Cork City has been listed among “the Top 10 Best Cities to Visit” in the Lonely Planet Guide’s “Best in Travel 2010” (RTE News, 3 November 2009).
Have a look at this video to get a taste:
We are 20 minutes from the centre of this wonderfully vibrant regional capital. It is a University city (UCC established 1849) and also boasts several other third level colleges. It therefore has a large population of Irish and international students which adds a youthful energy to an historically interesting city.
The city is home to several art galleries, museums, The National Sculpture Factory, dance theatres and artist workshops. The city also boasts a year-long calendar of festivals including lots of music – traditional, folk, jazz, and choral – and a 55 year-old film festival among others.
The city is actually older than many more famous European cities. It was established over 1,000 years ago by St. Finbarr. The city centre is built on an island in the River Lee and is an exciting collection of fascinating little streets with excellent restaurants, pubs and cafes around the main shopping street, Patrick’s Street. It’s an ideal place to spend a day – checking out one of the many historical attractions, having a coffee, shopping or catching some music in one of the many venues in town. Although Cork is the second biggest city in Ireland, Cork feels more like a small town; cosy, safe and very interesting.
We are also 20 minutes from the beach, and you will be spoiled for choice as there are many gorgeous beaches nearby. During the summer it is hot enough to enjoy a day lazing on the beach. In the winter we often go walking on the beach or in the beautiful local forests. Check out this amazing video of the Cork landscape and coastline!
There are many wonderful places to discover in the South of Ireland. Through the years we have compiled a treasure trove of information about nearby castle’s and cathedrals, historic strolls, and permanent attractions in Cork city that you can avail of. Whether you are interested in Ireland’s nature (islands, tours, country and wildlife parks) or it’s culture and history (heritage week, music festivals, culinary experiences) we will be able to provide you with all the information you’ll need!