Explore Cork’s endless possibilities

Just moments from the City centre, HQ Cork offers its residents and visitors the chance to explore Cork’s unique character, charm and absorbing culture.

It’s a city of warmth, enthusiasm and intimacy, underpinned by a strong cosmopolitan current. There’s a bustling atmosphere, with plentiful events and entertainment to enjoy. It’s a perfect blend of city life and local charm, a spectacular balance that makes Cork so wonderfully unique.

Culture and festivals
From live music to theatre, art exhibitions and dance, Cork celebrates diversity and creativity. As a former European Capital of Culture, it offers residents a lively cultural calendar with some highlights listed below.

Festivals
Cork International Jazz Festival
Cork International Short Story Festival
Cork International Short Choral Festival
Live at the Marquee Cork

Culture
Crawford Municipal Gallery
Triskel Christchurch
Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Cork Opera House
The Everyman
Cork Arts Theatre
The Savoy
The Half Moon Theatre
Granary Theatre
Triskel Arts Centre
The Firkin Crane

Food and drink
Cork is a haven for locally-sourced artisanal produce, with internationally celebrated restaurants and food markets. Traditional Irish pubs and innovative micro-breweries offer residents and visitors a taste of something different.

The Old English Market
Mahon Point Farmers Market
Café Paradiso
Amicus
Jacobs On The Mall
Jacques Restaurant
Market Lane
Rising Sons Brewery
Franciscan Well Brewery

Shopping
A shopper’s delight, Cork rivals any European city with its choice of independent boutiques, global brands and high-end concessions. HQ Cork is just a short stroll from Merchants Quay Shopping Centre and the traditional shopping districts around St. Patrick’s Street.

Sport and fitness
Whether it’s purely recreational enjoyment or supporting professional teams, Cork is home to a host of sporting activity. From hurling to football to state of the art gyms and sports campuses, athletes and amateurs are spoilt for choice.

Pairc Uí Chaoimh - Home of Cork Hurling and Football
Musgrave Park - Home of Munster Rugby in Cork
Turners Cross - Home of Cork City FC
Cork Racecourse Mallow
Golf - An array of courses in and around Cork City

Explore
Uniquely located by the Wild Atlantic Way, Cork offers endless opportunity to explore some of Ireland’s most serene beaches, dramatic coastlines and historic attractions.

Fota Wildlife Park
Spike Island – Ireland’s Alcatraz
Kinsale – Ireland’s food capital
Cobh – The Titanic’s last port of call
Blarney Castle
Cork City Goal
Blackrock Castle Observatory
Charlesfort Kinsale