Steeped in history, Cork City is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s hippest cities. Like Venice, the city is built upon water, and the city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centre are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air. Exploring Cork is an enjoyable, multi-day pursuit. Ring the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St. Anne’s Church, and marvel at the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral.

Apart from all that great comedy, you’ll discover unique shopping and dining options, including the English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world, and numerous pedestrian walkways and sidewalks flanked by smart boutiques and major department stores. At every corner you’ll come across a new panoramic view, another interesting architectural feature and some of the best art galleries, theatres and museums in Ireland.

Getting Here
An extensive network of road, rail and flight links makes travel to Cork quick and convenient. Fly direct into Cork Airport, which is adding routes every year. As Ireland’s second largest city, Cork enjoys easy access to Ireland’s excellent motorway network making it surprisingly quick and easy to get here by car; for example, it takes just over 2 hours to drive from Dublin and we’re just 1 hour 20 minutes from Shannon Airport. More travel info is available here.

Visitor Info
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