This is a perfect walk for visitors who have some time on their hands and would like to see what part of Corks western suburb has to offer.

 
You can make this walk or stroll as long or as short as you like and in fact for fitness fanatics this route can be used as a decent enough (albeit a busy) running or walking track.
This article is intended for those who want to take it a little easier, familiarise themselves with the city and learn a little about Corks history.
 
On a fine day you should pack a mini picnic to eat at Fitzgeralds Park.   Everything you require can be purchased in the nearby English Market on Grand Parade (closed on Sundays)
 
The Walk begins and ends at the junction of Grand Parade and Washington Street.   A good place to start. If you don’t already have a map, you can pick up a free A3 version of the city from the Tourist Office on Grand Parade.
This walk can be done briskly in one hour or at a slower pace, which will take 90 minutes to 2 hours.   This article does not include extended stops/rests, so factor them in.
 
The start point at the junction of Grand Parade is also known to Corkonians as either Finns Corner or Singers Corner.   The reason might appear obvious to you as you walk by the shops on either corner!!!
Walk west, out along Washington Street, preferably on the right hand side of the street.   The large grey wall on your right is the sidewall of Saint Augustines Church.   (HISTORY: The Augustinians established an Abbey in Cork between the years 1270 and 1288)
 
The first side crossroads you come to is North Main Street on your right and South Main Street on your left.   Very famous Cork Streets.   North Main Street is one of Corks oldest shopping streets, while South Main street is home to the famous Beamish Brewery.   Both these streets were the original entrances to medieval Cork.   Both had gates at the North gate bridge and South Gate Bridge.
 
At this junction take a right turn onto North Main Street and then an almost immediate left turn onto Liberty Street.
You will almost immediately come upon the red-bricked Saint Francis Church on your right.   HISTORY: It was built in 1953)
 
Keep walking straight through the next junction and you will now be in Sheares Street. Note the Mardyke Leisure Centre on the left, and soon after on your right is the rear of the very famous Mercy Hospital.   The original building (which is still in use) was originally built as the Lord Mayors residence at this location as the city fathers could not afford to purchase land any closer to the city centre!!   HISTORY: It was converted to a hospital in 1852)
Keep walking straight through the junction and you are now on Dyke Parade.   The grey old building on the corner is part of the UCC Campus, and shortly after this the newer brown-bricked building is one of Corks boys Secondary Schools. (Presentation Brothers)
Stay walking on this side of the road.   On the left is the unkempt Erinville Maternity hospital, where thousands of Corkonians were brought into this world.   Thankfully the great work taking place in this facility is to be relocated soon.
You are now on the Mardyke walk (originally called the Meer Dyke) and notice soon the Cork Cricket Grounds and shortly after this Fitzgeralds Park where there is a small museum and a café, just inside the gate.   HISTORY: Fitzgeralds Park was created in 1905. It was named after Mayor Edward Fitzgerald who organised an International Exhibition on this site in 1902 .
Fitzgeralds Park is right on the banks of the River Lee.   It is a small park but worth investigating.  
While you are there see if you can find the very famous Dalys Bridge or, as it is more commonly known ‘The Shaky Bridge’.    You’ll see why when you find it.   It’s a good place to take some photos.   The bridge is on the North West edge of the park, just outside the gate.   The bridge leads to Corks North side and in fact if you are interested in visiting the Cork City Gaol, then this is the route you should take.   HISTORY:The Shaky Bridge was opened in 1927, it was named after James Daly a man who contributed a lot to it’s construction.
 
When you have finished your stroll around the park come back out the Main gate and walk through the little laneway just across the road.   This will bring you onto the Western Road.   Walk left here which will bring you East and heading back towards your start point.
This part of the Western road is very well known to tourists who use the Guesthouses and B&B’s that you are now passing on the left.
 
Note the very famous UCC grounds on the right across the road.   HISTORY: UCC was originally called Queens College.  It was designed by Sir Thomas Deane and was visited for it’s opening by Queen Victoria in August 1849  (Just inside the main gate is the new Glucksman Gallery, worth a visit, and there is a café there too.)
Continuing on down Western road notice the south channel of the River Lee on your right.  
Across the Lee in the distance you should see the three spires of Saint Finbarres Cathedral, soon to be obliterated from view by a new hotel and apartment complex.
One of Corks only completely vegetarian restaurants is on the left hand side of the road, it is called Café   Paradiso, and its address is Lancaster Quay, which will shortly lead onto Washington Street named after George Washington.   HISTORY: It was opened in 1824 and was originally called Great Georges Street after the British monarch.
 
On your walk back towards the Grand Parade, note the Kino Cinema on the left, Corks famous art house cinema and worth checking out if you have time to see a movie (or a film as we say in Cork !).   
It is on Washington Street that much of Corks student nightlife happens.    Any of the pubs here are worth a visit whether or not you are a student.
Note the very obvious and imposing Cork Court House on the left, completed in 1835 and its inside completely destroyed by fire in 1890.   Its stone structure has recently been cleaned up – just for you.
You are now only minutes away from your start point, time to head to one of Corks oldest bars – the Oyster Tavern, at Market Lane for a well deserved pint . This hostelry is just around the corner on Patricks Street and it’s the first lane on your right.
Enjoy.