Steeped in history, Cork City is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s hippest cities. Like Venice, the city is built upon water, and the city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centre are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air.
Exploring Cork is an enjoyable, multi-day pursuit with lots of fun things to do all ages. You will discover unique shopping and dining options, including the English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world, and numerous pedestrian walkways and sidewalks flanked by smart boutiques and major department stores. Check out our Video to get a flavour of what Cork City & County have to offer.
At every corner you’ll come across another panoramic view, interesting architectural features and some of the best art galleries, theatres and museums in Ireland. Ring the Shandon Bells in the 300 year-old tower of St. Anne’s Church, and marvel at the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral.
No visit would be complete without a trip to Blarney Castle, home to the famous Blarney Stone. Tradition says that those who kiss the stone will receive the gift of eloquence.
If cultural overload sets in, there are numerous picturesque fishing villages within easy reach that offer a welcome break to the bustle of the city. Think fishing on the Rivers Lee and Blackwater, sailing in one of the picturesque harbours or having a drop of real Irish stew – there are plenty of breweries and the occasional distillery from which to choose.
If sports are your interest, then visit the local hurling and football, enjoy a round a golf. Or spend an exciting night watching greyhound racing at Curraheen Park – a unique experience.
Whether strolling down historical streets, shopping, exploring the surrounding countryside, or simply basking in the City’s hospitality, Cork City is an experience always to be remembered and cherished.