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Cork English Market
Cork English Market

Cork English Market

Free admission
Princes Street, Cork, Ireland

The Basics

The English Market is an essential stop-off for any visitor to Cork city, whether you want to admire the elegant interior, stock up on fresh food, pick up ready-to-eat treats, or simply people-watch. While many visitors explore independently, others come as part of organized day trips from Dublin or Cobh, which often incorporate visits to Blarney Castle. The English Market typically features on Cork walking tours too, whether guided or self-guided via audio guides.

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Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale
Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale
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$63.33 per adult
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Beautiful Ireland Countryside & Blarney Castle
Our friendly & Informative coach driver was prompt, gave us interesting history and stories and got us back to port on time. Blarney Castle and grounds are beautiful and worth seeing.. The line to The Blarney Stone held up the only negative was the line to Blarney Stone was too long and we had hit traffic on the ride to the castle. We skipped this part as we had been there before years earlier. Everything else was as expected.
designerdeb7, May 2022

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The English Market is a must for foodies.

  • Bring along cash as not all traders accept credit cards.

  • The market is wheelchair accessible via level entrances on Princes Street and Grand Parade.

  • There is a sit-down café at the market, as well as several takeaway spots selling sandwiches and prepared foods.

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How to Get There

The English Market is situated in Cork city center. The city’s main railway station, Kent station, is about a 20-minute walk away. Alternatively, catch the 205 bus, which stops at St. Patrick’s Street, just steps from the market. Other local bus services (203, 207, 208, 209A, 214, and 215) also stop at St. Patrick’s Street.

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When to Get There

The English Market is busiest between 11am and 4:30pm, with Fridays and Saturdays drawing the biggest crowds. If you want the space to explore, and savor the smells and sights at your leisure, go early in the morning. The market is especially atmospheric during the run-up to Christmas when traditional festive fare, such as turkeys, geese, and hams are sold.

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What to Try at the English Market

The English Market presents lots of opportunities for hungry travelers to try some Irish specialties. Pick up white pudding (oatmeal sausage), black pudding (blood sausage), and Irish bacon (cut from the loin)—all staples of a full Irish breakfast. Other Irish delicacies include freshly baked Irish soda bread and barmbrack, a fruit loaf with sultanas and raisins that is popular during the run-up to Halloween.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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