Wander through Cork to explore historic gems such as medieval Blarney Castle with its thick stone walls, fortifications, and lush emerald gardens. Hit the road to venture through Doneraile Wildlife Park’s lush groves of deciduous trees to encounter herds of spotted white deer before returning to town to enjoy a cultural evening at Cork Opera House. After strolling through the immaculate gardens and mazes of Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens venture over to Fota Wildlife Gardens to take a walk on the wild side with its big cats. Please check out the following guide to Washington Street, Cork, to discover hidden architectural gems, charming pubs with lively music, and dancing, and shopping.
Things to do/highlights
Enjoy traversing the River Lee by crossing one of many bridges in Cork in search of historic sights. After visiting the enchanting grounds and the medieval Blarney Castle, head over to historic Washington Street. Here are some of the major attractions on the street.
Architecture lovers will enjoy strolling through this British Georgian building carved out of limestone. Try to time a visit to experience sitting in while trials are in session. Since the parties seem to avoid using the microphones, please put your phone on silent to be able to hear the proceedings.
St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church
Stop in at this historic landmark to admire the brightly stained glass windows and decor. Look up at the sky to admire the golden dome accented by Jesus, Mary, and angels. Admire the talented gold tile work highlighting images of biblical characters throughout the cathedral.
Paddywagon Tours Cork
Wander over to the office of Paddywagon Tours to join an adventure along the Wild Atlantic Way to experience the rugged, towering sea cliffs of Moher and the rolling emerald hills. Sign up to travel to Ireland’s capital city of Dublin to wander through the cobbled streets to explore museums, castles, lively pubs, and perhaps encounter Bono of U2 fame.
What to eat
Wander through the historic streets of Cork in search of castles, museums, and scenic views over the River Lee. Keep fueled to explore Cork’s attractions by stopping at some of Washington Street’s most noteworthy restaurants.
Enjoy a succulent crab burger with dill mayo and fries while taking in live music and dancing. Indulge in beef medallions flambéed in bourbon accompanied by sugar snap peas, red onion, and roasted potatoes during a sightseeing break.
Dwyer's of Cork
Stop by for a delicious brunch of Belgian waffles, spicy huevos rancheros, and various eggs benedict. Sit back and watch as staff perform traditional Irish dances as you indulge in haddock beer-battered fish and chips alongside mushy peas and a bowl of seafood chowder.
Other gastronomic zones
On Washington Street, you can find many more eateries that not only delight you with their food but also with the decor and ambience. Costigan’s Pub, and The Silly Goose are two more that you may drop by during your tour of Washington Street.
Things to buy
Wander down the lengthy, winding roadway over St. Patrick’s bridge to Washington Street to enjoy some shopping. Pick up souvenirs from the charming English market or locally produced wines at Fine Wines.
Purchase electronics at this franchise of Digilog Electronics. If you are having technical difficulties with your phone or tablet, stop by to have it examined and repaired by the talented staff.
Scour the racks for imported wines, beers, and spirits in search of the ideal gift to take home as a souvenir. Stop by for a tasting event featuring one of the locally produced beers or wines at Fine Wines.
The English Market
Take a left on Washinton Street to Princes Street to enter the red brick facade to wander through the corridors in search of fresh bread, baked goods, and locally grown produce. Examine the catch of the day at fishmonger stands before moving on to investigate the bakery and clothing boutiques at The English Market.
English speakers can advantage of the language in case they get lost. The friendly hospitality of the Irish is very well known and will make a visit to Cork a very pleasurable one. Please note the following to celebrate your time here in the best way possible.
Make sure to stop at one of the top restaurants mentioned above to experience the local culture. Logon to this website to find out information about local festivals to experience high energy performances along with storytelling.
Connect with the locals
Enhance your visit by taking tours, checking out attractions, and perhaps being brave enough to participate in traditional Irish dance at a pub or festival. If you get lost, just ask a local as they are happy to assist disoriented travellers in finding a landmark.
Remember to drive on the left-hand side. Road signs are in Irish on top and English below. Distances and speed limits on road signage are printed in kilometres. Shopping sign with regards to roads advises drivers to slow down.
How to get there
While exploring Ireland’s second-largest city choose from taxi, bus, rental car, or a walk to reach the busy street of Cork.
Have the hotel concierge call a comfortable ride or hail a taxi on the streets and direct your driver to Washington Street.
Log on to Bus Eireann to find out more about the schedules and fares** of public transport. This inexpensive means of commuting provides visitors with easy access to Washington Street.
There are numerous car rental outlets if you wish to be on your own schedule. By having a car to yourself, you can easily explore the city and also reach Washington Street. Remember when in Ireland you must drive on the left side.
Wander over to one of the 30 bike share locations to take a bike out for a spin before you reach Washington Street. Rentals can be accessed from 6 am to 12 am daily. Enjoy a free ride for the first 30 minutes, then switch your bike at a different location for another free ride to avoid costs if you’re on a shoe-string budget.
Depending on your physical abilities and length of your visit, it can be very enjoyable to wander through the streets on foot. Enjoy strolling leisurely through the cobbled streets while admiring the historic architecture and popular attractions at Washington Street.
Information on Washington Street
Address: Washington Street, Centre, Cork, Ireland
Department of Tourism: Pure Cork
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