Things to do in Cork

Play Amazing Grace on the Shandon Bells

Not only is it possible to ring Cork’s famed Shandon Bells if you climb up to the first floor of St Anne’s Church (tel: +353 21 450 5906;, but there are several songs to choose from, ranging from Amazing Grace to Waltzing Matilda. This is not recommended on a hangover.

Putt across the greens of the Emerald Isle

If you can’t travel without your 3-iron, take to the greens of the Emerald Isle at Cork Golf Club (tel: +353 21 435 3451;, located at Little Island. The course’s underlying limestone offers excellent terrain, while the river and steep quarry chasms present a thrilling challenge for even a seasoned pro.

Back a winner at the greyhound racing

It may sound like a throwback to the 1950s, but greyhound racing still makes for a memorable night out. Try and pick a winner at Curraheen Park (tel: +353 1890 269 989;, which hosts race meets throughout the week. There’s live music each evening too, with special events hosted throughout the year.

Get caught up with the musical craic

You don’t have to look far to find a fiddler or five in Cork as most pubs have traditional Irish music throughout the week. But the city’s musical maestro is Sin É (+353 21 450 2266; at 8 Coburg Street where musicians pipe up on Tuesdays, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.

See nature’s own light show

If daytime kayaking is just too straightforward, this nighttime tour on Lough Hyne with Atlantic Sea Kayaking ( is for you. You’ll go out an hour before darkness to acquaint yourself with your boat, and at certain times of the year the marine life will glow with bioluminescent light.

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