Old English Market/City Market, Cork

Beloved by the people of Cork for centuries, Old English Market/City Market has recently gained popularity for its multicultural vendors selling international foods. Though a market has been on this site since 1788, the current structure didn't open until the 19th century. This market has always been known for its fish and butchers, which provide ingredients to many of the area's best restaurants. Stroll through through the space, talk with locals, and purchase some fresh produce or other goods along the way. Take a look at our Cork route planner to schedule your visit to Old English Market/City Market and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Create an itinerary including Old English Market/City Market
map
Old English Market/City Market Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
1,993 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • It's a traditional place with a unique appeal of organic farming products along with original meat & fish stalls, fresh bread, variety of Cheese etc ... Plenty to view and it's a nice experience to wa...  more »
  • Love strolling around the market and seeing all the stalls. The fish, meat and produce are stellar and the vendors are fab. Great atmosphere.  more »
  • Quaint little market. Not artisan by any means, just a market. There are a few specialist shops, but for the majority it's just a regular market.  more »
Google
  • I really like this place, but be warned it is sometimes billed as a tourist attraction when on fact it is a proper working indoor market, and used very much by locals. For coffee and a sandwich I recommend The Sandwich Stall, or for a more substantial lunch, The Farmgate on the first floor. Lots of exits and entrances to choose from. A foodies paradise. Well worth a visit
  • The English Market is phenomenal. You can find such a variety of things here from homemade soaps to sushi-to-go. There's fresh produce and baked goods. It's absolutely worth a visit.
  • What an amazing experience! The food was terrific and the people so kind and helpful. My one complaint is there there is no seating. There was one restaurant area upstairs but you weren't allowed to eat any of the food you had purchased from downstairs.....only from their menu. We left the market and went to sit by the water to eat. It was raining before long and back in we went. A few benches for old, arthritic folks would be a kindness.
  • Absolute must see for tourists passing through Cork, and an absolute must for locals who want to shop for the highest quality produce. The English Market is beautiful and filled with delicious food from all over Europe. Make sure you have a coffee and butter and bread pudding at the Farmgate with the view over the heart of the market!
  • Its a good place for shopping for sure. However for visitors there are more interesting places to visit. People work there trying to sell their goods and tourists just create an artificial crowd.

Plan your trip to Cork

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Cork

A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Cork by other users

10 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 14 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Cork BY A USER FROM BRAZIL April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM SERBIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM RUSSIA July, outdoors, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM ISRAEL December, culture, outdoors, romantic, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA August, relaxing, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Ireland & United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, culture, relaxing, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans