Ideally located in in the heart of Cork's City Centre, the luxury 4 star accommodation at Lancaster Lodge provides the ideal base from which to explore the vibrant city of Cork, one of Ireland's largest cities, alive with activities and with an invigorating atmosphere.
See below a list of local attractions in Cork and things to do in Cork and the surrounding area.
Situated near the heart of Cork city, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral is located where the saint is believed to have founded his monastic school in the 7th century.
The present Neo-Gothic cathedral, designed by English architect William Bruges, is made from Cork limestone and marble, as well as Bath stone. This Church of Ireland cathedral was consecrated in 1870.
Noteworthy features of its magnificent interior include stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments, marble mosaics from the Pyrenees while the the sanctuary ceiling portrays Christ, surrounded by angels. The building contains more than 1,260 sculptures, a particularly ornate pulpit and even a 24-lb cannonball, a legacy of the Siege of Cork in 1690.
Opened to the public by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese on 14 October 2004, the Glucksman gallery was named Best Public Building in Ireland by the RIAI in June 2005.
The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts. Located at the main entrance to University College Cork on Western Road, the Glucksman is an award-winning building that includes display spaces, lecture facilities, a riverside restaurant and gallery shop.
Fitzgerald's Park is home to Cork Public Museum and is just a short walk from Lancaster Lodge where you can enjoy a riverside walk beside the famous river Lee.
Fitzgerald's Park named after a previous Lord Mayor of Cork in 1901, Edward Fitzgerald, offers a quite retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, with its beautiful tree lined avenues, brimming flower beds and rose garden to its many statues and sculptures and the large central fountain, this 18 acre park is a wonderful treat.
Triskel Christchurch is located on South Main Street, once the main street of medieval Cork. It is believed that Christchurch may have been the first church built in Cork.
Refurbishment of Christchurch was completed in April 2011. Triskel Arts Centre was entrusted with the management of the building on behalf of Cork City Council and serves as a venue for art exhibitions, events, live music, cinema and civil wedding ceremonies.
A mix of traditional Cork fare and exciting new foods from afar, combined with long standing family-run stalls contribute to the unique appeal and atmosphere of this indoor market.
Long recognised by locals as a place to meet, eat and shop, the English Market offers tourists and locals alike a tantalising range of Irish food.
Culinary delights include quality meats and fish, herbs, spices, fruit, vegetables, baked delicacies and speciality cheeses.
Some of the more unique traditional fare includes drisheen, tripe, crubeens (pigs trotters), spiced beef, buttered eggs and battlebord, (dried salted ling, a member of the cod family).
Open - Monday to Saturday
Cork Opera House serves as a 1000-seat municipal theatre offering audiences a world class programme of events across the performing arts: concerts, comedy, drama, musicals, contemporary and classical dance, family shows, the annual Christmas pantomime, and of course, opera.
In addition to the main stage, the 100-seat Half Moon Theatre is home to a busy programme of live music gigs and small scale drama.
One of the most memorable Cork tourist attractions
Cork City Gaol is located 2 km from Lancaster Lodge and while the magnificent castle-like building is now a major and unique visitor attraction, this Gaol once housed 19th century prisoners!
Visitors get a fascinating insight into day-to-day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape and denied law-abiding citizens the opportunity to see one of the finest examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage.
Blackrock Castle was originally built on the River Lee in 1582 by the Cork citizens as a fort to protect the city against pirates and invaders. Such defence measures were necessary as Cork was a city of trade and merchant ships required a safe harbour. The watch tower re-opened to the public in August 2007 in its new guise as Blackrock Castle Observatory. 'Cosmos at the Castle' is an international, award-winning, interactive astronomy exhibit. Four cinema sized screens explain about astronomical features such as the Big Bang, the evolution of life on Earth and pose the question 'Are we alone in the Universe?'.The Observatory offers daily behind the scenes theatrical tours for Cosmos visitors. Lady Castle, a 16th century time traveller, leads visitors on twice daily historical tours, from the dungeon up to the 85 steps to the watch tower.
Lifetime Lab, on the banks of the River Lee, is a unique attraction for visitors of all ages with its modern interactive exhibition, themed playground, beautifully restored buildings and equipment and scenic views over the River Lee.
Lifetime Lab is located at the old Cork City Waterworks which was responsible for supplying water to the city of Cork over the past 3 centuries. The Waterworks is the best preserved of its kind in Ireland. The old buildings and machinery have been carefully restored and are now being used to tell the story of how water was supplied to Cork City in the past.
Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.
Kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our Tower. Kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words.