Steeped in history, Cork City is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe's hippest cities.
Like Venice, the city is built upon water, and the city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour.
The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centre are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air.
Explore the City
Exploring Cork is an enjoyable, multi-day pursuit. Ring the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St. Anne's Church, and marvel at the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre's Cathedral.
You will discover unique shopping and dining options, including the English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world, and numerous pedestrian walkways and sidewalks flanked by smart boutiques and major department stores.
At every corner you'll come across another panoramic view, another interesting architectural feature and some of the best art galleries, theatres and museums in Ireland.
Blarney and Kinsale
No visit would be complete without a trip to Blarney Castle, home to the famous Blarney Stone. Tradition says that those who kiss the stone will receive the gift of eloquence. You can also wander around the narrow streets of Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland.
More about Kinsale and other West Cork Highlights.
If cultural overload sets in, there are numerous picturesque fishing villages within easy reach that offer a welcome break to the bustle of the city.
Think fishing on the Rivers Lee and Blackwater, sailing in one of the picturesque harbours or have a drop of real Irish brew - there are bars, breweries and a distillery to choose from.
If Irish sports are your interest, then visit the local GAA grounds to enjoy Gaelic hurling and football. Or spend an exciting night watching greyhound racing at Curraheen Park - a unique experience.
Culture and Festivals
Cork is renowned for its culinary flair and vibrant cultural scene.
The city was the European Capital of Culture in 2005 and listed by the Lonely Planet Guide among the top ten cites for ‘Best in Travel in 2010’.
A strong festival programme attracts the best of film, jazz, folk, literary and musical talent year round.
You certainly won’t be short of things to do.
More about County Cork.