St. Peter's Cork is a free visitor and exhibition centre located in one of the city's oldest churches and in the medieval heart of Cork city. The history of St. Peter’s Church dates back to 1270 when King Henry III granted patronage of the church to the Bishop of Cork. St. Peter’s church was a prominent place of worship until it was deconsecrated in 1949.
Today, you can visit St. Peter's Cork and its free heritage and art exhibitions, showcasing Cork history and local artists' work. The 'A City by the Sea' exhibition is the perfect way to discover Cork's rich maritime past and provides a colourful chronology of Cork City's history along with old photographs and maps for Cork through the years. St Peter's Main exhibit is the "Battle for Cork", accompanied by the "Changing of the Guard". There is also an in-house café serving specialty coffee. St. Peter’s Cork has an excellent café, Cloud 10 Coffee. Oana & Dan and the team take every coffee to heart and to the next level. We serve Badger & Dodo coffee to elevate the senses and create a rich dreamy cup of coffee for those days when you need one. We also have a great selection of pastries and cakes. Our wine is from Le Caveau Wine Merchants. On a sunny day, enjoy a coffee in St. Peter's secret garden.
The Battle for Cork, fought between the National Army and Anti-Treaty IRA in August 1922, was one of the most significant military operations in the Irish Civil War. This exhibition will capture scenes from that battle taken by photographer William David Hogan. Born in Quartertown, Mallow, Co. Cork, Hogan was a commercial and press photographer who had a studio in Henry Street in Dublin. During the Civil War he became what today would be known as an ‘embedded’ photographer with the National Army and he accompanied that force during the Battle for Cork.
The photographs he took during that time were subsequently arranged by National Army Chaplain, Fr. Denis J. Wilson. Today they are known as the Hogan-Wilson Collection and are held in the National Library of Ireland.
We also stock a full selection of city walking trails and up to date tourist information, our venue team are also on hand to help with any queries you may have. Need to know what's going on in Cork? Call in, we'll let you know!