Patrick’s English College Feb Newsletter

Patrick’s English College Feb Newsletter

5 Places to visit in Cork.


If you are coming to Cork to learn English you will want to make the most of your spare time. There is plenty of things to do in the city and surrounding area. There are cultural and tourist attractions within walking distance of the City Centre and some are just a short train ride away.


  1. Spike Island

Spike Island is in Cobh and there is a regular train from Cork. Spike Island has a long history. It has been the site of a Monastery and Military Fortress. It was also the site of the world’s largest prison in the 1850’s. Attractions include the 1850’s punishment block with its dark cells, the 1980’s prison cells and riot exhibition, Ireland’s largest artillery gun park and several penal, military and social history museums. There are guided and self-guided tours. Groups welcome, audio guides in French, German and English available. For More details check out Spike Island


  1. The English Market

Cork’s English Market is located in the City Centre and is worth a visit if you are in Cork. It has been open since 1788. The Market sells locally sourced foods as well foods from all over the world. There are meat, fish, fruit & Veg, eggs, cheeses and chocolates. If you like to try the food there are small stalls for a coffee or light (word missing?). The Market Cafe provides an opportunity to rest your feet and try some traditional food.


  1. Cork City Gaol

A visit to the Cork City Gaol is a step back in time to see what 19th/early 20th century life was like both inside and outside prison walls. The experience is brought to life with amazingly lifelike figures, furnished cells, sound effects & fascinating exhibitions. The Radio museum has a small collection of radios, exhibits on communication, Marconi and a reconstruction of the original Cork 6CK Studio. The tour is available in up to 13 languages.


  1. Fitzgerald Park

Fitzgerald Park contains the Cork Museum, Riverview Café, sculptures, a waterlily-bedecked pond, sculptures and even a skate park. Daly’s Bridge, built in 1926, connects Sundays Well Road with this park. This pedestrian bridge is made from timber planks and is known locally as the ‘Shakey Bridge’ which spans the river Lee, the habitat of many graceful swans.


  1. Nano Nagle Place

Nano Nagle Place is an oasis in the centre of bustling Cork City. It celebrates Nano Nagle’s vision of empowerment through education, community inclusion and spiritual engagement for a contemporary world. The complex houses a heritage centre, gardens, a café and shop. The beautifully regenerated convent buildings are home to several educational charities. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, come and discover Cork at Nano Nagle Place.