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Cork Heritage Open Day 18th August

Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Cork Heritage Open Day celebrates its 14th anniversary this year. From small beginnings with just 30 participating buildings and 5,000 visitors, Cork Heritage Open Day was organised to mark the 2005 City of Culture programme of events. Now 14 years later, Cork Heritage Open Day has more than 40 buildings involved, an extensive programme of events on going through the day, and reaches an audience of almost 20,000 people.

Cork Heritage Open Day is a unique event celebrating the amazing architecture and history of the Built Heritage in the Cork City Region.

Cork Heritage Open Day sees some of Cork’s most fascinating buildings ranging from the Medieval to the Military, the Civic to the Commercial and the Educational to the Ecclesiastical open their doors free of charge for one day only. Cork’s Built Heritage tells the tale of wars and peace, learning and praying, high living and humble beginnings. The event is organised by Cork City Council as part of Heritage Week in partnership with the Heritage Council and with media sponsorship from Cork’s 96 FM and the Evening Echo. For more details and a full list of activities please see here

On Saturday August 18th, take a step back in time, and immerse yourself in the history of some of Cork’s most historical buildings. From steps and steeples, to customs and commerce, Cork Heritage Open Day invites the public to explore buildings, many not usually accessible to the general public, and learn more about our City’s stories and traditions.

“If the walls of Cork City’s landmark buildings could talk, they’d share a rich and vibrant history” said Lord Mayor of Cork City, Mick Finn. “No matter where you walk in Cork, the past is close beneath our feet. It is important to retain what we can of our past yet not be totally constrained by it as previous generations would attest: progress needs to be conscious of heritage. Cork Heritage Open Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our built heritage and ensure that the stories of our city’s past are preserved for future generations to enjoy.”

Five themed, self-guided walking routes will lead visitors through the city on Cork Heritage Open Day which boasts a jam-packed catalogue of events for everyone from the young, to the young at heart. Access to all 40 buildings is free of charge on Saturday, August 18th, but booking is required for a number of tours at some of the most popular venues.

This year, a social competition invites members of the public to record their own memories of Cork Heritage Open Day, snap their favourite city centre plaque, street or bridge sign, and tag #CorkHeritage to be in with a chance to win a midweek night for two and dinner thanks to the Imperial Hotel. Children can also get in on the action, and win a family pass to the Everyman Panto Cinderella in the annual Evening Echo Colouring Competition.


Cork Heritage Open Day

Cork Heritage Open Day is organised by Cork City Council as part of National Heritage Week in partnership with the Heritage Council, and is proudly supported by media sponsors, Evening Echo and Cork’s 96FM. This event is organised almost entirely on a voluntary basis with building owners, local historians and communities giving their time free of charge. The success of the event lies with the people behind the buildings who open their doors willingly every year to allow the public a glimpse of the amazing and unique built heritage of Cork City. Without the generosity of the building owners, this event would not happen.

For a full list of events events, visit or pick up a brochure at Cork City Library or Cork City Tourist Information Office on Patrick’s Street.