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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

180m away and 3-minute walk from hotel

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

750m away and 8-minute walk from hotel

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 8-minute walk from our hotel.

Cork City Gaol

2km away and 5-minute drive from hotel

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.

The Titanic Experience Cobh

22km away and 25-minute drive from hotel

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 Franciscan Well Brewery

650m away and 8-minute walk from hotel

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.

Blackrock Castle

5.7km away and 15-minute drive from hotel

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

450m away and 5-minute walk from hotel

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

9.6km away and 14-minute drive from hotel

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

600m away and 7-minute walk from hotel

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

23.3km away and 25-minute drive from hotel

Jameson Distillery is another popular tour while visiting Cork. This 75-minute tour takes you through the journey of Jameson Whiskey, the history of whiskey in Ireland and a glimpse at how it all works. Tours are available 7 days a week and each tour includes one Jameson beverage. Children are welcome on the tour, however, must be accompanied by an adult.

Cork Butter Museum

150m away and 2-minute walk from hotel

Cork Butter Museum is also almost on our doorstep. Located just a few minutes walk from our hotel, the Cork Butter Museum celebrates one of the great success stories of Ireland, the butter trade, showcasing the traditional craft of butter making in Ireland. Tickets cost as little as €5 while a children’s ticket is just €2.00.

Contact Us

Get in touch with our team today via phone +353 (0)21 452 9200 or email reservations.shandon@maldronhotels.com to get more information or to book your break in Cork.

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