cobh and discover county highlights, including Blarney Castle, Kinsale, and Cobh Cathedral. Enjoy round-trip transportation for seamless transfer between dispersed locations, and gain insight into the region from your guide’s on-board commentary. Benefit from tailored departure times according to the duration your docking.
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  • 8 hours
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Cork Instagram Photography Walking TourPhotography Tours

Cork Instagram Photography Walking Tour

Shoot amazing Instagrams, because image is imporant. On Cork's only Instagram Tour, you will meet a local Instagram Influencer/expert photographer who will bring you to 5-7 spots of Cork city over 90 minutes. During the tour: - You will go you to the most Instagrammable spots of Cork - You will be shown photography techniques - You will be taught great Instagram skills - You will hear stories about Cork At the end you will have several great photos as memories of your tour of Cork and be ready to try out your new photography skills on your next set of locations!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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The best of Cork the “Real Capital” private walking tourDay Trips

The best of Cork the “Real Capital” private walking tour

Cork city is one of Ireland's oldest cities. In this walking tour, you will discover the hidden tales from the past. Learn about Cork's rich history back to its Viking origins, it's architecture, and current life. The starting time of the tour depends on the time your ship dock in Cruise Port. Meet your guide at the Cruise Ship Port. You will have a guided walking tour of Cork city and will see all the main sights. Visit a local pub for a pint of Irish beer or just a coffee before you leave Cork City to head back to your cruise ship.
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  • 5 hours
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  • Free Cancellation
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Blarney Castle, Kinsale and Cork Highlights on a private Full-day tourDay Trips

Blarney Castle, Kinsale and Cork Highlights on a private Full-day tour

See the main highlights of Cork and its surroundings on this full-day tour which includes a visit to Cork, and a famous Blarney Castle where you can climb the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. A sightseeing tour of picturesque Kinsale town known as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, where you will have delicious lunch to check this status. Start the tour at a cruise terminal in Port of Cork – Cobh where your guide will pick you up. Continue to Kinsale for lunch and short city tour. Kinsale – the gourmet capital of Ireland by the sea, with its narrow spiraling streets and colorfully painted galleries. Then the guide will drive you to Cork for city history and sightseeing tour. Return to Cobh for a short visit before returning to the ship.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Free Cancellation
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Cork & Cobh Panoramic Tour + Whiskey tasting in Jameson Distillery in MidletonDay Trips

Cork & Cobh Panoramic Tour + Whiskey tasting in Jameson Distillery in Midleton

Visit the charming Cork city with its rich history and see its sights. Explore the Home of Whiskey where every drop of Jameson is produced. The old distillery is a unique experience. Take a tour through history and see the old mills and malting, the water wheel, and the old warehouses. Meet your guide at Cobh Cruise Port. Depart for Cork sightseeing tour with lots of town history and photo stops. After the Cork tour, you can visit one of the well-known for their great atmospheres, food, drink and great music Irish pubs for lunch. Then off to visit the Jameson Distillery where you can enjoy a guided tour and whiskey tasting. Tour ends with a timely return to explore beautiful Cobh and St. Colman’s Cathedral before you return to your cruise ship.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Free Cancellation
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Private Cork City Tour, Kinsale and Jameson DistilleryFull-day Tours

Private Cork City Tour, Kinsale and Jameson Distillery

This great tour starts at one famous fishing town and its historic port: Kinsale We drive back to Kinsale and visit Charles Fort, situated on a cliff overlooking Kinsale harbour. Then we will explore Kinsale. Kinsale is a busy town with a wide choice of bars, restaurants and cafes. Then we will drive back to Cork. Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland. It is a vibrant city with plenty of things to see. On this tour we will pass by some of its main attractions: the English Market, one of the world’s oldest municipal markets. St. Anne’s Cathedral which is known for the famous Shandon Bells tower, St. Patrick´s Street, main shopping street in the city, The Victorian Quarter, The house of Annie Moore - Ellis Island´s first immigrant, Huguenot Cemetery and Elizabeth Fort. Small stop at Saint Fin Barre´s Cahedral, have your camera ready!! We can´t leave Cork without visiting the famous Jameson Distillery PLEASE NOTE: WALKING INVOLVED MISSING YOU ALREADY!!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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