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Cork

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Rebel City

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges. Asked to describe their city in a few words, locals often define it as the "real capital of Ireland." The walkable town center, situated on an island formed by river channels, serves as Cork's main shopping and dining area, attracting a growing number of discerning foodies from around Europe. A dynamic city with a modern outlook, Cork features a lively nightlife scene packed with trendy bars and clubs, though the traditional pub with live music and local cuisine remains a regional institution and a major tourist attraction. Plan the details of your Cork holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use Ireland trip builder.
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A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
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