Cork at a glance
Referred to by its inhabitants as the ‘real capital of Ireland’, Cork is a short break destination with a youthful vibe and regional culture that gives it a distinct atmosphere all its own. The heart of the city is literally its own island, separated on all sides by the River Lee, while narrow 17th century streets and cultural landmarks combine with modern shopping centres, restaurants and pubs to create a rich short break experience.
Cork evolved from a settlement that sprung up around a monastery founded on the banks of the River Lee by Saint Finbar some 1,400 years ago. Acting as an outpost for descendants of settlers from Wales, Normandy and England, the city’s early history was ridden with hostile encounters from the surrounding Gaelic countryside, causing it to be at one time completed housed within a fortified wall, some of which still remains today.
Major universities in Cork give the city a youthful flare with plenty of art centres, cafés and shops renewing the city to modern standards. But don’t let the contemporary attractions fool you into believing nothing of the old Cork remains. The city thrives on a pride for its own culture and history. Georgian buildings still preside over much of the city, while popular sites such as the Blarney Stone and St Fin Barre’s Cathedral continue to attract a multitude of visitors each year.
Traditional music is also an integral part of the city, with a history dating back to the Cork’s founding. The Music Library, established in 1978, works to preserve musical traditions, with regular recitals held each year. There are also many pubs and bars throughout the city that play host to live music nights.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- A weekend short break
- Art, culture and music
Cork’s small city centre is easily explored by foot. For those looking to venture further out into the suburbs or neighbouring towns, there is a Citybus network, with most buses departing from St Patrick’s Street.
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- All travel and transfers on days of your choice (not just Saturday to Saturday!)
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- Important information
Population 119,230 Languages English Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
- Average temperatures
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- Interesting facts
Hop in a taxi to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone.
- Featured accommodation
- Distance from airports
Cork 8 km
- Railway stations