With the youth vibe of a university town, the confidence of cultural cornerstone, the pace of a modern metropolis and the food of, well, gods, the city claims to have it all. It has it for all tastes too: foodies, fashionistas and culture vultures will all find a place here.
Food is an obsession in this part of the world. Browse the aisles of ingredients and local specialties at the English Market, then dine at one of the award-winning restaurants, and you’ll appreciate how one feeds the other. Seafood is abundant along the Cork coast so towns such as Kinsale (a hop, skip, bus journey from the city) are known for fabulous fish dinners.
When it’s not eating, Cork likes to dress up. Shopping, from department stores on Patrick Street to the tiny boutiques of the Huguenot Quarter, is a serious pastime. It’s style of a different sort at the city’s mind-expanding, perception-shattering art spaces. From the dream-like stained glass of Irish artist Harry Clarke at the Crawford Gallery, the come-one-come-all poetry readings at the Triskel Centre, to Madame Butterfly being belted out at the Cork Opera House.
If you fancy an excursion, County Cork is peppered with picture-perfect towns that make postcards look shabby. There’s Cobh with its pretty, multicoloured houses and fascinating maritime heritage. There’s also Bantry, where low tide on the rocks at Bantry Bay provides the most romantic of moments.
Cork has it all, but don’t just listen to us, come see for yourself.
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Ever soaked in art in a refurbished church? If you haven’t, head to the Triskel Arts Centre. Perhaps you fancy diving into the fantasy window world of master-stained glass artist Harry Clarke at the Crawford Gallery? Then again, the Fenton Gallery is a bit of a leading light in contemporary art. Decisions, decisions….
Shop ‘til you drop
Cork City is a style haven. Not in a flashy, look-at-me sort of way, just a subtle nod to all things fabulous with a quirky touch and some vintage finds from the Huguenot Quarter. An array of perfectly formed boutiques line the streets as well as the showstopper of a department store: Brown Thomas on Patrick Street.
Dubbed Ireland’s ‘real’ capital by the locals, Cork City moves to a funky beat. The city indulges festival fever in October with Cork Jazz Festival running hand in hand with Cork Fringe. Of course, Cork doesn’t need a festival to get down – it has Saturday nights for that. Live venues including the Everyman Palace, Cyprus Avenue and the Pavilion will always have something on. Pop your peepers at listings of what’s on in Cork City.
Cork city makes for some ultra-convenient day trips. A short bus or train journey leads to a spine-tingling selection of scenery and sights. Pick a town and explore the day away at Kinsale, Blarney or Cobh. A visit to one of these rural jewels is a great way to get the full flavour of Ireland even if you’re only staying in Cork for a short visit.
Cork is well linked by air (you can fly into Cork airport directly from 14 different GB airports) and there’s also a year round ferry service from Swansea into Cork Harbour. If you’re already in Ireland then you have plenty public transport options - by rail (up to 10 zippy services daily from Dublin), and bus (Bus Eireann pop in and out from all over the country daily). Oh, and if you’re steering your own chariot the M7/M8 motorways make the trip quite the pleasure. Talk about being linked in.