While the lively arts and music culture of the Cork region will make your heart beat faster, the beautiful scenery and world-class dining will give you plenty of reason to kick back and relax. Cork is the international gateway to ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ and the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ as well as arguably the world’s second largest natural harbour. It is also home to the oldest sailing club in the world, with a wide range of fun water activities – from Europe’s best whalewatching to kayaking at night guided by the bioluminescence of Lough Hyne.
The city is just buzzing with musical talent - both home grown and imported, and has a pulsating traditional music scene which delights both visitors and locals alike. As one of the main cultural hubs of Ireland, the so-called Rebel city is brimming with fascinating and exciting experiences. Cork Public Museum, the Crawford Gallery and Cork City Gaol are ‘must-sees’.
Cork is the Food Capital of Ireland, home to Ballymaloe, the birthplace of modern Irish Cuisine, the famed English Market and also, home to the best artisan food producers in the country. Don’t just take our word for it, as Lonely Planet themselves said, ‘Everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork’.
Cork is brimming with with parks, galleries, shops, restaurants, theatres and historical buildings so visitors are never short of recreational options. Simultaneously it possesses a small-town familiarity and visitors can navigate the city on foot with ease. Cork is widely known as The Food Capital of Ireland and whether you are looking for the crispiest morning waffle or beefiest burger, you will find it in the town. Cork is home to Ireland’s most famous covered food market, the English Market. Check where the Best Eats in Cork are or just go for a wander around the city’s numerous farmers’ markets.
Cork City provides endless entertainment in the form of plays, concerts, exhibitions, shopping and festivals. The city experience would simply not be complete without witnessing a Traditional Irish Music Session. The likelihood of visitors arriving to Cork in a festive season is close to 100 per cent, as the city hosts numerous Festivals throughout the whole year. History lovers will also appreciate the countless Neolithic monuments that scattered all around the county. Cork strong sporting culture will appeal to many as well, as the range of surrounding golf courses, surfing beaches and stadiums fully booked for sporting events is endless. And do not forget that Hurling and Gaelic Football are the country’s national sports and a must see experience, whether personally at the stadium or with a drink and a bite to eat in a homely traditional pub.