Maps & Walks

Many of the buildings, which participated in this event, are not normally open to the public or else would charge an entrance fee. However, glimpses of these fascinating buildings can be caught by following the self guided walking routes outlined below. 



Cork Heritage Open Day Brochure 2014(1,966KB)

1. Steps and Steeples 

The Steps and Steeples walk encompasses not only some of the amazing buildings on the North Side of the city, but also some of the most spectacular views.  This walking route involves hiking up some of the steep hills of the city and through some of the city's fascinating historic areas.

The Everyman

Cork Baptist Church

Cork Trinity Presbyterian Church

Cork Chamber

St Luke's Church

Ambassador Hotel

Military Museum Collin's Barracks


Maldron Hotel

The Firkin Crane

St Anne’s Church, Shandon

The North Monastery - An Mhainistir Thuaidh



2. Customs and Commerce 


The Customs and Commerce walk follows the river and showcases some of the old and new commercial buildings in the city.  These buildings track the commercial history of Cork City and highlight its many industries over time.  For the more energetic walker this route can be combined with the Medieval to Modern walking route.


National Sculpture Factory

The Elysian

City Hall

Anglesea Street District Court

Carpenters Hall

AIB Bank

Cork Savings Bank

Clarion Hotel Penthouse

Custom House Port of Cork

LE Aoife


 3. Medieval to Modern 

The Medieval and Modern Walk weaves through the streets and lanes of what was once medieval Cork. Many of the historic buildings on this route have been renovated and conserved and now have a modern function, which is often very different from its original use. For the more energetic walker this route can be combined with the City Centre – Customs and Commerce walking route.


Masonic Hall

Triskel Christchurch

Cork Circuit Court House

No. 4 Fenn's Quay

Cork Vision Centre @ St. Peters

Crawford Art Gallery


4. Saints and Scholars 

The Saints and Scholars route lies to the South side of the city and takes in the birth place of Frank O'Connor and the burial place of Nano Nagle and panoramic views from Elizabeth Fort. The route encompasses places of learning and places of worship finishing up at South Gate Bridge with fabulous views of the magnificent St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. 


Quaker Meeting House and Graveyard

Elizabeth Fort

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral

CIT Crawford College of Art and Design

Backwater Studios, Cork Printmakers and CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery


5. Life and Learning

The Life and Learning walk lies to the West of the city. This walking route highlights the historic record of life in Cork from early times to modern day, the industrial heritage of the city as well as highlighting the renowned seat of learning, which is UCC. This walk begins in the leafy grounds of University College Cork. Stroll leisurely around the Main Quadrangle, Honan Chapel and the Glucksman before visiting the City Public Museum and the converted Victorian waterworks, which is now the Life Time Lab.  The L.É Eithne will be located on Horgan's Wharf and will be the first floating building participating in Cork Heritage Open Day.

Blackrock Castle Observatory is easily accessible by bus or car or a brisk half hour walk along the beautiful Marina Walk.  Fota House lies to the east of the city; the magnificent house and gardens are well worth a visit.

Boole Library, UCC

The Crawford Observatory, UCC

Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC

 Cork Public Museum

Lifetime Lab

Blackrock Castle Observatory

Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens