Cork Food History Tour

From €65 Per Person

Cork Food Tours takes you on a walking tour of Cork city over 2 hours with a history of Cork food which made this city rich in past 250 years. Travel Cork with a local food expert and native speaker – learn a few words of Irish and collect a  picnic of local foods as you visit Crawford Art Gallery, Butter Museum, English Market, Shandon area. Tuesday, Wednesday  Thursday 10 am, or by arrangement for groups.

Tasting:-   3 local  Cheese, 3 different Fish, Local Sweets, Bread & Butter, Surprise


Fitness Level 2
Food Tour
Age 12+
2 Hours


Tour Info


Cork City Food History Tour is a blend of history, food and culture under the guidance of local guide and foodie, Maire Ní Mhurchu. Maire comes from a long line of Cork Foodies and her great grandmother had a restaurant beside the English Market in Cork from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Trained as a Home Economics and Irish teacher as well as a Chef, Maire has been giving tours in her native city for many years so why not let Maire and her colleagues show you Cork city.

Learn of Cork’s Viking past during this historic walking tour of the city with stop offs at the Butter Museum, Crawford Art Gallery and the famous English market.  The iconic English Market is central to the food history of the city. While there, you will get to meet some of its key traders and enjoy some of their excellent food!

  • Heritage – learn how Cork food heritage goes back more than 270 years
  • Stories – local artisan producers share their stories
  • Foodie Destination – 70% of artisan meats, cheese & fish produced nationally come from Cork
  • Tastings – enjoy a tasting of a selection of artisan foods as you meet the makers
  • Art – experience art, food and culture at the Crawford Art Gallery
  • The Butter Museum – the history of Irish butter | known as yellow gold!
  • The English Market  trading since 1788 | one of the oldest & best covered markets in Europe

Tour Times

Tuesday, Wednesday,  Thursday 10 am or by arrangements for groups

Departure & Return

Meet in the lobby of Crawford Art Gallery, Tour ends at the English Market


€50 per person

Group of 6+ discount

Group Size

Maximum 12

For 12+ please inquire below

We Provide

  • Walking Guide with detailed knowledge of Cork’s Food History
  • Tasting of 3 local cheeses, 3 different fish, local sweets, bread & butter and a surprise
  • Visit to Crawford Art Gallery, Butter Museum and the English Market
  • A sandwich (€6.00) or lunch (2-course lunch in restaurant serving local foods €20 ) can be pre-booked at an extra cost

Please Bring

Good flat walking shoes and rainwear.

Good To Know

  • This tour starts in the lobby of the Crawford Art Gallery and ends in English Market.
  • This tour is limited to 12 people maximum and needs to be booked weeks
    in advance.
  • For groups contact us with details of the tour group, but as the the English Market is a living market we limit the number of people in a group and respect the regular shoppers in the Market. We do not recommend Friday afternoon or Saturday mornings for tours, as this is the busiest time in the English Market.
  • There are great photos to be taken on this tour, but please be aware that if you take photographs of other people, ask permission.
  • We cannot provide for special dietary needs, but will give advise on food content and are aware of the restrictions. You choose what you eat.
  • Fitness Level 2 for this tour due to steps to be climbed.
  • Please advise if you have a person with limited walking or a wheelchair as we can modify the tour to meet the group requirements
  • Cancellation Policy – this tour can be booked and refunded up to 5 days before the tour starts. Money will be refunded to the paying card, apart from a €5 booking deposit per person booked.

At Activity Days, our priority is your safety, well being and enjoyment of this activity. Please note the following;

  • It is your responsibility to bring adequate clothing, footwear and equipment where specified. Please note that the guide may refuse participation in the activity if you fail to do so and your activity fee will not be refunded.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the fitness criteria prescribed for this activity. Please note that the guide may refuse participation in the activity on this basis and your activity fee will not be refunded.
  • Please note that we and our guides reserve the right to refuse participation in the activity if you are intoxicated, if refuse to comply with the instructions of the guide, if there is a risk to your safety or the safety of others for any reason, or are deemed unfit or unable to participate (in the reasonable opinion of Activity Days or the Guide). In this event, your fee will not be refunded.

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About the Guide

Maire - Food Guide

Maire was raised in the picturesque West Cork Gaeltacht, starting to learn English at 7 years of age. She has a detailed knowledge of Munster, and her home county of Cork in particular. She now divides her time between the village of Blarney and the beautiful Mizen Peninsula.

She has a Degree in Home Economics with Irish from UCG. She spent 25 years teaching at second level, mainly in Doneraile near the Ballyhoura Mountains in North County Cork.

She also served as Catering Officer on the Irish Sail Training Vessel Asgard Two for four years and later worked with the Irish Tourism Training Body. All these jobs helped foster her love of food and cookery.

She has operated a Self Catering property in West Cork for ten years and saw the need for a mechanism for visitors to book their activities in advance.

She loves the outdoors and water based activities in particular and finds the glorious scenery of West Cork to be the perfect setting for getting closer to nature.

All these aspects came together to inspire her to set up Activity Days to facilitate visitors to Ireland.

4 reviews for Cork Food History Tour

  1. cian


  2. maire

    Personalised tour with the best storyteller ever on a tour. MaryBeth USA

  3. maire

    Maire is fantastic–she gives a tour full of details about Cork, in part because her family has been here for generations. I learned a lot about Cork’s history and where to eat around town, and lunch in the English Market was amazing. This is a great way to get to know Cork. Denver USA

  4. maire

    family and I had a fantastic experience on this tour. We got to walk around Cork, and the part that we enjoyed the most was visiting the English Market where we got to sample the fresh seafood and different cheeses at the Market. NBacchus Canada

    • maire

      Thanks for doing the Cork Food TOur and hope to see you in Ireland again soon.

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