Cork

Ireland

One of Ireland’s beautiful hidden gems, Cork is a place worth visiting if you’re looking for a unique citytrip. 
Cork is the second largest city in Ireland, located in the the south of the country. The city is over 800 years old and is actually on an island in the middle of the river Lee. The island is connected to the coast with several bridges and is therefore also an important seaport for Ireland.

what to do?

TOURS

Because of the beautiful surroundings and the hilly streets, it’s a great place to do a walking tour. If you want something different, you can even decide to do a ghost tour, exploring the city’s local ghost stories. Or if whiskey is more your thing, it’s possible to do a whiskey walk or visit a breweryThere are also day trips that include some interesting sights in surrounding towns, for example this tour to Blarney and Cobh.

SIGHTS

You should also make sure to pay a visit to the English Market while you’re in Cork, a market place with many small shops and stalls. If you’re in the mood for more shopping you can go to St. Patrick’s street, a street full of shops and department stores. For some cultural activities you can go to the Cork Public Museum or check out some of the cathedrals in Cork. Another attraction worth checking out is the City Gaol, an old prison that has been turned into a museum.

FOOD & DRINK

Regardless where you’re going on your citytrip, you have to try out some of the local food! For breakfast, make sure to have the famous “Full Irish”, the Irish take on the Full English Breakfast. Boxty or an Irish Stew is an interesting option for dinner. You will find most of these dishes in all of Cork’s traditional restaurants and pubs. And of course, when you’re in Ireland you can’t forget about the beer. Check out the many bars and pubs in the city, or if you’re interested you can join a pub crawl.

how to get there?

Cork has an airport that is located 10 minutes from the city centre. Several big airlines fly to this airport, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Flybe and British Airways. Once you’re at the airport you can take a bus or a taxi to the city centre. It is also possible to go to Cork by sea, you can take the ferry from Roscoff in France, Santander in Spain or if you plan on visiting Dublin before your trip to Cork you can take a ferry from there. The city has a train station that makes it easy to travel to other local towns if you’re interested.

tips

1. Get a TFI leap card for public transportation in Ireland. It saves you 30%!

2. Visit Cork on St Patricks day, March 17th! On this day the Irish celebrate their culture, the city will be full of events and parties.

3. When you’re planning your visit to Cork, check out the city’s calendar to see if there’s any special events taking place during your visit.