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County Cork

Picturesque and buzzing Cork makes for a perfect short break in Ireland

Welcome to County Cork!

A county filled with colour and contrast, Cork stimulates the senses with a vibrant mix of culture and creativity. Roaming landscapes and wild headlands happen upon a city that, while compact in geography, offers a cosmopolitan side to rival any of its European counterparts. Begin your adventure exploring Cork city. Small enough to wander around and never get lost, it’s easy to spend a day meandering its beautiful streets. Locally known as The Real Capital of Ireland, Cork city is surrounded by waterways. Like Venice, the city of is built on water; the River Lee flows through its centre, where grand Georgian parades and narrow 17th-century alleys contrast with gorgeous modern buildings like the Opera House.

With an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, Cork people are passionate when it comes to food. As you journey through the county, you’ll find it hard to eat a bad meal. The county is bursting at the seams with eateries at all price points and cuisines, and with a little forward planning, you can make sure that your plate is always full of the best that Cork has to offer.

If you love your shopping, there is something for everyone to be found for anyone who wants to shop until they drop in Cork. Throughout the city and into the county there are countless shopping options to suit every price point and palate. The city centre is the jewel in Cork’s crown when it comes to retail therapy. In this welcoming Irish county, you can always be assured of discovering everything good about Ireland.

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