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The Best Things to Do in Cork

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Things to do in Cork

Steeped in legend, Blarney Castle & Gardens boast a mystical stone claiming supernatural power to endow anyone who kisses it with the gift of
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National Park
Discover Ireland's true colors at Killarney National Park, prized by nature lovers for its lakes, mountain peaks, and oak and yew woodlands.
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Explore one of the city's most prominent landmarks and ring its legendary at bells at St. Anne's Church. Overlooking the River Lee, this 18th
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Duration: 13 hours
Day trip from Dublin to Ireland’s remote and rugged west coast to see the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Galway City. Enjoy the unique benefit of a dedicated Tour Guide and a separate Driver for the day. The Driver concentrates on your safety and the Guide on your comfort and entertainment. There is a rest stop on route to the Cliffs of Moher and upon arrival you receive a premium ticket to visit and enjoy every aspect of what the site has to offer. 2 hours visiting time. Then travel along part of the Wild Atlantic Way coast and enjoy a coastal stop in the Burren, a unique limestone landscape famous for its flourishing plant life. Upon arriving in Galway City your Guide will offer you a free guided tour of the city, it's optional to join or just enjoy free time to wander this charismatic, bohemian and artsy city yourself. On tour hear tales about Irish history, culture, stories some Irish music will be played with some guides playing their instruments on the coach. 2 hours visit.
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History Museum
At Cork City Gaol you can experience what it was like to live in a 19th-century Irish prison. The facility opened in 1824 and closed in 1923,
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History Museum
Nano Nagle Place is an historic oasis in the centre of bustling Cork city. The lovingly restored 18th century walled convent and contemplativ

Recommended Cork tours


Castles · Nightlife · Flea Markets
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 your holiday in Cork and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Ireland online trip maker.

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Where to stay in Cork

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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