Picturesque and buzzing Cork makes for a perfect short break in Ireland
County Cork boasts pretty surroundings and lovely vistas as well as great modern shopping, restaurants, arts and culture, and some of the best places to stay in Ireland. The county also has maritime history spanning over a thousand years and the ill-fated Titanic made Cork its final port of call before heading for New York. Plant a kiss on the Blarney Stone in Blarney Castle or in Cork City ring the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St Anne’s Church and marvel at the French Gothic spires of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Cork played a crucial role in Ireland’s War of Independence and the city and county is home to many testaments from its rebellious past.
Cork has a long association with food and drink. The county is renowned for its exemplary produce and artisan producers, so it is no surprise that many see it as Ireland’s culinary capital and you can enjoy varied and top-notch cuisine throughout the region. This romantic county also boasts some lovely countryside. Cork is the biggest county in Ireland and is part of Ireland’s Ancient East. Heralding the beginning of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, it’s also the ideal spot for a road trip.
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