Cork City Breaks

Steeped in history, Ireland's second city is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe's hippest. Built on islands in the River Lee, the many bridges give the city a continental feel which sites elegantly with the Georgian grandeur of its successful past.

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Climb to the top of St Anne's Church for an amazing 360 degree view of the city. You can even have a go at ringing the Shandon Bells yourself. Sample the charm and flavour of life, arm yourself with a guidebook and take the signposted walking tour of the city.

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Must See


must see in cork

Old Midleton Distillery. Visit the world's largest Pot still holding 32,000 gallons of whiskey. 

Cork City Gaol. Experience the sights, sounds and smell of life on the wrong side of the law during the 19th century.

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Must Do

must do in cork

Explore the English Market, a covered food market dating from the early 17th century that specialises in tempting local produce such as smoked salmon and ballycotton potatoes.

A visit to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone is a must for all visitors to Cork.

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Food & Drink

food and drink in cork

At one time the largest butter market in the world, Co Cork is still famous for its dairy produce, with local cheeses winning many awards. The area is seeing a growth in artisan food producers, from Cork's famous pastries to handmade chocolates. Eating out is a favourite pastime and you'll find everything from hearty pub food offering traditional Irish stew and steak and Murphy's pie (you are in Cork now!) to restaurants serving both Irish and International culinary delights.




shopping in cork

Patrick Street is the main shopping area and home to Brown Thomas, the oldest department store in the city as well as the major high street stores. For something different try the French Quarter for interesting book shops, small boutiques specialising in Irish crafts and antiques. Cornmarket Street houses the Coal Quay market - great for second hand goods and antiques.

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