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.
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.
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.
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.