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Travel to Cork on Vacation

Plan a Cork vacation with Tourlane. Nicknamed “the true capital of Ireland” by locals, this charming university town near the southwest coast of Ireland is definitely worth a visit. Expect one of the liveliest cities on the whole island, which awaits you with trendy art galleries and fascinating museums, cozy pubs with unique beers, and a vibrant restaurant scene. Cork is a contemporary, cosmopolitan city, with a relaxed atmosphere and way of life. Plan your visit with your own Tourlane Travel Expert - who will help create your perfect trip, crafted to your tastes and preferences.

  1. Cork City Gaol

  2. English Market

  3. St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

  4. Crawford Art Gallery

  5. University College Cork

Things to Do in Cork

1. Cork City Gaol

The Cork City Gaol is one of Cork’s premier tourist attractions. This castle-like prison is reachable on foot from the city center in around twenty minutes. After opening in 1824, both male and female prisoners were housed here. With life-size wax figures, sound effects and an informative exhibition, visitors are given a deep insight into the conditions at that time and the life of the prisoners. For a small fee, hire an audio guide or or book a tour in advance - your Tourlane Travel Expert will help with this.

2. English Market

The Old English Market in Cork is a must-see attraction for foodies. Here, you will find delectable regional products such as handmade cheese, chocolate, or locally-caught fish. From the café on the top floor, you have a good view of the hustle and bustle while enjoying traditional dishes. On sunny days, opt for takeout and take your food to Bishop Lucey Park for some al fresco dining. Architecture lovers will love the market’s artfully decorated vaulted ceiling that spans the hall.

3. St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

With pointed towers, impressive gargoyles, and sculptures, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral is a must-see for architecture lovers. You’ll also find magnificent mosaics in the marble floor, a colorful ceiling in the choir room, stained glass windows, and an expansive, artistically decorated pulpit. 

4. Crawford Art Gallery

This art gallery is located in the center of Cork and awaits you with an excellent collection of 4,000 works from the 17th century through to the contemporary day. On display here are paintings and sculptures, as well as contemporary video installations by Sir John Lavery, Jack B. Yeats and Nathaniel Hone, as well as an exhibition space entirely dedicated to Irish artists from 1886 to 1978. The center of the collection is a series of casts of Greek and Roman sculptures that were brought to Cork from the Vatican Museum in Rome in 1818. Entry is free.

5. University College Cork

The UCC campus was founded in 1845 as one of three "Queen's Colleges" - the other two universities are in Galway and Belfast. Impressive Victorian-Gothic buildings, gardens, and a historic 19th-century observatory await you on campus. Guided tours are available - speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for more information. 

Useful Travel Info for Your Cork Vacation

Cork Airport (ORK) has one-stop flights to the USA via London, Amsterdam, and Paris. Alternatively, Shannon Airport is approximately 2 hours drive, and Dublin is approximately 3 hours drive. Both these airports have direct flights to the USA. Your Tourlane Travel Expert will happily book your flights on your behalf.

We recommend visiting Cork during the warmer, drier summer months (June-August). The Irish use the Euro (€), and the time zone is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Americans do not require a visa to visit Ireland for up to 90 days. 

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