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St. Patrick's Bridge

Take in views of the River Lee from this 18th-century bridge and wander through Cork’s city center via one of the city’s most historic streets.

Visit St. Patrick’s Bridge, a centuries-old structure spanning the River Lee. It has played a key role in Cork’s trading heritage. First opened in 1789 but destroyed by flooding that year and again in 1853, the 167-foot-long (51-meter) bridge reopened in 1859. The idea behind St. Patrick’s Bridge was to provide the butter merchants with a convenient link from the north side of the river to the docks and warehouses of the city center.

Today, the bridge is a recognizable city landmark and a great vantage point for views along the river. Stand in the middle of the bridge and spot the old merchant houses lining the riverbanks. Imagine a time when horse-drawn carriages and trams transported traders between the city’s northern and southern districts.

Go to either end of the bridge and gaze down at its three arches. Look for the carved effigies above each arch, which depict the sea god Neptune, St. Bridget and St. Patrick. Originally, the bridge featured a portcullis, incorporated to control the flow of maritime traffic beneath it. This was removed in 1824.

The southern end of the bridge converges with St. Patrick’s Street, a lively commercial thoroughfare known locally as Pana. Once a river channel framed by quays, it became an elegant street around 1780. Check out J.H. Foley’s statue of Theobald Mathew, a Catholic reformer who campaigned for abstinence from alcohol. Follow the curving street as it passes grand mansions and colorful townhouses, many of which house bars, cafés and shops.

Take a detour on Carey’s Lane and French Church Street, which is the heart of Cork’s Huguenot Quarter. Admire the Gothic-style architecture of the St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church.

Located just a short walk from Cork’s city center, St. Patrick’s Bridge is close to several other major city attractions. Visit the nearby Cork Opera House and Crawford Art Gallery.


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Imperial Hotel

South Mall A, Cork, Cork
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Cork City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cork City Hall and Cork Opera House. University College Cork and Fitzgerald Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). CORK (Station) is 14 minutes by foot.

    Jurys Inn Cork €89
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    Andersons Quay, Cork, Cork
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cork City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Custom House and English Market. University College Cork and Pairc Ui Chaoimh are also within 2 miles (3 km). CORK (Station) is 9 minutes by foot.

      The Montenotte Hotel €160
      The Montenotte Hotel

      The Montenotte Hotel

      Middle Glanmire Road, Montenotte, Cork, Cork
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Holy Family Church and within 3 miles (5 km) of English Market and University College Cork. Pairc Ui Chaoimh is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. CORK (Station) is 12 minutes by foot.

        Hayfield Manor €210
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        Perrott Avenue, College Road, Cork, Cork
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Cork hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Glucksman Gallery and University College Cork. English Market and Cork University Hospital are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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          The Address Cork

          The Address Cork

          Military Hill, Saint Lukes Cross, Cork, Cork
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Cork, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cork City Hall, Bells of Shandon and English Market. Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral and University College Cork are also within 3 mi (5 km). CORK (Station) is 11 minutes by foot.

            The Kingsley €129
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            The Kingsley

            Victoria Cross, Cork, Cork
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Cork, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cork County Hall and University College Cork. Cork University Hospital and English Market are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Belvedere Lodge - B&B €92
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              Belvedere Lodge - B&B

              Tivoli Lower Glanmire Road, Cork, Cork
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the sea, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Holy Family Church and 2.5 mi (4 km) from English Market. Military Museum Collins Barracks and Custom House are also within 3 miles (5 km). CORK (Station) is 29 minutes by foot.

                The Metropole Hotel €116
                The Metropole Hotel

                The Metropole Hotel

                MacCurtain Street, Cork, Cork
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Victorian Quarter, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Everyman Palace Theatre and English Market. University College Cork and Pairc Ui Chaoimh are also within 3 miles (5 km). CORK (Station) is 8 minutes by foot.