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.
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 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
Located in the heart of Cork city, open seven days a week and free to enter, Crawford Art Gallery is home to a collection of national importance and is a must see for locals and tourists alike. The Gallery offers a range of free, family-friendly activities every Sunday, including guided gallery tours, musical performances, kids’ art workshops and storytelling sessions. We are also pleased to host guided tours of our exhibitions for groups.
Home to an award-winning café, serving wonderful dishes made from the best locally-sourced ingredients in a space decorated with works from our collection.
For more info check out their website.
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!
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 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.