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TourismIrelandCork city will put you right at ease

September 2019

If there’s one thing people from Cork love, it’s Cork. Friendly Corkonians take great pride in Ireland’s most southerly city (they call it the Republic of Ireland’s ‘second capital’). As it winds around the pretty River Lee, you can experience life at a different pace. Great-tasting food, expressive music and bright gardens bursting with fuchsias and palm trees are what matter here.

Introducing Culinary Cork

Cork's English Market

Cork’s culinary legacy has been around a long time. Take the English Market, it’s been dishing up delicious food since 1788, and is the city’s foodie centrepiece. Cork’s Butter Museum regales the creamy tales of the city’s place as the world’s largest butter market; while Fabulous Food Trails Cork lets you indulge your appetite along the way. But there’s a lot more to Cork than just food…

Days beside the sea

Cork is a gateway to the fabulous southwest coast. Take a picturesque train ride along the coastline to Cobh, the Titanic’s final port of call and an incredible fishing village. Or move along the coastline to other charming villages, such as Kinsale, Courtmacsherry or Baltimore, a sailor’s hub. Breathe in the fresh Atlantic air on a seaside walk before stopping for a well-earned lunch – lobster, mussels or crab, anyone? April to November is whale-watching season, and Cork is now one of the best places in the world to observe these gentle giants as they pop up to say hello.

Gardens and castles you’ll love

Blarney Castle

The Blarney Stone, famous for passing on the gift of eloquence to all who kiss it. This may be what draws you to here at first, but the enchanting Blarney castle and gardens will give you the space to contemplate your newfound skills! Visit Garnish Island in Glengariff, filled with rare floral beauties. Fall in love with the romantic setting of Bantry House or the crumbling ruins of Dundanion and Ballinacarriga Castle - these treasures dotted across the county act as fascinating beacons to the past.

Festival happenings

The annual Cork Midsummer Festival (June), transforms the city with music, dance and visual arts; the ever-colourful Cork Pride (August), and mention the word Cork, and musical aficionados will probably have heard of the Guinness Jazz Festival (October) – it’s been THE big ticket on musical calendars since 1978. Film fans should will appreciate the intriguing mix of local and international productions shown at the Cork Film Festival (November) and the Arts Trail Festival (Nov-Dec) puts existing and unusual spaces to good use to present works of art from all over the world – fascinating is an understatement!

Getting around Cork

Take to two wheels and cycle around the city with the Cork City Bike Scheme. Or let Cork City Walking Tours lead the way to the urban highlights. If you fancy taking in the views from the sea, a Cork Harbour and Dolphin Watching Tour will keep everyone entertained! Keep your eye on Cork Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world…it’s lined with reminders of its important status in shipping history, as well as a great spot to get your bearings.


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