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Cork city

Riverside walks, quirky museums and an 18th century food market – make a beeline for the city of Cork
County Cork
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15mins from Cork Airport

Cork city

Southern comfort


Is Cork the best place in the world? Cork folk certainly think so. This breezy, cosmopolitan spot in Ireland’s southwest inspires a devotion in its locals that few other places can rival.

And it’s easy to see why. Sitting proudly on an island in the middle of the River Lee, Cork’s feelgood buzz surges through its hip coffee shops, vibrant art galleries, off-beat museums and seriously good pubs. Despite being a city, there’s a decidedly towny feel here – life is laidback, nothing is too much hassle.

Pleasantly compact, friendly and with a wry sense of humor, Cork does things its own way, which makes a break here feel totally unique. Enjoy a gig in a beautiful converted church, explore an eerie 19th century jail and go on a whirlwind tour of traditional tastes at the food mecca of the English Market.

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Cork City Gaol, Cork city

A Cork adventure

Get a taste of what Cork has to offer with nine great things to do in the city, from a tour of one of Europe’s top food markets to a magnificent castle-like 19th century jail.

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Top things to do in Cork

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Cork tastes amazing

A historic food market, rich culinary traditions and forward-thinking chefs mean Cork is at the top of its game when it comes to food.

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Titanic tales and tempting towns


Head out of the city and you’ll find compelling Titanic tales, romantic castles and pretty seaside towns, all within easy reach. A good first choice is the charming and colorful port of Cobh, set in one of the world’s finest natural harbors – it was here that Titanic last set sail, an event commemorated in the Titanic Experience Cobh. You can also visit Spike Island, “Ireland’s Alcatraz” from Cobh – a short ferry ride across Cork Harbour.

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Cobh Harbour, County Cork

A totally different side of Ireland’s history is contained within Blarney Castle, a medieval stronghold, with dungeons, gardens, caves and the famous Blarney Stone. And if you fancy delving into more of Cork’s famous food culture, then head to the gorgeous town of Kinsale, or check out the much lauded Midleton Farmers Market in the town of the same name, followed by lunch at the celebrated Sage Restaurant.

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Blarney Castle, County Cork

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Blarney House & Gardens

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Shandon Bells, St Anne's Church, Shandon

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Paradiso

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Market Lane

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Fota Wildlife Park

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Crawford Art Gallery

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English Market

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Cork Ghost Tour

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Cork Butter Museum

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Cork Opera House Theatre

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Cork Fab Food Trail

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Maryborough Hotel & Spa

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