Welcome to Cork City’s arts and heritage visitor centre located on one of the city’s oldest buildings on the city’s most historic streets. St Peter’s Cork has an ideal location right in the centre of Cork’s Historic Spine. It is a great starting point for your walking tour of Cork.
We stock a full selection of city walking trails and other tourist information. Our venue team are on hand to help with any queries you may have. Pick up a coffee, enjoy our current exhibitions and then come to the front desk for help planning the rest of your trip around our wonderful city.
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The history of St. Peter’s Church dates back to 1,270 when King Henry III granted patronage of the church to the Bishop of Cork. St. Peter’s church was deconsecrated in 1949.
Learn about the renovation of this church throughout the ages and discover the traces of antiquity which still remain. Don’t miss the 17th Century baptismal font and the 18th Century monument of Sir Matthew Deane; within this chamber is a brief history of the church and some intriguing tales of past patrons.
The building remained dilapidated until 1988 when Cork City Council took on the task of restoring this historic building as a public cultural facility. In 2016 the facility management company L.W. Management were awarded the management contract for St. Peter’s to be operated as a public visitor space in Cork City Centre.
Exhibition & Heritage Space
“Explore Cork’s rich & varied maritime history through stories, imagery and incredible facts. Bursting with colourful tales of pirates, patriots & warriors that shaped the charming city we know today.”
For a taste of local history, enjoy “A City By The Sea” by famed Irish Historian Turtle Bunbury. As a coastal port serving voyages across the Atlantic, maritime events feature strongly in Cork’s history. Discover Cork’s naval past and just how important the harbour and the River Lee were in shaping the character of the city.
St Peter’s Cork is split over two open plan levels each with their own programmatic focus. The Ground Floor Gallery houses our central exhibition A City by the Sea, as well as touring heritage exhibitions focusing on the complex and rich topic of Irish and local history.
Upstairs, our Mezzanine Gallery delivers a broad programme of visual art and special interest themes. The exhibitions change every month and focus on promoting and supporting local Cork artists, community groups and local schools and education facilities. Watch out for seminars and discussion events programmed around the Mezzanine gallery exhibitions.
St Peter’s Cork is a resource for city-wide arts and heritage groups, offering a platform to display and promote the best of Cork creativity!
Coffee and Culture make the world a better place
Catch up with friends, relax with a good book or reflect on your day in our calm and warm atmosphere.
Cork coffee experts F I L T E R have created a pop-up café within the grounds of St Peter’s Cork. Come rain or shine St Peter’s offers you the best place in the city for a coffee in between planning your Cork trip.
Portafilter offer a great selection of speciality coffee, they serve coffee from the Golden Been, Badger and Dodo and 3fe, along with guest coffees from national micro roasters and roasters throughout Europe.
The guys in Portafilter are also wonderful cooks and provide a delicious selection of coffees, cakes and pastries. You can enjoy these snacks in our courtyard overlooking the medieval streets or hidden away in our secret garden that dates back to the 12th century. Historic coffee!
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