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.
I was delighted with the castle, the surrounding green gardens and the varied trails through lush forests. The castle only retains its structure, but has great appeal: the "Blarney Stone", on top of a tower, according to tradition you must kiss the stone to receive the gift of eloquence. Below the castle there is a small little cave which is accessible in several sections in which you have to walk hunched-over. It is totally recommended to get lost in its trails and see first hand the mystical tradition of Celtic Ireland.
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.
Cobh is a small fishing village near Cork, a lovely town to spend a day in. The main tourist attraction in Cobh, that which has made it most famous, is its port from which the Titanic made the last stop to pick up passengers.
One can get here from Cork by train in just twenty-five minutes.
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.
Great Cathedral and great interior. Cobh, formerly Queenstown, is a mandatory stop and was the last stop of the Titanic before it set sail for America. Following the Irish trend the outside was built with granite, but it is French Gothic in style. It has the largest carillon in Ireland and its tower is topped with a soaring spire. In summer there are plenty of religious music concerts. It overlooks the entire city and I loved the spectacular view of the Bay of Cork from the cathedral door. Access: pretty good (though if driving you have to navigate through little narrow streets). Parking: next to the building. Admission: free.
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.
Midleton is a small town located between Cork and Youghal, County Cork. It is famous for its Jameson whiskey distillery, visited by tourists that are fans of the beverage. It also has a beautiful, Irish style church. The city center is very colorful, full of colorful houses. I recommend that you take a stroll through it's streets.
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.