Almost forty landmark buildings in Cork city will open to the public this year as part of the city's annual heritage open day.

Now in its 15th year, the general public is being encouraged to take up the invitation to see behind doors normally closed to them.

Run almost entirely on a voluntary basis, and free of charge, the city's Masonic Hall will be among the 38 buildings to open on 17 August.

Other buildings include Cork City Hall, Murphy's Brewery, Elizabeth Fort and AIB 66 South Mall.

The public will also be able to go on a number of themed walks around the city centre, including a 'Medieval to Modern' walk along the streets and lanes of what was once medieval CorK.

According to Cork City Council, "the success of the event lies with the people behind the buildings who open their doors willingly every year to allow the public a glimpse of the amazing and unique built heritage of Cork City. Without the generosity of the building owners, this event would not happen."

Details of the buildings that will open to the public can be found online.