6 Things To Do In Cork City for Free – NOT In The Guidebook

Rebel City Tour of Cork GUI by Hahamarketing.com

Looking for things to do in Cork city…?

Thinking of visiting Cork city this year? Let us show you a list of experiences in the city that you won’t get if you go elsewhere. We have everything from War of Independence anniversary tours to feeding the local wildlife in the city centre.

Experience Cork city like a true local with our free immersive experiences. Hear the stories behind the city’s most popular attractions. Take a leisurely bike ride. Party during a local festival.

Whether you are coming from touring the WIld Atlantic Way. You are coming down from Dublin directly. Or you have just finished the Ring of Kerry cycle.

You’ll find Cork to be a great destination for experience holidays in Ireland.

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The Burning Of Cork City During The Irish War of Independence. Smartphone Tour by Hahamarketing.com.

1. Take the War Of Indpendence Smartphone Tour.

Assassinations. Armed robberies. Bomb factories exploding.

Strolling around the city today. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Cork has always been a peaceful town. Little would you know that 100 years ago the streets were erupting with violence.

With roaming gangs of British military and police looting, shooting and burning their way through the city. On the other side were a group of plucky Republican volunteers. Members of what was then known as the IRA. Conducting raids, ambushes and using hit and run tactics against the – much larger in number – Crown forces.

The smartphone tour is an immersive experience bringing you back to the days of the Irish war of independence 100 years ago.

Not only is it free. But it’s accessible 24/7. All you need to bring is a smartphone – and preferably, a pair of headphones. Enjoy!

To take the tour. Pls. click Rebel City Tour of Cork by Hahamarketing.com.

Cork City's Grey Herons, English Market
Grey Herons on the Grand Parade in Cork City.

2. Visit the English Market Grey Herons.

Now for something a little more sedate. After experiencing the highs and lows of the war of independence tour. Why not get up early in the morning and visit the English Market Grey Herons?

These local Cork residents congregate outside the English Market in the heart of the city early every morning. In the hopes of begging some free fish from the fish delivery men in the market. Indeed they are such a regular sight. The English Market caretaker has named them all.

Bring along some fish for the birds if you’d like. Yes. They do eat canned tuna. Or alternatively, visit the famous fish merchants the day before and stock up on fresh fish pick and mix.

These hungry local fishermen only attend the market for the fish deliveries. Which happen around 5.30 AM. So set your alarm clock early and visit the city centre. For more info on this Cork city experience – pls click English Market Grey Herons.

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Free Bike Hire In Cork City.

3. Take a Bike Ride.

Looking for a way to pass the time in the city? Want to see the sights and experience one of the world’s largest natural harbours?

Why not take a bike ride on the Coke Zero bikes?

These bikes are available to rent for locals and tourists alike. The first 30 mins are free. With only a small charge per half hour after that.

For more info on how you can register to rent a Coca-cola Zero bike. Pls click Coca-cola zero bike Cork.

Walking shandon tour
Walking Shandon Tour of Cork City. Developed by Hahamarketing.com

4. Take the Walking Shandon Tour.

The walking tour of Shandon covers many of Cork city’s top attractions. Everything from Shandon Church to St. Finbarr’s Cathedral.

The Walking Shandon tour is free and available to anyone with a smartphone and headphones. Take a tour through the streets of the city and be transported back to the days of old.

Hear the stories about Cork’s oldest attractions. That only locals know.

To take the tour. Pls. click Walking Shandon Tour.

My Personal Favourite Thing To Do In Cork City.

5. See the Herring Gulls Take Flight.

One of my favourite things to do in the city.

Similar to the English Market Grey Herons experience above. The local Cork city Herring Gulls only make an appearance for part of the year.

With the Herring Gulls being migratory birds. They only appear in the city during the winter months, unfortunately.

However, if you are lucky enough to see them on the banks of the River Lee in the city. You can have fun for all the family watching them take flight.

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St. Patrick’s Day Festival Cork City.

6. Visit a Cork City Festival.

When better to experience Cork city. Then during a local festival?

They say the Irish know how to throw a party. Well if it’s a party you are looking for. We have many, many of them in Cork city.

Amongst the annual festivals in the city. There are gems such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Cork Heritage Week, Cork Harbour Festival and many, many others.

For up to date info on Cork city festivals pls visit Pure Cork festivals.


Now, do you believe us that Cork city is a great experience destination in Ireland?

Whether you are a local, an Irish tourist, or an international tourist. You’ll love these experiences when you come to Cork.

See you soon!

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