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Discover Cork

Cork is a place filled with adventures of all sorts; discover for yourself the many captivating experiences that await in the county’s vibrant and cosmopolitan city, the wild and rugged landscapes of West Cork, and the endless stretches of sand and rock of Ireland’s longest coastline. Rich in history and stunning scenery, it is an energetic county that will delight and surprise you at every turn. The county’s landscape is incredibly diverse, with golden beaches, rocky coastlines and islands, to peaceful lakes, vast mountains, quiet, roaming countryside, and amazing walking and cycling routes. 



As the last port of call before America, Cork is the best place to stimulate all of your senses – with fresh local produce straight from the lush green land and the Wild Atlantic waters; exhilarating music around every corner; and friendly locals, eager to talk and share stories with any traveller. Interesting Facts about County Cork:

  • Cork is the gateway to both the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland's Ancient East
  • Cork has Ireland's largest coastline of 1,100km which makes up 19% of the Irish coastline and covers an area of 7,459sq km which is 11% of the Irish State.  This makes Cork Ireland’s largest county, with Cork harbour being the second largest natural harbour in the world.
  • Cork is the only port in Cork with a dedicated cruise berth in Cobh, East Cork, with in excess of 60 cruise liners visiting in 2016
  • Cork is renowned worldwide for its festivals including Mallow Racing Home for Easter Festival, Independence Music Festival, Cork Harbour Festival, A Taste of West Cork Food Festival, Masters of Tradition, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, and many others
  • Cork is regarded as the food capital of Ireland with more than 350 artisan producers located in Cork which accounts for over 50% of the total producers in the state.

Source: Cork County Council

Cork city

Exciting, historical, full of life, Cork will bowl you over. As one of the main cultural hubs of Ireland, the Rebel city is brimming with fascinating and exiciting experiences. Cork Public Museum, the Crawford Gallery and Cork City Gaol are must-sees and if you fancy being outdoors there are three highly recommended walking tours that bring you on a journey through the city's most important streets and buildings like Shandon Steeple (also known as St. Annes) and the South Parish area that hosts Cork's oldest building: Red Abbey.

Cork has now been declared one of the top ten cities in the world to visit by top travel guide, Lonely Planet. The Lonely Planet Guide says that Cork is "sophisticated, vibrant and diverse, while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quick-fire wit". Cork has also been voted as the best Irish city to live in by the Irish Times and has been lauded by Frommers Guide as exciting and vibrant.

Source: Cork City Council

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