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)
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 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.
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.
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.
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