The Victorian Quarter Traders Association is very active in the area and has worked in partnership with Cork City Council and others to develop and brand the area.


Cork’s Victorian Quarter is a unique historical destination offering an eclectic mix of speciality retail,hospitality and entertainment experiences. The mix of Victorian architecture, early 20th century
architecture and broad streets adds to a deep rooted sense of history, which pulsates through the area creating a unique and quirky mix of bohemian style and old world grandeur.The area is also home to several educational facilities, from preschool to further education.Established residential areas and several churches complete the diverse mix in this area.


The Victorian Quarter has come to significant prominence in recent years with:

  • The creation and establishment of the Victorian Quarter brand.
  • 18 new businesses opening in the past three years.
  • The Green Spaces for Healthy Cities project is currently focusing on creating greening projects for the area through community engagement.
  • The winning of a national runners-up prize at the prestigious IPB all-island Pride of Place Awards, following a nomination by Cork City Council.
  • Significant capital works completed or planned with the recent upgrade of Horgans Quay and Kent station, construction work to begin in 2018 on Harley Street bridge, and refurbishment of St Patricks Bridge as well as the proposed work on the Metropole Hotel.

Key Project

The branding exercise carried out by the Victorian Quarter Traders Group, has been enormously
successful. The brand has become well established in a relatively short space of time, has a significant online presence and is used frequently in media reports.

Key Future Project

Harley Street Pedestrian-Cycle Bridge.

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