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Cork City Sightseeing Tour

Hop on/Hop off our red open top double-decker bus tour

Visiting Cork has never been easier than with Cork City Bus Tours. Take in the sights of Cork, from our open top Hop on Hop off bus tour that includes sights such as Shandon Bells, Cork City Gaol, the English Market, University College Cork and much more…

Highlights:

  • Buy your ticket on board or online if using a credit/debit card.
  • 24 Hour unlimited hop on/hop off.
  • Create your own itinerary and spend the time you wish at each hop off location with our non-stop loop.
  • The Recorded Tour commentary is in English and is informative and a fun way to discover the city’s history architecture & culture
  • Join the tour at Kent Railway Station or near the main bus station allowing you to make the most of your time in the City.

 

Your Tour: 

Experience Cork city and enjoy visits to the must-see attractions in this vibrant city. Your tour begins in the heart of Cork city at the Grand Parade and location of the world-famous English Market. Hop off at the next stop for St. Patrick’s Street shopping district home to local and international brands plus restaurants and Cafes. Travel onwards to the Victorian Quarter and connect to local rail services including Cobh at Kent Station.

View our City Hall and continue towards Shandon and try your hand at ringing the bells when you stop at Shandon Cathedral. Take a trip back in time and visit the old Cork City Gaol (Jail) which opened in 1824. Take a walk around the campus of University College Cork (UCC) including the beautiful quadrangle and stone buildings. Lastly visit the Gothic Revival St. Finbarre’s Cathedral and try to spot our “Golden Angel”.

Buy your ticket online now and plan your Cork City Sightseeing Tour

 

Shandon

Shandon is a district in Cork city noted for the world-famous Shandon Bells that you can ring when you hop off at this stop.

Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol is a former prison, now a museum, and one of the great stops on our tour. Take a trip back in time and see the original graffiti from some of its inmates.

English Market

“In my opinion this is the best covered market in the UK and Ireland” - Rick Stein.

UCC

University College Cork was founded in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges located in Belfast, Cork, and Galway. Full of many interesting buildings and features you can wander around the campus or take a guided audio tour.

Jameson Distillery

Fancy a day trip from Cork City? Take a distillery tour to the home of Ireland’s most famous whiskey makers, the Jameson Distillery in Midleton.

Cork City

Cork was originally a monastic settlement, reputedly founded by Saint Finbarr in the 6th century.

Shandon is a district in Cork city noted for the world-famous Shandon Bells that you can ring when you hop off at this stop.

Shandon

Cork City Gaol is a former prison, now a museum, and one of the great stops on our tour. Take a trip back in time and see the original graffiti from some of its inmates.

Cork City Gaol

“In my opinion this is the best covered market in the UK and Ireland” - Rick Stein.

English Market

University College Cork was founded in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges located in Belfast, Cork, and Galway. Full of many interesting buildings and features you can wander around the campus or take a guided audio tour.

UCC

Fancy a day trip from Cork City? Take a distillery tour to the home of Ireland’s most famous whiskey makers, the Jameson Distillery in Midleton.

Jameson Distillery

Cork was originally a monastic settlement, reputedly founded by Saint Finbarr in the 6th century.

Cork City

Mar | Nov

Grand Parade 09.30 11.00 12.30 14.00 15.30
Patricks Street 09.35 11.05 12.35 14.05 15.35
McCurtain Street 09.37 11.07 12.37 14.07 15.37
Kent Station 09.40 11.10 12.40 14.10 15.40
Patricks Quay 09.45 11.15 12.45 14.15 15.45
Shandon 09.52 11.22 12.52 14.22 15.52
City Goal 10.00 11.30 13.00 14.30 16.00
Wellington Bridge 10.05 11.35 13.05 14.35 16.05
Western Road 10.10 11.40 13.10 14.40 16.10
Mardyke 10.12 11.42 13.12 14.42 16.12
Shear's Street 10.13 11.43 13.13 14.43 16.13
Grand Parade (B) 10.20 11.50 13.20 14.50 16.20
South Mall 10.22 11.52 13.22 14.52 16.22
City Hall 10.31 12.01 13.31 15.01 16.31
Grand Parade (C) 10.45 12.15 13.45 15.15 16.45

Apr | May | Sept | Oct

Grand Parade 09.30 10.15 11.00 11.45 12.30 13.15 14.00 14.45 15.30 16.15
Patricks Street 09.35 10.20 11.05 11.50 12.35 13.20 14.05 14.50 15.35 16.20
McCurtain Street 09.37 10.22 11.07 11.52 12.37 13.22 14.07 14.52 15.37 16.22
Kent Station 09.40 10.15 11.10 11.55 12.40 13.25 14.10 14.55 15.40 16.25
Patricks Quay 09.45 10.30 11.15 12.00 12.45 13.30 14.15 15.00 15.45 16.30
Shandon Street 09.52 10.37 11.22 12.07 12.52 13.37 14.22 15.07 15.52 16.37
City Goal 10.00 10.45 11.30 12.15 13.00 13.45 14.30 15.15 16.00 16.45
Wellington Bridge 10.05 10.50 11.35 12.20 13.05 13.50 14.35 15.20 16.05 16.50
Mardyke 10.12 10.57 11.42 12.27 13.12 13.57 14.42 15.27 16.12 16.57
Shear's Street 10.13 10.58 11.43 12.28 13.13 13.58 14.43 15.28 16.13 16.58
Grand Parade (B) 10.20 11.05 11.50 12.35 13.20 14.05 14.50 15.35 16.20 17.05
South Mall 10.22 11.07 11.52 12.37 13.22 14.07 14.52 15.37 16.22 17.07
City Hall 10.31 11.16 12.01 12.46 13.31 14.16 15.01 15.46 16.31 17.16
Grand Parade (C) 10.45 11.30 12.15 13.00 13.45 14.30 15.15 16.00 16.45 17.30

