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Interesting facts about Cork

A former Viking trading post, Cork is Ireland’s second-largest city and the third-largest on the island. It delights travellers with its gorgeous coastline and rich Irish heritage. Book your flight to Cork with Aer Lingus today and experience a warm Irish welcome.

History in Cork

Start your adventure at Fota House, a fully restored Regency-era mansion. See the landscape collection, including works by Robert Carver and Jonathan Fisher, and explore the orangery and the Victorian Working Garden. Next, go to the Blackrock Castle Observatory. Explore the cosmos while you hear exciting tales from this 16th-century castle’s past, filled with smugglers and pirates. Don’t miss watching a re-enactment at Elizabeth Fort, a 17th-century star fort.

Outdoor Activities in Cork

Visit the Humboldt penguins at Fota Wildlife Park, learn about their efforts to protect Ireland’s red squirrel, and see harbour seals in their natural environment. Then, pack a picnic and head to Fitzgerald Park. Let the kids play on the swings or enjoy a quiet stroll through the rose garden. The next day, join a kayak tour of Cork’s historic bridges and waterways or opt for a more traditional Irish currach - a type of rowboat.

Barrack Street Pubs

Do not leave Cork without trying the Barrack Street Challenge. The goal is to drink a pint at each pub on the street. If you decide to sit the challenge out, Barrack Street pubs still offer some of the city’s best casual dining and live music.

Cork English Market

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the English Market, Cork’s well-known covered market. The building is a prime example of 19th century architecture and has stalls representing local and regional vendors. While there, stop and have a coffee at one of the market’s cafes or restaurants before you peruse the large selection of meats, cheeses, fresh produce and baked goods. 

Getting Around Cork

Get a visitor pass for the city’s bike share and pedal to your next destination. Bike lanes run throughout the city. During the day, catch a bus or walk, if you’re in the city centre.

Weather in Cork

Tuesday scattered clouds
24°C 2 Jun 2020
Wednesday light rain
15°C 3 Jun 2020
Thursday overcast clouds
14°C 4 Jun 2020
Friday light rain
14°C 5 Jun 2020
Saturday light rain
11°C 6 Jun 2020
Sunday moderate rain
16°C 7 Jun 2020
Monday light rain
15°C 8 Jun 2020
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