• See & do

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

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

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.


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Common Questions

  • Location & Parking

    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 here more of our history.

    How far away is Cork city centre?

    We are located in the historic Shandon district of Cork city. The famous Cork Opera House is just across the River Lee with St Patrick’s Street a short stroll beyond. Our hotel is also between 5 and 15 minutes away by car from other important Cork attractions such as Pairc Ui Chaoimh, University College Cork and the University Hospital.

    How far is Cork airport/ Kent train station/ Parnell Bus Station from the Hotel?

    Cork Airport is a short 20-minute drive to the hotel, there is also a frequent bus to the city centre from and to the airport. Kent train station is a 15-minute walk from the hotel and Parnell bus station is only a 10-minute walk from our hotel. Our proximity to Cork’s main transport services makes travelling to or from Maldron Shandon Cork City easy and stress-free.

    Is car parking available at the hotel?

    Our guests can avail of special discounted rates at Carroll’s Quay Car Park, located only a 3 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Please arrive at the 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 a first-come, first-served basis. Read full details of parking at Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City options and current rates.

  • Hotel Services

    How can I contact the hotel?

    If you have any further enquiries please contact reservations via phone +353(0)21 452 9200 or email reservations.shandon@maldronhotels.com.

    What time is check-in?

    Check-in is at 2 pm on the day of arrival.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out is at 12 pm on the day of departure.

    Can I get an early check-in?

    Earlier check-in is subject to availability and can not be guaranteed until the day of arrival. If your room is ready early we will be happy to check you in. Otherwise, we are happy to store your luggage until your room is ready.

    Can I get a late check-out?

    Late check-out is available at a fee and must be arranged with the reception during your stay. Please note, that a late check-out is subject to availability.

    Does the hotel have WiFi?

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

  • Rooms

    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?

    No, we operate a smoke-free policy in Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City and therefore we do not have smoking rooms. Please note that a failure to adhere to this policy will result in an additional cleaning charge.

    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 +353 (0)57 869 5900.

    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.

  • Dining

    What times is food served?

    Our Grain & Grill restaurant serves breakfast from 7.30 am to 10.30am daily. Dinner is served at our Grain & Grill Restaurant daily until 9.00pm.

    Bells Bar is open from 12.00pm daily and serves food throughout the day.

    Limited room service, or “In-room dining” is available and you can order from our Click & Go Menu, available through our Guest Service Platform. The food can be collected from the collection area in our restaurant.

    Learn more about our new dining procedures here.

  • Booking

    Can I cancel or amend my booking?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City offers free cancellation up to 2pm on the day of arrival for almost all reservations made on maldronhotels.com or maldronhotelshandoncorkcity.com. 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.

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

    Bookings require a credit card for guarantee only unless otherwise stated. For some special offers and specific dates, full payment is required at the time of the 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 claim back on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme?

    Our hotel is registered for the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme. If you stay with us between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021 you can claim up to €125 under this scheme, please see revenue.ie for details.

  • Facilities

    Does the hotel have a pool?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City has a 20m indoor swimming pool. Moreover, our guests have access to the Club Vitae leisure centre with a fully equipped gym, separate kids pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. We are proud to have some of the finest leisure facilities in Cork!

    Does the hotel offer family facilities?

    Yes, our complimentary Crafty Kids Club is available during school holidays. We also have a kids’ pool and large family bedrooms available. Check out more about family holidays on our website.

    Is the hotel accessible?

    Yes, we are proud to be verified as offering very good levels of accessibility throughout our hotel. Please click the button below for full details or contact us if you would like any additional information.

    Hotel Accessibility


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