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Cork Tourist Information & Travel Guide

Feb 6, 2008
Cork City is the 2nd city in the republic with a population of just under 120,000. Set on an Island in the river Lee Cork or in Irish "Corcaigh" means marsh or wetland.

Easily accessible for the tourist, Cork boasts a new and improved airport which offers greater flexibility and choice to its commuters and tourists. Excellent public transport by road, rail and ferry allows for easy navigation into and out of the city for the modern traveler. The Cork City tour bus operates daily from March and gives you a snapshot of what the city has to offer.

The impressive ornate French Gothic spires of Saint Finbarre's Cathedral is a beautiful building and a must see. Saint Anne's Church built in the 18th Century offers panoramic views of the city and it is from here where you can ring the famous Shandon bells.

Cork is renowned for its vibrant cultural scene and cutting edge theatres. Crawford Art Gallery offers over 2000 works ranging from 18th century Irish and European paintings to modern day emerging local artists. Cork hosts a wide variety of world class festivals each year ranging from Jazz to folk, literary and film. The purpose built opera house host national and international performances ranging throughout the year ranging from ballet to comedy, drama and a wide variety of concerts.

Known the world over for their friendliness and warmth the "Corkonians" create an electric atmosphere in the city that makes you feel truly welcome. With active colleges and universities attended by thousands each year the city has a young and modern feel! Live music and a host of pubs, clubs and trendy wine bars means the city is buzzing at night. There is nightlife to suit people of all ages whether you want a quiet drink or feel like partying until dawn!

Cork is renowned for its culinary flair and offers a wide selection of restaurants to meet all tastes and budgets. The English market is a great place to roam and with 42 different traders it is truly a multi-cultural experience not to be missed!

Once you've unleashed the best of the city you'll be hungry for more! Discover the surrounding countryside to visit the breathtaking views of the rolling green hills and mesmerizing coastline. Small heritage towns of Kinsale and Skibbereen in the west are renowned for their excellent leisure facilities including yachting, deep sea fishing and golf courses.

To the east of the city the harbour town of Cobh provides a facility for visitors to research local history and search for their ancestors.

The town of Blarney to the north is famous for its Castle and millions of visitors have visited to kiss the Blarney Stone which as legend has it will give you the "gift of the gab".

The people of Cork are known for their welcoming nature so dont pass up the opportunity to venture into the spirit of the South. The best time to visit Cork is in the summer months between May and September when it is possible to truly appreciate all the delights that we have to offer.
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