The Imperial Hotel is a timeless landmark in the heart of Cork City. This luxury four-star boutique hotel enjoys an unrivalled setting, with the world famous English Market and the bustling main shopping districts of St. Patrick and Oliver Plunket Street right on the doorstep. Steeped in over 200 years of history and tradition, The Imperial is regarded by many as the ‘Grand Dame’ of Cork.
Originally designed by Sir Thomas Deane in 1813, the building was initially used as commercial rooms for city merchants. In 1816 the structure was extended to serve as a hotel and coach yard for the visiting business people, traders and merchants.
Many famous figures throughout history have stayed in the hotel over theyears including Fr. Mathew, The Temperance Priest, writers Sir. Walter Scott, William Makepeace Thackeray and Charles Dickens. One of the most famous figures was Michael Collins who negotiated the Irish Free State Treaty in 1921 and who spent his last night on earth in room 115 at the Imperial before he was shot on that fateful day in August 1922 at Béal na Bláth, West Cork.
At 1pm, step back in time with a presentation from local historian Ronnie Herlihy on the evolution of the Imperial Hotel since 1813. We will also be serving canapes and beverages from the 19th century.