Places to Visit in Cork

Cork City is steeped in rich history with a range of architectural delights dotted all over the city, many of which are walking distance from the hotel. If you are interested in learning about the history of this beautiful city then Maldron Hotel South Mall is the perfect starting point. Voted the 3rd friendliest city in the world Cork City has something for everyone to enjoy.

Cork Public Museum

Cork Public Museum is just 2.8km away and a 11-mnute drive from the hotel,it is situated in the park of the house known at the time of the Exhibition as ‘The Shrubbery House’. The Shrubbery House served as the administrative centre for this great undertaking. Tucked in between the Museum and the riverbank is a café with indoor and outdoor tables, a perfect place to sit and contemplate life.

Cork City Gaol

Cork is a city with a very rich historical and archaeological heritage – much of it still in evidence today. Part of this heritage, Cork City Gaol, is located 2.6km and a 8-minute drive from Maldorn Hotel South Mall. While the magnificent castle-like building is now a major and unique visitor attraction, this Gaol once housed 19th century prisoners.

Visitors get a fascinating insight into day-to-day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape and denied law-abiding citizens the opportunity to see one of the finest examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage.

Nano Nagle Place

Nano Nagle Place is a historic oasis in the centre of Cork City,  only 700m from the hotel and reached in 9-minutes’ by walking. Nano Nagle Place celebrates the Nano Nagle’s vision of empowerment through education, community inclusion and spiritual engagement for a contemporary world.

The complex houses gardens, a café and a heritage centre which explores the 18th century and tells the story of Nano Nagle who worked tirelessly to help and educate the poor and how she founded the Presentation sisters.

Our staff’s top picks

  • The English Market
  • Nano Nagle
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cork City Gaol
  • Crawford Art Gallery
  • Cork City Museum

English Market

The English Market is Ireland’s oldest indoor food market, situated only 650m and a 8-minute walk from the hotel. The market has been trading since 1788 and has become increasingly popular as a visitor attraction in Cork City Centre since the visit of the Queen.

As a fresh food market, a heritage building, civic and meeting place, its unique offering and unmistakable atmosphere has made it world famous among customers and visitors alike and as a result is attracting a huge number of tourists passing through daily.

The Jameson Experience Midleton

The Jameson Experience, Midleton is located 23km away from Maldron Hotel South Mall and can be reached by a 25-minute drive. It is home to the largest copper pot still in the world. You can enjoy a tour of the plant where you will be surrounded by 1,000 casks of mature whiskey and savouring the amazing aromas.

Have you ever wanted to fill your own bottle of Whiskey? You can do this from here and personalise your label with your details into the Jameson archive.

Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The permanent collection comprises almost 4,000 works, ranging from eighteenth century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations. At the heart of the collection is a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, brought to Cork in 1818 from the Vatican Museum in Rome.

The gallery is located in the heart of Cork city, 600m from the hotel, easily reached in 6-minutes by walking. Admission to the gallery and the exhibitions is free.

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle, Cork

Blarney Castle is just a short 15-minute drive from the hotel and is one of Cork and Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. The castle itself is over 600 years and is also the home to the Blarney Stone – which is kissed has been kissed by millions of tourists down through the years in search for “the gift of the gab”.

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