Blarney Castle, a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork

Cork, located in the south of Ireland, is a charming and vibrant city that offers a unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty. Known as the “Rebel City” due to its history of resistance against British rule, Cork is a proud and independent city that is steeped in tradition and rich in character.

One of the top attractions in Cork is St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, a stunning Gothic-style cathedral that was built in the 19th century. The cathedral is known for its beautiful stained glass windows and intricate stone carvings. Visitors can also climb the tower for a panoramic view of the city.

Another must-see attraction in Cork is the English Market, a covered market that has been in operation since 1788. The market is a food lover’s paradise, offering a wide variety of fresh seafood, meats, cheeses, and baked goods. It’s also a great place to sample some traditional Irish dishes such as colcannon and boxty.

English Market, Cork.

For those who love the outdoors, Cork is home to a number of beautiful parks and gardens. Fitzgerald Park is a popular spot for a leisurely stroll or a picnic, and it’s also home to the Cork Public Museum. The Cork Botanic Gardens and Cemetery are also worth a visit, while a shadow of its former self it still features a wide variety of plants and flowers from all over the world.

Cork Events & Festivals

The city is also home to a number of festivals throughout the year, including the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival and the Cork Midsummer Festival, which runs this year from 14th-25th June 2023.

Nearby Attractions

Jameson Distillery, Midleton Cork.
Jameson Distillery – Midleton, East Cork

The Jameson Distillery is in Midleton, a town less than 30 minutes drive from Cork City. Tickets start from €26 for the basic tour, which includes whiskey samples!

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