Victorian Quarter, Cork

The Quarter

The story of the Victorian Quarter is just beginning. Although we derive our name from the area’s gorgeous Victorian style buildings- which once housed merchants, traders and craftsmen, The V.Q. is now a vibrant, up & coming cultural hub! Unique shops and services attract the people of Cork by day, while top restaurants, pubs, and music venues keep it buzzing after dark.

The Quarter

The story of the Victorian Quarter is just beginning. Although we derive our name from the area’s gorgeous Victorian style buildings- which once housed merchants, traders and craftsmen, The V.Q. is now a vibrant, up & coming cultural hub! Unique shops and services attract the people of Cork by day, while top restaurants, pubs, and music venues keep it buzzing after dark.

Cork’s Victorian Quarter district spans from its easterly boundary at Kent Station- west to Camden Wharf & from Wellington Road to the north- down to the banks of our own lovely Lee. It includes picturesque St. Patrick’s Hill, as well as historic MacCurtain Street at its heart. This location within Cork City places The V.Q conveniently close to transit hubs for residents, commuters, and tourists traveling via bus, coach or train. Check out the complete V.Q. Boundary Map.

By day, visitors can admire the area’s gorgeous Victorian era architecture while strolling along scenic storefronts and shopping unique retail experiences. From eye-glasses to crafting supplies and antiques to far-east spices, the Quarter has so much to offer. Best known for its lively culture of music, entertainment, restaurants & trendy bars, by night the Victorian Quarter transforms into pure Cork.

St Patrick’s Bridge is the gateway to the Victorian Quarter, connecting our neighbourhood with Cork’s high street and beyond. Thousands of people #CrossTheBridge every day into the bustling community. You can ramble along the river or challenge yourself on York Hill; take in a show or learn a new language. The Victorian Quarter is steeped in history and the streets are full of landmarks to explore.

Victorian Quarter, Cork

During the 19th century Cork was having a heyday, especially among traders and craftspeople in the Victorian Quarter. This tradition is still carried on today by a quirky mix of well-known specialist stores and iconic landmarks like The Metropole Hotel and the Everyman Theatre, which was originally known as Cork’s Palace of Varieties. Established over 100 years ago, the stage has hosted many famous acts. Charlie Chaplin once performed here, and this was also the setting of Rory Gallagher’s final gig. Now restored to its full glory, the theatre is destination for modern and critically acclaimed theatre.

The area is ripe with urban character with such sights as Patrick's Hill, Trinity Presbyterian Church's “The Crooked Spire”, and almost 2 kilometres of riverfront. The city’s industrial legacy is still visible in chimney stacks and beautiful cast-iron details throughout the neighbourhood. Our heritage continues to inspire us we grow and develop a new era in the Victorian Quarter. It is a destination for local, national and international visitors.

The Victorian Quarter, Cork
 

VQ Committee in Kilkenny for Enterprising Town Awards

December 2019

 

Vibes and Scribes postage stamp

August 2016

 

A completely mural on the reworked Harley Street

October 2020

 

Sample Our Street

July 2017

 

Soul in the City Launch

May 2017

 

CASK Crew at the Bar of the Year Awards 2018

August 2018

 

Soul in the City 2018

June 2018

 

Pride of Place Awards

2016

 

Metropole's John Coleman Wins "Concierge of the Year!

July 2020

 

Soul in the City 2018

June 2018

 

Parking Day

July 2017

 

Shelbourne Bar's Rory McGee Sets an Irish Coffee World Record

January 2020

 

Parking Day

July 2017

 

Pop up Christmas in the Victorian Quarter

December 2017

 

Pop up Christmas in the Victorian Quarter

December 2017

 

Bank Of Ireland "Enterprising Town Awards" Visit

October 2019

 

Cork Gourmet Trail

September 2017

 

Soul In The City Launch Party

May 2019

 

Victorian Quarter Logo Launch

2016

 

Everyman Theatre Summer Program Launch

June 2019

 

Soul Review, Soul in the City's, head line show Live @St. Luke's

2017

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Victorian Quarter, Cork

The Met

The Metropole Hotel Cork MacCurtain Street, Cork

021 4643700

The Metropole Hotel Cork MacCurtain Street, Cork

021 4643700

Victorian Quarter, Cork

Hotel Isaacs Cork

48 Mac Curtain Street Cork Ireland T23 F6EK

Ireland tel: 021 450 0011 International tel: +353 21 4500011

48 Mac Curtain Street Cork Ireland T23 F6EK

Ireland tel: 021 450 0011 International tel: +353 21 4500011

Victorian Quarter, Cork

Isaacs Restaurant

48 MacCurtain Street, Cork

+353 (0)21 450 3805

48 MacCurtain Street, Cork

+353 (0)21 450 3805

Victorian Quarter, Cork

Greenes Restaurant

48 MacCurtain Street, Cork City, Co. Cork

(021) 455 2279

48 MacCurtain Street, Cork City, Co. Cork

(021) 455 2279

Victorian Quarter, Cork

Da Mirco Osteria

4 Bridge Street Cork Ireland

021 2419480

4 Bridge Street Cork Ireland

021 2419480

Victorian Quarter, Cork

The Spice Route

36 MacCurtain Street, Centre, Cork

(021) 450 8382

36 MacCurtain Street, Centre, Cork

(021) 450 8382

Victorian Quarter, Cork

Mother Jones Flea Market

York Street

York Street

Victorian Quarter, Cork

Cork Sultan Delight

21 Mac curtain street cork

0872180622

21 Mac curtain street cork

0872180622

Victorian Quarter, Cork

O’Donovan Keyes and Co Ltd

13 Bridge House, St. Patrick’s Quay

021 4628188

13 Bridge House, St. Patrick’s Quay

021 4628188

Victorian Quarter, Cork

White Rabbit

56 MacCurtain St

+353 21 455 2222

56 MacCurtain St

+353 21 455 2222

The Victorian Quarter, Cork The Victorian Quarter, Cork

Victorian Quarter, Cork

The Met

The Metropole Hotel Cork MacCurtain Street, Cork

021 4643700

Victorian Quarter, Cork

Hotel Isaacs Cork

48 Mac Curtain Street Cork Ireland T23 F6EK

Ireland tel: 021 450 0011 International tel: +353 21 4500011

Victorian Quarter, Cork

Isaacs Restaurant

48 MacCurtain Street, Cork

+353 (0)21 450 3805

Victorian Quarter, Cork

Greenes Restaurant

48 MacCurtain Street, Cork City, Co. Cork

(021) 455 2279

Victorian Quarter, Cork

Da Mirco Osteria

4 Bridge Street Cork Ireland

021 2419480

Victorian Quarter, Cork

The Spice Route

36 MacCurtain Street, Centre, Cork

(021) 450 8382

Victorian Quarter, Cork

Mother Jones Flea Market

York Street

Victorian Quarter, Cork

Cork Sultan Delight

21 Mac curtain street cork

0872180622

Victorian Quarter, Cork

O’Donovan Keyes and Co Ltd

13 Bridge House, St. Patrick’s Quay

021 4628188

Victorian Quarter, Cork

White Rabbit

56 MacCurtain St

+353 21 455 2222