Destination: County Cork
Famous Irish city steeped in history and with its unique rich Irish culture.
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Introducing County Cork
Steeped in history, Ireland's third city Cork is becoming one of Europe's hippest cities. We can trace back the history of the city some 1400 years ago when a monastery was founded. The city became an important seaport and gradually climbed up the steep banks on both sides of the River Lee. The city is pretty unique because it has been built upon water, and the city centre is on an island in the River Lee so that you find yourself constantly crossing bridges. The best way to see Cork and is to walk: there is a very helpful and free signpost Walking Tour. You can get the booklet with lots of information about the different places of Cork from the tourist office and set off to explore the hilly streets and meet the people! Though Cork used to be in the shadow of its rival Dublin, it's now getting a cultural reputation to rival the capitals. Since 2005 when Cork was nominated European Capital of Culture, the transformation of the city continues apace with plenty of new buildings, bars and arts centres. The best of the city is still happily traditional though – snug pubs with live music sessions most of the week, excellent local produce in an ever-expanding list of restaurants and a genuinely proud welcome from the locals.
Want to visit County Cork?
Time to spend here: 3 hours - 1 day
More Information: Tourist Information website
What's nearby? Kinsale, Killarney
What transport do you recommend? Much of Cork city can be navigated on foot and of course local transport is available in both standard and traditional forms!
Did you know? Cork invented steeplechasing!