Jun | Jul | Aug

Grand Parade 09.30 10.00 10.30 11.00 11.30 12.00 12.30 13.00 13.30 14.00 14.30 15.00 15.30 16.00 16.30
Patricks Street 09.35 10.05 10.35 11.05 11.35 12.05 12.35 13.05 13.35 14.05 14.35 15.05 15.35 16.05 16.35
McCurtain Street 09.37 10.07 10.37 11.07 11.37 12.07 12.37 13.07 13.37 14.07 14.37 15.07 15.37 16.07 16.37
Kent Station 09.40 10.10 10.40 11.10 11.40 12.10 12.40 13.10 13.40 14.10 14.40 15.10 15.40 16.10 16.40
Patricks Quay 09.45 10.15 10.45 11.15 11.45 12.15 12.45 13.15 13.45 14.15 14.45 15.15 15.45 16.15 16.45
Shandon 09.52 10.22 10.52 11.22 11.52 12.22 12.52 13.22 13.52 14.22 14.52 15.22 15.52 16.22 16.52
City Goal 10.00 10.30 11.00 11.30 12.00 12.30 13.00 13.30 14.00 14.30 15.00 15.30 16.00 16.30 17.00
Wellington Bridge 10.05 10.35 11.05 11.35 12.05 12.35 13.05 13.35 14.05 14.35 15.05 15.35 16.05 16.35 17.05
Western Road 10.10 10.40 11.10 11.40 12.10 12.40 13.10 13.40 14.10 14.40 15.10 15.40 16.10 16.40 17.10
Mardyke 10.12 10.42 11.12 11.42 12.12 12.42 13.12 13.42 14.12 14.42 15.12 15.42 16.12 16.42 17.12
Shear's Street 10.13 10.43 11.13 11.43 12.13 12.43 13.13 13.43 14.13 14.43 15.13 15.43 16.13 16.43 17.13
Grand Parade (B) 10.20 10.50 11.20 11.50 12.20 12.50 13.20 13.50 14.20 14.50 15.20 15.50 16.20 16.50 17.20
South Mall 10.22 10.52 11.22 11.52 12.22 12.52 13.22 13.52 14.22 14.52 15.22 15.52 16.22 16.52 17.22
City Hall 10.31 11.01 11.31 12.01 12.31 13.01 13.31 14.01 14.31 15.01 15.31 16.01 16.31 17.01 17.31
Grand Parade (C) 10.45 11.15 11.45 12.15 12.45 13.15 13.45 14.15 14.45 15.15 15.45 16.15 16.45 17.15 17.45

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From where does the tour start?

The tour begins @ Grand Parade (outside the library)

You can also join the tour at the stops below:

  • Patrick’s Street (Bus-stop outside Savoy Shopping Centre)
  • McCurtain Street (Opposite Everyman Theatre)
  • Kent Station (across the road @ Pedestrian Crossing)
  • Patrick’s Quay (at top near St. Patrick’s Bridge)
  • Shandon
  • Cork City Gaol
  • Western Road (bus stop near Youth Hostel)
  • South Mall (just beyond Imperial Hotel)

Does it operate every day?

Yes, it operates Daily from 01 March to 30 November, except St. Patrick’s Day, the Day of the Corpus Christi Procession and the day of the Cork City Marathon or other days when there are major traffic restrictions in the city. Connect with us on social media for the latest updates.

Can you pay on board with Credit Card?

No, unfortunately, that facility is not available on board. However, you can purchase your tickets from Tourist Offices using Credit Card, or you can ring our office to process same

How long is the tour?

The tour takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, (depending on traffic) if you do not get off at any of the attractions.

What about Entrance Fees to Attractions?

All fees can be paid locally at the attraction of your choice, and do not need to be booked in advance

Is there a commentary

Full Factual history by recorded commentary, in English (sorry, no foreign language commentary at present)

Is there wheelchair access?

Yes, there is wheelchair access, but not on all the buses. Pre-booking is essential for wheelchair

How long is my ticket valid for?

All tickets valid for 24 hours – Hop on and Hop off as often as you wish

Do I need to print my email confirmation?

If you book online please print your email confirmation to present to the driver where tour tickets will be issued on board.

Cruise Ship Information


Most cruise ships arrive in the port of Cobh next to the Train Station, which you can walk to from the ship (2 minute walk).  You can get a commuter train from there to Cork City (it takes approx. 25 minutes) often with extra capacity and departures on the days that there are cruise liners in port). When you get off the train in Cork, walk out of the station, (exit door on your right as you come through the barriers), cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and we have a bus stop directly across the road.  (Just at the Railway View Pub)

Hop on there and you can pay the driver.  There is no need to pre-book. Don’t forget to bring your cruise ID and you can avail of a discount of € 2.00 per person