Steeped in rich history, Cork is gaining its own reputation as one of Europe’s hippest cities, bowling you over with its exciting, historical and larger than life character. The locals refer to Cork as the ‘real capital of Ireland’, but we all know it as Ireland’s second city. Like Venice, this compact city is built upon water with the city centre being built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour.
The main thoroughfares of Cork include the North Main Street and Castle Street for the hustle and bustle of city life. Sample the delightful local cuisine at one of the many unique cafes, where you can sit and soak up the city atmosphere. Try a Cork speciality of Tripe and Drisheen, Black and White pudding or perhaps a little bit of Offal? Did you know that the world’s best-selling lager Heineken is also brewed in Cork?
You can ring the Shandon Bells in the Tower of St Anne’s, which stands 50 metres high above the surrounding Shandon neighbourhood. Each one of the towers four clocks used to tell a different time, and that’s where she gained the name of the ‘Four-Faced Liar’.
Situated in the heart of Cork lies St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, and there’s no denying that this Cathedral grabs your attention with the sharp spikes, gurning gargoyles and rich glistening sculpture. Noteworthy features inside the Cathedral include that of the stained glass windows, marble mosaics and more than 1,260 sculptures. Legend has it that the golden angel on the eastern side of the Cathedral will blow its horn when the Apocalypse is due to start!
Other sightseeing opportunities include that of the Cork City Gaol. This unique building is located only a stroll away from Cork city centre, allowing you to step back in time and see what the 19th and early 20th century life was like in this Cork prison.
Further afield, guests will find the remarkable scenery of County Kerry and the intimate town of Killarney. The Kingdom of Kerry is renowned for its dramatically changing characteristics. The climate here is unusually mild in comparison to other areas whilst the prompt changes in light create a location of incredible splendour. The backdrop here is presented in the form of Ireland’s highest mountains; Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. From here, head for Killarney and in particular the breath taking vantage point of Ladies View for an enchanting view over the magnificent lakes below.
The ‘Rebel City’ of Cork is brimming with fascinating and exciting experiences for you to discover; be adventurous, curious and unfold Cork’s history and see where it leads on this port of call.