Meet Dublin’s main rival – Cork is playfully dubbed by locals as the ‘real capital of Ireland’. Think cosy pubs, brilliant local food, buzzing museums and incredible live music.
Take a day trip to County Clare’s Cliffs of Moher, voted Irelands best visitor attraction. At the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, the cliffs provide stunning views of the Atlantic on a clear day (make sure to check the weather forecast before you go!).
Visit Midleton, where every drop of Jameson whiskey is produced, to immerse yourself in some local culture by exploring the Jameson Distillery. Mark the occasion by taking home your own personalised bottle of Jameson whiskey as a memento of your visit!
Cork’s coast is lined with breath-taking beaches – Inchydoney Beach in West Cork and idyllic location for a seaside stroll or refreshing dip in the pristine Blue Flag waters. Learn how to ride the waves at one of the nearby surf schools, if you’re already a pro there is equipment rental at the beach, so you don’t have to haul your own board. West Cork is also a whale and dolphin watching sanctuary, with boat tours taking place nearly all year round. It is the perfect opportunity to take in the natural coastal beauty as well as observe the vast range of marine life.
Cork City itself is a host to a range of activities from gigs to sightseeing. The English Market is a lively market filled with colourful displays of locally produced meats, cheeses, fruits and much more. St Fin Barre’s Cathedral is a must see, simply to witness the spectacular French Gothic architecture, marble floor mosaics, and colourful chancel ceiling. After a day of exploring the city, cosy in at one of many pubs throughout the city with excellent draft beers and electric live music. The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival takes over the city in October, with live music at almost every pub, theatre and club!