Seen as Ireland’s second city, Cork in the South West of the country is a brilliant city which alongside its extremely welcoming spirit, offers a wealth of history, culture and outdoor activities to keep you intrigued.
Cork is a city steeped in history so be sure to discover its many great churches and treasures. Marvel at the beautiful stained glass and mosaics of the 14th century St. Fin Barre's Cathedral or why not climb the Shandon Tower in St Anne’s Church to see not only the ancient bells but also get superb views across the city. If you are a bit of a foodie then you will love to wander around the much loved English Market which is bursting with great stalls offering high quality local and imported produce as well as a restaurant and café to sample some of the great food on offer here.
From the Cork City Gaol to the Cork Public Museum, the city has an abundance of great museums so you are sure to find something to suit every taste. Furthermore not far from the city is the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory which offers visitors not only a tour of the castle but also a highly interesting science centre and an award winning interactive astronomy exhibition.
Again, venture out of the city to the Blarney Castle where you can not only discover the Blarney stone but also roam around this fantastic castle and its grounds complete with waterfalls, poison garden and lake walk. Another favourite is the Fota Wildlife Park, an impressive, not-for-profit Wildlife Park focused on conservation which boasts a large variety of wildlife from giraffes, red pandas, kangaroos and more.