This cosmopolitan city on the coast is bursting with culture and boasts a fantastically dramatic coastline ready to entertain your adventures
Cork is a two and a half hour drive away from Dublin. The Lee river divides this cosmopolitan city and winds its way through to end at one of the world’s largest natural harbours. It has a dynamic culture and plenty of exciting attractions.
Many of the fine restaurants, shops and bars are housed in the city’s Georgian buildings. This is a great destination for foodies - Cork’s food market was voted one of the best food markets in Europe by Observer Food Monthly. For something a little different why not visit the Cork Butter Museum, to learn the history of the dairy industry up to the present day?
There’s also a flourishing arts scene in Cork, The Crawford Art Gallery houses over 2,000 pieces and the glass-fronted opera house hosts theatre shows throughout the year.
Everyone will love visiting St Anne’s church, Shandon. It's one of the most famous buildings in the city and great fun as you can climb up to the observation deck for delightful views of the city – you can even have a go at ringing the bells. The Georgian-Gothic style City Gaol is another impressive building that’s often mistaken for one of Ireland’s fine castles. In fact it was a prison that stopped functioning in this capacity in 1923 after the Irish Civil War. This is now a museum with waxworks to give you a taste of jail life.
For a break from the city you can head for Ballycotton and take a stunning clifftop walk with picturesque views. And less than eight miles away from Cork is Fota Island, it has the gorgeous 19th century Fota House with pretty gardens and arboretum. There's also a wildlife park, which is a fantastic day out for families and a resort with golf course and hotel for a touch of luxury.
If you love whiskey the Jameson Experience in Midleton is about a 30-minute drive from Cork city centre. It’s based in the original distillery and although the whiskey is no longer distilled here you can take a tour and taste a drop.
The lively Cork Midsummer Festival in June showcases music, theatre, dance, visual arts and more. The Cork Jazz festival in October attracts some big names in the music industry. So if you plan to travel to either of these festivals book with us today.