Find A Cruise

Clear Selections






All-Inclusive Northern Europe & Baltic Cruises

Picturesque History


Ports and Excursions of Northern Europe

Cork (Cobh), Ireland-port

Cork's history began in the 7th century with the founding of a monastery by St. Finbarr on a small alluvial island in the River Lee. The monastery and the settlement were later incorporated in the fortified base the Danes developed there. As a result of war and destruction throughout the following centuries, Cork has no medieval buildings left but boasts a few remains from the 18th century. The central area takes its architectural character from the early 19th century.

View Cruises that visit this port

Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Walk Through Cork
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Cork's Countryside & Kinsale
    Seated Tour
  • Cork's Countryside & Kinsale
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Lakemount Gardens & Old Jameson Distillery
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Lakemount Gardens & Old Jameson Distillery
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Panoramic Cork City & Blarney Castle
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Panoramic Cork City Tour and Blarney Castle
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Scenic Blarney Drive & Irish Coffee
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required

A Walk Through Cork

Moderate Activity/Walking

Duration: 4 1/2 hours

Tour Code: CBH-001

Explore the history and beauty of Cork during a memorable walking tour through this wonderful old city.

Historic Cork is a city of steeples and bridges and was truly made for walking. Although its compact size makes it entirely visible from many vantage-points, this charming city offers an abundance of lovely Old World sites for you to discover. Cork extends out through the hills that rise up on both sides of the Lee River, and its quays stretch all the way into the heart of the city. Cork's city center is actually a small island situated between two channels of the river and a plethora of bridges, and features streets lined with numerous shops, arcades and boutiques.

Depart the pier for a brief drive through the rolling countryside, then continue on to the Imperial Hotel and begin your walking tour. Take a leisurely stroll down the South Mall, one of the most gracious streets in the city, then cross the Parnell Bridge. A stop will be made here to enjoy spectacular views and photo opportunities of City Hall, the bank, College of Commerce and Morrison's Island. As your walk continues along the quays, the slender spire of the Holy Trinity Church can be seen across the river. A stop will then be made at the Parliament Bridge to admire its gracious arch and gleaming limestone. As you approach the South Gate Bridge, the three spires of St. Finbarr's Cathedral, part of the city's skyline, suddenly come into view. A stop will be made for a visit and photos at this ornate church, designed and built by William Burgess.

Next, you will stroll down Sharman-Crawford to Clarke's Bridge, a beautiful stone structure dating back to 1776, and then continue on to Cork's bustling main thoroughfare. The classical limestone façade of the Courthouse, located in a street full of red brick buildings, is one of Cork's most enduring sights. From here, you will proceed down North Main Street and Castle Street into the heart of this cosmopolitan city filled with pedestrian lanes, cafes, bookshops and antique shops.

Your tour concludes with a visit to the nearly 400-year-old English Market. A popular location that is home to restaurants, cafes, residents and visitors, the English Market offers a unique shopping experience that should not be missed. During your visit, you can browse the traditional Cork food, fruit and vegetable stands, along with the butcher shops, fishmongers, Italian, French and Irish cheese stalls, fresh bread stands, and more.

Following your tour, some time will be made available to explore the area independently and perhaps do a bit of shopping before rejoining your coach for the return drive to the ship.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of significant walking - at times on uneven ground. There are also steps to be negotiated. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing, including a windbreaker or light jacket, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary.