This University is less famous than the Trinity College Dublin but in my opinion it is more beautiful and more charming than the others. It crosses a river, has beautiful gardens and the buildings are worth seeing. It is situated at a 10-15 minute walk from the center. Food: In front of the entrance of the university there is a place run by some Indians that is cheap and has pretty good fish and chips.
This place is situated in the old prison of Cork. It has now been turned into something like a visual tour to give you an idea of how it was a prison during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. This place caters 100% for tourists, which makes it lose a lot of charm, be sure to visit closed areas of the prison, it would be much more interesting.
The English Market was my favorite spot during the year I lived in the beautiful city of Cork. This market is a place holds a special charm for me, where the best of Ireland meets - its people, the treatment and the food. Every Saturday morning I used to grab my cloth shopping bags (they care about the environment, I love it) and I went to buy at the English Market. There you can find everything from a great salmon, homemade bread, very cheap fruit and even a jar of Greek olives! But it is not just a market, its structure and the wooden roofs of one its entrances leave the tourist wide-mouthed. The alleys between shops are unordered so giving a special charm to the market. Besides buying, you can enjoy a nice lunch at one of its two restaurants, one with live piano music. Many stalls are staffed by Irish people, who are really friendly and have a lovely accent, which everyone says is very difficult to understand, the people of Cork, for me, are the most natural. The English Market is also a meeting place for young foreigners who come here to buy what they need to make international dinners, the best thing that you can do when you live abroad. This reflects what I like about the English Market, the people and the colors. The image processing is HDR
The Lough in Cork is one of the most popular places for locals to visit - they come here to relax, have fun or take a stroll. It's one of my favourite spots in the city. Every morning and afternoon during the year I lived there, I passed The Lough on my way to work or home. I always took my camera with me because of my job, so I could immortalise this beautiful image: sunset over The Lough. I had never seen such intense pinks and purples in the sky. It's amazing to see how the sky becomes a canvas.
The "Corkonians" engage in plenty of pastimes here. Some early birds come to fish, bringing all their belongings, even tents. There are others walking their dogs, or feeding the birds. Parents take their children to the little park, and young men play football, or the Irish national sport, hurling. Also, next to the lake is a bar and restaurant (The Hawthorne Bar & Lakeside Restaurant) where you can enjoy sunny days. In winter the view of the lake with frost on the entire surface is really nice. One of the things I liked about passing the lake every morning was the fact that I always crossed paths with the same people. Cork is a small town and it did feel like home. Highly recommended.
Built in 1722, on the site of another church destroyed during a siege in 1690, this church is famous for its eight bells, with a total weight of 6 tons! The bell tower is topped by a weather vane depicting a giant salmon, making it easy to locate the church of Saint Anne from afar. Built from red and white limestone, its summit offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views over the city. So be sure to climb the tower - you might also get the chance to have fun testing your skills as a bell ringer! It's known affectionately as the "4-faced liar" by locals, as the east and west side of the clock show a different time.
Blackrock Castle (Blackrock Castle) is in Cork, the 2nd largest city in Ireland after Dublin. This city is south of the island. This castle is now an astronomical observatory, with guided tours inside. The patio has a cafe/restaurant where you can have a pint of Beamish quietly, a Cork beer.
How could you fail to fall under this beautiful street's spell? You're in the heart of the city, on its main artery - the soul of this commercial city, the meeting place ... a must for anyone visiting Cork. Here you can see old buildings interspersed with trendy shops, including a huge Debenhams department store and more traditional outlets. At the end is St Patrick's Bridge, the most famous bridge in the city, that everyone passes over at least once a day.
The Shelbourne is the type of place you can't forget, and you'll come back again and again. Located in the heart of Cork City, it has its own cosmopolitan style, traditional and modern at the same time, with simple, but elegant decor. Whether you sit on a stool at the bar, or around a table, you'll feel an immediate sense of relaxation. During the day, you can have lunch or just a drink, and the nights can be quiet or festive, depending on whether or not sports will be shown.
A charming place, with a mixture of classic and modern art. They're always hosting shows for new artists, so each visit is different from the one before. Oh, and we forgot something important - it's free!
Cork International Airport was recently improved, as they constructed a new terminal that increases the airport's capacity to 3 million people. it is on the N27 when you are arriving from the North, East or West. If you are coming to it from Kinsale, you'll find it along the R600.
It was first constructed in the year 1855, and then in 1955 it suffered a major fire which burnt it to ashes. Today, this establishment was designed by Tallan Scott Walker in the early 90s. The new Opera House reflects the modernity and vanguard of advancement and progress of the town.
Have you decided to visit Cork? The city has so much to offer travelers. There's so much fun stuff to do in Cork that we've taken the time to explain the most important things. You can begin your visit of Cork attractions at the Cathedral of St. Finbar. The three spiers of the cathedral make up one of the most iconic symbols of the city and one of the main things to see in Cork. If anything, one of the main places to visit in Cork is BlackRock Castle, built in the 16th century to protect the city from pirates and other invaders. Blarney Castle is another one of the main attractions in Cork where you'll learn the most about the city's history and legacy. It's a medieval fortress in the town of Blarney, near the city. There are many galleries and art related Cork activities to experience. For example, the Crawford Art Gallery or Lewis Glucksman Museum are two places in the city where classical art contrasts with modernity. And after a long day of sightseeing, there's still more things to do in Cork and these are none other than visiting the city's numerous bars and pubs. These are wonderful places to enjoy live music throughout the numerous venues in the city. For more on what to do in Cork, visit Minube's website where you can read firsthand experience from other travellers who have visited the city.