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Butter Making Tools on display

Butter Museum in Cork


Learn About the World's Largest Butter Trade


The Cork Butter museum celebrates one of Ireland’s great commercial success stories: the butter trade. From early home butter making, to the 19th century Butter Exchange and today’s international success of the Kerrygold brand.


The Early Ireland collection introduces your group to the practice of preserving butter in the bogs, why milk cows were so important in medieval Ireland and why cattle raiding was a threat. On the ground floor, the entire history of butter making equipment in Ireland is on display. One highlight of the exhibition is a keg of one-thousand-year old butter.


The Cork Butter Exchange, which developed into the largest butter market in the world from the 18th century onward, is explored in-depth in its own gallery.


Is your group still hungry for more culinary attractions? Then pay a visit to Cork’s famous English Market – an indoor market full of delicious local produce.



Photo Gallery
Early Butter Making Equipment
Butter Kegs on dispay
Useful Information
Opening Hours

Opening Hours

November to February: Sat & Sun, 11:00am – 3:00pm.
March to October: Daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm.


Notes for Group Leaders

Max 20 pax for guided group tour. Larger group visits will be staggered subject to availability.

Duration of Visit

1 hour approximately



O'Connell Square, Shandon, Cork, Ireland

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