Cork Tours | 5 Best Walking Tours of Cork, Ireland

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If you’re interested in visiting the city of Cork, there are a few different pay-what-you-wish walking tours you might want to consider.

These outings are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the area and figure out where all of the most notable attractions are located.


Visión general

Compared to some other cities in Ireland, you won’t find a lot of tours in Cork, but there are a few options worth considering. The most affordable option is actually a pay-what-you-wish walking tour.

What this means is that you’ll have the opportunity to take the tour for free and decide what you think it was worth after the fact. Most people give a tip of €10-€15, but that part is entirely up to you!

In addition to this option, there is also at least one paid walking tour which covers some of the most notable sites in Cork. There are also self-guided audio tours you might want to consider if you’re looking for another affordable outing.

If you’re looking for the best dishes in the city, you might want to take a Cork food tour. This outing includes tastings at multiple popular restaurants, giving you a taste of what kind of meals you can expect while you’re in the area.

For even more options, including bus tours, bike tours, and day trips, make sure to check this list of Cork tours and activities.


Cork History Tours

There are a few different companies offering history tours of Cork, including at least one entirely free option.

If you’re on a budget, but you can’t make it to the free outing, there are also self-guided tours you might want to consider.

St. Fin Barre's Cathedral in Cork, Ireland. Image Source: Pixabay user Richard McCall.

Here are a few of the sites you can expect to visit on one of these Cork history tours:

  • Coal Quay
  • Grand Parade
  • Bishop Lucy Park
  • Cork Opera House
  • Hugenot Cemetery
  • St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral
  • Berwick Fountain
  • South Mall
  • And more!

For more details about when these tours are offered and what they cost (if anything), keep reading below.


Cork Free Walking Tour

A bag of beans from a stall in a historic market in Cork, Ireland. Image source: Pixabay user Nils95.

This is currently the only free guided walking tour in Cork, and it’s only offered once a week on Saturday at 11 am.

The outing is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes in length, and you can expect to learn about the history of the city in great detail.

In addition to visiting historic markets and monasteries, you can also expect to learn about popular festivals in the area and some of the busiest streets in the city.

Reserve your spot on this pay-what-you-wish Cork history walking tour.


Titanic Trail Guided Walking Tour

This is the River Lee, which you can expect to see at least once on most history tours of Cork. Image source: Pixabay user jumpingnun.

If you’re looking for a tour that you can take any day of the week, this company offers a daily paid outing which covers some of the most notable attractions in the city.

You can also expect to learn a lot about the history of Cork.

This tour is actually shorter than the pay-what-you-wish option, clocking in at just 75 minutes in length. That said, it’s actually offered twice a day at both 10:30 am and 2:15 pm.


Cork Self-Guided Audio Tours

There are currently a few different self-guided audio tours of Cork, and they’re each between €5 - €15 depending on how much content is included. 

If you’ve got a smartphone and some earbuds, you can easily use these audio tours to discover some of the most historic and popular areas throughout the city.

An overhead view of the city of Cork. Image source: Pixabay user adem05110.

Cork Highlights Audio Tour

Cork Self-Guided Audio Tour

The best thing about these self-guided Cork audio tours is that you can take them anytime you want, set your own schedule, and discover the city at your own pace.


Fab Food Tasting Tour in Cork

If you’re looking to learn more about the best food to eat in Cork and where all the best restaurants are located, this tour is an excellent opportunity to try several excellent dishes at various spots across the city.

This tour includes a minimum of 6 food tastings, and it should be enough food to just about replace a full meal, so we recommend waiting to eat until you take the tour!

As you discover the best places and foods to eat, you’ll also learn about the culinary history of Cork from a knowledgeable local guide.


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