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Cork Butter Museum

Sample Cork’s Butter Museum
The growth and success of Cork’s butter history has been captured and is presented at the Cork Butter Museum in Shandon.

Dairy culture has been a part of Cork since the 1700’s and has transpired into an internationally successful business, due to Cork’s butter exchange. 

The museum is a dedication to butter production through the ages from cattle raiding, and butter preservation, to dairy culture and how valuable foods were a measure of wealth and social standing. You will discover how butter travelled across the ‘butter’ roads from the country to the butter exchange and see first-hand the equipment used. 

Be sure to watch all videos while touring. There is one which focuses the famous Kerry Group and another which takes you through the agonizing process of making butter by hand. A truly inspiring educational activity.

The exchange closed in 1924, and the Shandon Craft Centre and the Firkin Crane Centre are now in it’s place. The Firkin Crane Centre is a venue for dance performances and takes its name from the firkin measure of weight, which was checked on a crane. 

Free admission to Cork Butter Museum is available every Friday in July, August and September. At other times of the year the entrance fee is €4.00 for adults and €3.00 for seniors and students. Those under 12 years of age are admitted free of charge.

Cork Butter Museum Opening Times
March – October 10:00am – 5:30pm*
July – August 10:00am – 6:00pm*
*Times may vary

Cork Butter Fact
Did you know, Irish butter ended up being sold unbranded and very cheaply in the UK until the 1960s.
Cork’s butter exchange was the largest exporter of butter, exporting as much as 500,000 casks each year.

For more information on Cork Butter Museum, call: 00353 (0)21 4300600 or click here to visit their website. 

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Book your stay at the 4 Star luxury Maryborough Hotel and Spa with a choice of deluxe, executive and spa guestrooms. Then sit back and plan your perfect holiday visiting Cork Butter Museum plus a host of other attractions and activities in Cork.

Maryborough Hotel and Spa, Maryborough Hill, Douglas, Cork, Ireland, T12 XR12.
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