St Peter’s Cork

A free visitor attraction, event and exhibition centre 

St. Peter’s is a unique collaboration space in the heart of Cork City that can be used by all. St Peter’s is rich in history, culture and one of Cork’s oldest buildings.

St. Peter’s is a free tourist attraction in the heart of Cork city. With a full programme of arts and entertainment it’s a must see attraction for both tourists and locals.

Pop in and soak up some local culture while enjoying some food and drink from the very cool Portafilter Cafe on site.

For more information on the centre and for private venue booking enquiries call: 0214278187 or email: [email protected]

St. Peter’s Events

Throughout the year the will be hosting a range of wonderful public exhibitions and events as well as various private events.
Explore what’s happening right now in St. Peter’s Cork.

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A City By The See!

Cork has been pivotal to the history of Ireland for a thousand years but the city and harbour also have astonishingly strong connections to the history of the wider world. In the medieval age, ships were constantly rolling into the harbour from France, Portugal and Spain. Then came the Tudor explorers en route to the New World, or Algerian pirates dragging unfortunate captives back to the old one. By the 18th century the city had the utterly vital role of provisioning the ships of the British Empire in times of war. That carried on into the First World War when the harbour was absolutely key to preventing this part of the world from being conquered by the German Navy. Add in all the tales of emigrants and smugglers, shipwrecks and fishermen, and you fetch up with an incredibly rich and diverse story that I have thoroughly enjoyed researching.’- Turtle Bunbury, Curator of A City by the Sea

Set amid the marshlands of the River Lee, Cork has been a maritime hub since records began. This exhibition depicts Cork’s history in a dynamic, thought provoking and often humorous manner that can be enjoyed by all ages. The exhibition is a collection of maps, paintings, original photographs and short stories to take the visitor on a journey through Cork’s rich and varied history with the harbour and the River Lee.

A City by the Sea will be St. Peter’s Cork’s headline exhibition for 2017 and will also feature a number of smaller local and national exhibitions throughout the year.

A City by the Sea Event Information

Date: Throughout 2017

Venue: St. Peter’s ground floor

Admission:  Free Entry


  • Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday to Wednesday – 10 am – 5 pm
  • Thursday to Saturday – 10 am – 6 pm
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays – 11 am – 3 pm

For more information on the centre and for private venue booking enquiries call: 0214278187 or email: [email protected]

The History of St. Peter’s

There is also a room devoted to the fascinating history of St Peter’s Cork, where a church has stood since the 13th century, right in the heart of the medieval walled-town of Cork.

The 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.

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 LW Management were awarded the management contract to operate St. Peter’s.

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