The English Market

Situated in the heart of Cork City, the English Market is a roofed food market and has been trading since 1788. Developed and still owned by Cork City Council, the Market is one of the oldest municipal markets of it’s kind in the world.


The English Market

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The Market was created in 1788 by the Protestant or “English” corporation that controlled the city at that time. It was a new flagship municipal market located at the heart of the new commercial city centre. 

Following it’s opening in August 1788 the original market gradually took shape over the following years, under the supervision of a special corporation committee. The committee decided to create additional fish, fowl and vegetable markets adjoining the original core meat market.

Showcasing local and traditional produce on critically-acclaimed plates of food, the Farmgate Restaurant in the gallery of Princes Street Market opened in 1994. Shaping it’s menu from the finest of produce on sale from the stalls below, the Farmgate encapsulates the very essence of the values that have sustained the English Market across four centuries.

Address: Grand Parade, Co. Cork




  • In May 2011, HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visited Cork on the final day of the Queen’s State Visit to Ireland. 
  • The Queen paid a visit to the English Market, where The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Michael O’Connell, took her on a tour of the food aisles where she met with the Market traders, being shown samples of fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese, and other farm produce at various stalls.
  • Near the English Market fountain, the Queen unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit to the Market.
  • The Lord Mayor presented the Queen with a silver brooch depicting Cork’s famous butter market, which was specially commissioned to commemorate her visit.
  • Tom Durcan, Chairman of the Traders Committee, presented Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with a hamper of local produce from the vendors in the market. 

Take a guided tour of the cork English Market provided by The Cork City Council. 

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