Cork city is the 2nd largest city after Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. Whether you love culture, heritage, historic attractions, or you simply want to enjoy eating out, some good nightlife and a bit of shopping, then Cork city is definitely the place for you!
“By the banks of my own lovely Lee”
Cork city founded by St. Finbarr over 1000 years ago – has so much to offer the discerning tourist. A haven of stunning architecture, for example take a look at the City Hall, St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, Christ the King Church, Cork G.P.O. and the Crawford Art Gallery. From an arts and culture point of view, you’re absolutely spoilt for choice in Cork city with a wealth of galleries, museums, dance theatres, artists workshops and the National Sculpture Factory.
With so many attractions it’s very difficult to suggest which ones should be at the top of your “to do list” – but you can’t go very far wrong by visiting Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, Blarney Castle, Cork Butter Museum, Cork City Gaol, the English Market and of course, the Shandon Bells at St. Anne’s, Shandon.
Although the 2nd largest city in Ireland – you can still find your little “slice of heaven” with a visit to Fitzgerald Park. Situated alongside the River Lee, and taking in 18 acres, this is truly a break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Other treasure troves include, Marina Walk, Clover Hill and The Lough.
Cork is a delightful destination for a city break. It has its own international airport, and is also easily accessible by train and bus from other parts of Ireland.
When you stay in Cork city you can take a day trip to kiss the Blarney Stone, visit Fota Wildlife Park or explore the pretty harbour town of Cobh – the last port of call for the Titanic.