Winthrop Arcade, Winthrop Street, Cork City

Sale Agreed
  • Area 640 Sq.M
  • Type Investment property


The upcoming sale of The Winthrop Arcade presents a unique opportunity to acquire a part of Ireland’s retail history. As the first retail Arcade built in Ireland, this is the jewel in Cork’s retail crown.

The iconic Winthrop Arcade opened in March 1926, connecting Winthrop Street with Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork’s prime retail area. Winthrop Arcade was designed by the celebrated Architects Levie & Chillingworth, who were responsible for some of the city’s landmark commercial premises. Their work includes the Roches Stores building, Eagle Printing Works, Beamish & Crawford Brewery, Odlums building and the redesign of the Victoria and Imperial Hotels. An article in the Cork Examiner dated 8th March 1926 highlighted the exceptional materials used in the construction of the Arcade, including marble, mosaic, mahogany, oxidised copper and decolite.

Architecturally, the Arcade conforms with Tudor style externally and little has changed since it was constructed. Internally the elegant art deco style is reminiscent of the wonderful European arcades of the period. Almost all of the original architectural features are retained, in particular the glass dome, mahogany shop fronts and bronze display windows. Connecting the two primary retail streets in the heart of Cork city, the arcade retains all its original charm and elegance. The Winthrop Arcade was originally configured as 12 retail units. The expansion of a number of tenant businesses has resulted in the current seven unit layout which is home to some of Cork’s best known and well established independent retailers, including Best of Buds, Monreal, Cocoa Chocolateria and Joe Bros.

Note: This sale includes 9 Robert Street, a semi-independent building to the main premises.


Approx. 640 Sq. M. / 6,889 Sq. Ft.
Superb investment opportunity
Opened in 1926
Prime city centre location
Home to some of Cork’s best known and established independent retailers
Designed by celebrated architects Levie & Chillingworth
Total passing rent available in brochure details

BER Details

BER: Exempt


The above details are for guidance only and do not form part of any contract. They have been prepared with care but we are not responsible for any inaccuracies. All descriptions, dimensions, references to condition and necessary permission for use and occupation, and other details are given in good faith and are believed to be correct but any intending purchaser or tenant should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact but must satisfy himself / herself by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them. In the event of any inconsistency between these particulars and the contract of sale, the latter shall prevail. The details are issued on the understanding that all negotiations on any property are conducted through this office.

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