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The city of Cork is located in the south west of Ireland and is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland. The city center is an island located between two arms of the River Lee. The river flows east and empties into Lough Mahon, which is part of Cork's colossal natural harbor, where there are many lovely places for a trip outside the city.

In Cork there are many sights. You can see beautiful and impressive buildings such as the city hall and the courthouse. There are also many cozy places such as a walk along the River Lee or at the English Market.

Southwest Ireland is also an area of beautiful countryside and home to some of Ireland's highest mountains. County Kerry lies to the west with rugged shores and the island's highest peak, Carrauntoohil at 1,038 meters/3,405 feet.

Other attractions

City Hall, Cork

  • City Hall: Cork City Hall was built in 1932-1936 as one of the city's major public buildings. The facade is adorned with local stones, and in addition to the city's administration offices, there is a concert hall in the large building.
  • St Anne's Church: St Anne's Church is a church built in 1722. The church is known for its bells, Shandon Bells, and for St Anne's Tower, which is a distinctive feature of the city skyline.

St Patrick's Street, Cork

  • St. Patrick's Street: This street was designed and laid out in the 18th century, and today the street is Cork's main street. There are shops, department stores and various architecture to see here.
  • Cork City Gaol: This is Cork's old prison, which was in use from 1824 to 1923. Initially, the prison was for men and women, and for a period it was only a women's prison. It was opened as a museum in 1993.

National Monument Grand Parade, Cork

  • Grand Parade: The Grand Parade is one of Cork's main streets. The street was formerly a river arm of the Lee River, and through the 18th century and until 1801, the place was filled up so that the Grand Parade arose. One of the things you can see here is the National Monument, which stands at the south end of the street.
  • Crawford Gallery: At this museum you can see a varied collection of art with paintings, sculptures, glass, ceramics etc. There is for example a fine collection of paintings from the 16th century to today at the museum.
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Cork, Cork, Ireland

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English Market, Cork

  • English Market: This place is an atmospheric food market, built in the mid-19th century. The market is a beautiful construction in Victorian era style, and you can enjoy nice stalls and small restaurants.

St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork

  • St. Fin Barre's Cathedral: A large cathedral was to be built in Cork, and in 1862 William Burges' design for the new Anglican cathedral was chosen. The result was St. Fin Barre's, built in limestone from the area and adorned with marble from Cork.
Trips in the area

Blarney Castle, Cork

  • Blarney Castle: Blarney Castle is a medieval fortress in Blarney, close to Cork. In the masonry of the fortress you can see the famous Blarney Stone, which is said to give the gift of speech to all those who kiss the stone.
  • Ballycotton: Ballycotton is a fishing village known for beautiful coastal scenery, seafood restaurants and for the Ballycotton Cliff Walk. The trip is about 8 kilometers/5 miles and it goes from Ballycotton to Ballyandreen Beach.

Cobh, Ireland

  • Cobh: Cobh was formerly called Queenstown, and the cozy harbor town is known as the last port the Titanic docked in before the ship sailed on the fateful maiden voyage in 1912. In Cobh you can experience the history of the Titanic, and see museums, St. Colman's Cathedral and the lovely harbor area.
  • Blackrock Castle: Blackrock Castle is beautifully situated on the banks of the River Lee in Cork Harbor. The castle was built in 1828 and is now open as a visitor center and an observatory.

Kinsale, Ireland

  • Kinsale: The coastal town of Kinsale is an ancient fishing village that is today one of the idyllic places along the southwest coast of Ireland. There is a marina in the town, which offers many restaurants and in general a cozy town center.
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  • Blackpool Shopping Centre, Blackpool Retail Park,
  • Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Mahon Link Road,
  • Merchant's Quay Shopping Centre, 1-5 St Patrick's Street,
  • Wilton Shopping Centre, 1 Sarsfield Road,
  • Shopping streets: St. Patrick's Street
With kids
  • Wildlife Park: Fota Wildlife Park, Fota, Carrigtohill,
  • Play Area: Chuckies Play Zone, Sarsfield Road,
  • Play Area: Monkey Maze, Glanmire,
  • Playground: Fitzgerald's Park Playground
  • Swimming Pool: Leisureworld Bishopstown, Rossa Avenue,
  • Ziplines: Zipit Forest Adventures, Farran Woods, Ovens,
  • Karting and more: Adventure Park, Watergrasshill,
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