Cork Galleries and Museums Tour, Cork (Self Guided)

As one of the biggest cities in modern Ireland, Cork has gained much cultural diversity in recent years. You can see some of the fruits of this diversity at some of the city’s top art galleries, and learn about Cork’s rich heritage at several fascinating museums. Take our tour to get a cultural overview of the city of Cork, both past and present.
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Cork Galleries and Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Cork Galleries and Museums Tour
Guide Location: Ireland » Cork (See other walking tours in Cork)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Author: audrey
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Lavit Gallery

1) Lavit Gallery

The Lavit Gallery was founded by the Cork Arts Society to create a new space in which to showcase the best local and national artworks. This colorful gallery exhibits a wide range of works from all over the country including paintings, sculptures, prints and ceramics.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30 am - 6 pm
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Triskel Arts Center

2) Triskel Arts Center

Founded in 1978, the Triskel Arts Center a well-established cultural venue that promotes the arts in a number of ways. As well as lots of top visual art, you can see all kinds of musical, literary and theatrical shows here. The center also hosts arts education workshops on a wide range of topics.
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Cork Vision Centre

3) Cork Vision Centre (must see)

Cork Vision Centre at St. Peter's is a gallery and exhibition centre under one roof, dedicated to showcasing the works of local artists both from Cork and the neighbouring communities. In doing so, the centre sets a good example of preserving and promoting arts. The gallery is housed in a restored 18th-century church and successfully combines several roles lending premises for weddings, receptions, launches and seminars, along with all the necessary facilities. The centre is very easy to access because of its convenient downtown location.

Why You Should Visit:
Great space with an individual atmosphere; a special venue to view and hold exhibitions.
Entrance is free.

Tip:
The Centre incorporates a small café and accessible toilets.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Wed: 10am-5pm; Thu-Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 11am-3pm; closed on Mondays
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Crawford Municipal Art Gallery

4) Crawford Municipal Art Gallery (must see)

The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery is a public art gallery that has been based in Cork’s beautiful Customs House since 1979. While the building dates from 1724, it was substantially extended in 2000 to create an edifice with a wonderful combination of Georgian and modern styles. There is a permanent collection of European and Irish art here, along with a collection of casts of classical Greek and Roman statues brought from the Vatican all the way back in 1818. The gallery also hosts temporary exhibitions, arts education classes, and outreach programmes.

Why You Should Visit:
Many interesting exhibits (statues, photographs, paintings, etc).
Beautiful place for a meal and time out.
Free to the public.

Tip:
The gallery's café is one of the best to go for breakfast in Cork.

Opening hours:
Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat: 10am-5pm; Thu: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Cork Butter Museum

5) Cork Butter Museum (must see)

The Cork Butter Museum is situated in the city's historic Shandon area and is one of a kind in a sense that it documents one of the country's greatest success stories, the butter trade. Dairy culture has always played an important role in the economy of the Island of Saints and Scholars. The Museum tells about the prominent in the 19th century Butter Exchange in Cork, the traditional craft of domestic butter making and today's popularity of the Kerrygold brand. The exposition also touches upon the commercial, social, and domestic aspects of life in Ireland.

Why You Should Visit:
A different take on Irish history and plenty to learn about butter-making processes.
This is the place to be if you like butter and its history in Ireland.

Tip:
Check with the museum beforehand for a live butter-making demonstration!

Opening hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm

Walking Tours in Cork, Ireland

Create Your Own Walk in Cork

Create Your Own Walk in Cork

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cork is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Cork's West Side

Cork's West Side

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Cork Heritage Pub Trail

Cork Heritage Pub Trail

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Walking Tour of Grand Parade Street in Cork

Walking Tour of Grand Parade Street in Cork

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km
Cork Nightlife Tour

Cork Nightlife Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Christian Sights in Cork

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The "Rebel City" of Cork is most famous for its religious landmarks, a great combination of history and architecture. The local churches where built mainly in the 17th-18th centuries. In the center of the city you can find one of the best-known churches in Ireland. Grab the opportunity to tour the famous churches of Cork City.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Cork for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Cork has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cork, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.