City Access, Shopping Promotions and Tourism

Visiting Cork this Christmas?

It's Great to See You!

See below some tips for transport, parking, shopping and tourism

Whether you live near the City centre or are planning a visit from further afield, please ensure you travel safely - and observe current Health & Safety guidelines

City Access - Parking, Park & Ride

Car Park Christmas opening hours and Park & Ride options this Christmas

To support residents, visitors and business in the lead up to Christmas, Cork City Council has introduced a number of parking initiatives – free parking all week at Black Ash Park and Ride for the month of December, free parking at the Park and Ride at County Hall for the next three weekends , free on-street parking at Douglas on Saturdays and free evening parking at Paul St and North Main St multi-storey car parks on Thursday and Friday for those that enter after 18.30



North Main Street and Paul Street Multi-Storey Car Parks

As with previous years, North Main Street and Paul Street car parks will open early on Sunday mornings in advance of the Christmas period. Free parking is available in both car parks on Thursday and Friday evenings if you enter after 6:30pm. Normal charges will apply outside of these times.

 Paul Street:

o   Open at 09:00 on Sunday Nov 28th

o   Open at 07:30 on Sunday Dec 05th, Dec 12th, Dec 19th

o   Early close at 18.30 on Christmas Eve 24th Dec

o   Closes 18:30 on New Years Eve Dec 31st

o   Closed Christmas Day, Stephen’s Day & New Year’s Day

o   Open at 10:00 on Jan 02nd 2022

Normal 11:30 Sunday opening hours resume will on Jan 09th 2022


North Main Street:

o  Open at 09:00 on Sunday 28th Nov

o  Open at 07:30 on Sunday 05th Dec, 12th Dec, 19th Dec

o   Early close at 18.30 on Christmas Eve 24th Dec

o   Closes 18:30 on New Years Eve 31st Dec

o   Closed Christmas Day, Stephen’s Day & New Year’s Day

Normal 11:30 Sunday opening hours resume on 02nd Jan 2022


Black Ash Park & Ride

o  Open Sundays up to and including 19th Dec, from 11:00 to 20:30

o  Extension of opening hours to 22:00 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning on Thursday 18th November up to and including 23rd December.

o   Early close on Christmas Eve at 18:30

o   Closes 20:30 on New Years Eve 31st Dec

o   Closed Christmas Day, Stephen’s Day & New Year’s Day

Normal operating hours resume on 03rd Jan 2022.


Temporary Park & Ride - County Hall 

Temporary Weekend Park and Ride is running from County Hall for the Christmas season

o  27th Nov and 28th Nov

o  4th Dec and 5th Dec 

o   11th Dec and 12th Dec

o   18th Dec and 19th Dec

More on Cork City Parking at:

Shopping in Cork this Christmas

Thank Cork It’s Christmas!

Cork City Council have for 2021 launched a ‘Thank Cork Its Christmas’ campaign to support the city’s retail, food, hospitality, arts and cultural sectors, to encourage people to support local, to increase awareness of the safe and unique experience available to anyone visiting our city, and to welcome back family, friends and visitors.


This year, tens of thousands of visitors to the city availed of the weatherproofed dining facilities at restaurants and bars on Princes Street. For this Christmas season, Cork’s outdoor dining experience will be even further transformed as bespoke winter hospitality offerings are unveiled on Union Quay, Caroline Street, Beasley Street and Pembroke Street. New parasols, awnings, festoon lighting, windbreaks and purpose-built planters will provide a pleasant and safe dining experience for residents and visitors. 


And, as families and friends return to Cork from around the world, Cork City Council is delighted to launch its ‘Thank Cork it’s Christmas - Roulette Wheel Competition’ in conjunction with Cork Airport and Cork’s Red FM, aimed at encouraging everyone to support local while celebrating the best of Cork retail, hospitality and culture. 


From Friday December 10, once a day, a Red Patroller will hand pick an incoming airline passenger at Cork Airport who they will ask to spin the ‘Thank Cork It’s Christmas’ roulette wheel to win an exclusive prize. Radio advertising encouraging people to support local will run from 10-21 December.

See for more detail on this initiative.


And remember - the Cork Chamber of Commerce gift card is accepted by hundreds of retailers and businesses across Cork

Tourism Information

City Highlights and trips further afield - explore Irelands Ancient East 

As part of Ireland’s Ancient East, Cork City offers visitors history, heritage and landmarks accompanied by artisan food and drink and a strong cultural, musical and artistic vibe.  To find out more to see, do and enjoy while you’re in Cork visit , or