Top attractions in Cork
Cork is known for the beautiful hills that preserve pockets of Irish history in their valleys. A town meant for the meanderer, Cork's hilly landscapes are topped by many a scenic bridge, allowing visitors to savor the big charm of this small city no matter where in Cork they visit.
The Cork City Gaol is a former prison and present day museum. The prison was famous for a big breakout in the 1920s and today there are mannequins recreating the prison's past.
The Church of St. Anne sits on a large hill, with a view of the River Lee. Be sure to take in the bells, which you can ring yourself. They were made famous by Francis Sylvester Mahony's song "The Bells of Shandon"
The Blackrock Castle is a 16th century castle that now houses an observatory and visitors center. Cork's castle even hosts a restaurant with many diverse options, including meals suitable for vegetarians.
Covered markets in the United Kingdom are something of a tradition. Look no further than Cork's English Market to taste local fare from family run stalls, and to sample some of the regions organic products.
Built by the one and only Cormac Macarthy, Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's national treasures. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney stone, also called the stone of eloquence, you'll never be lost for words again.
The famous Blarney stone is found at the top of Blarney Castle. The stone itself is Carboniferous limestone and is said to give the gift of gab to whoever kisses it.
Built in a Victorian style by William Burges in 1863, Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral is done in the French style that the architect favored. Sunday services occur twice in the morning and once in the evening.
Accessible by boat, Spike Island was going to house a new prison and was instead turned into a historical site. The island is well located and was often used for defense. Today it is possible to take a guided tour of the island.
Two time winner of 'Ireland's Best Shopping Street', St. Patrick's street was just redeveloped in 2004 and has heaps of Irish labels. Known affectionately as Pana, the high street dates back to the 18th century.
After a long day of sightseeing and touring, nothing is better than a picnic in Fitzgerald Park. You can also enjoy a skatepark, sculpture garden, and pond filled with water lilies.
The summer is the most popular time to visit Ireland. In the fall and spring it tends to rain often, but you get to see the landscape in a state of flux. The winters can be cold, but prices are often best.
We recommend staying near Fitzgerald park. The park borders Cork Museum and Riverview Café, and you can enjoy the Cork nightlife as well as a night stroll through grassy Fitzgerald park.
Getting into Cork from other cities in Ireland is done easily and quickly via the motorways. Getting around the city itself can be done on foot, by bus, or by taxi. Public transportation in Cork is generally run by Irish Rail.
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- April-May the weather is warming up and popular Cork Choral Festival takes place with visitors attending from all over the world. Summer is ideal for warmer days and less rain.
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What people are saying about Cork
The guides were knowledgable, friendly and funny and we made a lot of stops, which was exactly what I wanted. The scenery was beautiful and amazing. The only thing I would personally change is a longer stop in Killarney, as I wanted to visit the town, but since we were coming from Cork, I know that time was limited. I was very pleased and would recommend it to a friend.
The trip is very well organised and the Cliffs of Moher are something everyone should see in Ireland! The driver was a very nice person and made us laugh fo the whole trip that was not boring at all that way. I just think it would be better staying more there. In my opinion the time we spent at the Cliffs was not enough. Amazing though!!
Jim was a great guide who shared a lot of interesting and detailed information about the places we visited. He also sings and tells stories! The scenery was gorgeous! Just wish we’d had more time at each spot. I think I’ll come back some day and just soend my time on the west coast!
It was all beautiful. The guide was exceptional, helpful and polite helpful. The places were beautiful especially the western part of the coasts. The time available to visit the places was a bit 'reduced given the amount of things to see but then nothing to object. Good experience
Fantastic trip. Was a small group so got to know the fun loving, singing guide! Only problem was the Blaney Stone was at the top of the castle and I don't do heights to well. Yet the people there were helpful and encouraging!