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Cork City Sightseeing Tour

See the city from way up high on our bright red open top bus

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 (cash/card accepted) or in advance online. 
  • 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

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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. Please note due to current restrictions we are operating on a reduced timetable. Please see details here and our hygiene proceedures here

 

 

University College Cork (Nearest Stop: Western Road)

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.

Shandon Cathedral (Nearest Stop: John Redmond St.)

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 (Nearest Stop: Convent Ave.)

Step back in time to see what the 19th/early 20th century was like in Cork both inside and outside the prison walls.

Crawford Art Gallery (Nearest Stop; St. Patricks St.)

The gallery's collection comprises of almost 4,000 works, ranging from eighteenth-century Irish and European painting and sculpture.

Nano Nagle Place (Nearest Stop: South Mall)

Nano Nagle Place is an unexpected oasis in the centre of bustling Cork City.

English Market (Nearest Stop: Grand Parade)

Enclosed market, long tradition of fine foods and wines that are on offer from over 40 traders.

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.

University College Cork (Nearest Stop: Western Road)

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 Cathedral (Nearest Stop: John Redmond St.)

Step back in time to see what the 19th/early 20th century was like in Cork both inside and outside the prison walls.

Cork City Gaol (Nearest Stop: Convent Ave.)

The gallery's collection comprises of almost 4,000 works, ranging from eighteenth-century Irish and European painting and sculpture.

Crawford Art Gallery (Nearest Stop; St. Patricks St.)

Nano Nagle Place is an unexpected oasis in the centre of bustling Cork City.

Nano Nagle Place (Nearest Stop: South Mall)

Enclosed market, long tradition of fine foods and wines that are on offer from over 40 traders.

English Market (Nearest Stop: Grand Parade)

2020 season

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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Are face coverings required?

Irish Government legislation requires all public transport passengers to wear a face covering which will be required on all our tours.

Can I ask about your cleaning proceedures?

Please see details of our enhanced cleaning procedures here.

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?

For the 2020 season our open top bus tour will run daily in August and on Saturday’s and Sunday’s only in September.

Can you pay on board with Credit Card?

Yes we can accept card payments on board.

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