Earlier this year, I added Ireland to the list of the most romantic destinations in Europe. While Dublin is probably one of the most popular cities to visit in the country, there are many other places worth visiting in Ireland.
So today, thanks to Maria of Map Trekking, we’re going to the second-largest city in Ireland, a city where ex-captain of Manchester United Roy Keane was born: Cork.
Without further ado, what could you get in Cork for $10? Here we go!
4 Affordable Things to Do Around Cork City
In 2005, Cork City was voted the European capital of culture, and it is easy to see why. It’s home to some of the world’s largest sports stars like Roy Keane (Manchester United), Sonia O’Sullivan (Olympic gold Medalist), and award-winning actor, Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders).
It’s a compact city that is easily explored on foot and doesn’t shy away from offering an abundance of opportunities to learn and experience.
In the last decade, Cork has seen a massive economic boom that has accounted for global technical behemoths like Apple, Dell, Blizzard Entertainment, and Logitech setting up and making it their European headquarters.
Cork is known for being the food capital of Ireland and has bustling shopping options all within easy walking distance (even for those not inclined to go for a stroll). The majority of the cultural sites are free of charge which allows you to save your $10 (€8.20) for important things, like the food!
Did you know?
One of the most tragic events in Ireland, the Irish Potato Famine, which is also known as the Great Hunger, was the time when the farmers of Ireland relied heavily on the potato as their source of food. It is believed that Cork was the place where the first potato was planted around 1588 when Sir Walter Raleigh brought the potato crop from the Americas.
Self-Guided Tour Of Cork City – Free
Are you aware that Cork City was a primary trading port for the global Scandinavian trade network? Vikings, alongside monastic Irish monks, worked in tandem trading unattainable goods and even military power.
Eventually, a stronghold called Elizabeth Fort was built and a wall around the entire city was erected, some of which can be seen today.
Throughout the city, you can experience beautiful cathedrals, take views over the unique places city, partake in the ringing of the Shandon bells, and so much more. Check out this local’s guide to 15 free things to do in Cork, Ireland for more inspiration!
Lunch & A Live Performance At Fitzgerald’s Park – $8.50
In 1902, Fitzgerald’s Park was the home to the World’s fair, a showcase to show the vibrant and growing economy. Today, it is a large vocal point of Cork City with a museum, cafe, open-air live performance stage, and large walking garden to enjoy.
Ice cream or lunch from the cafe will cost about €7 ($8.50) and you can enjoy the day for as long as you wish.
Cork City Gaol (Jail) – $7 – $12
In 1824, a second prison was opened for all crimes committed within the Cork City limits. When erected, it was classed as the “best gaol in the three kingdoms”.
It was unique in that it housed both male and female criminals, only having a female wing in place 46 years after opening. After its closure in 1923, a radio station bought the building and started a Cork City-based radio and music station.
The old gaol was left intact and was opened to public visits allowing you to see what it was like back in an 1800’s prison. The price of entry varies from €6 – €10 ($7 – $12) depending on the time of year, summer months being the most expensive.
Cork City ‘English Market’ – Free
The English Market is where you can find some of the most authentic food experiences in all of Ireland. It’s safe to say it’s the foodie central for Cork City!
Now its primarily used as a fresh produce market, but it has seen the Irish people through the recession, major flooding, and even famine. It was originally a fresh vegetable, bread, and fish market, but now it caters to all taste buds.
Upon entering you are met with the scent of freshly baked cakes, cheeses made on-site, a meat market, and even some sushi.
Although entry is free, it will be a miracle if you left without getting something new and exciting to eat. If restaurants are more of your style for food though, check out a local’s guide to the best restaurants in Cork, Ireland.
Contributor: Maria Perrett from Map Trekking.
Maria spent a wonderful 4 years living in Scotland and Ireland, so she loves sharing her experiences with others. She is the main travel blogger behind maptrekking.com, a site that focuses on helping others have meaningful and responsible experiences while traveling. Currently, she is enjoying the Mediterranean life as a digital nomad based in Sarandë, Albania.