Although Cork may not seem as enticing and exciting as the nation’s capital, Dublin, at first glance…there’s a reason that visitors to this lovely city has skyrocketed the past few years. Cork, the second-largest city in Ireland, has an abundance of exciting things for you to see and do, and we’ve compiled some of our must-sees in this list!
- English Market. The Old English Market, also known as the city market, is one of the largest not just in Ireland -.Ireland is not part of the UK, so let’s just go with Ireland Open since 1788, you can find an expansive selection of local goods and products. Open to the public Monday to Saturday, 8am-6pm.
- The Everyman Theater. Fill your nights with entertainment while in Cork courtesy of The Everyman Theater! This Victorian-age and style theater houses everything from circus acts to jazz festivals, so we’re sure you’ll find something entertaining while there!
St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Chances are, a drive through Cork will catch your eye upon this magnificent cathedral: St. Fin Barre’s. The church, inspired by French architecture, features the largest organ in Ireland and stunning stained-glass windows throughout.
The Jameson Experience. A trip to Cork would not be complete without a visit to Jameson’s old distillery in the suburban town of Middleton. Visitors can view the Courtyard, Giant Waterwheel, the Brewhouse and the world’s largest Pot Still. And of course, making sure you sample this famous whiskey during a tasting session.
Blarney Castle. An iconic visit during any Ireland trip and only a short drive from the city center, the Blarney Castle is seeped with Irish history. Built almost six hundred years ago, the castle is also home to the Blarney Stone. Legend has it that when kissed, the stone will grant you the “gift of gab,” or eloquence of speaking.
Titanic Experience in Cobh. Take a tour of the White Line Ticket Office, which is housed in the neighboring town of Cobh, where some Titanic passengers once stepped in to buy their tickets for their ill-fated journey on the Titanic. You can also learn about the events leading up to the ships demise and take a look at the shipwreck.