Discover Cork

Cork city is steeped in rich history with a range of architectural delights dotted all over the city. If you are interested in learning about the history of this beautiful city then Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City is the perfect starting point.

Shandon Bells

Our hotel is next to the beautiful Shandon Bells, which can be seen from all parts of the city. These bells were originally in a fixed position and first rang in 1752 for a local wedding. Climb the 132 steps for spectacular 360° views across the city and beyond.

The English Market

At the heart of Cork city, there is a beautiful 28th century English Market where traders sell organic foods and local produce. Try some artisan chocolate and pick up a fresh cup of coffee while wandering through the
stalls and soak up the famous atmosphere. The market is only a 5minute walk from our hotel.

Cork City Gaol

A magnificent, castle like building is 2km from the city centre and our hotel and provides a fascinating insight into the prison life in Cork long ago. Peek into the cells and lives of the prisoners who lived here in the 19th century. Whilst at the Cork City Gaol make your way up the winding stairs of the Governors House to visit the Radio Museum and learn about early forms of communication. Ask our reception team about our discount for Cork City Gaol entry fees for our hotel guests.

The Titanic Experience Cobh

Located only a 25-minute drive from our hotel, Cobh town is a great day trip! Titanic Experience Cobh is located in Casement Square in the heart of Cobh. The centre is the original White Star Line ticket office, a building steeped in history dating back to the early 19th century. We offer a discounted entry for our hotel guests. The Titanic Experience is usually €9.50 per adult and we offer €7.50 entry. Ask a member of our reception team for more details.

The Franciscan Well Brewery

The Brew Pub of Franciscan Well boasts one of the best beer gardens in Cork City. Covered, heated and comfortable the beer garden is steeped in history. The Franciscan “Well” itself is still flowing today and the Brew Pub is based on the site of an ancient Franciscan monastery.

Tour and tasting of the brew pub run Sunday – Thursday at the following times; 2pm: Tour with Beer Tasting/4pm: Tour with Beer & Jameson Caskmates Tasting/6pm: Tour with Beer Tasting. Booking is advised. We offer a 20% discount rate for our hotel Guests.

Blackrock Castle

Blackrock Castle Observatory is located just outside Cork and was built in the 16th Century as a watch tower for the city. Not only will you experience the historical significance of this landmark, but it has also been reopened in 2007 as a home to the Cosmos of the castle – an exciting discover of all life forms on Earth.

The Crawford Art Gallery

Just a 3-minute walk from our hotel the gallery really can’t be missed! The free entry and central location makes the gallery a very popular spot. The Crawford Art Gallery is a national cultural institution and regional art museum for Munster. Gallery is open Mon-Sat and boasts a fantastic Café!

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is one of both Cork and Ireland’s most famous attractions. The six hundred year old castle has had millions of visitors down through the years, who have kissed the Blarney Stone to get “the gift of the gab”. There is more to the castle however than just the stone, and with its beautiful gardens located in the centre of Blarney village, just 9km outside of Cork, it is a national treasure!

City tours

One of our favourite recommendations to first time visitors is Cork City Tour Bus which is a popular way of seeing the city, with experienced and knowledgeable tour guides. It takes in some of the best attractions in Cork including the famous English Market. Hop aboard at Shandon Bells, just around the corner from our hotel.

Jameson Distillery

Jameson Distillery is another popular tour while visiting Cork which takes you through the journey of Jameson Whiskey, the history of whiskey in Ireland and a glimpse at how it all works.

Cork Butter Museum

Cork Butter Museum is also almost on our doorstep. Located just a few minute’s walk from our hotel it showcases traditional craft of butter making in Ireland.

My Ireland Tour

This unique company has been hand crafting and operating tours of Ireland for the last 29 years. So wherever you are thinking of travelling, they can design the tour to suit you. Proudly independant, reassuringly local….visit their website HERE.


Search our FAQs

Common Questions

  • How far is Cork city centre?

    We are located in the historic Shandon district of downtown Cork. The famous Cork Opera House is just across the River Lee with St Patrick’s Street a short stroll beyond.

  • Is car parking available at the hotel?

    Our guests can avail of special discounted rates at Carroll’s Quay Car Park, located only 3 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Please arrive at reception to check-in and we can provide these tickets to you.

    On-street metered parking is available in the immediate locality and there are a very limited number of parking spaces at the hotel allocated on first come, first served basis. Read full details of parking at Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City options and current rates.

  • Check in & Check out times

    Check in is 2pm on the day of arrival and check out is 12pm on the day of departure. Should you arrive to the hotel earlier, we are happy to store luggage, also if your room is ready early we will be happy to check you in but this cannot be guaranteed. Late check out is available at a fee and must be arranged with reception during your stay.

  • What times is food served?

    grain & grill restaurant serves breakfast 7.00am to 10.30am Monday to Friday and 8.00am to 11.00am weekends and bank holidays. Dinner is served daily in grain & grill restaurant from 6.00pm until 9.00pm. Lunch menus are also available for groups but do need to be reserved in advance.

    Bells Bar served coffees and pastries from 10.30am to 12.30pm daily and full bar food menu from 12.30pm to 9.30pm.

    Outside of these times we have 24 hour sandwich and pizza menu available from room service.

  • Will my credit card be charged at time of booking?

    Bookings require a credit card for guarantee only unless otherwise stated. For some special offers and specific dates, full payment is required at time of booking but these terms will be outlined in the special offer terms & conditions. For all rooms that are being paid for in cash must be accompanied with Photographic Id. No rooms will be let unless payment is guaranteed.

  • Can I cancel or amend my booking?

    Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork CIty offers free cancellation up to 2.00pm on the day of arrival for almost all reservations made on or Some special offers and key dates may specify a special cancellation policy, these will be clearly outlined in the terms & conditions.

    Reservations booked on third party websites and online travel agents have their own cancellation policies, please refer to your confirmation email.

  • Does the hotel have WiFi?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City is pleased to offer complimentary WiFi in all public areas and bedrooms.

  • Does the hotel have a pool?

    We have some of the finest leisure facilities in Cork! Guests enjoy full use of our Club Vitae leisure centre with fully equipped gym, 20m swimming pool, separate kids pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.

  • Does the hotel offer family facilities?

    Yes, our Crafty Kids club is available during school holidays. We also have a kids’ pool and large family bedrooms available.

  • Do you accommodate rooms for 2 adults and 3 children?

    Yes, we offer family rooms in the hotel which have 1 double and 2 single beds. We are happy to negotiate a rate for interconnecting rooms. Please contact us directly to discuss (057) 8695900.

  • Are cots available?

    Yes, cots are available. Please make sure to book your cot at the time of the booking as they are on a first booked, first guaranteed service.

  • Are there ironing facilities in the bedrooms?

    Yes, we have ironing facilities in all of our bedrooms.

  • Are there hairdryers in the bedrooms?

    Yes, we have hairdryers in all of our bedrooms.

  • Are there smoking rooms in the hotel?

    We operate a smoke free policy in Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City and therefore we do not have smoking rooms. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in an additional cleaning charge.

  • What is the history of the hotel?

    Constructed in 1720, our building was the North Infirmary Hospital serving the people of Cork until its closure in 1987. After period of dereliction it was converted into a hotel and subsequently acquired and upgraded to the 4 star Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City. Read more of our history here.

  • Contact details

    If you have any further enquiries please contact reservations on:

    (021) 4529200 or email


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